Monday, March 30, 2015

The Longest Ride ~ In Theaters April 10th ~ Giveaway for a $25 Visa Gift Card and Tote Bag! #LongestRide

20th Century Fox
In theaters April 10, 2015

I really enjoy the movies based on the books by bestselling author Nicholas Sparks, so I am excited that a new one, The Longest Ride, debuts in theaters on April 10th! The Longest Ride centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, The Longest Ride explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.

Starring: Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, and Alan Alda
Directed by: George Tillman, Jr.

Watch this clip from the movie called “Keep the Hat”!

Meet Some of the Characters from The Longest Ride:

I hope you’ll check out The Longest Ride, coming to theaters on April 10th! And read on to find out how to enter to win a gift card to see the movie and a gorgeous tote bag!

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Visit the Official Website


To celebrate the release of The Longest Ride at theaters, one (1) lucky winner will receive:
- $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters
- The Longest Ride Tote Bag

Prizing courtesy of 20th Century Fox. Open to US mailing addresses only. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on Monday, April 13, 2015.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Holly Baking Cookies: Award-Winning, All-Natural and Delicious! (GIVEAWAY)

If your family is like mine, there are usually cookies in the house! Let’s face it, they are a favorite with just about everyone. Obviously, I try to limit the number of sweets we all eat, but when we do indulge, I feel better when my kids have cookies from Holly Baking. Their cookies are all-natural, with no artificial ingredients or preservatives. Their award-winning flavors include:

Cookie Brittle
• Original Butter Rich
• Sweet Ginger
• Hazelnut Chocolate Chip
• Espresso
• Chocolate Toffee
• Chocolate Peppermint
Butter Cookies
• French
• Meyer Lemon
• Almond
• Ginger Spice
Classic Cookies
• Chocolate Chip
• Chocolate Chip & Walnuts
• Chocolate Mint Chocolate Chip
• Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
• Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip
• Oatmeal Raisin

And more!

My husband is a big fan of the cookie brittles, while my kids and I love anything with chocolate chips! (I especially love the Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip.) However, out of all the flavors we tried, we agreed that all of them were delicious. These cookies are crisp and crunchy since there are no preservatives, so if you’re a fan of crunchy cookies, you’ll definitely want to check out Holly Baking’s selection. You can find them online at Be sure to visit them on Facebook and Twitter, too!


One very lucky winner will receive a gift basket from Holly Baking filled with:
• Espresso Cookie Brittle
• Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies
• French Butter Cookies
• Chocolate Chip “The Classic” Cookies
• Original Butter Rich Cookie Brittle
• Viva Sonoma Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscotti

Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, April 12, 2015.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (March 28, 2015)

Spring has arrived! Let's celebrate by launching another Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! Check out the great giveaways listed on my right sidebar and in the linky below. Come back throughout the week as more contests are added. And if you're featuring a giveaway on your blog or website, please list it in the linky and blast this page out to your social media followers. Happy spring!

Children’s Book Review and Giveaway: "Whatever Wanda!" by Christy Ziglar (Hardcover; US/CAN)

Bad attitudes are everywhere, and they can seriously affect our enjoyment of life. Wouldn’t it be great if all children could be taught how to adopt positive attitudes that they can carry through their lifetimes? Christy Ziglar has that mission in mind with her series of Shine Bright Kids books, which teach families about the importance of making good choices. In her newest book, Whatever Wanda!, readers learn about the value of being positive!

When Wanda finds out that it’s time for the annual Rubber Duck Days festival, she’s not too thrilled to hear that her family will participate, especially when they’re all wearing matching duck outfits! Whenever she’s presented with an opportunity to join in the festivities throughout the day, Wanda greets the news with a frown and says, “Whatever!” After a while, she begins to notice that her friends who have greeted the day enthusiastically are having a lot more fun than she is! Is an attitude adjustment in order?

Whatever Wanda! is a children’s book, but it teaches a lesson that we’re never too old to learn. I love the line in the book that says, “Sometimes you have to believe something WILL be great before it actually IS.” When you go into something expecting to have a lousy time, you probably will. But when you keep an open mind and are open to new experiences, you might be pleasantly surprised to find that it’s more fun than you expected! That’s what Wanda found out, and hopefully our children (and parents) will learn the same thing in reading Whatever Wanda!

You can find other titles in the Shine Bright Kids series HERE.

About the author: Christy Ziglar, financial planner, mother of twins, and niece of legendary motivator and the world’s original optimist, Zig Ziglar, is bringing the same timeless wisdom and ageless advice to an entirely new, younger audience through her Shine Bright Kids picture book series. Christy, her husband, and their twins live in Atlanta, Georgia.


One lucky reader will receive a hardcover copy of Whatever Wanda! by Christy Ziglar. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada, and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, April 5, 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. 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.

I Have My Own Chibi! You Can Get One, Too, from DrawTweets!

