Saturday, February 21, 2015

Saturday 2/21, Low Entry Giveaways! #win #giveaway

MAM Love & Affection Mini Air Pacifier (@11pm CST) - U.S. - babyrecs *GT

$50 to Stems + Salvage - U.S. - Prairie Style File *RC

ErgoGrip Comfort Grip for iPads & Tablets - All 50 U.S. Mom *RC

Giveaways With Over 180 Entries, but under 500:

Ben Allen’s Groov3 Dance Video DVD - U.S. - hello natural *RC

Beauty Infusion by NeoCell (Winners Choice of Flavors) - U.S. - Let It Go *RC

$100 Erin Condren Gift Card - U.S. - Wildflowers and Marbles *RC

Friday, February 20, 2015

VeggieTales: Noah's Ark! (Available To Purchase On March 3rd!)

Contemporary Christian singer Jaci Velasquez has sold more than 4 million albums, including three certified Platinum recordings.  She hosts the popular Family Friendly Morning Show on national radio, and she has been on more than 50 magazine covers.

Despite all of her success and acclaim, Jaci’s voice gets excited and, well, animated when she talks about her newest project – starring as the voice of Sadie, wife of Shem (voiced by Wayne Brady) in the upcoming VeggieTales movie NOAH’S ARK, which will be available on DVD and digital download on March 3.

Jaci spent some time talking about her enthusiasm for NOAH’S ARK, and we’re happy to share her interview with you. 
Why did you want to make a VeggieTales movie?
VeggieTales is like the Mecca of our house – I’ve got two little boys, and they cannot get enoughVeggieTales.  So, to be a part of this is just a wonderful thing for me.  My husband and I like to sing to our kids, but they could care less – it’s to the point where we’ll sing and practice a song with them while we’re giving them baths and they’ll plug their ears and say, “Mommy, Daddy! Stop!”  To be part of VeggieTales and do something for the first time that my kids might actuallyenjoy is wonderful. 

The story of Noah and his ark has been told many times.  What makes the VeggieTalesversion different?
Well, I’m pretty sure it will be the only version with singing vegetables and a giant squid!  I think it was pretty brave of VeggieTales to take on the story of Noah because it is so familiar – but they make it feel completely new.  The animals are absolutely adorable, and there’s so much comedy; I’ve always thought VeggieTales movies were funny, but this one is really funny.  They’ve also really discovered something important about the story, because Noah’s Ark is about patience, trusting and believing.  Kids need to understand those things.  Whatever we pour into our children is what will pour out of them – what they learn as children is what they will be as adults.  We are planting seeds in their hearts and souls, and it’s important for them to understand that God has a purpose and a plan.  We don’t always understand it, and we have to trust in it.  That’s a big lesson, and Noah’s Ark helps parents start to teach it.

Who is your favorite VeggieTales character?
Sorry to be so typically “normal,” but it’s always Larry!  I love Madame Blueberry, as well, but really … Larry.  He just makes you happy.  He makes you laugh.  It’s like he’s every kid you’ve ever known, but he’s not – because he’s a vegetable!

Why do you think VeggieTales has been so popular for so long?
I think parents want good entertainment for their kids, especially in the world we live in.  You know, human beings are born knowing how to do the wrong thing, but we need to be taught how to do theright thing, and what better way to do that than through entertainment?  As a mom, I know that it can get really overwhelming to try to teach kids everything they need to know.  You say prayers with them at night, you read books with them, you take them to Sunday school – but that’s only one day a week.  So it helps to have entertainment that teaches them the truth and that teaches them fundamental things about life.  As a parent, VeggieTales gives me such gratitude!

Here is a clip of a brand-new VeggieTales song, “We Welcome You Aboard,” here:

And don’t forget to pre-order VEGGIETALES NOAH’S ARK and get more information about the movie at the Official VeggieTales website –


Also, the VeggieTales Hotline continues to receive calls from VeggieTales fans everywhere. (It accepts calls from Canadian callers now, too!) It’s available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling toll-free (844) 2-VEGGIE.

