Friday, April 21, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (April 22, 2017)

It's time for another Super Saturday Giveaway linky! Thanks so much for joining us. This linky is open all week, so be sure bookmark it and visit daily to see what new giveaways have been added. I have a lot of giveaways listed on my right sidebar, too! And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, feel free to share it with us in the linky below. Don't forget to share these great contests with your friends on social media. Have a great week!

Quest Chasers Book Tour: Read a Guest Post and Enter a Giveaway for a $10 Amazon Gift Card (5 Winners)

Quest Chasers: The Deadly Cavern
by Grace and Thomas Lockhaven
Genre: YA, Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure

If you knew that your curiosity may take you to a place from which you may never return, would you go?
Tommy and Eevie are trapped in an underground labyrinth filled with deadly traps and puzzles. They must solve each riddle to survive, but every solution leads them closer to what is certain to be their demise.
The Deadly Cavern is the first book of Quest Chasers, a fiction-fantasy series where characters Tommy and Eevie are taken to a magical adventure you won't soon forget.
If you like fantasy, magical lands and puzzles, then you'll love Grace and Thomas Lockhaven's Quest Chasers!
It’s a fantasy book for teens but young adults have been enjoying it as well.

Guest Post: A Brief Interview with the Authors

Who is your hero and why?

Grace: Thomas is my hero. No matter what happens, he always pushes through and works hard to reach his goals. I would’ve never been even close to where I am today without him. I would’ve been stuck working in an office and living a lifeless life.

Thomas: I’m gonna have to say Rune Gjeldnes. He was a Norwegian explorer. OK, OK, I just Googled famous Norwegian explorers… I’m gonna have to say ditto with Grace’s comments above, except replace Thomas with Grace, and I would have been working, driving one of those little golfball collection buggies being pelted with balls.

What book do you think everyone should read?

Grace: Quest Chasers, haha. I think that The Lost Years of Merlin is an amazing book that’s not very often heard of. I loved it and want to read it again, since it’s a series and I forgot what happened in the story.

Thomas: That was funny, Grace! I really enjoyed The Blackthorn Key series written by Kevin Sands. I’m impressed with his writing skills and the amount of research he puts into each of his books.

We're Grace and Thomas Lockhaven. We pretty much met the same way ALL writers meet each other: at the gym. While other people discussed their workouts, we discussed things like how to reverse a "creeping death" spell cast by an evil wizard. We could have filled a book with pictures of people's faces who overheard our conversations. Quest Chasers grew from these conversations, and now we hope to pass on to you the thrilling adventures of Eevie and Tommy as we bring them to life.

Pick your favorite cover and title for the upcoming 2nd book in the series and enter to win one of 5 $10 Amazon gift cards!


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Product Review and Giveaway: Zim's Max-Freeze Gel

My husband is an active and handy guy. He's always working in the yard, doing projects around the house, throwing balls at the baseball field, and working out at the gym. I admire his work ethic, but not his aches and pains afterward. It seems like he always has an achy shoulder, knee or other body part after a hard day of physical labor. Taking painkillers frequently can have negative health consequences, which is why he has turned to more natural ways of addressing his muscle aches. Recently, he's started using Zim's Max-Freeze Gel, and he's been very pleased with it!

He can feel Zim's working as soon as he rubs it on his skin because it has a really awesome cooling effect on application. His skin even feels cooler when I touch it! Best of all, Zim's Max-Freeze Gel is made with natural, organic ingredients, such as aloe vera, arnica, ilex, vitamin E and tea tree oil. It's not tested on animals, and it contains no parabens, sulfates or coloring. With natural menthol, it's designed to temporarily relieve minor aches and pains in the joints and muscles. He uses it all the time, and it really seems to work in alleviating the soreness.

Zim's is available at many major retailers, such as Walgreen's, Walmart, Rite-Aid, CVS, and many more. Click here to find a complete list of stores, and visit www.ZimsUSA,com to see all Zim's products and learn more about them. Follow Zim's on Facebook and Twitter, too.


One lucky winner will receive a tube of Zim's Max-Freeze Gel! 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 30, 2017.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary product sample to facilitate my review. A sample will also be provided by the sponsor for this giveaway. I am not a medical professional, and this post should not be considered medical advice. Your experience may differ from mine. Check with your physician if you are taking medications or have a medical condition before using this product.

