Tal-y-Tara Tea and Polo Shoppe

“Tea! Bless ordinary everyday afternoon tea!” ― Agatha Christie

In the Richmond District of San Francisco, you will find Tal-y-Tara Tea and Polo Shoppe, a quaint neighborhood establishment featuring their delicious “Motorloaf.”  The tea shoppe also doubles as a polo shoppe, so you will see riding apparel, tack and horse equipment, along with tea cozies and tea pots.  My mother-in-law purchased a Groupon for Tal-y-Tara, and treated my sister-in-law and I to a lovely late morning tea time.PhotoGrid_1453607420160

The Groupon was good for the Queen’s Tea service for two and included the following,

  • Pot of tea for two (We added a 2nd pot of tea.)
  • Scottish shortbread cookies
  • Classic motorloaf sandwiches
  • Choice of two homemade scones with Devonshire cream and jam
  • Two salads (We chose the Wedge Salad with bleu cheese and peppered bacon  and the Seasonal Fruit Medley with honey glaze.)
  • English trifle

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We had the first reservation of the day, at 11am.  Expect to wait a little bit for the food to come out, especially the sandwiches.  We could see the owner and his employee busily making each course, so we knew that everything coming to our table was freshly prepared.  Since there were three of us and the tea service was for two people, we just split everything into thirds.  There was definitely enough food!

The main course was the Motorloaf, a semi-sweet dark bread containing raisins and walnuts.  Read about the story of the Motorloaf here.   Tea sandwiches made from this loaf included Cream Cheese and Cucumber, Egg Salad with Capers, Cheese and Chutney, Smoked Turkey with Watercress, Black Forest Ham with Mustard, and Lox with Cream Cheese and Capers.

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The “Motorloaf”

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The sandwiches were really good!  The sweet bread and fillings complimented each other very nicely. My favorite was the Lox with Cream Cheese and Capers sandwich.

I had to leave before the English Trifle came out, so unfortunately I don’t have a picture of it.  Be sure to make reservations and allow enough time to stay, because you can easily spend 2+ hours there.  Free street parking is also available.  If there is a LivingSocial voucher or Groupon available, you will save a significant amount on this tea service.  I believe our discount with the Groupon was 50% off.  =)

Let me know if you have a favorite spot for afternoon tea.  I am always looking to try new places.

{Giveaway} Captive Dvd

Here it is…my first giveaway of 2016!  A dvd copy of the movie, Captive.

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DVD Release Date: January 5, 2016

Runtime: 96 minutes

Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements involving violence and substance abuse)

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About the movie:

Based on a miraculous story about the power of faith,  Captive is an “amazing, inspiring” drama about the spiritual collision of two lost souls, Brian Nichols (Golden Globe Nominee David Oyelowo), on the run from police and desperate to make contact with his newborn son, takes recently widowed mother Ashley Smith (Kate Mara) hostage in her own apartment.  Fearing for her life and desperately hoping to see her daughter again,  she turns to Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life for guidance.  Ashley and her captor face a crossroads where they discover hope and light in the midst of despair in the moving film that Dick Rolfe, CEO, Dove Foundation hailed as “powerful.”

There are over 30 minutes of bonus content on this DVD including Journey Through Darkness: Filming Captive and Faith and  The Purpose Driven Life.  Also included with this DVD is a Digital HD copy that can be instantly streamed and downloaded.

From the depths of desperation and helplessness, comes freedom and purpose.

I first heard about this story through K-LOVE radio, so I  was already familiar with the ending prior to watching the movie.  What I didn’t realize or perhaps had forgotten, was the role that Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life, played in these two lives.  During her captivity, Ashely Smith read a chapter from the book to Brian Nichols.  My husband and I liked the movie, but we both thought these particular scenes with the book could’ve gone a little deeper.  The movie does ignite my desire to read The Purpose Driven Life again.

I thought the acting from the entire cast was excellent.  Captive also does a good job showing the events that lead up to the hostage situation, with suspenseful scenes and heart-warming conversations between Ashley and her young daughter.  You get a really good sense of where these two main characters are coming from.

Watch the trailer from Captive:

GIVEAWAY – I am giving away a dvd copy of Captive to one lucky reader! To enter, leave a comment. For extra entries, tweet about this giveaway or share about it on Facebook, and let me know in the comments section.  Giveaway ends on Monday, February 1st at 11pm PST. (Giveaway open to US and Canada residents only.)


“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

2016…What lies ahead.

