Friday, August 1, 2014

Not All Who Wander...

I really love this quote.  I guess because I love to wander in the woods.  It refreshes my mind and gives me inspiration.  I took this picture when wandering in the mountains of West Virginia.  

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wordless Wednesday--Luna Moth

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RSVP Etiquette--What is Expected

A party or wedding invitation comes in and at the bottom is an RSVP.  RSVP stands for the French words, répondez s'il vous plaît, which simply means please respond.  This means please respond to the host/hostess whether you plan to attend or not.  If you plan to attend, let the host/hostess know as soon as possible.  If you don't plan to attend, let the hostess know as soon as possible.  If you may have a conflict but would like to attend, let the hostess know and then follow up once you know if you can attend or not.  Pretty simple stuff.  RSVP means let the hostess know--yes, I will attend, or no, I cannot attend.  

An RSVP is important to the host/hostess in their efforts in planning the event.  It lets them know how much food to plan for, how many party favors to prepare, how much seating is needed and so forth.

Now for the details.  How do you RSVP?  The invite may say RSVP by phone, email or text.  It is appropriate to RSVP in this manner.  If it is a more formal invite, a return card to mail may be included.  Please fill out and return.  

If calling to RSVP, the host/hostess doesn't expect a long conversation.  A simple call stating who you are and that you will or will not be able to attend is sufficient.  You don't need to explain if you decline.  Simply state, Thank you for your invite but unfortunately, I will not be able to attend.  I hope you have a wonderful time!

Some RSVPs say RSVP Regrets Only.  That means you only need to RSVP if you cannot attend.  Otherwise, the host/hostess will expect you there.

Some RSVPs specify a date.  Make sure you RSVP prior to that date.  This allows the host/hostess to plan accordingly.  If there is no date, please RSVP as soon as possible.  If it possible, let the host/hostess know no less than one week in advance.  

What happens if you RSVP that you can attend, but later find out you cannot attend due to unforeseen events?  As soon as you know, it is important to contact the host/hostess and let them know that due to an unforeseen event, you will not be able to attend.

RSVPs are not just for adult functions, but for children's parties as well.  I remember when my daughter was in kindergarten, I planned her birthday party with RSVPs.  As of three days before her party, I didn't know if anyone planned to attend or not!  It would have been quite upsetting to her if no one showed up for her party.  That leads to the next question:  What to do if someone hasn't RSVPd?  I looked this one up.  It is completely appropriate to contact the person and ask if they will be attending or not.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Opens in Theaters August 8 #TMNTmovie #ad

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Paramount Pictures blogging program.  The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

My first recollection of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was from the mid to late 80s when it came out in the comic books.  I remember it being hugely popular, followed by action figures and TV shows.  Seemed every kid was dressed up as at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle one Halloween.  I will have to admit, I was already well into my adulthood when it was the peak of its popularity, so I really didn’t know much about it.  Now that I have kids of my own and work with school age kids, I like to keep up with what is “in” with kids today, so when I was asked to share about the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, I jumped at the opportunity to write this sponsored post.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is scheduled to be released in theaters and RealD on August 8th with a rating of PG-13.  As typical, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are needed to save the city.  In the movie, Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have corrupted New York City.  Everyone from the police to politicians are in the clan’s grasp and the future doesn’t look pretty.  That is until four unlikely outcast brothers step up from the sewers to ascertain their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Working with a fearless reporter, April O’Neil (played by Megan Fox) and her cameraman, Vern Fenwick (will Arnett), they devise a plan to save their city from Shredder’s evil plans.

These four unlikely characters are based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman have to pull together, using not only martial arts skills of honor, discipline and perseverance, but the must work together as a team.

I watched the trailer (as seen below) and was really surprised.  It is not like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I remember seeing on television.  This film looks action-packed and intense at times, and humorous and light-hearted at others.  The cinematography is high quality and looks amazingly real.  I like that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are willing to stand up and fight for what is good and right as it sends an excellent message to young people.  This movie, though, looks to be great for older children and adults.

Their website is also fun—you may want to show it to your kids as they have a quiz to discover which Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle you are most like as well as a TMNT Yourself where you can upload your photo.  I couldn’t resist!  What do you think?

Other cast members for the film include: William Fichtner, K. Todd Freeman, Danny Woodburn, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, and Alan Ritchson, Minae Noji.

Official Site:
TMNT Yourself:
Hashtag: #TMNTmovie

Disclosure: This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Paramount Pictures blogging program.

The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cincinnati Reds & Klosterman Buns Discounted All-You-Can-Eat Seats #CincinnatiReds

Disclosure:  I received coupons in exchange for sharing this information.

All right, you Reds fans, I have the scoop for you to score on savings.  Klostermean Baking Company has teamed up with Cincinnati Reds to offer a deal that benefits fans with out-of-the park buns for hamburgers during the 2014 season home games at the Great American Ball Park.  Klosterman is promoting the hamburger buns by offering discounted Reads tickets that gives fans access to the All-You-Can-Eat Seats. Fans can visit the Klosterman Facebook page to secure the coupon and try fun baseball trivia.  Enjoying a Reds game just got better!

About Klosterman Baking Company
Founded over 100 years ago, Klosterman Baking Company has grown to be one of the largest family-owned bakeries in the Midwest. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Klosterman Baking Company provides fresh hearth breads, rolls and a variety of other bakery items to more than 4,000 restaurants, grocery stores, hospitals and schools in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Klosterman distributes quality frozen products throughout the United States and maintains strong partnerships with several food service distributors to ensure that Klosterman products are available to any customer nationwide.
Klosterman Baking Company offers a wide variety of fresh and frozen baked products, including an assortment of bread, buns hoagies and rolls. Whether the menu calls for sandwich bread, Kaiser rolls, whole grain products, or, of course, buns, Klosterman’s freshly baked products will enhance the dining experience.

Disclosure:  I received coupons in exchange for sharing this information.

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