Saturday, August 13, 2016

Things That Remind Me of My Childhood...

My Dad, Mom and I when I was a baby.

There are many things that remind me of my childhood. One of them is Thrifty's Chocolate Malted Crunch Ice Cream! I loved that ice cream! I haven't been able to find anything else like it since. Some others are Orange Julius, the Hello Kitty shop (it was a store where you could buy Hello Kitty items like stickers, small toys, candy, etc.), Disneyland, the old Knott's Berry Farm Lake and Riverboat (We used to go there and ride the train around the lake, ride on the boat, feed the ducks and have picnics in the shade under the trees. They took it out back in the 1980's, and now it's a parking lot. So yes, they paved paradise, and put in a parking lot.), walking to the park, walking to the liquor store, Silverado Days (It was our town's yearly fall carnival that lasted from Thursday night until Sunday night, and it was amazing! The food, rides, games, booths, it was magical. I really loved going with my parents and especially when I was a teenager with friends.), playing outside until the street lights came on, going trick or treating without a care in the world, class parties for every holiday and birthday, and dressing up at school on Halloween and our Halloween parade at school.

There are many more things that remind me of being a child. Many of those things are still in my parent's home in Buena Park, CA, along with my parents. I live in middle Tennessee, far away from them. I miss them. I guess we never forget our childhoods and we always crave those things that remind us of it. But as I've gotten older (41), I am learning to let go of old friends, because they are busy with their lives in CA, and I am not there with them anymore. It's taken me almost 10 years to realize this. I have some friends in TN, but not like the friends that I had in CA.

So there's some more about me. What's your story?

Low Entry #Giveaways Ending Tonight, Saturday 8/13!

Newbie Shade - Infant Carseat Sun Shade - U.S. - I'm Not a Tree Reviews *RC

$25 Whimsical Seasons LLC Shopping Spree - U.S. - Party Plan Divas *RC

Colgate Whitening Kit - U.S. - The Bee's Knees *RC

Over 250 Entries:
Kaleidoco Art Inspirational Coloring Cards - U.S. - Heck of a Bunch *RC

$40 Petco E-Card - U.S. - Mom's Life Boat *RC

Perfectly Posh “Posh To Meet You” Bundle - U.S. - Party Plan Divas *RC

Park Lane Jewelry Focus Bracelet - U.S. - Party Plan Divas *RC

I Believe in Jesus - Children’s Book - U.S. - Sweet Tiny Blessings *RC

Friday, August 12, 2016

Scooby-Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack #Review & #Giveaway! (U.S.) Ends 8/28 #ScoobyWWE #sponsored

Disclosure: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray™ I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

It’s pedal to the metal as Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and the gang team up with the superstars of WWE in this hi-octane, all-new original movie! When Scooby and Mystery Inc. visit an off-road racing competition, it’s not long before strange events start to occur. A mysterious phantom racer, known only as Inferno, is causing chaos and determined to sabotage the race. It’s up Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and their new driving partner, The Undertaker, to save the race and solve the mystery. Along with other WWE superstars such as Triple H, Paige and Shamus, it’s time to start your engine and your appetite because Scooby-Doo and WWE are chasing down adventure and laughs just for you!

Click here for some Scooby-Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon Activity Sheets!

My Review:
When you combine Scooby Doo and the WWE, you've got a winning combination of crime fighters!
It was really neat to see Mr. McMahon and his daughter Stephanie as cartoons! Seeing HHH and The Undertaker in cartoon form was great too! For WWE fans, this animated duo of Scooby Doo and the WWE is a must have! My kids and I liked it. I haven't followed WWE since 2010 or something like that. So I knew who a few of the wrestlers were. My kids haven't watched WWE at all, as we don't like them wrestling with each other or other children. But they all said they liked the Scooby Doo movie. It wasn't too long or too short, unlike other Scooby Doo movies in the past. The length of this one was good.

Purchase your copy today!

Win It!

Enter below using the Giveaway Tools form for a chance to Win your own copy of "Scooby-Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack" on Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack. Giveaway is open to residents who live in the main 48 continental United States only, 18 years of age or older. No P.O. Boxes, sorry.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Scooby-Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack, in exchange for my post. No other compensation was exchanged or received.

Low Entry #Giveaways Ending Tonight, Friday 8/12!