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Photo Credit: Jason Y. {Moss Beach, CA}

Happy 2016!

It’s a new year and new things are happening!

Except for the occasional review and giveaway, it’s been a long time since I posted anything about what my family and I have been up to.  With the encouragement of dear friends, (I hope that) things are about to change and I’ll be writing more often.  I am so thankful for these Sisters-in-Christ who “see” my gifts even when I can’t see them, because we all have gifts to share with the world, right?  Thanks for nudging me on, Ladies!

I have tons of pictures and ideas floating around in my head.  The general themes will be about, (along with the occasional giveaways)…

* Faith * Family * Fun Stuff * Favorites * Friends * Food *

Some days I’ll write about recent happenings and other days I’ll reminisce about the past.

I don’t know what lies ahead or where this journey will take me, but I am looking forward to seeing where God leads me.  =)

{giveaway} Galaxy Buck: Mission To Sector 9 DVD

I’m excited to share another giveaway from our friends over at Flyby Promotions. From VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer comes a new movie, Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9.  Longing to do BIG THINGS for God, Buck Denver and his friends (familiar faces from What’s in the Bible?) travel across the galaxy to bring God’s Word to all the people in Sector 9.  Along the way, Buck meets some interesting characters and discover what God truly desires for his life.  Adults will appreciate the humorous nods to Star Wars and Star Trek (my husband noticed them right away) and there will definitely be lots of giggles from the kids.  “It’s funny!,” says my 8 year old.  ;)

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About the movie:
Buck Denver has a simple dream – to save the galaxy.  Working for the Galactic Mission Board, Buck dreams of carrying God’s love to every corner of the Milky Way!  Except he doesn’t have a starship.  Or a crew.  Or even a captain’s license.  He just needs a chance.  But when that chance comes and Buck finds himself leading a real mission into deep space, things don’t go at ALL like he imagined!  If he’s doing what God wants him to do, why is everything going wrong?  From VeggieTales® and What’s in the Bible? creator Phil Vischer, Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9 is a wild, galactic adventure that teaches kids a powerful lesson about trusting God with everything – even our dreams!
Run time: Approximately 40 minutes

Official Trailer

Galaxy Buck is available now on JellyTelly, an online streaming site featuring shows and movies to teach your kids about God, The Bible, and Faith.

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GIVEAWAY – I am giving away a dvd copy of Galaxy Buck: Mission To Sector 9 to one lucky reader!  To enter, comment below if you have a favorite VeggieTales or What’s in the Bible? movie.  For extra entries, tweet about this giveaway or share about it on Facebook, and let me know in the comments section.

Giveaway ends on Thursday, October 29th at 11pm PST.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

{Giveaway} 90 Minutes in Heaven

90 Minutes in Heaven opened in theaters on September 11, 2015.  Has anyone seen it yet?  It’s on the top of my “must see movie in the theater” list.
Here is a trailer of the movie:
About the movie presented by Giving Films:
Rating: PG-13 (for intense accident and injury images) 
Starring Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith), Kate Bosworth (Remember The Titans, Blue Crush) Michael W. Smith, Fred Thompson, Dwight Yoakam, and Jason Kennedy, 90 Minutes In Heaven is based on the inspiring New York Times best-selling book that has sold 7 million copies.  
 
About Giving Films:
Giving Films is passionate about sharing hope-filled movies and donating ALL of their profits to charities and ministries who serve those in need.  Beginning with their first film, 90 Minutes In Heaven, Giving Films is allowing all of us to be a part of making a difference.  Anytime you go to a Giving Films movie in theaters, visit http://www.givingfilms.com and select which charities you want to receive the profits from your ticket.  Their charitable organizations are Christian Alliance for Orphans, Faith Bridge Foster Care, Hire Heroes USA, Hope International, LifeWater, Street Grace, and World Vision.  

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 About the book:

Paperback; 245 pages

Pastor Don Piper died January 18, 1989 when a semi-tractor truck crushed his car.  Declared dead by the first rescue workers to arrive on the scene, Don’s body lay under a tarp for the next 90 minutes.  Don’s soul, meanwhile, was experiencing love, joy, and life like he’d never known before.  Don was in Heaven.  

When another pastor’s prayers helped bring Don back to life, he became a living miracle!  Yet this is one miracle Don wished never happened.  Heaven’s bliss was replaced by excruciating pain and emotional turmoil.  With the support and prayers of his beloved Eva, their three kids, and friends near and far, Don clings to his faith in God and fights to regain a semblance of his previous life.  The Piper family’s incredible true story of perseverance and overcoming the challenges of life – and death – will bring hope and encouragement to all who see it. 

