Ice Age Collision Course Giveaway

July 22, 2016 By · 87 Comments

ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE – In Theaters today, Friday, July 22nd. Have you purchased your tickets?

Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters.

Here’s a peek at one of the newer characters with their voice actors/actresses.  As you can see this stunning Sloth, Francine, voice acting by Melissa Rauch is looking for a mate, will it be Sid?

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Miracles from Heaven on Blu-ray & DVD

July 18, 2016 By · 154 Comments

Disclosure: I was sent the same prize pack for this giveaway, all opinions are my own.


Have you seen Miracles from Heaven? It is a wonderfully written tear-jerking movie.  I saw it in the theaters and absolutely loved it. This is a movie I took my oldest daughter, Katerina (aka BalletGirl) to a while back. Katerina is not one to tear up for many movies but there were several times I looked over and saw her wiping her face. As for myself, well next time I need to just bring an entire box of Kleenex with me. It was sad, emotional, inspiring, uplifting, testing, etc. I could go on but you get it. All the emotions you can think of put into one show.

Jennifer Garner;Martin Henderson;Kylie Rogers

(Family time is only that when everyone is at the table)


Eugenio Derbez;Martin Henderson;Jennifer Garner;Kylie Rogers

(The best doctors are the ones that make everyone smile when everything else is falling apart)

In Miracles from Heaven, Christy (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Annabel (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution. After Annabel has a freak accident and falls three stories, a miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired.

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Hallmark Father’s Day Ken Sheldon & Life is Good Collection

June 16, 2016 By · 19 Comments


Father’s Day always stirs up memories of the past, as it should whether you are a father yourself or you picture childhood Father’s Day memories. Many picture dads outside grilling, watching sports with them or maybe a brief memory of something they did with Father’s Day. Hallmark has always captured those special moments so I’m happy to announce two new collections just in time for Father’s Day. (Plus a giveaway) The Ken Sheldon collection and playful Life is Good collection are now at Hallmark which makes perfect Father’s Day gift ideas:


· Life is Good Mug — No one deserves to kick back with a nice cup of joe more than dad. This mug is perfect for Father’s Day to show your appreciation for all his hard work. It doesn’t matter if dad drinks coffee, hot tea or just a cold beverage. They symbol is dad relaxing as he should on his special day.

· Life is Good® Loved, Plain and Simple Multi-opening Picture Frame, Holds 3 Photos – When you can’t choose just one… This frame has three slots for favorite photos that show the love, along with a simple, heartfelt sentiment. Now he can hold three photos of his family in a nice frame that he can hang at the house or on his desk at work.
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Stocking My Summer Sick Kit

May 16, 2016 By · 20 Comments

Disclosure: The Pfizer Pediatric Platform products, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by PfizerConsumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.


Are you ready for summer? One great way to prepare is to head over to Target and get all your summer needs right there. I’m lucky I have a Super Target just down the road from me so it is easy.  I actually learned to be prepared from my Aunt because whenever we’d go visit she had a cabinet full of medicines for everyone, not just her husband or herself. She was prepared for her nieces and nephews all year long no matter the age. You never know who will get sick when they are visiting or living there. When sick gets real this summer will you be ready? My kids get out of school in less than 12 days, which means I need to be prepared with crafts, books, fun activities for them to do otherwise I’m going to constantly hear the “I’m bored” song that all parents go through during breaks or rainy weekends. One too many times I’ve had at least one child get sick during the summer, when you have 5 kids that typically means you are going to have others following suit. This year I’ll be prepared with my sick kit.

