Monday, November 30, 2015

Christmas DVD Review and Giveaway: Ice Sculpture Christmas ~ from Hallmark Channel

I spent a very pleasant Sunday afternoon recently watching a new Hallmark Channel original Christmas movie: Ice Sculpture Christmas! This was such a fun movie ... read on to learn more about it and enter to win a DVD copy!

Ice Sculpture Christmas

AS a little girl, Callie Shaw (Rachel Boston) always knew she wanted to be an amazing chef. Now, after three years of culinary school, Callie is working as a dishwasher in her hometown's country club kitchen. Callie finally gets the opportunity to make a name for herself through a Christmas ice-sculpture contest, but she's paired with David Manning, a handsome, wealthy entrepreneur who believes wholeheartedly in Callie's talents but knows nothing about ice sculpture. If David can learn the ropes in time and help Callie believe she has all the right stuff, Callie just might enjoy a Christmas to remember, bringing her closer to a man who truly loves her and achieving her lifelong dream.

Watch the trailer:

My thoughts:
I loved the unique ice sculpture theme of this movie. I actually learned a little something about how ice sculptures are made! And it was fun to see the characters bonding over a shared goal. Callie has dreams of working her way up in the business to become a chef, but when her talents become apparent, another up-and-coming chef at the kitchen is determined to sabotage Callie's efforts to succeed. David has problems of his own because he's been working in his father's business, being groomed to take over one day, but he's not happy with the work and dreams of doing something more meaningful. By helping each other to believe in themselves, Callie and David both realize that following their hearts is best -- both in business and in love. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and will add it to my "favorite Hallmark Channel Christmas movies list"!

I hope you’ll catch the next showing of Ice Sculpture Christmas on the Hallmark Channel or purchase the DVD. When you buy the DVD at Walmart, you get a special bonus: You can instantly download an eCopy and get a Vudu code to give as a gift!


One lucky winner will receive a new DVD copy of Ice Sculpture Christmas starring Rachel Boston. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, December 13, 2015.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary DVD copy of this movie, which I am donating for this giveaway because I watched the movie on TV. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Christmas DVD Review and Giveaway: ‘Tis the Season for Love ~ from Hallmark Channel

Have you been enjoying all of the Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel? We always seem to have one showing on TV throughout the day. They’ve really become a big part of our holiday tradition. Even my husband enjoys them, despite their romantic, feel-good themes! We recently saw one that is well worth the mention:

'Tis the Season for Love

Hanna Baker (Sarah Lancaster) left her small town of Kern to seek the stardom that everyone knew was her destiny. Now, ten years later, with none of her dreams coming to fruition and feeling like a failure, Hanna heads back to Kern to cheer herself up with a real, hometown, family Christmas. Once back, Hanna sees that life in Kern has moved on quite nicely without her, and she soon finds herself longing for her past. Everyone seems so content with their lives, and she begins to wonder if leaving was a mistake. Everything changes when a magical Santa gives her the wonderful opportunity to see what her life would’ve been had she never left to pursue her acting dreams. And she is shocked to learn that her alternate reality is nothing like she ever could’ve imagined, opening her eyes to new possibilities, new opportunities and a whole new love she never even considered.

Watch the trailer:

My thoughts:
Often, we are offered more than one path in life, and it’s not easy to decide which one to take. It would certainly be easier if we could see what’s ahead on each path. In the movie, Hanna isn’t given that opportunity either when she has to choose whether to stay in her small town and settle down or to take her chances in New York City to pursue an acting career. She chooses New York, but finds that she’s still not certain she’s made the right decision after ten years. They say you can take the girl out of her hometown but you can’t take the hometown out of the girl, and that’s what happens with Hanna. When she returns to Kern to re-consider her options, she finds that life in her small town feels better than she thought it would. She has a new appreciation for her family and friends, and discovers that smaller ambitions – like directing the children’s play – can make a larger impact on people’s lives. And, of course, it helps that a certain small-town boy is also convinced that Hanna belongs in Kern. We know how the story ends, of course, but it still makes the journey worthwhile as this movie explores themes that are universal and relatable.

I hope you’ll catch the next showing of 'Tis the Season for Love on the Hallmark Channel or purchase the DVD. When you buy the DVD at Walmart, you get a special bonus: You can instantly download an eCopy and get a Vudu code to give as a gift!


One lucky winner will receive a new DVD copy of 'Tis the Season for Love starring Sarah Lancaster. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, December 13, 2015.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary DVD copy of this movie, which I am donating for this giveaway because I watched the movie on TV. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

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

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    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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    Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising"): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

    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.