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GIVEAWAY – I am giving away a copy of the book 90 Minutes in Heaven to one lucky reader!  To enter, comment below with your favorite family/faith friendly movie or let me know if you plan to see the movie.  If you’ve seen the movie, what did you think of it? Giveaway ends on Saturday, September 19th at 11pm EST.

**Go see the movie, visit http://www.givingfilms.com and select which charities you want to receive the profits from your ticket.**

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Tea Collection Private Sample Sale!!!

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

I have a very special offer for my readers!  If you are a fan of Tea Collection, like I am, you’re going to love this!

Tea Collection is having a Private Sample Sale on Past Collections, beginning today, April 27th through Wednesday, April 29th.  You will have exclusive access to styles up to 60% off!

To start shopping, click on the link or banner below and you will be directed to the sale site.

Tea’s Secret Sample Sale: Get styles from past collections up to 60% off!

gMovies Review & Giveaway! {free 2 week trial & 6 month membership}

After we decided to cancel our satellite service provider in early 2012, we began to watch many more television programs and movies online.  It’s amazing how many shows you can watch online the next day or through on-demand Internet streaming media providers, like Netflix and Amazon Prime.  It’s so convenient, as long as you have a device to watch it on and available wifi.

I am always looking for wholesome, family/kid friendly programs for my family to watch. Then I found out about gMovies from Flyby Promotions and it was just what my family and I needed.  If you haven’t heard of gMovies yet, let me introduce it to you.

gMovies offers instant access to almost 300 faith friendly feature films of every genre, in addition to animated stories, television series and biblical documentaries. Always available on your computer or mobile device, gMovies also includes the bible-based animated series “Pahappahooey Island;” teen drama “Much Ado About Middle School” starring Bill Cobbs, Lee Meriwether and Amanda Waters; and the “Left Behind” drama series starring Kirk Cameron and based on the New York Times bestselling books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 1.31.19 PMThe website is easy to navigate and you can search for movies alphabetically, by category or most watched.  I am a fan of Candace Cameron-Bure, so the first movie I watched was “Finding Normal,” and I thought it was pretty good with some hilarious scenes.Screen Shot 2015-04-19 at 9.41.23 PM

They have a good selection of kid shows too.  My kids love watching “Hoop Dogz.”Screen Shot 2015-04-19 at 9.42.35 PM

gMovies is operated by UP, America’s favorite television channel for uplifting music and family entertainment, so rest assured that you are being offered the very best in faith conscious entertainment. The Parents Television Council™ has twice awarded its Entertainment Seal of Approval™ to UP for being “an authentic family-friendly cable network.” UP is the only television network to be so honored.

Join over 2 million people who are already enjoying gMovies on a monthly basis!
·  Instant access to over 300 hundreds Christian movies and TV shows with new titles added monthly
·  The whole family can enjoy a variety of entertainment including Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Documentaries, Thrillers and more
·  Stream from iPad, Android, or your PC
·  Only $4.99/month
·  No contract; cancel anytime
·  Powered by UP, American’s favorite TV network for uplifting entertainment

Thanks to gMovies, they are giving all of my readers a Two-Week Free Trial!  So, if you would like to check gMovies out, here’s a wonderful opportunity.
1)To begin your two-week free trial, click here.
2) enter code: FREETRIAL89
FYI: The video player on the gMovies website is Adobe Flash Player based. You will just want to ensure that the web browser you are using to access is able to run the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. Also, to maintain the highest quality stream, please ensure your internet download speed is at least 3.0 Mbps.

GIVEAWAY – I am also giving away a FREE 6 month subscription to one lucky reader!  To enter, comment below with your favorite family friendly or faith friendly show/movie.  Giveaway ends on Sunday, April 26th at 11pm EST.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Easter Stories Book Review & Giveaway

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Easter Stories: Classic Tales for the Holy Season

By C.S. Lewis, Elizabeth Goudge, Leo Tolstoy, Oscar Wilde, Ruth Sawyer, Anton Chekhov, and others

I’m thrilled with this opportunity to introduce this book to you.  After having our two kids, Easter took on a whole other meaning.  It was no longer just about Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and heading to church on Easter Sunday, bright and early with hearts full of praise that Jesus Christ had risen!  After our children were born, my thoughts about Easter were consumed with finding the perfect Community Egg Hunt to take my children to or planning one of our own in the backyard, filling baskets with treats, chocolate bunnies and dyeing hard-boiled eggs.  With the busyness of making Easter fun for the kids, taking time to reflect on what the season is really about is important and good for the soul.  Easter Stories is a wonderful collection of 26 short stories that helps me focus on the true meaning of Easter.  I haven’t read the entire book yet, but it’s been good reading a story whenever I can.  Easter Stories will be treasured on my bookshelf for many years.  You will also have the opportunity to win a copy of this book by entering the giveaway below.