McFarland, USA Is Rated PG, And Is Now Showing In Theaters Everywhere! #McFarlandUSA

Based on the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream.

Check out the movie trailer:

Here are some Fun Facts about the movie:

§  “McFarland, USA” is inspired by a 1987 true story, in which an unlikely band of inexperienced, under-equipped, young Latino runners with exceptional determination rise to become cross-country state champions under the leadership of their coach, Jim White. Over the years since then, the McFarland High School cross-country teams have won nine state championships and the small school is considered a powerhouse in the sport.

§  Coach Jim White is retired now, but if you go to McFarland, chances are you will see him out there on his bike, keeping up with the kids every evening with a lot of his original team running alongside as well. White retired in 2002 after teaching in McFarland schools for 40 years and coaching for 25 years.

§  A number of the original runners on the championship 1987 cross-country team became educators in the McFarland school district. The former teammates are not only working in their hometown, but also raising their families there and actively supporting the cross-country teams of today by coaching, helping out with the meets and practices and donating goods or money so the teams have what they need.

§  Three out of the seven young actors on the team in the movie are from the McFarland area—Sergio Avelar who plays Victor Puentes and Michael Aguero, cast as Damacio Diaz, are actual runners and Ramiro Rodriguez, as Danny Diaz, was a champion soccer player.

§  Ramiro Rodriguez had no intention of auditioning when he agreed to drive his cousin to the casting tryouts for “McFarland, USA.” He landed the role of Danny Diaz after being pestered repeatedly by executive producer Mario Iscovich to audition.

§  Sergio Avelar is a bona fide runner and a member of the McFarland Track Club. He has been running since 2001 and considers himself a “decent runner.” One of his coaches in middle school was actually Thomas Valles,  the real-life person represented by the role that Carlos Pratts plays.

§  Actor Rafael Martinez, who is by nature soft-spoken and polite, admits that he cut school in order to audition for the movie. Needless to say, having won a role, he has no regrets.

§  Prior to the start of principal photography, director Niki Caro organized an informal gathering for the on-screen White clan that proved insightful for her and the actors. In pre-production she assembled the actors together—Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor and Elsie Fisher—and had them play Monopoly as a family unit. The interesting exercise kick-started a family dynamic that lasted for the entire shoot.

§  Kevin Costner, who plays Coach White, was a great hit with the young actors. He quietly mentored them and offered advice if they wanted it but for the boys, listening to Costner’s stories and watching movies with him in his trailer was a highlight. They felt so comfortable with the famous movie star that they even nicknamed him “KC.”  

§  Like the real McFarland team, all seven young actors had to train to become champion runners. Although some had more track and field experience than others, all of them took their drills very seriously. Mark Ellis, the coach hired to train them for the film, would have it no other way and the team evolved over time. But training them wasn’t as simple as merely putting shoes on their feet. Every morning at 8 a.m. the runners showed up for practice, which was literally running and more running to build up endurance.

§  In the script, the character Thomas Valles, played by Carlos Pratts, is a natural runner with prodigious talent. But the reverse was true for Pratts, who zealously prepared for the cross-country scenes and in the process, became a runner. In addition to drills with the film’s running coach, Mark Ellis, Pratts worked out with personal trainer Brian Nguyen. Nguyen famously got Mark Wahlberg into boxing shape for “The Fighter” and did likewise for Pratts.

§  The production took the cast and crew to some of the most beautiful spots in Southern and Central California, from Lake Castaic to Malibu to the Griffith Park Observatory, in addition to the fields and neighborhoods of Bakersfield and McFarland.

§  There were some unique cinematic opportunities in the filming of the movie, especially the embankments of almonds covered in protective plastic that served as training hills for the team. The expanse of these weird mounds across the landscape was visually arresting and certainly emblematic of McFarland, home to Blue Diamond Almonds.

