Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Announcing a Holiday Giveaway from Schwartz Bioresearch with $2,200 in Prizes!

Schwartz Bioresearch is having a holiday giveaway, and they're giving away $2,200 worth of prizes! Enter through the giveaway form below for the chance to win a VitaMix or gift cards!

Holiday Giveaway for Moms - $2,200 worth of prizes

The giveaway is US only, and ends on 12/31/2016.

Disclosure: I will receive a complimentary product sample as a thank-you for sharing this information.

Monday, December 05, 2016

SING: In Theaters December 21! Celebrate with This Giveaway for a $25 iTunes Gift Card and Headphones

Universal Pictures
In Theaters December 21

Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history. Following the release of this summer’s comedy blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets, Illumination presents Sing this holiday season.

The event film stars Academy Award® winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Grammy Award-nominated Tori Kelly.

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (McConaughey), a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal—some might even say delusional—optimist who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now faced with the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.

Five lead contestants emerge: Mike (MacFarlane), a mouse who croons as smoothly as he cons; Meena (Kelly), a timid teenage elephant with an enormous case of stage fright; Rosita (Witherspoon), an overtaxed mother run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets; Johnny (Egerton), a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies; and Ash (Johansson), a punk-rock porcupine struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo.

Each arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life. And as Buster coaches each of his contestants closer and closer to the grand finale, he starts to learn that maybe the theater isn’t the only thing that is in need of saving.

Featuring more than 65 hit songs, Sing is produced by Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy. Together, they have produced all of Illumination’s films since the studio’s inception. Released by Universal Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters on December 21, 2016.

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Sing hits theaters December 21. Get your tickets today on Fandango!

Learn more at www.singmovie.com.

SING Holiday Video

Don’t let fear stop you from doing the thing you love. Watch the new holiday video featuring a special message from Grammy Award-nominated Tori Kelly and don’t miss SING in theaters December 21.

Free SING Printables 

Download free SING activity sheets and coloring pages at www.singmovie.com/printables


One (1) winner receives:
· $25 iTunes gift card to download the Official Soundtrack
· Headphones

Open to US mailing addresses only. Prizing and samples courtesy of Universal Pictures. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, December 18, 2016.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary prize pack as a thank you for providing this information and hosting a giveaway.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Find Beautiful Gifts from Around the World at NOVICA ($50 Gift Code Giveaway)

I love to give gifts that are truly unique, and one of the best places to find them is at NOVICA. Their beautiful products are made by artisans all over the world, and you can always find something for the special people in your life. Following are just a small sample of the categories and gifts available!

Each gift arrives beautifully wrapped so you can ship directly to your recipient. See how my order was wrapped!

Inside the package was the gorgeous sweater I ordered.

About the sweater:
A palette of warm earth tones honors the reverence the Inca held towards the land, in a design by Nestor Yana. Mixed with green and red hues, the sweater fastens with coconut shell buttons. Yana knits it with an alpaca wool blend featuring a raised neckline designed for a soft, snug hug.

I love how NOVICA gives information about the person who designs each product and what country he or she is from. The sweater I ordered is just as lovely in reality as it looks in the picture. I can't wait to wear it this winter. It will definitely keep me warm!

If you’re looking for a unique gift that will make your loved one smile, head on over to NOVICA.com and start shopping! You can also visit NOVICA at:

https://twitter.com/NOVICA #HANDMADE4LIFE


One lucky winner will receive a $50 Gift Code to spend at NOVICA.com! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to anyone who resides in a country where NOVICA ships. (Click here to see a list of countries.) This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, December 16, 2016.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary gift code to order a product for review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Winners in November 2016

6th Grade Revengers Book Blast: $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

Congratulations to the winner: Mindy B.!

Trolls Prize Pack: $25 Visa Gift Card and General Mills Trolls-Themed Products

Congratulations to the winner: Janet W.!

Turkey Day Giveaway Hop: Corazonas HEARTBAR Oatmeal Squares and $10 Amazon Gift Card

Congratulations to the winner: LaTanya T.!

Say & Pray Devotions, by Diane Stortz

Congratulations to the winner: Gabrielly!

Friday, December 02, 2016

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (December 3, 2016)

Welcome to the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! We may be into the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, but I hope you'll take some time to relax and enter some giveaways! Visit the blogs below for the chance to win some great prizes, and be sure to check out the giveaways listed on my right sidebar, too. Come back daily to see what is new! And if you're hosting some giveaways this week, I hope you'll share them with us in the linky and post this page on your social media sites. Happy holidays!

Great Stocking Stuffer Idea: Surprizamals!

One of the biggest joys of Christmas for kids is opening their stockings to see all of the little treasures tucked inside. This year, make sure that your children's stockings include some Surprizamals! These adorable plush animals come in a plastic ball, so nobody knows what animal is inside until it's opened! There are more than 100 different characters to collect, and each one is classified by its "rarity," from common to rare.

