Monday, September 01, 2014

Movie Review and Giveaway: "Summer in February," Starring Dan Stevens of "Downton Abbey"


I miss watching new episodes of Downton Abbey on Sunday nights, but I found a little piece of the show last night when I watched the movie, Summer in February. This film stars Dan Stevens, who played Matthew on Downton Abbey, and is also a period piece that takes place in the early 20th century. Summer in February, however, tells the real-life story of artist Alfred (AJ) Munning and the love triangle that forms between him, the beautiful Florence Carter-Wood, and Munning’s friend Gilbert (played by Stevens).


All of the acting in this film is superb. Dominic Cooper makes a very believable eccentric artist, who is deeply flawed and yet admired for his vast talent. Emily Browning as Florence is both beautiful and mysterious. It’s easy to see why AJ and Gilbert were both so intrigued by her. And Dan Stevens is the perfect choice to play the soldier Gilbert. At one point he hints at some of the tragedies he experienced while serving in Africa, almost mocking the shallow concerns of his friends in England. This is a tragic story that all unfolds thanks to a single fateful decision made by Florence.

Watch the trailer below:
The DVD includes a very interesting interview with Dan Stevens, who also served as a producer on the movie. He shares how he first read the book on which this movie is based in high school and has been determined all these years to bring the story to the screen. I hope you’ll pick up a copy of the DVD, Summer in February, and enjoy the gorgeous Cornish scenery, moving story, and brilliant acting.

*Note to parents: There is some full frontal nudity in this movie, so it's not appropriate for children.



 GIVEAWAY


I have another copy of the DVD, Summer in February, to give away to one lucky winner! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends on Monday, September 15, 2014.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Get a Free Personalized Greeting Card from Treat!

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I love the personalized greeting cards at Treat! I send them to out-of-town friends and family members all the time. You can choose different layouts inside the card, and add your own photos and text. And from now until September 2nd, you can get one of these cards for FREE! Click on the banner above to design a card and place your order! Use Promo Code: 1NEWTREAT at checkout.




Kohl’s Cares Presents Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter Books and Plush for Only $5 Each Through September 20th!

Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter series of books have always been huge favorites in our family. So, I was thrilled to hear that Kohl’s Department Stores are offering exclusive merchandise from Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter for only $5 each! Best of all, they’re being offered through the Kohl’s Care program, which means that 100 percent of the net profit from the sales of items in this collection supports children’s health and education initiatives across the United States. Kohl’s Little Critter collection includes:

Books:
Little Critter’s Bedtime Storybook
Little Critter Jack and the Beanstalk (a lift-the-flap book)
Little Critter Little Red Riding Hood (a lift-the-flap book)
Little Critter Hansel and Gretel (a lift-the-flap book)
Little Critter 3-Pack Board Book Set

Plush:
Little Critter
Little Sister
Bear
Wolf

Other Items:
Zoo Matching Game
2-Pack Doodle Book

Online Exclusives:
Little Critter Where’s My Sneaker? (a lift-the-flap book)
Mouse (plush)

I received the Little Critter and Mouse plushes for review, and they are absolutely adorable. They are surprisingly large and really soft, which makes them super-huggable for children of all ages. I also received two of the fairy-tale books, and they are hardcover, with really thick pages. Kids can lift the flaps on the pages to see the surprise picture underneath! I am so impressed with the beautiful quality of both the plushes and the books. It’s hard to believe they are only $5 each. They make fantastic gifts!

And there are even items available for adults through the Kohl’s Cares program, also at only $5 each:

The Mom 100 Cookbook
Good Housekeeping Stain Rescue!


Since 2000, Kohl’s Cares has raised more than $257 million for kids’ health and education initiatives, recognized more than 19,500 outstanding kids through its Scholarship Program, and donated more than 2.7 million hours of volunteer time through its Associates in Action volunteer program. Wow! The holidays are coming up. This is the perfect time to pick up Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter products at Kohl’s to get started on shopping for gifts, as well as to support some wonderful charitable programs through Kohl’s Cares. Head over to a Kohl’s store or visit www.kohls.com today ~ these items are only available through September 20, 2014!





Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Releases Its New Annual Book, Reality Shock!

