Saturday, November 28, 2015

Little Passports' Black Friday Deal: Save 60% On Your First Month! (Good Thru 12/1)

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Little Passports' Black Friday sale is here! No need to head to the stores today! Purchase Little Passports online and give the gift that keeps giving all year long!

From now until Tuesday, December 1stLittle Passports is offering 60% off the first month of any subscription plan plus 10% off any non-subscription items! All you need to do is use code: BLACK60 at check out.

Although this sale needs no further introduction, let me take a moment to introduce you to the Little Passports products.

  • Watch the first ever Little Passports TV Commercial for adorable and honest testimonials from parents and kids! 

  • Please read The Globetrotter’s Gift Guide for a great summary of Little Passports' products, including shop items for under $25! 

  • **This promotion is valid online only at To redeem enter code BLACK60 at checkout. 60% discount is applied to the first month of any subscription plan. 10% discount is applied to all non-subscription items. Offer cannot be combined with any other offers and/or applied retroactively to previously placed orders. Only store items bundled with a subscription can have a delayed holiday start. Offer excludes shipping and taxes. Offer valid from 11/25 at 8:00AM EST to 12/1 at 11:59PM EST.

    Shop Little Passports this Black Friday and give the gift that lasts all year! 

    Friday, November 27, 2015

    Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (November 28, 2015)

    Welcome to the post-Thanksgiving Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! I hope you had a wonderful day with family and friends. The holiday season has official begun! Let's celebrate by entering some giveaways. You just might win some great gifts for the holidays! Check out the prizes up for grabs in the linky below, as well as on my right sidebar. Check back throughout the week as more are added. And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog, we'd love for you to share it with us in the linky. Happy holidays!

    Wednesday, November 25, 2015

    Christmas Music Review and CD Giveaway: "Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship," by Chris Tomlin

    I love Christmas music and Christian music, and Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship, by Chris Tomlin is the perfect combination of both! One of the reasons I love this CD so much is because it's not a re-hash of the same Christmas songs that you hear over and over. Yes, I like the traditional carols -- and there are some beautiful versions here -- but I also like to discover new Christmas songs and gain new favorites. Chris Tomlin's songs really put the listener in touch with God. And they're also easy to sing along with. This CD is aptly named because I absolutely "adore" it!

    1. He Shall Reign Forevermore
    2. Adore
    3. Midnight Clear (Love Song)
    4. Noel featuring Lauren Daigle
    5. Hymn Of Joy
    6. Silent Night featuring Kristyn Getty
    7. What Child Is This? featuring All Sons & Daughters
    8. It's Christmas
    9. A King Like This
    10. Bethlehem
    11. A Christmas Alleluia featuring Lauren Daigle & Leslie Jordan of All Sons & Daughters

    About the artist:
    Chris Tomlin is an American contemporary Christian music artist, worship leader, and songwriter who has sold nearly 30 million records. Some of his most well-known songs are "How Great Is Our God," "Jesus Messiah," "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)," "Our God," and "Whom Shall I Fear." His 2013 album Burning Lights debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, only the fourth Christian album ever to open at No. 1. Throughout his career, Chris has been nominated for 32 Dove Awards (6 of them collaborative efforts) and he has won 19 of them.

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    One lucky winner will receive a copy of the CD, Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship, by Chris Tomlin! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, December 4, 2015. 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. 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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    Tuesday, November 24, 2015

    Welcome to Week 4 of "19 Days of Suffrage" with New Videos and More to Celebrate the Movie, "Suffragette"

    Welcome to the final week of the Focus Features special initiative, “19 Days of Suffrage," to celebrate the powerful film Suffragette, as it releases in theaters nationwide through Thanksgiving. These 19 Days are in honor of the 19th Amendment, which granted women in the United States the right to vote in 1919.

    With Thanksgiving this week, this is the perfect time to reflect on things to be thankful for -- our rights and freedoms, our families, those who have fought for us to be where we are today -- but for many, the #fightsnotover. There are still many women around the globe who do not have equal rights.