Watch this video for a sneak peek at Surprizamals!

My boys received two Surprizamals, which they love! Take a look at what they got:

As you can see in the photos above, each animal comes in a colorful ball, and has a tag with its name, likes, birthday, and favorite color! Aren't the giraffe and lion cute?

Surprizamals can be found at major retailers, such as Toys R Us, as well as on Stuffedanimals.com. And each is less than $5! Visit www.surprizamals.com to learn more about these toys that make ideal stocking stuffers!

Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples to facilitate my honest review.

Children's Book Review and Giveaway: "Charlie the Tramp," by Russell Hoban

I love classic children’s books. It’s so heart-warming to know that they’ve delighted children and their parents for generations. Books written long ago have a certain sweetness and innocence to them that never go out of style. So, I was thrilled to hear that the publisher is releasing a special 50th anniversary hardcover edition of Charlie the Tramp, by Russell Hoban! This book won the Boys Club of America Junior Book Award in 1968, and has the sweetest illustrations by Lillian Hoban. (You may recognize her art if you’re familiar with the Frances series of children’s books.)

About the book:

Charlie the Beaver wants to be a tramp when he grows up. “Tramps don’t have to learn how to chop down trees and how to roll logs and how to build dams. Tramps just tramp around and have a good time. Tramps carry sticks with little bundles tied to them. They sleep in a field when the weather is nice, and when it rains they sleep in a barn.” Charlie sets off with his bundle. But when he hears water trickling, he can’t get to sleep. Will he be able to resist the urge to make it stop? As Grandfather Beaver says, “You never know when a tramp will turn out to be a beaver.”

Like many children, Charlie thinks that “the grass is always greener on the other side.” If he leaves home, he won’t have to do chores or help his family. He’ll be free to do whatever he wants. Wisely, his family decides to let Charlie learn a lesson for himself. So, Charlie becomes a “tramp.” At first, he likes doing whatever he wants. He’s content to do “little jobs” rather than “hard work.” But he soon finds that being a tramp isn’t as fun as he’d hoped. He can’t resist doing what a beaver does such as building a dam. Before long, Charlie realizes that “hard work” is not so bad after all, and he’d rather be a beaver than a tramp!

This story will help kids to see that trying to be something you’re not doesn’t usually work. And that hard work isn’t something to put aside. Being with family and having a purpose in life is much more rewarding!


Russell Hoban (1925-2011) first became famous for his children’s picture books about a badger named Frances and other animal characters that have a lot in common with children we know – Bedtime for Frances, A Baby Sister for Frances, Bread and Jam for Frances, and Emmit Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas.

Lillian Hoban (1925-1998), one of America’s favorite children’s book illustrators, is best known for a young chimpanzee named Arthur and his little sister, Violet. She also illustrated six of Russell Hoban’s books about Frances the badger, which have taken their place among the great classics of children’s literature. Lillian Hoban was born in Philadelphia and attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art. She studied dance for ten years and became a professional dancer. She began to write and illustrate her own stories only after having children, basing her tales on their experiences.


One lucky winner will receive a hardcover copy of Charlie the Tramp, by Russell Hoban. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to US residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, December 16, 2016.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through my link.

Master Lock Gift Guide: Give the Gift of Safety for the Holidays

Over the past few years, I’ve had the privilege of being on the Master Lock Live Secure Safety Squad. I’ve been able to try a variety of terrific products from Master Lock and share them with you! Master Lock products all share a common purpose: to enhance our families’ safety and security. Nothing could be more important than making sure that our loved ones, homes, valuables and documents are secure. The holidays are all about family, so it’s the ideal time to choose gifts from Master Lock! Following are some gift ideas for those you love:

For the college student:

A laptop is a must-have for today’s college student, but that big investment needs to be protected from theft. Be sure to include a computer lock so he’ll have that computer for the duration of his college years!

For the teenager:

Every teenager guards her privacy, and the Safe Space provides a great place for her to keep her cell phone, jewelry and love notes away from prying siblings!

For the child:

If Santa is bringing your child a bike this year, be sure to provide a bike lock to keep it safe from theft! You can set the combination using arrows, letters or numbers, making it easy to use for any age.

For the traveler:

These locks are ideal because they protect your belongings while you travel, but still allow TSA personnel to inspect your luggage without harming it.

For the senior citizen:

If Grandma or Grandpa lives alone, they’ll feel much more secure with a security bar on their sliding glass doors.

For the handy guy:

Lock up the shed with this unique padlock that can be opened with a smartphone! Never worry about losing a key or forgetting the combination.

For the jogger:

Do you worry about your sister, daughter or other loved one jogging alone? Provide her with protection thanks to Master Lock’s pepper spray! It offers immediate impact, blinding attackers temporarily, causing coughing, gagging, and tearing.

The items above are just a small glimpse at all of the wonderful gifts available at masterlock.com. Head on over to their website to place an order or click on Where to Buy to find a retailer near you!

