Sunday, January 9, 2011

Book Review: Sweet Pea The Bumble Bee

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 Just from the cover you know this book is going to be cute!  Sweet Pea The Bumble Bee: Spreading the buzz of the Holiday Season is very cute.  It is a very easy and short really perfect for the holidays.

One of the first things I thought when picking up this book to review was-how did they get Sweet Pea The Bumble Bee to put on these clothes and sit so nicely!  What a good dog!  Mine would not be so tolerant. 

I like how each page is filled with color and a very inspirational saying on one page and a very cute correlating picture of Sweet Pea The Bumble Bee.

This book would be a great holiday coffee table book and decoration.  I had some family over this weekend for our last holiday gathering and I had the book on our table and our guests enjoyed it as well.  The kids liked the "cute dog" but the adults enjoyed the inspirational phrases.

Gabriel & Tiffany Corbett and Courtney Noelle have three other books starring Sweet Pea The Bumble Bee...

-Sweet Pea The Bumble Bee Beeing ExtraOrdinary
-Sweet Pea The Bumble Bee Let's Bee Friends Spreading the buzz of Friendship
-Sweet Pea The Bumble Bee What do you want to BeeCome? Spreading the buzz of dreaming big!

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"The Book Sweet Pea The Bumble bee is very inspirational and unique for all ages. Each page has a wonderful positive message, alongside an original photograph with Sweet Pea capturing the true meaning. With wit and humor, the readers mind is charged with creativity and inspired to have a positive outlook on life. Readers will find Sweet Pea The Bumble Bee very motivating while entertaining them as they turn from page to page to see what Sweet Pea will ‘Bee’ telling them next.
This book conveys many wonderful lessons in life, but most importantly to ‘BEE YOURSELF!’"

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January 30th Head to the Wehr Nature Center

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Sunday, January 30th

Learn about fun winter activities-snowshoeing, snow sculptures, snow painting, kids activities,hiking and more!

Admission is $1.00 per person plus a $3.00 per car parking fee.

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Kick Start Your New Years: Exercise Day Nine: Standing Rows

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Day Eight Exercise:
Standing Rows
  • These are done from a standing position.
  • Loop a towel around a vertical pole or column or another fixed object so that the ends of the towel are pointing towards you and the towel is wrapped around the far side of the pole.
  • Have your feet close up to the pole and lean back gripping on the ends of the towel and keeping your body stiff and straight.
  • Row yourself up with both arms.
  • Keep your back arched and row with your back.

Rows are great for building those back muscles.   I love these because all you need is some kind of pole (I use my treadmill bar) and a towel!

Day Nine:  Easy Exercise Tip:

  •  You can really work on your lower body without anyone noticing by practicing leg bends under your desk. This is great if you're frequently on the phone or the computer and bored out of your skull. Simply unbend your knees and raise up your legs - hold the position for a few seconds and lower them back down. Try several repetitions of this throughout the day.


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Bikram Yoga Milwaukee-check them out!

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Bikram Yoga Milwaukee
2084 North Commerce Street

Bikram Yoga Milwaukee has just what you need to enjoy your first yoga experience.  They have a state of the art, energy efficient facilities with showers and changing rooms.  They also use 1/3 the amount of natural gas due to  high efficiency boilers and Energy Recovery Ventilators.  This is important as the classroom is filled with fresh warm air which warms your muscles and increases your blood circulation.

Classes are 90 minutes and are quiet.  There are mirrors in the room so you can see yourself and concentrate on yourself during the class.  You will be stiff or sore after class so drink plenty of water!

I have a friend who takes classes here and she loves it!  She likes the instructor and is allways very relaxed after class.

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Check out the MANY services you can take advantage of at Eva Luna Day Spa

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This boutique day spa is nestled in the heart of the north shore of Milwaukee. It's a perfect place to relax, unwind, and rejuvenate.   Here you can enjoy a variety of different spa services including soothing massages,  luxurious facials, renewing peels, mineral makeup applications, or waxing services . Each treatment will be tailored to meet your needs while being offered in a quiet, private, and peaceful atmosphere.
At Eva Luna Day Spa Dermalogica skincare products are used, along with Image skincare and peels, Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup, Young Living Essential Oils, and Trillium organic body oils.
Check out their site to learn more about what they have to offer.

I love the idea of getting away to a place that offers such a peaceful atmosphere.  I love even more that they offer such natural and healthy options to help you live a more fulfilling life.  What a great way to put a foot into the new year!  Who couldn't benefit from a little R&R?

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$18 for $40 to spend at PLUS eco friendly clothing and accessories and greeting cards

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$18 for $40 worth of eco-friendly, artistic greeting cards, calendars and note pads

$25 for $52 worth of eco-friendly and organic mother-daughter clothing from

$18 for $40 to spend at on a purse organizer to keep track of everything (plus free shipping)

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Buy Three get one Free Thermal Totes-you can also get them personalized!

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Check out the great products here!
They have a great sale going on for their Thermal Totes,  Buy Three get One Free (equal or lesser value) deal until 4pm CST tomorrow (1/9)  . If you email Laurie directly at before 4 pm CST, and you will get this great offer.

These would make great gifts!  Perfect for the end of the school year or birthdays.

This month, our Thermal Totes that are normally $14 are $10. The Small Lunch Totes that are normally 12.50 are $8. And the embroidery which is normally $6 is only $1.50 on these items. This is the link to the specials flyer: Check out the specials!

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Nationwide Groupon Deals 1/9

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- Washington, DC: $25 for 50 Issues of the "The Week" Magazine ($49.50 Value)  

- Madison, WI: $17 for One-Dozen Cookies from Better Than Nookie Cookie ($34.99 Value)

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Remember, most of these deals are only valid today, so act fast if you like them!

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