“Pfizer Pediatric wants to help you get prepared for the fevers, coughs, and colds coming your way this season, and Target has all of thePfizer Pediatric products you need to fight against the “ick’s” and “ew’s” that bring your kids down.”

product_children_dimetapp__desktopHere’s a few products for the sickies I always have on hand because I’ve used them for years.  Dimetapp Children’s Cough/Cold DM grape syrup – 4 Fl Oz.  tackles a child’s most bothersome stuffy and runny noses, all while working to relieve cough. Provides great-tasting cold-fighting power and is the #1 pharmacist recommended brand for children’s cough & cold symptoms(3) (for ages 6+) Not only is the flavor great tasting it, this also acts as an allergy relief. Don’t quote me but back in the 90s my family had to keep this one on hand if a neighbor girl was coming over so she could be in our house because we had cats. This worked for her great. Today, I use Dimetapp whenever my elementary-age children get sick with a common cold. It’s always in the stores so it isn’t like I have to go to the doctor for a sniffle and during the summer someone is bound to get them at least once. This one is good for children 6 years and older.

a great solution for kids as young as 2 and up to 11. Children’s Advil® comes in several great-tasting flavors, including: Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape flavors. There’s also Infants’ Advil® White Grape, which provides unsurpassed fever relief with a syringe for easy dosing for children 6-23 months.  Provides unsurpassed fever and pain relief(1) , and contain ibuprofen, the medicine pediatricians use most for their own kids’ fevers(2) (for ages 6 months -11 years)Whether they are getting shots for school or they have a fever this is a great medicine to have on hand. I must admit I normally only get this for my teens. I didn’t realize until now that this is actually safe for ages 2-11.  $5.69 on the site right now.

non-drowsy daytime formula helps break up chest congestion, while the long-acting nighttime formula relieves coughs and runny noses to help kids get the rest they need.  Provides soothing action and cough control with some formulations lasting up to 8 hours (for ages 6-12 years) Got a kid that is having a hard time with a cough? Whether it is allergies or being sick no parents like their kids being miserable or in pain so this is a great relief for them. I love the value pack because you’ll have it ready for them day or night, whenever it strikes. Night time is great because it’ll put them to sleep and day time makes it so it doesn’t knock them right out in case they need to do sports. I always get day & night for adults whenever I get sick just to kill it quicker, since I know this brand and trust them I would trust it with my children.

*It is important to remember to always read and keep the cartons for complete warnings and dosing information on Pfizer Pediatric Platform products and to use as directed

I keep all three of these in a basket I have under my desk for easy reach for me. Once they’ve been opened I typically keep them in the door of my refrigerator.  Inside my basket are all types of goodies for when a child/adult gets sick and needs something or to be entertained.

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Orkin Mosquito Scientist Summer Bug Kit Giveaway

April 30, 2016 By · 20 Comments

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Orkin Rollins INC. I will be receiving a pack as a thank you for posting this giveaway.


Summer is almost here! That means picnics, baseball games, barbecues and all the fun of enjoying the great outdoors with your family. There’s one thing no one likes about being outdoors, though: mosquitoes! They not only are a nuisance, but they also pose potentially serious health risks. Fortunately, the experts at Orkin study the science of mosquitoes and other pests closely in order to better tailor plans that help keep them out of your home this summer.

How many of you get bites every year around this time? How about your kids? It seems that every time my two boys go outside they get bites on their arms or legs, in fact I thought my 9 yr old my be allergic to something that was in the air but turns out we’ve got mosquitoes already.

Watch the “How to Deal With Mosquitoes” & “Do Mosquitoes Prefer Adults over Children” videos, as well as the rest of Orkin’s How-To video series, to get the most up-to-date knowledge on dealing with pesky home invaders.  Are you prepared for mosquito season this year?

At Orkin, they use the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop an effective treatment that’s right for your needs. To learn more about their pest control based in science or to schedule an inspection, visit orkin.com or call 1-800-800-ORKIN.

Take the quiz below to see if you’re ready to earn your badge in Mosquito Season Prep.  Download Orkin’s yearly “Mosquito Cities” list and find out if your city made it!

Talking about summer and bugs makes me remember back when I was first married and very pregnant I met a life-long friend and her little 3 year old. Lauren (the 3 yr old at the time) was fascinated with bugs, so much she would catch them and play with them. She’d watch them in little cups but we did learn you must watch them very closely because they may just try to stick a rollie-polly up their nose. haha. Yes, it happened, no at the time it was not funny. So while your little one is bug watching, please make sure to watch them very closely. If something goes missing check places.
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