Saturday, October 31, 2015

A Halloween Costume Slide Show and Recipes from the Characters of "Inside Out"!

It's Halloween! The characters from Disney•Pixar's Inside Out want to celebrate with you! Enjoy this "boo-tiful” photo gallery of what they plan on being this year. Additionally, as you attend or prepare your Halloween parties, we have some recipes that will really call for a party in your mouth! Inside Out arrives on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and On Demand November 3rd!

Inside Out Costume Contest Gallery

Recipes from Anger!

Download Inside Out Recipes

Friday, October 30, 2015

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (October 31, 2015)

Happy Halloween, and welcome to the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! Let's celebrate the start of the holiday season by entering some giveaways! Be sure to check out the giveaways listed in the linky below, as well as those on my right sidebar. Check back daily to see what's been added. And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog, feel free to include it in the linky and share this page with all of your social media friends and fans. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Peanuts Are Coming to Theaters ~ Make a Joe Cool Costume for Halloween!

20th Century Fox
In theaters November 6

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state-of-the-art 3D animation. Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.

Directed By: Steve Martino
Produced By: Craig Schulz, Bryan Schulz, Cornelius Uliano, Michael J. Travers, Paul Feig

Watch This ‘How to Make a Joe Cool Costume’ Video!

Halloween just got cooler. Watch how to make a Joe Cool costume with The Peanuts Movie’s Mar Mar Walker!

Meet the Peanuts Characters!

Official Websites
Visit the Official Website
Like The Peanuts Movie on Facebook
Follow on Twitter, Google+, Instagram
Subscribe on YouTube


And stay tuned because I have a really cool Peanuts giveaway coming up very soon!

Disclosure: I will receive a gift card as a thank-you for sharing this information.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

West Bend’s Popcorn Machines Make Family Movie Nights Much More Fun!

Our family loves to create our own Family Movie Nights. And everyone knows that movies don’t seem to be complete unless there’s popcorn! Fortunately, West Bend makes it easy to make popcorn at home, and using their popcorn machines is so much fun. West Bend makes both air and oil popcorn machines. Check out these models:

Clear Air Popcorn Machine: The interior glass cylinder lets you watch all the action, from kernels swirling to the last delicious pop, for a clearly fun family experience. With no oil required, the Clear Air machine pops up to 4 quarts of healthy and delicious popcorn in less than 3 minutes.

Air Crazy Popcorn Machine: Quick, clean and easy, the Air Crazy machine pops up to 3.5 quarts of popcorn in as little as 3 minutes, providing a super speedy snack. The machine also includes a convenient measuring cup that can portion single or family-size servings, and doubles as a convenient butter melter so every pop is perfect.

6-Quart Stir Crazy Popcorn Machine: The next generation of Stir Crazy popcorn machines is here, and movie night will never be the same. This stylish and functional design includes a clear, vented cover with a butter cap that doubles as a serving bowl.

Our family has the Stir Crazy Popcorn Machine, and the kids have so much fun watching the popcorn pop and fill up the bowl. As you can see in the photos, the popper gets nice and steamy while the popcorn is popping, and then we all enjoy a big bowl of popcorn with our movie! We love the convenient butter cap, too, so we can have melted butter on our popcorn, or we can choose to go without if we’re looking for a healthier option.

6-Quart Stir Crazy Deluxe Popcorn Machine: This deluxe model features a convenient, removable heating plate and a convertible cover for easy popping to easy serving with a flip of the lid. Dishwasher-safe plate, bowl and lid make clean-up easier than ever.

The popcorn machines above are just a few of the many models made by West Bend. Visit to learn more about West Bend’s popcorn machines and find the one that’s perfect for your family. You can also find awesome popcorn recipe ideas here. Follow West Bend on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, too.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary popper from West Bend to facilitate my honest review.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (October 24, 2015)

Welcome to the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky, which is open all week! Enter all the giveaways listed in the linky below, as well as those listed in my right sidebar, and check back daily to see the new giveaways that have been added. If you're hosting a giveaway on your site, please share it with us in the linky below, and don't forget to hit those social share buttons at the bottom to tell all your friends and fans about the great giveaways!

Show Your Appreciation to Someone Special with a Custom Bear from Teddy Bears Personalized! (GIVEAWAY)

Fall is a busy time of year. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holidays are coming up. The kids are back to school, and many activities are in full swing. It’s a time of year when we especially rely on our friends and loved ones to keep us sane and help us get through the busy season. If you know someone who’s been invaluable to you lately, why not show your love and appreciation by sending them a personalized bear from Teddy Bears Personalized? Every bear is unique because you get to pick the bear, the sweater or hoodie, the message embroidered on it, and even a special card. Best of all, it shows your special someone that you’re thinking of them and appreciate them. Check out some of the beautiful examples below:

Teddy Bears Personalized also has other plush animals, such as tigers, giraffes, monkeys and bunnies! They can all be personalized just like the bears. I hope you’ll visit and send a gift to someone you treasure. Their prices are very reasonable, and shipping is free in the United States!