    In the video below, “Did You Know," you’ll find some examples of these differing women’s rights around the world.

    “Did You Know” Facts Video

    Imagine a world where you couldn't leave your home without a man's permission. For some women, that is their reality. The Suffragettes ignited the fight for women's equality and it's up to us to finish it. See the film, and take action at
    Posted by Suffragette on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

    Now, enjoy this “Sisterhood” Featurette Clip from the Movie, Suffragette

    Finally, check out these “firsts” for women in the fields of entertainment and sports!


    1940 – Hattie McDaniel is the first African American to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Gone with the Wind).

    1948 – Alice Coachman is the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal.

    1961 – Rita Moreno is the first Latina to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress (West Side Story).

    1975 – Junko Tabei is the first woman to reach the summit of Everest on 5/16/75 via the South-East Ridge route.

    1976 – Nadia Comaneci is the first woman to score a perfect 10 in an Olympic gymnastics event in 1976, at age 14.

    1987 – Aretha Franklin was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    1993 – Julie Krone is the first woman to win a Triple Crown race (1993). The American jockey won the Belmont Stakes riding Colonial Affair. In 2003, she also was the first woman to win a Breeders’ Cup race.

    2010 – Kathryn Bigelow was the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director, the BAFTA Award for Best Direction, and the Critics' Choice Award for Best Director, all for film The Hurt Locker.

    2014 – Becky Hammon became the first full-time female coach in the NBA – and the first full-time female coach in in any of the four major professional sports in America – as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs.

    2014 – Ava DuVernay is the first African-American woman to be nominated for Best Director by the Golden Globe Awards for Selma.

    2015 – Jennifer Welter became the first woman hired in the NFL as an assistant coaching intern to coach linebackers and special teams for the Arizona Cardinals during training camp and preseason.

    Holiday Movie Review: "Christmas Trade," a Fun Body Swap Movie for the Whole Family!

    About the movie:
    With the holiday season looming, Mitch is in way over his head, trying to be a dad, please his hard-edged boss enough to make partner, while juggling an impatient girlfriend. His son Robbie has problems of his own. The school bully has made him his latest target, he is trying not to be a total nerd in front of the girl he likes, and he was unwillingly cast as the lead role in the Christmas Pageant. Robbie really wants his dad to go out of his way this year to make Christmas all it's cracked up to be. Mitch and Robbie definitely think the other has it pretty easy -- until they are forced to find out what it's like to spend the holidays, literally in each other's shoes. Starring William Baldwin, Denise Richards and Tom Arnold.

    Watch the trailer here:

    My thoughts:
    We've seen this plot before (Freaky Friday; 13 Going on 30), but it's still fun to see a kid and an adult switch places. Of course, they bumble their way through, but everything turns out okay in the end, and both Robbie and his dad gain a better understanding of each other and appreciate each other more after being in each other's shoes. This movie can be enjoyed by the whole family and will certainly prompt plenty of discussion about who has it tougher -- parents or kids!

    Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this movie to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

    Monday, November 23, 2015

    A Special Holiday Giveaway from Teddy Bears Personalized (Two Winners)!

    If you're looking for a gift that will thrill anyone on your holiday list, I suggest you head over to Teddy Bears Personalized! Their super-soft plush bears and animals can be customized so that no two are alike. You get to pick the animal you want, along with the sweater or hoodie (in a multitude of colors) engraved with your own personalized message or the name of someone special. I bet you can think of several people who would love to see this adorable bear under the tree!

    Or how about a puppy, a monkey or a bunny?

    The holiday season is fast approaching, and Teddy Bears Personalized is the perfect place to do your gift shopping. A personalized gift shows the person receiving it that you really care because you took the time to design a present that’s just perfect for him or her. These plush animals are great for children, sweethearts, parents, grandparents, best friends, new babies, teachers and just about everyone! Each includes a personalized card, and shipping is free within the United States.

    Visit to start your holiday shopping!