September is right around the corner, and that means it’s time for Ripley Publishing to release its annual Ripley’s Believe It or Not book! This year’s edition is called Reality Shock!, and (as always) it contains some of the world’s most amazing stories and “jaw-dropping” photographs. These pictures speak for themselves…


As you can see, each story and photo is weirder than the last! Chapters include:
  1. Believe It!
  2. World
  3. Animals
  4. Sports
  5. Body
  6. Pop Culture
  7. Transport
  8. Feats
  9. Art
  10. Food
  11. Beyond Belief
My 10-year-old boys look forward to Ripley’s annual book every year. They spend hours looking through all of the fascinating facts, weird stories, and strange pictures. As a mother, I’m just thrilled that they’re voluntarily picking up a book and reading it! Reality Shock! is a great motivator for reluctant readers, especially boys.

I hope you’ll pick up a copy of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Reality Shock! for your family. It will also be a huge hit with guests when you put it on your coffee table!






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Fruit of the Loom Back-to-School Giveaway for a $75 Walmart Gift Card! #TGIBTS

Written by Mandie at Taking Time for Mommy:
#TGIBTS "Thank Goodness It’s Back to School"

“Back to School” is a little different for us since we homeschool, but we get excited just like everyone else. We don’t need lunch boxes or backpacks, but the girls love to go back-to-school shopping when we get great deals on clothes and school supplies. We can never have too many socks or paper for them to draw on.

My girls were excited to go shopping, so we went to the Fruit of the Loom section, and I bought panties, socks, bras, and camis. We stocked up, and I still had money in the budget, so we went to the girls' section. Each got some adorable t-shirts (on sale for $3 each!!) and a few outfits. The outfits were even on sale so we got a lot for our money!

I got everything we needed in ONE TRIP thanks to Walmart.

GIVEAWAY

Fruit of the Loom, Walmart, and Taking Time for Mommy are giving one lucky winner a $75 electronic Walmart gift card. Fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (August 30, 2014)

Welcome to the Labor Day weekend edition of the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! I hope that everyone has plans for some fun and family time this weekend. Some of that fun might include checking out some giveaways for the chance to win great prizes for your family! You'll want to take a look at those I've listed on my right sidebar, as well as those in the linky below. If you're hosting a family-friendly giveaway on your blog or website, please include it in the linky, and be sure to tell all of your Facebook and Twitter friends about this page. Have an enjoyable holiday weekend!






Movie Review and Giveaway: R. L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? (5 Winners)

R.L. STINE’S MOSTLY GHOSTLY:
HAVE YOU MET MY GHOULFRIEND?
On Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with DVD, Digital HD & Ultraviolet™
on September 2 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment!

About the movie:
A young magician and his two otherworldly best friends do some supernatural sleuthing in R. L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? Bella Thorne (Shake It Up!, Gook Luck Charlie), Madison Pettis (Lab Rats, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3) and Ryan Ochoa (Pair of Kings, The Perfect Game) lead an ensemble cast in this spooktacular adventure with new ghosts, new thrills, and the return of some old friends. Max (Ryan Ochoa) only has eyes for Cammy (Bella Thorne), the smart, popular redhead at school. When Max finally scores a date with Cammy on Halloween, Phears, an evil ghost with plans on taking over the world, unleashes his ghouls and things go haywire. With the help of his ghostly pals, Tara and Nicky, can Max thwart Phears’s evil plot, help reunite his ghost friends with their long-lost parents and still make his date with Cammy on Halloween? R.L. Stein’s Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? is frightful family fun!


My thoughts:
Fans of R.L. Stine’s popular series of children’s books will love this movie as it combines just the right amount of spookiness, family, and fun. The villain, Phears, may be a little too spooky for younger children, especially when he raises a very realistic-looking corpse from the dead, but its campiness will entertain children who understand that it’s all just for fun. Kids will relate to Max’s rivalry with his brother and his attempts to fit in at school, made more difficult because he keeps talking to his two ghost friends, which nobody else can see! There are plenty of humorous moments and lots of action that will keep children watching from beginning to end, like my boys did.