Extend Spring Cleaning to Your Mouth with Colgate Total Advanced Health Mouthwash

It's really important to take care of your teeth and gums at every stage of life, but I have been taking my oral health much more seriously as I get older. I want to be sure that my teeth stay in my mouth for a lifetime! So, I'm doing as much as I can to keep them in great shape. That means I brush at least twice a day and floss daily. Plus, now I've added mouthwash to my daily routine. Mouthwash is important because it can reach those places that a brush or floss can't.

The mouthwash I use now is Colgate Total Advanced Health Mouthwash. Not only does it do the typical things that you would expect, like freshen breath, reduce plaque, and help prevent gingivitis, but it is also a super bacteria fighter. In fact, it's been shown to remove 24 times more bacteria than ordinary non-antibacterial mouthwashes. Needless to say, I'm happy to get harmful bacteria out of my mouth, which can also work its way into the rest of my body.

Colgate Total Advanced Health Mouthwash is easy to use. Be sure to shake it well before using to mix all of the ingredients together. Using the cap like a cup, measure the mouthwash and then rinse it around in your mouth for 30 seconds. (Then spit, don't swallow.) My mouth feels remarkably fresh and clean after use. Best of all, I feel great in knowing that I'm taking good care of my mouth, teeth and gums by getting rid of harmful bacteria.

I hope you'll make your dental health a priority and be sure that your daily routine includes brushing, flossing, and rinsing with Colgate Total Advanced Health Mouthwash! It's available now at a store near you.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary product sample to facilitate my honest review.

Join Softsoap in Celebrating Spring with New Body Washes in Floral Fragrances!

I don't like to wear perfumes because they're often too overpowering, but I love the subtle scents in body washes. Softsoap's body washes are my absolute favorite because they are always coming out with new fragrances. I love discovering what they've come up with for the various seasons. Fortunately, Softsoap has just released two new floral fragrances in celebration of spring!

Honey Crème & Lavender

Blooming Jasmine & Plum

These Softsoap Body Washes are made with real extracts of honey, lavender, jasmine and plum. I love how they not only get me clean, but they actually moisturize my skin, so it feels soft and smooth post-shower. And, of course, that subtle hint of lingering fragrance is just perfect for helping me to feel refreshed and pretty.

I hope you'll head to the store and seek out some Softsoap Body Wash for yourself and your family. See the wonderful variety of fragrances available and give several a try. You deserve to feel pampered!

Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples to facilitate my honest review.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (April 15, 2017)

Thank you for visiting this week's Super Saturday Giveaway linky! It's live all week, so bookmark it and come back daily to see what new giveaways have been added to the linky and my right sidebar. If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, please share it with us in the linky. And don't forget to share these great contests with your friends on social media. Good luck!

See the First Official Teaser Trailer for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"! #TheLastJedi

I have to admit that I am a complete Star Wars geek. I remember seeing the very first one when I was a kid (my sister and I went with my dad), and we loved it SO much! We collected everything Star Wars and were even Star Wars characters for Halloween. (I was Princess Leia.) So, you might guess that I'm just a little bit excited for the next installment of the series to come out this December: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI. I can't wait for some of the mysteries to be solved (Who are Rey's real parents, and why does she have The Force?), and to see Luke have a larger role in this movie (he'd BETTER have a larger role!), although I'm super bummed that a major character was killed off in THE FORCE AWAKENS (no spoilers here). So, without further ado, here is the first official teaser trailer and teaser poster for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI!

Enjoy these stills from the film, too!

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STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI opens in theaters everywhere December 15th!

Celebrate Spring with Dawn Publications' New Books That Embrace the Natural World!

Spring has sprung! And along with the warmer weather and beautiful flowers, we get to enjoy new nature-themed children’s books from Dawn Publications! If you’re not yet familiar with this company, they publish beautifully written and illustrated children’s books that all have a nature theme. This spring, they’re issuing three new books to delight families:

Wonderful Nature, Wonderful You
Author: Karin Ireland
Illustrator: Christopher Canyon

Nature can be a great teacher! With a light touch especially suited for children, Karin Ireland explores the lessons of nature and finds their relevance to all of us. She gracefully weaves together inspiration and fascinating fact. Nature becomes a metaphor for positive social and emotional development, dynamically brought to life by illustrator Christopher Canyon.

Look inside!

Download free activities based on this book.