About the Book:   Everyone who believes Easter is about more than Easter egg hunts will be grateful for this new anthology of short stories that illumine the true meaning of the season. Selected for their spiritual value and literary quality, these classic tales capture the spirit of Holy Week and Easter in a way that will captivate readers of all ages. Parents and grandparents will find that children love to hear these stories read aloud, year after year.

Easter Stories includes time-honored favorites from world-famous storytellers such as C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy, Selma Lagerlof, Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Goudge, Maxim Gorky, Ruth Sawyer, Anton Chekhov, and Walter Wangerin – as well as many you’ve never heard before. Illustrated with original woodcuts.

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GIVEAWAY TIME!!! – One lucky reader will receive a copy of Easter Stories.  Giveaway ends on Tuesday, March 31st at 11pm PST.  To enter, leave a comment about your favorite Easter tradition or memory.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Manic Drive CD Review & Giveaway

“Five-One!, please!”  This is the song that my seven-year old requests over and over again in the car.  “Five-One” refers to cd #5 in my cd changer and song #1 from the Christian band Manic Drives latest album, VIP.  The song is called, “Electric”, and I have to put it on repeat, because my son will seriously ask to hear it played again and again.

Have you heard of Manic Drive?  To be honest, before I was given this opportunity to review the cd, I had never heard of the band.  I listen to Christian music a lot so I was excited for the chance to hear new songs from a new-to-me Christian band.  Before I get to my review, here’s a little more information about Manic Drive…

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ABOUT THE BAND:

Manic Drive has been widely known as a Canadian band who always delivers a great show, but over the past few years and project releases, they have added to their extensive touring of Canadian and US markets multiple Billboard Top 10 & 20 singles on CHR & Christian Rock Radio. Manic Drive is clearly very intentional about reaching their generation and inspiring them to pursue a deeper walk with Christ and to get involved in changing the world they are inheriting. And they are uniquely equipped to do so. The band members, all in their early-mid twenties, have made sacrifices to pursue God’s call on their lives. Their life experience, spiritual maturity and ministry have opened doors to speak into the lives of their own generation and that is perhaps the most defining characteristic of this group of guys.

So my son is definitely a fan of the album, VIP (btw…he has listened to the entire cd), and I have to say that I am a fan too!  I am drawn to the songs’ lyrics, especially to King of Mercy and Indestructible, that remind me of God’s unfailing love and mercy.  I also like songs that combine hymns into their lyrics.  You hear glimpses of two of my favorite hymns, “Old Rugged Cross” and “How Great Thou Art” in the song, Song to Sing.  Then there’s the upbeat, I want to get up and dance songs, like Electric and VIP.  Those are fun songs to listen to and a great way to start my morning drives.  I’m sure I’ll be listening to “Five-One” in the car for awhile.  ;)

Check out Manic Drive’s VIP video:

Official Website- http://www.manicdrive.com/

YouTube Channel- http://www.youtube.com/manicdrive

Official Twitter-  http://www.twitter.com/manicdrive

Official FB- http://www.facebook.com/manicdrive

I recommend getting the album but if you want the chance to win it first, enter my giveaway…  =)

The giveaway is now closed.  The winner is Ashley!

GIVEAWAY TIME!!! – One lucky reader will receive a copy of Manic Drive’s latest album VIP.  Giveaway ends on Tuesday, November 18th at 11pm PST.  To enter, watch the video above.  Leave a comment telling me what you thought about the song or any comment about Manic Drive.  =)

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Mabel’s Labels 50% off Promos

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Mabel’s Labels is offering two great 50% off promotions! For today only, Mabel’s Labels is offering 50% off Pirate Ship or Skull ‘n’ Crossbones Sticky Labels in honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Plus, on 9/20, Mabel’s Labels is offering 50% off Plane Sticky Labels for their second year of Talk Like a Pilot Day, created by Mabel’s Labels. Don’t miss your chance to shop these great offers!

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