Disclosure: As a member of the Live Secure Safety Squad, I receive product samples and compensation to facilitate my honest opinions and share valuable information with my readers.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Review and Giveaway: Amy Grant’s Tennessee Christmas CD

I love Christmas music, and every year I try to add at least a couple of new CDs to my collection. I look forward to bringing them out after Thanksgiving and listening to Christmas songs until the holiday arrives! This year, I’m thrilled to be adding Amy Grant’s CD, Tennessee Christmas, to my collection! This mix of traditional and less traditional songs will get you in the Christmas spirit and put a smile on your face. Listen to “To Be Together,” one of my favorite songs on the CD, in the video below:

The full song list includes:
  • Tennessee Christmas
  • To Be Together
  • Christmas for You and Me
  • Melancholy Christmas
  • December
  • White Christmas
  • Joy to the World
  • I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside (with husband Vince Gill)
  • Christmas Don’t Be Late
  • Still Can’t Sleep
  • Another Merry Christmas
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful
The words are included inside the CD booklet so you can sing along. This beautiful CD is a highly welcome addition to any Christmas music collection!

Video Opportunity

If you’re a fan of Amy Grant, you are invited to upload to social media any videos you may have of surprising loved ones for the holidays! Use the hashtag #TNChristmasSurprise and your video just may be in a compilation video that will be posted on Amy’s large social media outlets!


One lucky winner will receive a CD copy of Tennessee Christmas by Amy Grant! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to residents of the continental U.S. only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, December 9, 2016. 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.

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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.

Colors of the Sun and Moon Book Blast: Giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Code or PayPal Cash

Colors of the Sun & Moon by Talia Aikens-Nunez

Colors of the Sun and Moon is an English/Spanish STEM book featuring an inquisitive young girl and her grandmother. The bright illustrations engage children and illuminate the science of the horizon with vibrant colors.

An inquisitive young girl questions her grandmother about the science behind the colors of the sun and moon. With a forward by Spencer Christian. Colors of the Sun and Moon is the second book from the new multicultural, multilingual children's press, SundanceKid Press. The mission of SundanceKid Press is to promote cultural, ethnic/racial and linguistic diversity in children's literature. Each page includes the English text along with the Spanish translation. A free audio recording is available on the SundanceKid Press website.

Forward by Spencer Christian, Weather Anchor for ABC 7/KGO-TV, San Francisco

As a young child, I was much like the little girl in this book -- intensely curious about the wonders of the natural world -- asking questions such as those put forth by young Gabriela, “Why is the sky blue; why are leaves green?” My search for answers took me on a fascinating path of discovery, which eventually led me to become a national TV weather forecaster.

If the child in you -- or a child you know -- finds the world to be a wondrous place, your path to discovery can be found in the pages of Colors of the Sun and Moon. Colors of the Sun and Moon is the story of 8-year-old Gabriela and her wise and loving grandmother -- a grandmother who has the answers to all of her precious granddaughter's questions about the world of wonders they see around them. While Abuela's answers are simple enough for a young child to understand, they are factual and scientifically sound.

I applaud author Talia Aikens-Nuñez for giving her readers a story that is appealing on so many levels: it is educational, entertaining, and family-focused. What a rare combination of elements! As I read Colors of the Sun and Moon, images from my own childhood flashed in my mind, and I found myself smiling in amusement and amazement. I feel certain that the young reader and the not-so-young reader in your home will enjoy this book as much as I did.

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Author Talia Aikens-Nuñez
Talia Aikens-Nuñez wanted to be a meteorologist, a politician and a lawyer. She never thought she would be a writer. It was the birth of her daughter that caused her to start writing. Raising a bilingual child inspired Talia to write lyrical children's books. Talia's family loves nature so much that she and her husband vowed that they will always try to live close to water. They live on a river in Connecticut with their kids.

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Ends 1/1/17

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Top 10 Gift Ideas for the Stressed-Out Mom

This post sponsored by Handy, which specializes in apartment cleaning NYC

Lately, I’ve been feeling especially stressed out. I’ve been super-busy at work, so I’ve been working more hours. I have tons of products lined up to review on my blogs. I have freelance editing work to get done. And my kids have needed a lot of help with homework (thumbs down to Algebra!). So, I’ve been daydreaming about some really great gifts that Santa could bring that would help alleviate my stress. I hope you’ll consider these ideas for a stressed-out mom in your life!

1) Hire a cleaning service to clean her house for the holidays.
2) Arrange for some meals to be delivered from a home delivery service.
3) Give a gift certificate to her favorite hair salon to get her hair done or get a manicure.
4) Have her car washed and detailed.
5) Take her kids for the weekend so she can get things done.
6) Arrange for her to have a weekend vacation.
7) Organize her closets.
8) Wrap her Christmas gifts and/or address her Christmas cards.
9) Weed through all of the junk email she receives.
10) Give her a hug!

If you’re a stressed-out mom or live with one, what gift ideas do you have?