Get Cooking With One & Done Seasoning (@12pm CST) - U.S. - Mama's Little Minions *GT

Simply Stitched: Beautiful Embroidery Motifs and Projects with Wool and Cotton - book (@9pm CST) - US/CAN - feeling stitchy

Pair of Tickets to 2 by Tennessee Williams in NYC - Must live in NY or going to be traveling there by 9/4/16 - Says Me Says Mom *RC

Thursday, August 11, 2016

New "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" Movie Trailer! (Comes Out 12/16/16!) #RogueOne

Lucasfilm’s ROGUE ONE, which takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, tells the story of unlikely heroes who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star.

The cast includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, and Forest Whitaker. ROGUE ONE is directed by Gareth Edwards, produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, and Simon Emanuel, executive produced by John Knoll and Jason McGatlin, and co-produced by John Swartz and Kiri Hart.

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY arrives in theaters everywhere on December 16th! Check out the trailer below along with images from the movie!

Like STAR WARS on Facebook:

Follow STAR WARS on Twitter:

Follow STAR WARS on Instagram:

Follow STAR WARS on YouTube:

Visit the official ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY website:

"Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit" Now Open At The Children's Museum of Indianapolis! @DisneyChannelPR #DocMcStuffins


First-Ever Museum Exhibit Based on Peabody Award-Winning Series

Disney Junior is bringing its popular "Doc McStuffins" storytelling to communities in a first-ever touring museum exhibit based on the Peabody Award-winning television series. "Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit" is now open at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and will travel to other museums around the country in 2017. The exhibit is designed to model "care and compassion" for kids age 2-7 in immersive activities that reinforce the importance of health and well-being.

Nancy Kanter, executive vice president and general manager, Disney Junior, said, "Doc McStuffins has already made a tremendous impact on how children see themselves and their possibilities by way of our popular TV series." She continued, "We are delighted to now bring the show's messages of care and compassion directly into communities across the country and we know we are in excellent hands with The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. We look forward to having young visitors experience Doc's playhouse clinic and toy hospital and learn firsthand about caring for themselves and for others."

Photo credit: Courtesy of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis*

The bilingual (English/Spanish) interactive exhibit will transport kids and families into Doc's iconic backyard clinic and the McStuffins Toy Hospital. There, young visitors go on a "feel better adventure" as they become "doctors in training," don a white coat and toy stethoscope, "scrub in" (learning the importance of washing hands to avoid germs), report to an "operating room" where they can fix seams on a toy bear, assist in an "operation" on a toy dragon robot, and use Doc's tools including a toy otoscope, stethoscope, thermometer and blood pressure cuff to give a checkup to their own toys.

The exhibit is sponsored by Riley Children's Health at Indiana University Health, home to one of the nation's leading children's hospitals. The exhibit provides an opportunity for children to become comfortable in a healthcare setting.

"It is a heavy order to convince children that going to see the doctor is not scary," said Dr. Paul Haut, chief medical officer of Riley Children's Health. "But it can be done through educational and interactive experiences, which help them understand that what we do is help keep people healthy. By teaching visitors about healthy habits, such as practicing good hand hygiene, exercising regularly and eating well, we hope this exhibit will put children's minds at ease, while supporting our mission to keep all Hoosier children healthy."

"Doc McStuffins serves as a great role model to children and adults, encouraging them to explore the importance of taking care of their own bodies as well as caring for others," said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. "Through imaginative play, we hope our visitors will learn more about health, science, and medicine, and discover that children can be anything they want to be when they grow up."

About Riley Children's at Indiana University Health
Riley Children's Health is Indiana's only full service statewide pediatric health system. Riley Children's Health offers complete, comprehensive pediatric care ranging from routine primary care checkups to the most complex acute care needs from highly skilled pediatric specialists. The system connects patients with 200 primary care and 400 specialty care physicians in 19 communities across the state of Indiana. Riley Physicians treat patients in their home communities, bringing top-notch care close to home. This statewide network is an extension of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, one of the nation's leading children's hospitals. To learn more, visit, and follow us on Facebook (@RileyChildrensHealth), Twitter (@RileyChildrens), and YouTube.

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary learning experiences across the arts, sciences, and humanities that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. For more information about The Children's Museum, visit, follow us on Twitter @TCMIndy, and YouTube.

*COPYRIGHT ©Courtesy of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. All photography is copyrighted material and is for editorial use only.  Images are not to be archived, altered, duplicated, resold, retransmitted or used for any other purposes without written permission of Disney Junior. Images are distributed to the press in order to publicize current programming. Any other usage must be licensed. Photos posted for Web use must be at the low resolution of 100dpi, no larger than 2x3 in size. 

