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3.31 Bridal Shower Gift Idea!

Hi friends! Hope you had a nice weekend! John and I spent the weekend in my hometown in RI so that I could attend a bridal shower on Sunday. One of my best friends from high school is getting married in May and had her shower yesterday. I ordered the wine rack from their registry, but wanted to take the gift to the next level. (This could be part of the reason why everyone says I'm over the top, I like to call it creative)

I can't take credit for this idea at all, I found it on Pinterest ... but love it and put my own little spin on it. Along with the wine rack, I gave her a wine basket of firsts! A bottle of wine for a few big FIRSTS she and her soon to be husband will have.

First Fight - a bottle of Clean Slate.
First Anniversary - a bottle of Monogamy
First Baby - Sweet Bliss
First Christmas Eve - Spiced Apple wine
First Dinner Party - Champagne!

Each bottle had it's own cute poem label to go with it! If you want to do this idea for a shower, you can print out the cute little labels on this website in a variety of colors. Totally free. Just scroll down to the bottom for the link. http://www.occasionsonline.com/bridal-shower-gift-wine-basket-poem-tutorial-free-download/

It was a big hit and a bunch of you asked for more info. when I posted it to Twitter! So here ya go! If you have any questions, email me! Amanda@985krz.com. All of the wine was found at my local PA Wine & Spirits! :)
 
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Welcome to Jurassic Park!



Greetings from beautiful Costa Rica!  What an amazing place.  It's a must if you are planning a tropical vacation.



Sue and I just got back from 6 days in the Papagayo region of Costa Rica.  Here's the view from the lobby of our hotel.  Not too shabby.


Our iguana friend in a tree just outside our room.


Ocean view from our room at the Occidental.


Sorry Dunkin, but Costa Rican coffee rocks!  We brought back pounds.


These guys were also outside our room looking for food.  They are a member of the raccoon family called Cioti (pronounced Quah-tee).


And yes, they are super friendly and super cute.


The Costa Rican countryside.  It was the dry season while we were there.


Hunting for crocs.


We found one!


If you think the roads in PA are bad, wait til you drive in Costa Rica.



Crossing one of the hanging bridges in a rain forest.  Check out our guide behind me...on his cellphone.  Think about that the next time you drop a call.  He's on his phone, IN A RAIN FOREST!


Natural beauty.  The Bird of Paradise flower.


Sunset at Monkey Rock.


This is a Jesus Lizard.  Why the name?  He's got skills.  When attacked he flees by running on water.


More wildlife.  Monkeys are EVERYWHERE.


A 3-toed Sloth taking a lunch break.



Our Iguana friend again looking for a handout.


Beach time.


My favorite part of the trip...Arenal Volcano National Park.  All it needed was a few Raptors.


So prehistoric.  There are hundreds of volcanos in Costa Rica but this is one of the 6 that is active.  It last erupted in 2002, killing 80 people.  Real Estate is cheap! :)


Take only pictures.  Leave only footprints.  Costa Ricans, Ticos as they are called, take great pride in their country.  Tourism is the #1 industry, and they aim to keep it that way.  That's why the rain forests and wildlife is protected by very strict laws.

It was an awesome, WAY TOO SHORT trip.  We're already planning our another visit!

-Rock


 

 


 

March 21, 2014 ~ TV performance yesterday


THANK YOU everyone at PA Live on WBRE TV for have Jackson and I back to perform yesterday! We had a blast! See you all at the Rick Springfield show, opening gig, March 28 @ Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg!!
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Scranton Parade Pics '14


Say hello to over 100,000 of my closest friends!  The 53rd Annual Scranton St. Pat's Parade is in the books.

Here's a few of my pics from yesterday's craziness.



Chris Wallace at the Backyard Ale House for a bit of pre-gaming with Fishboy and I.


Remember this guy?  Former intern Snuggy


Fish is actually crossing his legs here.


This was the only part of the parade I got to see...the Bagpipers warming up.


Chris Wallace "Remember When"



"Keep Me Crazy"





What up, Boscov's?


She gets my vote for Best Dressed.


Big thanks to KRZ float sponsors The McCann School of Business & Technology.


Always insane rounding the corner near Kildare's and the Radisson.


Mark Hiller & Candice Kelly from WBRE grabbing a few pics.

 
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Globies Rock Scranton



Big thanks to Principal Leonard at McNichols Plaza Elementary School in Scranton for being GREAT hosts yesterday.

Lissa & I brought Harlem Globetrotter Bull Bullard to the school to teach the kids the ABC's of bully prevention--        ACT, BRAVERY, COMPASSION.


Bull had the 3rd, 4th & 5th graders total attention while he was holding court.



It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for these kids to have personal contact with one of the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters.



Thanks again to teacher Sharon Volpe for entering the contest and especially Bull for doing such an awesome job with the kids.  It was a day they won't soon forget!