To celebrate the release of R. L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital, I have a terrific giveaway to offer with 5 lucky winners! Read on…

GIVEAWAY

Five (5) winners will each receive:
  • R. L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? DVD
  • R. L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? movie soundtrack
Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on September 12, 2014.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

SOL REPUBLIC Collegiate Tracks Headphones: The Perfect Gift for the College Student! (GIVEAWAY; US/CAN)

Looking for the perfect gift for the college-bound student or ardent college sports fan? Pick up a set of Collegiate Tracks headphones from SOL REPUBLIC! They have more than 75 universities licensed so you can pick the headphones for your student’s favorite team. Check out, for example, the headphones for Florida State:
As you can see, they feature the school’s colors and logo, and they look amazing! They sound amazing, too, with V8 high-definition sound, SonicSoft ear cushions, interchangeable and virtually indestructible headbands, 3-button mic and music control, and device compatibility. Plus, they come with a one-year warranty. We have a set of SOL REPUBLIC headphones, and we love the superior sound quality and comfort they provide. They are definitely the best headphones we own.

CLICK HERE to find out if your student’s or sports fan’s favorite college is available. You can order the Collegiate Tracks headphones directly from SOL REPUBLIC or find them at Radio Shack! My son will be receiving his headphones for his upcoming birthday for use with his iPad. I know he will be thrilled! I hope you’ll consider SOL REPUBLIC Collegiate Tracks headphones when you’re shopping for gifts, too!

Visit @SOLREPUBLIC on Instagram and Twitter, as well as on Facebook at Facebook.com/SOLREPUBLIC!

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive their choice of SOL REPUBLIC Collegiate Tracks headphones! This giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, September 12, 2014.

Note: You can only win one set of SOL REPUBLIC headphones within a six-month period. If you’ve won a pair on another blog in the past six months, please do not enter this giveaway.

Life of Crime Giveaway for a $15 Fandango Gift Card! #LifeOfCrime

About Life of Crime:
When a pair of low-level criminals kidnaps the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in Life of Crime, a dark caper comedy based on legendary author Elmore Leonard’s novel The Switch. Starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, yasiin bey, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Will Forte and Tim Robbins, Life of Crime is packed with the outrageously eccentric characters, black comedy and unexpected twists that earned Leonard a reputation as one of America’s sharpest and funniest crime writers.

Mickey Dawson (Jennifer Aniston), the wife of crooked real-estate developer Frank Dawson (Tim Robbins), is kidnapped by two common criminals (yasiin bey and Jon Hawkes), who intend to hold her for a $1 million ransom and extort her husband with inside information about his illegal business dealings. But Frank, who is holed up in the Bahamas with his mistress, decides he’d rather not get his wife back, setting off a sequence of double-crosses and plot twists that could only come from the mind of master storyteller Elmore Leonard.

Check out the Life of Crime Video Player!


GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a $15 Fandango gift card! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway ends on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at 11:59 PM EST.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please. Each household is only eligible to win $15 Fandango Gift Card via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Promo Code for 50% Off Customizable Petbrosia Pet Food!

I recently shared with you how much my cats love Petbrosia pet food. When you visit Petbrosia.com, you give them information about your cat or dog, and they will make sure that you get the food that's just right for your pet depending on his/her breed, size, age, activity level and more. And now, you can receive 50% off a box of Petbrosia Pet Food. This is an amazing deal! Just use the following when you check out:

PROMO CODE FOR 50% OFF
AUGLY2

Visit Petbrosia.com today and place an order for your wonderful pet(s)! This offer expires on September 1, 2014.




Disclosure: I will be eligible to earn free pet food by sharing this promo code. 

No More Tangles and Morning Battles with the Wet Brush!

My boys used to fight me every morning to comb their hair because of the tangles. I can’t say I blamed them because I have fine hair like them, and it also tangles easily. But we recently found a fantastic product called the Wet Brush, and I’m pleased to announce that the battles have ended! I have to admit that I was skeptical about whether the Wet Brush would really live up to its claims to be “pain free,” but it really works for us!


When my son, Austen, first eyed the brush, I had to convince him to try it because he’d always had such a bad experience with combing his hair. I should add that he swims with a swim team nearly every day, so his hair can get especially dry and brittle from the chlorine (and he refuses to wear a cap). But after the very first brushing, he decided he loves the Wet Brush! Now, it is the only thing he will use to detangle his hair. He uses it both right after a shower or swim (when his hair is wet), as well as when his hair is dry. And, amazingly, it doesn’t hurt or rip out his hair!