§  Classic lowriders are featured in “McFarland, USA” in several scenes. Lowriders are custom cars fitted with hydraulic jacks that allow the chassis to be lowered almost all the way to the road. Lowriding was very big in California’s Central Valley in the mid-’80s with Bakersfield being one of the lowriding epicenters of the area. Lowriding is often stereotypically depicted as gangster-related in film but the reality is that these car clubs are essentially about family and community and the cars are lovingly treasured.

§  Director Niki Caro took particular interest in the “hero-car” lowrider vehicle—and not just in the service of the movie. The car actually belongs to Caro and she likes to drive the 1970s Chevrolet Caprice, which was customized to the movie’s specifications. The beautiful classic features an iconic chain steering wheel and a mural on the hood that is in the likeness of the owner’s girlfriend in the film, Lupe. The painting is in the style of the Virgin of Guadalupe, which is an ongoing visual theme in the movie. 

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McFARLAND, USA is rated PG and is now playing in theaters everywhere!

Friday 2/20, Low Entry Giveaways! #win #giveaway

Adventures of Brooklet and the Magical Monkey Pants - children's book (@4pm CST) - U.S. - Naturally Crazy Moms *GT

Crochet Baby Hat & Crochet Baby Dress - Main 48 Continental U.S. States - The Heart of a Homemaker *RC

Yoga Strap from Clever Yoga - All 50 U.S. States - Dividing by Zero *GT

Fibolica Hair Thickening Fibers - U.S. - Nesca's Nook *RC

Orkin (1) CleanRest Pillow Encasement - U.S. - Daddy Waddy Weeviews *RC

Giveaways With Over 180 Entries, but under 500:
$25 Target eGift Card (@10:59pm CST) - U.S. - Makobi Scribe *GT

Organic Treats Cookbook and Massage Oil - U.S. - beautiful basics *RC

Ageless Derma Anti-Aging Intensive Skin Brightener - U.S. - Mommy on the Money *RC

Eclipse Sun Sleeves - U.S. - Nesca's Nook *RC

Premium WordPress Themes From ThemeFuse (3 winners) - Web Design Fact *RC

CleanRest Pillow Encasement Courtesy of Orkin - U.S. - Susan Heim on Parenting *RC Photo Pillow - U.S. - Cassie's Ramblings *RC

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thursday 2/19, Low Entry Giveaways! #Win #Giveaway

One month supply of Microbiome+ Gastrointestinal Supplement (3 winners) (@8pm CST) - U.S. - Real. Clear. Cool. *GT

CoverPlug (@9:59pm CST) - U.S. - Penny Minding Mom *GT

Spot It! Game - U.S. - The Redeemed *RC

Rasmus and the Vagabond - children's book - Our Homeschool Ohana *RC

"Rasmus And The Vagabond" By Astrid Lindgren, Children's Book - U.S. - my great finds *RC

Criminal Confections book (4 winners) - U.S. - Fearlessly Creative Mammas *RC

LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack) - U.S. - Todd's Opinion

Set of Drinkmarx rings - U.S. - Play 2 Learn with Sarah *RC

Neverland Beanie from Whosits and Whatsits - U.S. - RAD *RC

Five Banded Headbands - U.S. - I'd Rather Be Sweating *RC

Two Fitness Long or Short Sleeve top of winners choosing (subject to availability) - U.S. - Runfar Girl *RC

$20 in Gigi’s Cupcakes Gift Cards - U.S. - Twin Cities Frugal Mom *RC

Giveaways With Over 180 Entries, but under 500:
LEGO Justice League Vs Bizarro League Blu-ray - U.S. - Hanging Off The Wire *RC

CleanRest Pillow Encasement - Main 48 U.S. States - Kids and Deals *RC

Coupon for a free bottle of Purex PowerShot detergent - U.S. - Parental Perspective *RC

Bottle of Zim’s Max Freeze - U.S. - Daddy Waddy Weeviews *RC

40 count variety pack of the Java Factory coffees - U.S. - Momsicals *GT

Jade and Brown Teething Bling Jewelry Set - Worldwide - Reviews, Chews & How-Tos *RC

Pampers Prize Pack - U.S. - Perks of Parenthood *RC

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

MCFARLAND, USA (In Theaters THIS Friday, 2/20!) - New Extended Clip And Posters Available! #McFarlandUSA

Based on the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school, with whom they ultimately bond to build not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.