One lucky winner will receive 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 Sunday, November 15, 2015.

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Disclosure: I have received complimentary products from Teddy Bears Personalized for my honest review of their products.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Voyagers: A New Multi-Platform, Middle-Grade Series Blasts Off This Fall! (GIVEAWAY)


Book 1: PROJECT ALPHA by DJ MacHale, in stores now
Book 2: GAME OF FLAMES by Robin Wasserman, releases November 3


by DJ MacHale
In Stores Now

Earth is in danger! Without a renewable source of clean energy, our planet will be toast in less than a year. There are 6 essential elements that, when properly combined, create a new power source. But the elements are scattered throughout the galaxy. And only a spaceship piloted by children can reach it and return to Earth safely. First the ideal team of four 12-year-olds must be chosen, and then the first element must be retrieved. There is not a mistake to be made, or a moment to lose. The source is out there. Voyagers is blasting off in 3, 2, 1…
Credit: Gayle Goodrich

About the Author:
D.J. MacHale is the author of the bestselling book series Pendragon, Morpheus Road, the SYLO Chronicles. He has written, directed and produced numerous award-winning television series and movies for young people including Are You Afraid of the Dark?; Flight 29 Down and Tower of Terror. D.J. lives with his family in Southern California.

by Robin Wasserman
In Stores November 3rd

The Alpha team has been chosen and they've already snagged the first element on planet J-16. The second is hidden on Meta-Prime, a planet filled with metal mazes, catapults of fire, and warring alien robots. But what our Voyagers don't know is that there is another ship, the Omega team, following hot on their trail...

Credit: Sonya Sones
Author Bio:
Robin Wasserman is the author of several acclaimed books for children and young adults, including The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, Hacking Harvard, the Cold Awakening Trilogy, and the Chasing Yesterday Trilogy. A former children's book editor, she lives and writes (and frequently procrastinates) in Brooklyn, New York.


BOOK 1: PROJECT ALPHA BY D.J. MacHale [out now]
BOOK 2: GAME OF FLAMES BY Robin Wasserman [11/03/15]
BOOK 3: OMEGA RISING BY Patrick Carman [01/05/16]
BOOK 4: INFINITY RIDERS BY Kekla Magoon [03/01/16]
BOOK 5: ESCAPE THE VORTEX BY Jeanne DuPrau [03/01/16]
BOOK 6: THE SEVENTH ELEMENT BY Wendy Mass [05/03/16]


The action is on the page, on your device, and out of this world! This multiplatform middle-grade series is fully locked and loaded and ready for launch, blasting off in Fall 2015.

Part sci-fi, part eco-mystery, all action-adventure.


As the young heroes in VOYAGERS journey into outer space to save planet Earth, readers are invited to become part of the story by joining the crew through the multi-platform, VOYAGERS HQ. The HQ extends the adventure beyond the page, unlocking games and activities on their devices.

Each book has clues and codes that lead to world extensions to be explored, played, and shared. Your online profile tracks your progress through the VOYAGERS universe, and gives you rewards, ranking and virtually currency for each product code redeemed.

Readers become part of the VOYAGERS world, which extends beyond the books to a digital interactive experience, and downloadable pay-for-play mobile apps games.

Readers can create their own custom VOYAGERS character, follow the team and experience this space adventure through the eyes of their own virtual droid.

Free content on Voyagers HQ:

Team Alpha Member Profile

Every registered user will have a personal profile page. This is where they can see their rank/level, view their achievements and badges, access their inventory and ZRK creations, as well as enter and track codes.

VOYAGERS Secret Intelligence

After players register, they will be given a project folder that contains ciphers and decoders that can be used in conjunction with the books to unlock secret content and virtual currency.

Secret content includes:

Character dossiers and expanded background information, mission briefings, ship and vehicle schematics, detailed information on the planets from ZRK probes, and opportunities to test their STEAM knowledge.

VOYAGERS Bonus Chapter

In addition to the secret intelligence files, each book also has a special puzzle that unlocks a free bonus chapter. This will complement the book and fill in some additional details and storylines. It is not required reading, but they should add to the book narratives in a meaningful way.


VOYAGERS series creator and architect, Patrick Carman is head of PC Studios, which has created and overseen pioneering multimedia brands including SKELETON CREEK, TRACKERS, 3:15, and DARK EDEN. He is also an acclaimed, New York Times bestselling writer of more than 30 books, and one of the first authors chosen for 39 CLUES.

42 Entertainment is the premiere online multimedia company developing the immersive, interactive universe for VOYAGERS. 42 Entertainment is a next generation studio world renowned for some of the largest online experiences in the world including THE DARK KNIGHT,THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, and TRON LEGACY.