Disney's "Pete's Dragon" Opens In Theaters Tomorrow, 8/12! #PetesDragon @DisneyPetes

The most magical movie of the year, PETE’S DRAGON is finally opening in theaters everywhere tomorrow, August 12th! This is one of the best family movies of the year and equally perfect for kids and adults alike!

My Review:
Pete's Dragon is amazing, heartfelt, adventurous, exhilarating, and more! The animation of Elliot, Pete's Dragon, was done so well that I honestly felt he was real! We took our three children with us, ages 8 1/2, 7 and 4. Our two older children loved it and sat still through the whole movie. My four year old however, was antsy some of the time, but she liked it.

The beginning of the movie starts off with a car crash. But most children aren't going to completely realize that until they see the car laying upside down in the middle of a road. Then you'll hear growling! It's coming from a pack of wolves chasing 4-5 year old Pete. They look a little mean because you get a quick glimpse of them and their teeth. But then, Elliot comes to the rescue and saves Pete from the wolves. I am telling you this because not all children will be ok with this. Some sensitive children might be scared. There is also guns in this movie and guns shooting sleeping darts at Elliot. Near the end of the movie is gets a little scary when Elliot gets upset and blows fire on a bridge causing some issues, which I will let you watch it to find out! But like most Disney movies, it ends on a super happy note. You and your family will leave this movie feeling happy, and you probably won't even remember the wolves or the fire breathing dragon, which is neat by the way!

Overall, Pete's Dragon is a great movie! It's not a musical and it's different from the old Pete's Dragon movie. The story was very well written and the movie was very well put together!

I suggest this movie (in the theater) for children ages five and up, as most younger children aren't going to sit still. They might get too antsy and jump around, as some 4-5 year old children do.

*Click HERE to Download Pete's Dragon Coloring Pages, Activity Sheets, Family Activity Kit and more!

About Pete's Dragon:
For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.

And make sure you also check out these hilarious Bryce Dallas “How-To” videos where she “teaches” you how to create a dragon costume for your cat and make delicious dragon cupcakes!

"Bryce Dallas How-To" with Bryce Dallas Howard - Dragon Cupcakes!

"Bryce Dallas How-To" with Bryce Dallas Howard - Dragon Cat Costume!

Like PETE’S DRAGON on Facebook:

Follow PETE’S DRAGON on Twitter:

Follow PETE’S DRAGON on Instagram:

Visit Disney Animation on Tumblr:

Visit the official PETE’S DRAGON website here:

Go For The Gold With Swagbucks!

Do you ever wish completing tasks on Swagbucks could be an Olympic sport? Well this week, it can!

Starting Monday, August 15th, Swagbucks invites you to participate in their Go for the Gold Team Challenge. How will you earn the gold? Watching videos, completing surveys, shopping online? These activities and more will help your team get ahead. If you've never used Swagbucks before, it's a site where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online. Now is a great time to join, especially if you participate in the Team Challenge because it's an opportunity to win an extra bonus for trying out the site.

The games lasts until August 19th so log on or make a free account! Pre-registration is open now!

The Go for the Gold Team Challenge begins Monday, August 15th at 8:01am PDT/11:01am EDT and ends at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT on Friday, August 19th!

All members who participate and contribute at least 400 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate! Members of the 1st place team will receive a 50 SB Swag Up Rebate, 2nd place team will get 25, 3rd place will get 15, and 4th place will get 10. Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, August 19th and will expire on Wednesday, August 31st.

Low Entry #Giveaways Ending Tonight, Thursday 8/11!

Miss Spa Hydrating & Exfoliating Masks - All 50 U.S. States - Curls Nu *RC

FlipaZoo plush toy - U.S. - Our Everyday Harvest

Artwork from Ground Floor Gallery - U.S. - A child grows in brooklyn *RC

Big Hair Don't Care Party Set (set for 16 contains the following items:  (16)  9 inch plates, (16) 7 inch dessert plates,  (16) 9 inch cups, 16 pink and yellow balloons,  and (16) napkins) - U.S. - Here Wee Read *GL

Mastermind - book - U.S. - Rockin' Book Reviews *RC

August 2016 issue of Acres USA - Magazine - U.S. - Yellow Birch Hobby Farm

$25 Sweet Toys Delights Shopping Spree (ADULT) - U.S. - Party Plan Diva *RC

$25 Rodan + Fields Shopping Spree - U.S. - Party Plan Diva *RC

The Bonfires of Beltane - book - U.S. - 2Me From Him *RC

Over 250 Entries:
$50 Osh Kosh B’gosh Gift Card - U.S. - Glitter Inc. *RC

"Into Dust" by B.J. Daniels - book - U.S. - Freda's Voice *RC

HOME: Adventures of Tip and Oh Prize Pack - U.S. - Lille Punkin *GT

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Earn Cash Back +100 Swagbucks At MyGiftCardsPlus! #swagbucks #ad

Here's everything you need to know about the MyGiftCards Plus Shopping Spree and Nike Bonus Days Promotions

Who? You and all Swagbucks users  

What? Can buy CVS, Zappos, Southwest, Nike, and Home Depot gift cards and earn cash back plus a 100 SB bonus.   