I'm one of those people who hates having her picture taken. I never think I look natural or attractive in photos. So, I was thrilled when I found out about chibis! They're cartoon versions of real people, and they're perfect for using on blogs and social media sites. The talented guys at DrawTweets drew a chibi of me, and I absolutely love it!

If you'd like to get your own chibi, head over to or contact DrawTweets through Twitter at @WeDrawTweets. They're fast and extremely affordable. It's so much fun. Get your chibi today!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Giveaway and Blog App: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Blu-ray) #TheHobbit

The final installment of The Hobbit has arrived! Warner Bros. is proud to bring you the Blu-Ray release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies! Mouse over the interactive map of Middle-Earth in the blog app below and take the quiz to find out if you're Brave like Bilbo!

About The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Blu-Ray

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.

Special Features on the Blu-Ray combo pack include:
• New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth, Part 3
• Recruiting the Five Armies
• Completing Middle-earth: A Six-Part Saga
• Completing Middle-earth: A Seventeen-Year Journey
• The Last Goodbye: Behind the Scenes
• Music Video
• Trailers

Own it on Blu-ray NOW!

Blog App

Why you will LOVE The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies App:
• Are you Brave like Bilbo? Take the quiz to find out if you have the bravery it takes to journey through Middle Earth!
• Mouse over the Interactive Map to learn fun facts about Middle-Earth.
• Watch the official trailer & click the box art to bring the film home today!


One lucky winner will receive a Blu-Ray copy of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies! Giveaway open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Each household is only eligible to win one (1) Blu-ray of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies 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. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.

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pediped® Debuts Its Spring/Summer 2015 Children’s Shoe Collection ~ Enter to Win a Pair, Plus a Family Getaway to San Diego! (GIVEAWAY; US/CAN)

The award-winning children’s shoe company, pediped®, has launched its spring/summer collection of children’s footwear with more than 100 new styles and color combinations across its three signature lines: Originals®, Grip ‘n’ Go™ and Flex® available in sizes newborn to 36 (US Youth 4.5).

Known for their exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort, and distinctive styling, the fastest growing children's footwear brand in the United States, pediped®, has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for the promotion of healthy foot development.

Their product lines include:

* Originals® feature flexible, soft-soles recommended by pediatricians and podiatrists as the shoe’s design closely mimics barefoot walking.
* Over 20 new styles have been added this season, including Lorraine, a modern update on the classic Sadie. Daisy and Katelyn highlight the collection for a soft pastel palette, and Giselle and Betty cover signature styles. For boys, Harvey and Jake are an ultra breathable choice in trendy, new canvas.
* Originals® retail at $35 and are available for children in sizes newborn to 24 months.

Grip ‘n’ Go™
* Grip ‘n’ Go™ is made with all the benefits of Originals®, but special feature G2 Technology™ is added that includes a soft rubber sole and rounded edges that mimic the natural shape of a child’s foot.
* The collection highlights Memory Foam Technology™ in seven different styles: Nikki, Daisy, Tori, Mirabella, Leana, Delaney, Sydney and Brice. Also new to Grip ‘n’ Go are two machine washable styles, Racer and Gehrig.
* Grip ‘n’ Go™ is priced at $39 or $48 and is available in EU sizes 18-23, US kids 3.5-7.

* Flex® is the perfect choice for confident walkers with a solid, natural stride. Cushioned arch support and flexible rubber soles ensure comfort and healthy foot development. In addition, the Flex Fit System™ allows adjustment of the fit to prolong wear.
* Flex® offers more than 100 styles in a variety of sandals, Mary Janes, ballet flats, athletics and casual wear that feature a color palette of bold neon, saturated solids and classic browns and blacks.
* The popular water-safe, machine-washable and eco-friendly Adventure Line expands with 12 new styles and color combinations. Sahara returns for its fourth season featuring venturous camo prints and pops of bright hues, and Canyon makes its debut for both girls and boys.
* The innovative line of machine washable athletics, made with Ultra Light Technology™, expands with eight new styles and color combinations. New to the collection are the first available lace-ups by pediped®, Astara and Scout. Featuring heel cushion and flex grooves, added comfort and maximum flexibility is achieved all while remaining light as air. Also new to the collection is Axel.
* Flex® styles range in price from $40 to $59 and are available in EU sizes 20-36, US 5 kids- 4.5 youth (available sizes vary between styles).

The pediped® Spring/Summer 2015 Collection is now available for purchase online at and in select retail stores.

pediped® and Disney® Invite You to Enter
for a Chance to Win a Family Getaway!

In celebration of the movie, “Disney’s Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast,” pediped® invites you to enter for a chance to win a Funjet Vacations family trip for four to San Diego! The prize includes airfare and a four-night stay at the Catamaran Resort in sunny San Diego plus a $200 Visa gift card.

“Disney’s Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast” was released March 3, 2015 on Blu-ray™, digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere. The sweepstakes will run February 15 through March 31, 2015. Entry form: Official rules: Void where prohibited.