    Two lucky people will each win their choice of a personalized hoodie bear or sweater bear from Teddy Bears Personalized! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents and ends at 11:59 PM EST on December 16, 2015.

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    Disclosure: Teddy Bears Personalized has sent me several samples of their products over the years as a thank-you for sharing their products with my readers and to facilitate my honest review.

    Tips for Avoiding a Holiday Disaster on Thanksgiving from This Mama Loves #PinkRelief

    I love Thanksgiving food, but making a big meal and feeding a large group of people is not one of my skill sets. Fortunately, I happen to be married to a terrific cook who handles most of the meal! Regardless of how good the "chef" is in your house, though, there are always times when things don't work out perfectly. The turkey's undercooked; the Jell-O doesn't set; the rolls get burned. It's all part of the fun when it comes to making Thanksgiving dinner. I recently read a post from Brett of This Mama Loves sharing her thoughts on Thanksgiving dinner and how to avoid a holiday disaster. I encourage you to check it out!

    Read it here:
    How to Avoid a Holiday Disaster: Thanksgiving 911

    Disclosure: I’m a Smiley360 blogger and will be receiving Pepto-Bismol product samples to facilitate my honest review and share information with my readers.

    Friday, November 20, 2015

    Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (November 21, 2015)

    Welcome to the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! This promises to be a busy week with the Thanksgiving holiday, the kids being home from school, spending time with family, etc. But, amidst all the hustle and bustle, I hope you'll take a few moments for yourself to visit some great blogs and enter some giveaways! Check out the awesome prizes up for grabs in the linky below, as well as in my right sidebar. And if you're giving away something wonderful on your blog or website, feel free to share it in the linky and tell your friends and fans about this page. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Christmas Music Review: "Here Comes Christmas!" by Greg Page, Longtime Member of The Wiggles

    I went to the mall today, and it made me so happy to hear Christmas music playing throughout the stores! Holiday songs just make us smile. We think about Christmases past and feel hope for the future. They’re great for the whole family, which is why I was pleased to hear that Greg Page, formerly of The Wiggles, has a new Christmas album for families! With three new original songs, a multitude of classics, and even a sneak peek at songs from Greg’s new album, Here Comes Christmas! is a delightful addition to your family’s holiday festivities.

    With favorites like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and "The Little Drummer Boy," everyone can sing along. Greg also has a new version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas," with more “kid-friendly” gifts. (After all, does anyone really want “pipers piping”?) Greg’s new original songs are very catchy, too, and will soon become kids’ new Christmas favorites. And I was thrilled to find that Greg did not shy away from the religious songs. From "Silent Night" to "O Come All Ye Faithful," these songs remind us of the real reason for the season.

    I’m excited that Greg Page is entertaining kids and families again through his music. (He had to leave The Wiggles due to a condition of the autonomic nervous system, which is now under control.) Greg really knows the kind of music that kids like, and all of the songs on Here Comes Christmas! are fun and catchy. My kids and I have been listening to them in the car and bopping along on our ride! I hope you’ll pick up a copy of this new CD for the holidays.

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    Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this product to facilitate my honest review.

    Children’s Book Review and Giveaway: "Barney the Farm Dog," by Victor W. Swiderski and Mary Lynn Swiderski

    Barney the Farm Dog was a big St. Bernard with a heart of gold. In this true story, the authors tell children about Barney’s life on a farm. He was very friendly with the other animals and even shared his doghouse with a chicken and a cat! But Barney could be mischievous, too, especially when he ate some leftover wedding cake. Barney wasn’t always bright -– he liked to sit in the road and block the school bus every day until the farmer got him off the road. But he loved everyone, and everyone loved him! This is a very sweet story about a lovable dog.


    Partial proceeds from the sale of Barney the Farm Dog will be donated to the Michigan Multiple Sclerosis Society. Co-author Victor Swiderski died from MS in 2014. I hope you’ll purchase a copy today!


    One lucky winner will receive a paperback copy of Barney the Farm Dog! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, December 4, 2015.