Where: On Swagbucks' sister site MyGiftCardsPlus  

When: Shopping Spree is from August 11th through August 14th. Nike Bonus Days starts August 11th until sold out, supplies are limited. 

Why: To earn more SB and get closer to your next free gift card!

As the end of summer gets closer, it seems like my shopping list only gets bigger. Back to school items, last minute summer travel, shoes for the family- the list goes on! MyGiftCardsPlus is having a Shopping Spree promotion this weekend where you can earn a 100 SB Bonus in addition to the cash back deals they always offer on gift cards. This weekend's featured gift cards are Nike, Zappos, CVS, Southwest, and Home Depot.
Plus, they're running an additional special on Nike Gift Cards with an increased cash back amount of 15%. That means if you buy a $50 Nike Gift Card, you'll get $7.50 cash back plus the 100 SwagBucks Bonus for a total of $8.50 off your purchase that you can use towards other gift cards or redeem for Paypal cash. If you need to make a Nike purchase, now's the time to do so! Supplies are limited so be sure to act quickly.

Happy shopping!

Sign up for to receive points on your everyday purchases online and redeem your point for all sorts of gift codes and other things!

"God Made You Just Right" by Jill Roman Lord - Children's Book #Review & #Giveaway! (U.S.) Ends 8/21 @WorthyPub

Here is a message that every parent will want to share with his or her child: “You’re brilliantly created and there’s no one else like you!” In a manner that even the youngest child will understand, Jill Roman Lord shares the message that God created each of us in just the right way. Bright and engaging illustrations from Amy Wummer pair perfectly with the text. Great for children ages 2-5.

From the back of the book:
You're brilliantly created, and there's no one else like you! With simple, rhyming text and whimsical illustrations, this book is a welcome reminder for the little ones that God created each of us in just the right way.

About the Author:
Jill Roman Lord won her first writing contest in first grade, and she’s been writing ever since. Some of Jill’s titles include One Night in Bethlehem and If Jesus Lived Inside My Heart. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, three children, and their golden retriever. Check out Jill Roman Lord's website:

About the Illustrator:
Amy Wummer has been illustrating children’s books for 18 years. Her playful watercolor illustrations evoke the wonder of a child’s delight in the world.

My Review:
The illustrations in this book are so adorable. They make any child or person reading the book feel special and happy. I recommend this book for ages 1 and up. As everyone needs to hear the messages in this book every so often. We all need a reminder that God made each one of us unique and special. The book tells us that God "planned the special uses of the fingers on your hand." God gave each one of us a unique gift to share with others. The book tells children and adults alike that we are "God's amazing work of art, adored, one of a kind." We are His amazing work! He loves each and every one of us for who we are, and for who we will become. There's even a bible verse in the back of the book, Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord," plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

We all need a reminder of how much God loves us once in a while. We all need Hope. For without Hope of change and things to come and that hopefully our world will change it's ways, we would not be happy people.

"God Made You Just Right" is now available to purchase at your local book store or online!

Win It!

Enter below using the Giveaway Tools form for a chance to Win your own copy of "God Made You Just Right" children's book, for your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, etc.! Giveaway is open to residents in the main 48 U.S. States only, 18 years of age or older. No P.O. Boxes, sorry. Giveaway ends 8/21/16!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from WorthyKids/Ideals for free in exchange for an honest review and my post about the book. No other compensation was exchanged or received.

Low Entry #Giveaways Ending Tonight, Wednesday 8/10!

Classic Explorer Globe - U.S. - Imagine Childhood

$25 Nerium Shopping Spree - U.S. - Party Plan Divas *RC

$25 Pink Zebra Shopping Spree - U.S. - Party Plan Divas *RC

Just Jewelry Dazzling Bracelet - U.S. - Party Plan Divas *RC

Over 250 Entries:
Collagen supplement product from Neocell (@9:59pm CST) - US/CAN - Your Healthy Year *GT

My Very Own Hungry Caterpillar Coloring Book (2 Winners) (@10:59pm CST) - Says Me Says Mom *GT

Snug Square Play Mat and a "Lizzy" Breast pump bag in Gray/Purple - U.S. *GL

4 tickets to A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder at the Fisher Theatre, Detroit (10/4/16) - Yes/No Films *GL

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Low Entry #Giveaways Ending Tonight, Tuesday 8/9!