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MCFARLAND, USA is rated PG and will be in theaters everywhere this Friday, February 20th!

Posters were designed by acclaimed artist Fernando Reza.

Wednesday 2/18, Low Entry Giveaways! #win #giveaway

One silver necklace and earrings set (@10:59pm CST) - U.S. - Makobi Scribe *GT

$15 Paypal cash - U.S. - The Seaman Mom

$25 gift voucher - U.S. - OMG Goodies *RC

This is the Greatest Place! (ages 4-8) OR In the Forbidden City (ages 9+) - book - U.S. - Growing My Kids Reviews *RC

Giveaways With Over 180 Entries, but under 500:
$25 Family Christian GC - All 50 U.S. States - Books I Think You Should Read *RC

Stainless steel growler from National Etching - U.S. - Kelly the Culinarian *RC

2 -pack Valentine Berenstain Bears DVD's - U.S. - Save Green Being Green *RC

Lucado Treasury of Bedtime Prayers - book - U.S. - The Simple Moms *RC

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tuesday 2/17, Low Entry Giveaways! #win #giveaway

"Your Legacy" by Dr. James Dobson - book (3 winners) - U.S. - Long Wait For Isabella *RC

Rasmus and the Vagabond - children's book - US/CAN - Momsicals *GT

Giveaways With Over 180 Entries, but under 500:
Coupon for a Free bottle of Purex PowerShot (@3pm CST) - U.S. - Mom's with Extra Cents *GT

"23 Blast" movie on DVD (@10:59pm CST) - U.S. - Sweet Cheeks Adventures *GT

SparkPeople Total Sculpting DVD - U.S. - The Weight Chronicles *RC

Winner’s Choice of Children’s Book: “This Is the Greatest Place!” (ages 4-9) OR “In the Forbidden City” (ages 9+) - U.S. - Susan Heim on Parenting *RC

Coupon for a Free bottle of Purex Power Shot (3 winners) - U.S. - Hanging Off The Wire *RC

Hallmark #PutYourHeartToPaper Pack - U.S. - Hanging Off The Wire *RC

Monday, February 16, 2015

Monday 2/16, Low Entry Giveaways! #win #giveaway

CleanRest Pillow Encasement from Orkin (@10:59pm CST) - U.S. - Penny Minding Mom *GT

Black Skull Cap Beanie - U.S. - Daddy Waddy Weeviews *RC

Roadmap Genesis DVD - U.S. - my great finds *RC

Paperback copy of Anna Todd’s book “After” - U.S. - Freemples *RC

Giveaways With Over 180 Entries, but under 500:
Secrets of a Charmed Life - book (@10pm CST) - U.S. - a glimpse of our life *GT

23 Blast DVD - All 50 U.S. States/CAN - deanna time *RC

$75 GC to use for Noonday Collections Jewelry - All 50 U.S. States - Prairie Wife in Heels *RC

Secrets of Tea - Babies Magic, Healthy Nursing and No to Morning Sickness - U.S. - Mommy's Favorite Things *GT

Transformers Rescue Bots: Jurassic Adventure DVD - All 50 U.S. States - Building Our Story *RC

Disposable Poly Gloves - U.S. - Hanging Off The Wire *RC

Bottle of Life & Food’s Garcinia Cambogia - U.S. - Mommy of 2 Embracing Life *RC

Sunday, February 15, 2015

LEGO Justice League Vs Bizarro League Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Giveaway! (U.S.) Ends 3/1 #JusticeLeague #BizarroLeague

*Each household is only eligible to win LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack) Blu-ray 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.