Now I’m a convert to the Wet Brush, too. I have my own, which I take in the shower to comb out my hair after applying conditioner, and then I use it on my dry hair during the day. I’ve even ordered a Wet Brush Squirt, which is a mini-version that I can carry in my purse. (It’s a great size for little hands, too.)

I don’t have daughters, but I can imagine that the Wet Brush would be great for girls with long hair who hate to have their hair combed because it hurts to get through the tangles. They can even have fun picking from the Wet Brush’s many colors and designs, like those pictured below.


If you’re tired of the daily battle with brushing your kids’ hair each morning, or even are frustrated with how difficult it is to comb your own hair, I recommend you pick up a Wet Brush for every member of your family! Learn more at TheWetBrush.com.



EndoMune Advanced Probiotic: Review and Giveaway

There are many probiotics brands available at the store, but not all of them are the same. We found that out when my husband recently switched from the brand he was currently using to EndoMune Advanced Probiotic, which was developed by Dr. Lawrence Hoberman, a board-certified gastroenterologist. What did he like about EndoMune Advanced Probiotic?

His gastrointestinal system felt better all day because each capsule is time-released, which means the ingredients are being released gradually all day, not all at once.

EndoMune contains 20 billion bacteria per serving, which is many times more than the brand he was using. He could really tell the difference.

EndoMune also comes in a special bottle that actually protects the helpful bacteria inside from humidity, which is especially important where we live in south Florida.

The 20 billion bacteria in EndoMune come from 10 beneficial bacteria, including Bifidobacteria, Lactobacilli and Streptococcus. Many other products only contain 1-10 billion bacteria per serving and just one strain of bacteria.

My husband has really noticed a difference in the way his “tummy” and the rest of his body feels since using EndoMune. Visit EndoMune.com to learn more about EndoMune Advanced Probiotic and its founder Dr. Lawrence Hoberman, and then pick up a two-month supply on the website, on Amazon or at a pharmacy or health food store.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a bottle of EndoMune Advanced Probiotic (a 60-day supply)! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Monday, September 8, 2014.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Take Orkin’s Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake Quiz and Enter to Win a Back-to-School Prize Pack! #OrkinMan


“Daddy longlegs are poisonous.”

“Mosquitoes prefer adults over children.”

“Ants can survive underwater.”

You’ve heard the myths about bugs before. Do you know what’s fact and what’s fake?

Take Orkin’s Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake™ Quiz to test your knowledge, and be sure to watch every clip for the scoop on these infamous bug myths.



Why you will LOVE The Orkin “Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake” Blog App:
•You’ve heard the myths about bugs before, but now it’s time to debunk them. Take the Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake Quiz to test your knowledge!
•Watch every episode of Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake and find out the answers to these age-old bug myths.

Orkin uses the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop a treatment that's right for your home and your needs. To learn more about pest control that's based in science or to schedule an inspection, visit orkin.com or call (844) 503-8251.

Orkin Facebook Page: facebook.com/OrkinPestControl
Ask The Orkin Man® Twitter Page: twitter.com/AskTheOrkinMan
Orkin YouTube Channel: youtube.com/user/OrkinVideo

GIVEAWAY


One lucky winner will receive the Orkin Scientific Back-to-School PRIZE PACK, which includes:
- Clip-on Fisheye Lens (iPhone, Galaxy, Android compatible)
- Orkin On-the-Go Drink Tumbler
- Orkin Drawstring Bag
- Orkin “Field Notes” Notebook w/ Pen

Giveaway open to the U.S. residents only. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please. Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Orkin Fact or Fake School Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway will end at 11:59 PM EST on Monday, September 1, 2014.

Winners for the Week of August 17, 2014

WordGirl Book, Tattoo and T-Shirt


Congratulations to the winner: Carissa J.!

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen


Congratulations to the winner: Jeremy S.!

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Home Sweet Home


Congratulations to the winner: mrsshukra!

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide


Congratulations to the winner: Eva N.!

You Are (Not) Small, by Anna Kang


Congratulations to the winner: Jennifer R.!

Masik Collegiate Fragrance


Congratulations to the winner: Jodi R.!

Branded, by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki


Congratulations to the winner: Mai T. and Heather B.!

Horror Business, by Ryan Craig Bradford (eBook) & $10 Amazon Gift Card


Congratulations to the winner: Samantha D.!