One lucky winner will receive a pair of pediped® shoes! Winner can specify child’s gender and size, but the style will be a surprise! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, April 9, 2015.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Sweepstakes with Little Passports and Melissa & Doug ~ Grand Prize Worth $400! #affiliate

**The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.

Little Passports has partnered with Melissa and Doug for a Spectacular Spring Sweepstakes! Enter The Little Passports and Melissa and Doug Spring Sweepstakes today! One lucky winner will receive the following Grand Prize Package worth $400 USD.
  • A 12-Month Little Passports subscription
  • World Coin Collection from Little Passports
  • Melissa & Doug prize pack: Sunny Patch Tent, two Personalized Sleeping Bags, four On The Go Activity Pads, a Pinball Arcade Battery-Free Game, and two Beeposh Plush Razzle Raccoon toys! 
    The contest ends on March 31st, so be sure to enter today! 

    Must be 18 years of age; Valid to residents of US to Canada (excluding Quebec and Puerto Rico/US Territories). See complete rules on entry form.

  • Monday, March 23, 2015

    CINDERELLA: Walt Disney World Sweepstakes! #Cinderella

    In honor of Disney’s CINDERELLA, which opened in theatres everywhere on March 13th, enter today for your chance to win a 5-day, 4-night enchanting vacation for four to the Walt Disney World® Resort including one special night in the Cinderella Castle Suite!

    The sweepstakes ends 3/27/15 and to enter you must be 13+ and a resident of US or CA (excluding Quebec). Limit one (1) Entry per day, per person. There is only one (1) prize available to be won. Entry/Full Official Rules: Void where prohibited.

    Visit the official CINDERELLA Website
    Like CINDERELLA on Facebook
    Follow CINDERELLA on Twitter
    Follow CINDERELLA on Instagram
    Follow CINDERELLA on Pinterest
    Follow CINDERELLA on Google+

    Sunday, March 22, 2015

    World Water Day: Help World Vision Bring Life-Saving Water to Those in Need #WaterEffect #WaterNow (GIVEAWAY)

    Did you know that one child under the age of 5 dies every minute from diarrhea caused by contaminated water or unsafe hygiene? It’s hard to believe that such an easy-to-treat condition can actually kill. But it’s not easy to treat when you lack access to clean water, as 748 million people experience around the world. That’s nearly two and a half times the population of the United States! Watch the video below to see the impact of a water crisis on one girl’s life.

    To address the water crisis and acknowledge the importance of water, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 22 as World Water Day in 1993. I hope you’ll join me and World Vision in helping to spread awareness about the need for safe water around the world. Our efforts could help thousands of people like Violet (from the video above) gain access to clean water each year!

    When you make a purchase from World Vision, you can help make a huge difference in people’s lives. Here are just a few of the wonderful products available from World Vision:

    Blogger Exclusive: World Water Day Umbrella – Created specifically for bloggers behind World Vision’s 2015 World Water Day campaign, this blue umbrella serves as a practical reminder that rainwater is considered a precious resource for people who lack established water systems.

    Royal Silk Scarf – From the World Vision Gift Catalog, this scarf is made with luxurious silk using Fair-Trade practices. The blend of soft colors emulates the purifying qualities of water and the vibrant life that it sustains.

    These items are beautiful, as you can see in the pictures above. (My son is modeling them!) He was very moved by the video of Violet, and I want to teach him and his brother that there are other children in the world who lack the necessities they take for granted, like clean water. I hope you’ll join me in visiting World Vision with your children and helping other families in dire need. Here are some other ways in which you can bring attention to the water crisis:

    Take a short shower: Keep track of time spent showering as a reminder of the water shortage around the world. An American who takes only a 5-minute shower has already used more than an entire day’s worth of water for the average person in a developing country’s slum.

    Make a home-cooked meal: Skip a restaurant meal and use the time at home to talk about the need for water. Donate the money you saved by cooking at home to give clean, life-giving water.

    Walk or run 6K: On World Water Day, thousands of people walk or run 6 kilometers for children in Africa. Each registration brings clean water to communities in need.

    Organize a mall walk: Gather family and friends for a mall walk to remember the significant time women in developing countries spend bringing water to their families. The time North American women spend shopping daily equals the time many women devote to collecting water each day -- nearly 200 million hours!

    Give clean water: Visit World Vision’s website to contribute to the Clean Water Fund or make a monthly pledge. Just $25 a month provides 6 more people with clean water every year.

    Run a lemonade stand: Whether it’s hosting a benefit concert, coordinating a bake sale, or setting up a lemonade stand, you can raise money to help provide clean water.

    I hope you’ll talk to your family today about how you can help everyone in the world have access to life-saving clean water!


    One lucky winner will receive their own World Water Day Umbrella and a Royal Silk Scarf! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, April 5, 2015.