Disclosure: I will receive a copy of LEGO Justice League Vs Bizarro League on Blu-ray in exchange for my giveaway post. No other compensation was exchanged or received.

Lego fans wait no more! LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League is here along with an awesome Bizarro name-generator app and exclusive Digital Trading Cards.

Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman’s clumsy – but well-meaning – clone, Bizarro. Bizarro’s creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world’s greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.

Available NOW on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack+Batzarro LEGO minifigure!

• Type in your name to reveal your Bizarro alter-ego - If you don’t like your name, press the refresh button or try again! I got


• Share your name from the app using the Twitter & Facebook share buttons!
• Watch the official trailer & click the box art to bring the Bizarro League home today!

Enter below using the Rafflecopter form for a chance to Win your own copy of "LEGO Justice League Vs Bizarro League" (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack) and a Free with Batzarro LEGO minifigure) of LEGO Justice League vs. Bizarro League! 

Giveaway open to residents of the main 48 U.S. States only, 18 years of age or older. Ends 3/1.

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Winner of One CleanRest Pillow Encasement (retail value $20) from Orkin Is:

Congrats to Linda Bradshaw!

Sunday 2/15, Low Entry Giveaways! #win #giveaway

Krusteaz gift pack (Buttermilk Pancake Mix (1), Blueberry Belgian Waffle Mix (1), Chocolate Chunk Muffin Mix (1) and Honey Wheat Pancake Mix (1) as well as Krusteaz coupons for free product) (@8pm CST) - U.S. - My OKC Mommy

Equiptbaby Complete Diaper Bag (@11pm CST) - Main 48 U.S. States - From Downriver to Downright Country *GT

Three Months supply of Coffee (@11pm CST) - U.S. - Hobbies on a Budget *GT

The Trash Pack: The Gross Gang in Your Garbage Video Game For The Nintendo DS - U.S. - gaynycdad

Katy Perry: The Movie Part of Me DVD - U.S. - gaynycdad

Ice Cold Gold Season 1 DVD - U.S. - gaynycdad

“Dora and Friends” DVD - U.S. - gaynycdad

LeSportsac Shoulder Bag - U.S. - gaynycdad

Penguins of Madagascar Hat - U.S. - gaynycdad

Code to redeem the full version of Smarty Preschool App - U.S. - my great finds *RC

Giveaways With Over 180 Entries, but under 500:
The Aviator DVD (@8pm CST) - All 50 U.S. States - 30 Something Mom *RC

The Tom And Jerry Show Season 1, Part 2: Funny Side Up DVD - U.S. - Airplanes and Dragonflies *RC

$20 iTunes Gift Card - U.S. - gaynycdad

Zodiac Legacy prize pack (includes The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence book, a Zodiac Legacy clock and fun Zodiac Legacy temporary tattoos) - U.S. - The Simple Moms *RC

Celtic Heart Bracelet, Hair Bow, and One Item of Choice - All 50 U.S. States/CAN - Such Fun to Give *RC

Solo Stick Pro Gold - Selfie Stick - U.S. - Momma Told Me *GL

$20 Gift Card to Willowbee Expressions - U.S. - Rych in Love *RC

SimplyGovivo Running Belt - U.S. - my great finds *RC

Bottle of Naturally Boost Your Energy From GoVivo (30 capsules) - U.S. - my great finds *RC

Bottle of Naturally Manage Your Weight Supplement - U.S. - my great finds *RC

“Secrets of the Nanny Whisperer” book & a $25 Amazon GC - U.S. - Experienced Bad Mom *RC

Three boxes of Mikey’s English Muffins - U.S. - Keto Adapted *RC

10-count box of Cap Mundo Artisan Espresso Coffee - U.S. - Susie's Reviews and Giveaways *RC