Learn more at Voyagers HQ

Follow the authors on Twitter:
@PatrickCarman | @DJMacHale | @RobinWasserman

Hashtag: #VoyagersHQ


Enter to win a VOYAGERS EXPERIENCE prize pack! One (1) winner receives:

· The first two books in the series;
· Branded iPhone6 case and home GadgetGrip button to deck out your device while experiencing the Voyagers app.

Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Random House Children’s Books. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below.

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Disclosure: Samples and prizing were provided by Random House Children’s Books.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (October 17, 2015)

Welcome to the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! I hope you win some awesome prizes! Enter the giveaways listed in the linky below and on my right sidebar. Check back daily to see what's been added. And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog, it just takes a few seconds to share it in the linky so we all can enter. Please share this page with your friends and fans on Facebook and Twitter. Good luck!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Boo Boo Monsters Bandages Review and Giveaway

Are you used to creepy, gory monsters that give you the heebie-jeebies & frighten the daylights out of your kids? Fear not, because Boo Boo Monsters are here! Cover up cuts & scrapes while making new friends. A modern spin on classic monsters, Boo Boo Monsters are cute, approachable & fun-loving… anything but scary. Wear them all, watch them GLOW & have fun!

Let me introduce you to the characters (full descriptions under each picture)...

Count Buckula: Often mistaken for a vampire, Count Buckula is really just a mysteriously pale dude with buckteeth, who wears a cape and medallion for that “wow” factor. He does it for the ladies… and they swoon.

Fran├žois Stein: Like the smooth French gentleman that he is, Fran├žois Stein always comes properly derssed and has extremely good manners. Some think his scar is frightful, but we think it adds to his charm.

Miss Mum: Hailing from the UK, Miss Mum loves to walk with outstretched arms. Don’t be alarmed; she just wants to show you her manicure & give you a big hug!

Wolfgang: Have you ever seen a cuter werewolf with a cooler outfit? We think not. If he looks a bit frazzled & upset, it’s only because his mom woke him up from his afternoon nap.

Check out the Boo Boo Monsters Blog App!

Spooky Season is finally here! Check out the slideshow above of kids wearing "Boo Boo Monsters" bandages, and then click on the link to purchase your own “Boo Boo Monsters” Bandages!

My boys love Boo Boo Monsters bandages. Their favorite one is Wolfgang (shown above). And the bandages really do glow in the dark. Just hold them under a light for a little bit and then turn out the lights. The part around the monster glows! They're great to put on right before bedtime because kids have an instant little light to keep them company in bed. And the monsters aren't scary at all. They're just fun! I recommend that you pick up some Boo Boo Monsters bandages for your child's Halloween bag this year. He or she will love them!


One lucky winner will receive a Boo Boo Monsters Bandages prize pack consisting of 3 Boo Boo Monsters 20 pc bandage boxes, a recyclable tote, a sticker set and a bonus 8 pc. bandage tin! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, October 23, 2015. Each household is only eligible to win one (1) Boo Boo Monsters Prize Pack 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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Little Passports Easy 4-Step Halloween Craft for Kids

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Have your little Explorers been running around in their costumes since October 1st? It is fun to see their creativity come to life. Sometimes, however, it is hard to keep up with all their creativity and endless costume changes! 

That is why I love this week's Little Passports blog Post, Easy 4-step Halloween Craft. It is an easy Halloween craft sure to delight your darlings in disguise! 

Click below to learn how to make the Pencil Eraser Stamped T-shirt shown above!

Easy 4-step Halloween Craft

Monday, October 12, 2015

The New Fall Books Have Arrived from Dawn Publications!

Twice a year, Dawn Publications releases beautiful new picture books that teach children about nature through lovely prose and gorgeous illustrations. Check out the two new books that just came out!

Mighty Mole and Super Soil
By Mary Quattlebaum
Illustrated by Chad Wallace

Moles are very mysterious creatures. They live underground and dig tunnels! How do they see and find food? How do they know where they are going? Mighty Mole and Super Soil answers these questions and many more. I loved the fun facts, such as: “Moles dig fast -- up to 18 feet an hour with the help of an extra thumb.” Amazing! And did you know that “moles’ toxic saliva paralyzes their prey”? There is so much to learn about moles, so this book is fascinating. Detailed illustrations by Chad Wallace really bring the mole to life.

If You Love Honey: Nature’s Connection
By Martha Sullivan
Illustrated by Cathy Morrison

This is one of those fun “one thing leads to another stories” that takes the reader through a chain of exciting information. “If you love honey, then you must love honey bees… If you love honey bees, it’s no wonder you love dandelions… If you love dandelions, you’d be crazy not to love ladybugs…” And the story goes on, but interspersed with intriguing information about each animal or plant depicted. From butterflies to earthworms to mushrooms and blackberry flowers, children learn about the delightful plants and animals that are found in a meadow. More details about bees are included at the end of the book, and colorful pictures by Cathy Morrison will have children spotting delightful treasures on each page.

Visit for more information about these lovely books and the other books about nature!

Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples to facilitate my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.