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    Welcome Winter with Softsoap’s Limited Edition Winter Collection Body Washes

    I love the scents of the holidays, and one that I’m particularly fond of is peppermint! So, I was thrilled to see that Softsoap’s newest limited edition body washes include a peppermint scent! In fact, all three of the fragrances in this Winter Collection are delectable. They are:

    Softsoap Peppermint Cream
    The energizing scent of Fresh Mint and moisturizing formula will awaken your senses and keep your skin soft and smooth all winter long.

    Softsoap Frosted Berries
    With Acai Berry Extract, this gel’s moisturizing formula will rehydrate dry winter skin and the aroma of sweet berries will inspire holiday spirit.

    Softsoap Ruby Star
    The moisturizing formula leaves skin soft and smooth, while the festive scent of Sparkling Berry Bubbly leaves you prepared to celebrate.

    I love showering with the Winter Collection. All three scents make me feel pampered and fresh-smelling after use. I love all of Softsoap’s body washes, and these limited edition scents are just perfect for welcoming in the holiday season and putting me in the mood to celebrate. Pick up Softsoap’s Limited Edition Winter Collection Body Washes for the special people in your life. They make great gifts!

    Available for a limited time at Walmart until December 2015 for just $2.99!

    Disclosure: Thanks to Colgate-Palmolive for providing complimentary product samples to facilitate my honest review.

    Thursday, November 19, 2015

    Christmas DVD Giveaway: "Angels Sing," Starring Harry Connick, Jr. and Willie Nelson

    Last year, I had the pleasure of reviewing a wonderful holiday movie called Angels Sing, a Lionsgate film starring Harry Connick, Jr., Connie Britton, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson. This beautiful story was inspired by the book, When Angels Sing, by Turk Pipkin. This year, I'm thrilled to be able to offer a copy to one lucky reader! Read on to learn more about this movie, check out my review, and then enter to win the DVD!

    About the movie:
    Harry Connick, Jr., plays the part of Michael Walker, who just wants Christmas to go away because it reminds him of a childhood holiday when his older brother fell through the ice and drowned, a tragic incident for which Michael blames himself. He and his wife, Susan, and 10-year-old son, David, are searching for a house to buy, with no luck, when Michael spies a beautiful home for sale by owner that appears to be way above his price range. Miraculously, the owner, played by Willie Nelson, agrees to sell it to Michael on the condition that he keep the home in its pristine state. Little does Michael know that his home is part of the Live Oak Lane Trail of Lights -- a huge Christmas event where all the homes on his block are spectacularly decorated, and people come from all over the world to see them. Needless to say, Michael is labeled a major Grinch when he refuses to decorate due to his dislike of Christmas festivities. But a tragedy involving his son and father (played by Kris Kristofferson) soon serves to show Michael the error of his ways and brings the Christmas spirit back into his heart.

    My thoughts:
    I just loved Angels Sing! The acting is superb. Harry Connick, Jr., is very convincing as a man who has suffered great tragedy in his life and yet wants to do the right things for the family he loves. Connie Britton plays the loving, supportive wife to perfection, and Chandler Canterbury as their young son does a magnificent job. It is a bit humorous seeing Willie Nelson (not necessarily known for his real-life stellar reputation) cast as a possible angel in the movie. And the music is beautiful, with plenty of new and old holiday songs sung by Willie Nelson, Harry Connick, Jr., and even Lyle Lovett, who has a terrific role as an overly enthusiastic Christmas lover and neighbor. You’ll want to watch through the credits to hear the original Christmas song, “When I’m Home,” written and performed by Harry Connick, Jr., and Willie Nelson.

    Enjoy these scenes from the movie:

    Angels Sing is a Christmas favorite for me. I really hope you’ll pick up a copy to share with your family. It will inspire you to rejoice in the real spirit of the holiday, to embrace the traditions and the joy in spending time with family and friends.


    One lucky winner will receive a DVD copy of Angels Sing! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, December 4, 2015.

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    Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this product to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.