Hardcover copy of "Three Truths and a Lie," by Brent Hartinger - All 50 U.S. States - Books I Think You Should Read *GL

The Best of the Jazzy Vegetarian 3-disk DVD collection - U.S. - Zsu's Vegan Pantry

Garden of Life Raw Cleanse - U.S. - Two Boys and a Hubby *GL

Hardcover copy of "Three Truths and a Lie" - U.S. - Books I Think You Should Read *GL

Manitoba Harvest - Bag of Hemp Hearts - CAN/US - My Lighthearted Kitchen (check her FB page on 8/11 to see if you won)

Two Free Lightlife Product Coupons - U.S. - Outdoor Adventure Gals *RC

Five Star Expandable Backpack and Five Star Flex Hybrid NoteBinder - U.S. - Stockpiling Moms

Limited Edition Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush *RC

$25 Plexus Worldwide Shopping Spree *RC

$25 AdornableU Shopping Spree *RC

Over 250 Entries:
$40 to shop Party Clothes with Andrea Robins - All 50 U.S. States - The Shop Gal *RC

I See Me Personalized Lunchbox - U.S. - Healthy Happy Thrifty Family *RC

Plant-Powered for Life and an Assorted gift basket of sorghum products - U.S. - Sharon Palmer *RC

$100 Visa gift card - U.S. - Hands on as We Grow

$20 Amazon Gift Card *RC

Monday, August 8, 2016

Collect All 7 Olympic Legends Collector's Bills From Swagbucks! Sign Up Today!

The Summer Games are here, and Swagbucks is featuring some of the best athletes in Olympic history in their latest set of Collector's Bills. 

What better way to earn free gift cards than searching the web through Swagbucks as part of your everyday life? Well here’s a way to get a bonus while you earn! Collect all 7 Olympic Legends Collector's Bills and you’ll earn a 20 SB Bonus!

For those of you who are wondering what Collector's Bills are, I’m here to explain:

How Do I Get Collector Bills?

It’s simple. Search the web through the Swagbucks Search Engine (powered by Yahoo!) starting Monday, August 8th at 12:01am PT/3:01am ET through Sunday, August 14th at 11:59pm PT/Monday, August 15th at 2:59am ET, and when you get a search win, you may get a special Collector's Bill valued at either:
  • 5 SB
  • 7 SB
  • 10 SB
  • 12 SB
  • 15 SB
  • 20 SB
  • 28 SB
What happens when I get a Collector's Bill?

When you win a limited edition Collector's Bill, you’ll receive the value of the bill and the bill will be added to your “Collector’s Bill” ledger. Collect all 7 bills and you’ll instantly earn a 20 SB bonus!

Is it possible to collect the same Collector's Bills multiple times?

Yes, you could collect any of the Collector's Bills multiple times.

Sign up for Swagbucks Today!

Low Entry #Giveaways Ending Tonight, Monday 8/8!

Modern Potluck plus a special delivery from Chicago Cutlery (@9am CST) - U.S. - The Faux Martha

Selection of Tierracast's new You Love and Your Team Jewelry Collection (@6pm EST) - Worldwide - Beading Gem

"Grandpa Ramsbottom: Kidnapped" Paperback Book (10:59pm CST) - US/CAN - What's New Canada *GT

You Before Anyone Else - book (3 Winners) - U.S. - Lekeisha The Booknerd *RC

Paperback Copy of "The Edge of Lost" - book - U.S. - 125 Pages *RC

Vega One or Sport (2 Winners) - U.S. - delights & Delectables *RC

Over 250 Entries:
Two Cookbooks: (1) America’s Best Ribs and (2) Just Grill This! - U.S. - Cooks & Books & Recipes *RC

Four Chosen Foods Non-Chemical Cooking Sprays - U.S. - forever green mom *RC

Box of Balance Bars - All 50 U.S. States - Amy & Aron's Real Life Reviews *RC

RockNLearn Let’s learn to read DVD 10 pack - U.S. - Always Blabbing *RC

$50 gift card to Prairie Oats Jewelry - All 50 U.S. States - The Shop Gal *RC

I Love You Just Because Children’s Book - U.S. - It Happens in a Blink *RC

Bluefig Thread Carrier ($59 value) - U.S. - Bluefig *FB