Baby on Board: How Animals Carry Their Young
Author: Marianne Berkes
Illustrator: Cathy Morrison

How do animals carry their babies? Not in backpacks or strollers, but tucked in pouches ... Gripped in teeth ... Propped on backs ... Even underneath! Marianne Berkes’ rhyming verses present some of the many ways that animals carry their young. Cathy Morrison’s magical illustrations capture the intimate moments of mother and baby.

Look inside!

Download free activities based on this book.

There's a Bug on My Book!
Author/Illustrator: John Himmelman

Beetles fly, frogs hop, and slugs slide over the pages of this book, made to be read by a child while lying on the grass. Children interact with the book, with a tip, tap, and turn of the book, moving the critters along. The critters even interact with each other in surprising ways. John Himmelman brings together his expertise as both a naturalist and an artist to encourage children to explore nature in their own backyard.

Look inside!

Download free activities based on this book.

All three of these books are wonderful additions to Dawn’s growing catalog of nature-themed children’s books that educate and delight. I hope you’ll head over to and pick up some copies for the special kids in your life.

Disclosure: I received complimentary copies of these books to facilitate this post. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through this link.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

DVD Review and Giveaway: "Heidi" ~ a New, Award-Winning Film for the Whole Family!


An international box-office smash, filmed on location in the Swiss Alps, this Dove Foundation "Family Approved" live-action feature based on one of the best-selling children's novels of all time makes its U.S. debut on DVD and Digital April 4, 2017.

With more than 50 million copies in print, Swiss author Johanna Spyri's beloved 1880s novel, Heidi, is one of the all-time classics of children's literature, which has also spawned numerous adaptations. This April, Omnibus Entertainment invites families everywhere to head for the hills with HEIDI, a new, lavishly produced adaptation starring Bruno Ganz and marking the big screen debut of Anuk Steffen as the titular Swiss mountain girl.

Orphan girl Heidi spends the happiest days of her childhood with her eccentric grandfather, Alpöhi (Ganz), cut off from the outside world in a simple cabin in the breathtaking Swiss mountains. Together with her friend Peter, she tends to grandfather's goats and enjoys freedom in the mountains to the fullest. But these carefree times come to an abrupt end when Heidi is whisked to Frankfurt by her Aunt Dete. The idea is for her to stay with the wealthy Sesemann family and be a playmate for his wheelchair-bound daughter Klara, under the supervision of the strict nanny, Fräulein Rottenmeier. Although the two girls soon become close friends and Klara's grandmother awakes a passion for books in Heidi while teaching her to read and write, young Heidi's longing for her beloved mountains and her grandfather grows ever stronger.

This most recent adaptation, an international box office smash that has played at top children's film festivals across the U.S., also captured the award for "Best Children's Film" at last year's German Film Awards. Omnibus Entertainment's DVD features both the original German language version with English subtitles, as well as a dubbed version.

My thoughts:
I really enjoyed this movie! I haven't read the book, so I couldn't compare it to the movie, but this spectacular adaptation is sure to please everyone! The mountain scenery is breathtaking, and the story moves along at a pace to keep even little ones entertained. Although Heidi enjoys the friendship of Klara, she learns that it is important to listen to her heart, which was calling her back to the mountains she loves. Heidi is a film about friendship, family and figuring out where we belong. It is a wonderful choice for Family Movie Night!

Watch the official trailer:

Watch this scene from the movie:


One lucky winner will receive a DVD copy of Heidi! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on April 25, 2017.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this DVD to facilitate my honest review. The sponsor is generously providing a second copy for this giveaway.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (April 8, 2017)

Thank you for visiting this week's Super Saturday Giveaway linky! It's live all week, so bookmark it and come back daily to see what new giveaways have been added to the linky and my right sidebar. If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, please share it with us in the linky. And don't forget to share these great contests with your friends on social media. Good luck!

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Winners in March 2017

Sherlock Bones Blog Tour: Great Dane Socks & Wellness Brand Dog or Cat Treats

Congratulations to the winner: Shirley!

1 Night Movie Starring Anna Camp

Congratulations to the winner: Angelica C.D.!

Lucky Clover Giveaway Event: The Purple Grumblies Series, by Mike Marsh (Paperback)

Congratulations to the winner: Susan S.!

6-Month Hulu Gift Code

Congratulations to the winner: Annamarie V.!

Izzy Kline Has Butterflies, by Beth Ain (paperback)

Congratulations to the winner: Danielle H.!

Open Hands, by Laura Story (Music CD)

Congratulations to the winner: Susan S.!