 

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March 12, 2014 ~ gratitude from my face



THANK YOU to some very dear friends of mine for putting my face EVERYWHERE in Northeast PA this week! Kyle at The Sherman Theater for making this supercoolio banner for my gig with Rick - you rock!! Come see me open for Rick Springfield, March 28 at the Sherman. SO EXCITED!!!! And thanks to The Weekender for doing a lovely article/photo shoot with me - you guys & gals are the sweetest! I really appreciate you taking the time to include me in your awesome magazine!

To read the article CLICK HERE

For tickets to the Rick show, CLICK HERE

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RHONY Returns ... Doesn't Carole look like ...

I'm starting to wonder if I should be writing reality tv blog. I email, tweet, and facebook message with so many of you that watch the same shows and I feel like we should all just be having one giant conversation. They sometimes happen in facebook threads ... but there is just so much to cover.

I'm not even going to waste my time or energy on last night's Bachelor finale. The sum it up - Juan Pablo turned out to be a real dud and showed his true colors. I'm not even mad at him for not saying "I love you" because if you don't feel it, don't say it ... but I am mad at him for being so COMPLACENT! Nothing fazes this guy. Anyway, the After the Final Rose was totally awkward and fake. There is NO way he and Nikki are actually together. That's all I have to say about that.

Onto more important BRAVO matters . . . Real Housewives of New York returns tonight and I can't help but wonder . . . does anyone look at Carole and wonder . . . ARE YOU STEVEN TYLER'S SISTER??? Is it me ... or do they look like twins?

No really ... take a look. CLICK HERE. I posted this picture on Facebook a few days ago and no one really said anything. Whether you watch the show or not you can appreciate how THE SAME they look, right? I'm not hating on her, I actually like her a lot ... but how come no one else is noticing this?!?!

Please tell me i'm not nuts and they really do look related.

 
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Tap Water Isn't Good Enough



Jennifer Aniston feels that tap water isn’t good enough for her dogs, she only gives them $2/bottle designer water.

Crazy?  I deal with a similar situation in our house.  Sue doesn’t think dog food is good enough for our guys.  She insists on mixing in people food like ground turkey, hamburger or even rotisserie chicken.  She’ll even bring home a kiddie ice cream cone for them to share.

I’m not totally innocent.  When I leave the house I’ll keep music or Animal Planet on for them.  But that’s about it.

What kind of EXTREME THINGS do you do for your pets?

Here’s a few texts from today’s show--
 
--I bake my dogs cookies! They love the applesauce/cinnamon ones!
--I have to agree with Jennifer Aniston. A few years ago both of our dogs contracted giardiasis from the tapwater. I'm very reluctant anymore to give them tapwater that is not filtered
--My friend had a chihuahua that she won't let walk. She carries it in a little purse.
--My grandmother cooked her shih tzu steak and eggs for breakfast every morning. We got cereal or oatmeal.
--My chow-pom is 6yrs old--never even tasted dog food strictly what we eat she eats and once a week she gets a bath, blowdry & pedicure and litterly jumps in the tub and stays stil thru the whole procedure all the way til the french manicure drys!!!
--My aunt only feeds her dog oven roasted rotisserie chicken and it can only be Perdue, no other brands or kind plus only filtered water. She says the dog won't eat anything else. She's been going it for 8 years now
--My dad's girlfriend will choose her menu item specifically so she can bring leftovers for her dog when they go out.
--My uncle’s dog eats at the table and has whatever theyre having. Steaks, burgers, ice cream, he has it all. I dont think hes had dog food since he was adopted. 
--My dog does not eat any dog food. If we go to McDonald's, he gets a hamburger. If we make pork chops, he gets his own pork chop. He has a full wardrobe as well! Including a stroller!
--My friend buys frozen marrow bones from the grocery store- it's like a Popsicle but once it starts to thaw it looks like a murder scene
--I have a golden and on days i wear a head band or a tshirt his bandana matches me. We have to match.
 




 

Beads of Courage



Usually you see these guy skating, body checking and taking slap shots.  Today, the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins showed a different side:  bead making.



The Pens and their wives/girlfriends have teamed up with the Palermo Heart-to-Heart Foundation to host a fashion show fundraiser benefitting the Beads of Courage Program.

What a cool idea! 

Beads of Courage is a nationally recognized program that provides strings of beads to kids with serious illnesses.  Each bead tells a story of honor, strength and hope and represents a different stage in their treatment.



Pens players will wear beads on their jerseys during warm-ups of the March 14 games.  After warm-up, the players will put one bead in a baggie with a personal note of encouragement to a child fighting cancer. 

And the wives & girlfriends will sell special Penguins logo beads on the concourse to help support the program.  For a $5 donation, fans can get at bead for themselves, and a bead will also be donated to local program participants.



The wives/girlfriends are also hosting a fashion show April 2nd at Canteen 900 in Forty Fort to raise additional money for the program.  Keep listening to KRZ for info on this special night out.



Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond's wife Nicole




Tom Kostopoulos' wife Lisa.

Additional info:

http://www.wbspenguins.com

http://www.beadsofcourage.org


http://www.palermo-foundation.org
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