Sunday, December 26, 2010

A scene from Sea World!

I just wanted to share this pic of the nutcracker with you all. It was on the wall of the Voyager restaurant in Sea World. It's 6:20 pm here in Orlando, FL, and it is darn right chilly!! Having a hot cocoa!

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Christmas post--- belated!

Hey my readers!! Good afternoon from Sea World! My planned posts will be delayed from last week, obviously! Between Physical Therapy for my feet and working some crazy shifts at work last week ( one night shift, part of an evening shift, and one 12 hour shift), plus two short trips, no real time to post. I am still fighting the bronchitis, on 2nd round of steroids, plus my regular Symbicort and Singular, along with nebulizer or inhaler of Xopenex. I am hoping that it doesn't linger 6 weeks like the bout of bronchitis I had in '04! I am taking alot of pics at WDW and Sea World, aiming to post some over the holidays! We are passholders at Sea World/Busch Gardens and at WDW, and as FL residents we try to go when we can! I hope that you all had a Merry Christmas yesterday! ( I missed church Friday night since I pulled a 12 hour shift, helping out to cover for a nurse who had the Norovirus!)

Barb and family!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Mom and son trip at WDW

Ok, so I have been at WDW since yesterday with Steven! We planned about 3 weeks ago to take a trip by ourselves to WDW while hubby was working. It's a 2 day trip. We spent last evening hanging out at Epcot with friends of ours from Nebraska, who are down at WDW for the week. It was quite chilly, so we did a couple of indoor attractions.
We tried to stay awake for lunar eclipse, but woke up before four, and went outside our resort to look. Can't believe that one has to wait till 2094 to see it again!

We are at Animal Kingdom now having lunch, I will try to post more as the day goes on! I do have some other posts coming up this week before Christmas!

Steven with his pizza!


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Addendum to A Year with GOD!

Addendum to previous post on A Year With GOD....  oops! I forgot to post that I had received the book, no charge, from Book Sneeze and was given the opportunity to review it. The review posted was of my own opinion!


A Year With GOD--Daily reading and Reflections on GOD's own words (Review)

I recently had the opportunity to review "A Year With GOD", written by R.P. Nettelhorst . It's an awesome devotional with daily readings and reflections on GOD's words!The scripture quotations were taken from varied versions of the Bible, from The Message, NLT, The New King James Version, Holman's, etc. There was a bible verse at the top of each page, followed by a reflection about the verse. I found it to be quite comforting, not to replace my daily bible reading, but to give me a verse and some reflection for the day.  From the introduction, "A Year With God highlights God's words to his people in the Old Testament."  It is grouped into different sections, such as Hope and Fear, Love and Hate, Perserverance and Quitting, Faith and Doubt, Loyalty and Betrayal, Companionship and Isolation, to name a few of the areas!

 The moment that I opened this daily readings book, I found it to be easy to read and understand, written on a level that the average person could relate to! I'm a fan of the Old Testament, and I really enjoyed reading the daily verses.  The different versions of the bible varied from day to day, and gave me the opportunity to read versions of the verses that I didn't necessarily have around the house. The reflections were quite interesting, too, and they definitely gave me thought for pondering  throughout my day! I started in the Hope and Fear section, and am continuing to read that section now. I seriously recommend that you give this daily readings and reflections book an opportunity the next time you are wanting to have some reflection in your daily lives!


The Factor Tree--- a Better Way to Learn Math!

I was recently asked by BzzAgent to scope out The Factor Tree, a better way to learn math! The Factor Tree helps kids learn math in a way that works best for them. It's geared for children from pre-K to 6th grade, which is what grade my son's in right now. 
(  BARB'S-------Unfortunately, we really didn't have the optimum chance to review and to work with the site much, due to unforeseen factors in our life right now, such as 3 of us having bronchitis, his heavy homework and test schedule between last month and this month----- and his science and book report projects that were due this month.) Son thought that it was interesting and definitely challenged him. 

What makes the Factor Tree so effective?

  • Provides the practice and repetition needed for a child to truly master key math skills
  • Use a skill-adaptive progression algorithm to pinpoint each child’s true skill level
  • Provides parents with helpful reports, metrics and notifications to track their child’s progress
  • Combines a state testing-compliant curriculum, world class educational theories and innovative technology to create a better learning tool
Visit to learn more about its distinct approach to education and sign up for your free one-month trial.
Your child gets tested about every week on the site, and the test for the 6th grade was actually challenging in a good way!

You, too, can get a two-week trial with the site for your child by using the code  "BZZAGENT"!! 

Scope them out, and you'll see your child be challenged!

Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to check out The Factor Tree by BzzAgent, of which I am a member, and the opinions posted are my own!


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Special "Community" Christmas episode airs Thursday night 12/9/10 at 8PM EST!!

I had the awesome opportunity to preview one of my favorite shows this morning! The NBC show "Community" is having a Christmas special tomorrow night 12/9/10, and it is definitely a "can't miss"!!!  "Community" usually focuses on things that happen  in the community college between friends and classmates and their professors. It's quite entertaining, and the special Christmas stop animation show is going to be even more entertaining!

In this special stop motion animation episode, the meaning of Christmas is lost, and Abed's intense fixation of Christmas concerns  the group. When Abed wakes up in the stop-motion animation, he takes it as a sign that he and the group must re-discover the meaning of Christmas. Meanwhile, Jeff and  Britta become growingly concerned about Abed's mental health and they enlist the help of Professor Duncan. The group undergoes hypnosis to explore Abed's winter wonderland and soon unravel the truth behind Abed's madness.
It's starring Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs, Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, and John Oliver.

This one's a pic of Ballerina Annie.

Another pic of one of the stop animation characters,  Britta Bot.

Here's Jeff-in-the-box!!

 Here they are in Abed's Winter Wonderland, with the wizard.  

Community - Journey Through Winter Wonderland - Video -

The above link will take you to a clip of tomorrow night's show, of animated Abed!! I loved this little clip, just a teaser of the show, to get you to tune in and watch it tomorrow night, 12/9/10, at 8pm EST on NBC!!!
You will definitely enjoy it! If you haven't watched this show before,  take the opportunity and watch it for the first time!!!


Disclosure: I was given the opportunity through One2One Network to watch a preview of the entire Christmas special from NBC, and by posting about it, I will be entered to win prizes.  The opinions  are my own!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Welch's Healthy Start 100% Juice Review

Welch's has 3 new fruit juices out that can shake up your morning!!! 
The new Welch's Healthy Start juices :
*have 100 % juice with no added sugar
*contain 2x the antioxidant vitamin C of the leading OJ
* Natural antioxidant power straight from the grapes
* two servings (1 cup) of fruit in every 8 oz. glass


It comes in three delicious flavors, perfect for the whole family---  Grape , Blueberry Pomegranate Grape, and White Grape Orange Mango. 
I decided to try the Blueberry Pomegranate Grape, since I like all three of those fruits! It was awesome, it had just the right amount of sweetness along with a wee bit of tart (I guess from the pomegranante!!). My hubby and son opted not to try anything this time, so I enjoyed the whole carton myself over a few days!
My friend Teressa also tried the Blueberry Pomegranate Grape juice, and she told me that she liked it, too.

The suggested retail price for the 59oz. carton is $3.79. 
You can find out more online at  and on

Disclosure: I'm a BzzAgent, and I was given free coupons in which to try the product from Welch's. The opinions posted are my own!