Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Get Started on Saving for Your Child’s College Education Thanks to the "529 Summer Jump-Start Promotion" from Florida Prepaid!

This post is sponsored by the Florida Prepaid College Board, through my role as a Believer Blogger. All thoughts are my own.


School may be the last thing you’re thinking about as summer approaches, but your child’s education is something that should be considered all year round, especially when it comes to higher education. Did you know that children with savings dedicated for their college education are four times more likely to attend college? (Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis) When children grow up in a family that promotes the value of higher education, they’re more likely to make college a goal. This is smart because a Georgetown University study estimates that a student with a bachelor’s degree can earn $1.6 million more in their lifetime than a student with only a high school diploma.

As parents, we want to raise kids who will grow up to be successful and independent, and one way to do that is to encourage them to work hard in high school so that they’re ready for college. If they’re willing to do that, we can help pave the road to college by saving during their childhoods. Our family has done this for all four of our children by enrolling in Florida Prepaid College Plans. The Florida Prepaid College Board offers many options for Florida residents, including Prepaid College Plans and 529 Savings Plans. But even if you don’t live in Florida, you can still enroll in a Florida 529 Savings Plan to help you save for your children’s education!


The Florida 529 Savings Plan is an ideal investment plan because it does not have a set payment amount or schedule. Families can contribute as much or as often as they desire. In fact, there are 11 investment options available, so families can be as conservative or aggressive as they feel comfortable. Accounts can be opened at any time, and there is no application fee or minimum monthly contribution. You can save as your budget allows.

We started saving for our children’s college education when they were babies, but it’s never too early or too late to start saving. All ages are eligible for a 529 Savings Plan. And here are two more great reasons to open a Florida 529 Savings Plan now!
  • Enroll in a new Florida 529 Savings Plan by June 30, 2018, and you will earn a $25 contribution into your new college savings account.
  • Set up automatic monthly contributions for your new account by June 30, 2018, for as little as $25 per month, and you will earn another $25 contribution into your account.
(This promotion is limited to the first 5,000 new accounts opened between May 29, 2018 and June 30, 2018.)

Your child’s college days may seem far away, but as a mother of four, I can attest that those days fly by more quickly than you’ll ever imagine! It seems like yesterday when I was welcoming my little ones, and today I’ve got two who have been to college and two more who will be heading there in four short years. Believe me, starting to save for their college expenses when they were young is one of the best decisions I ever made, and I highly recommend it for all families. I hope you will visit myfloridaprepaid.com or call 800.552.GRAD (4723) to speak with a customer service representative about enrolling in a 529 Savings Plan -- and take advantage of the “529 Summer Jump-Start Promotion” by June 30!


Monday, May 28, 2018

Father's Day Giveaway: The 15:17 to Paris (Blu-ray or DVD)

My husband loves action movies, especially when they're based on real events, so I know that The 15:17 to Paris movie is going to make an awesome Father's Day gift for him! I hope you'll pick up a copy for the special guy in your life, too.


In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris -- an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe. The film follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack. Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than 500 passengers on board.

Watch the trailer!


The 15:17 to Paris Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:

Making Every Second Count
Join Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler -- the three Americans who stopped the attack -- as they take us moment-by-moment through the real-life drama, just as they lived it.

Portrait of Courage
Join Oscar® winner Eastwood and his creative team as they reveal the aspects of the story that moved them and why they took the bold step of casting the three Americans to play themselves in the film.

The 15:17 to Paris Standard Definition DVD contains the following special feature: Portrait of Courage



GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive their choice of a Blu-ray or DVD copy of The 15:17 to Paris! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Monday, June 11, 2018.

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Disclosure: I will receive a complimentary copy of this movie as a thank-you for sharing this giveaway. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on sales made through my link.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Father's Day Giveaway: 12 Strong (DVD or Blu-ray)

Stumped about what to get your favorite guy for Father's Day? Here's a great idea: 12 Strong! This movie has plenty of action and realism as it's based on true events. He's sure to love it and watch it over and over again!


12 Strong is set in the harrowing days following 9/11 when an elite U.S. Special Forces unit, led by their Captain, Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth), is chosen to be the first U.S. soldiers sent into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission in response to the attacks. Leaving their families behind, the team is dropped into the remote, rugged landscape of northern Afghanistan, where they must convince General Rashid Dostum (Navid Negahban) to join forces with them to fight their common adversary: the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies.

In addition to overcoming mutual distrust and a vast cultural divide, the Americans -- accustomed to state-of-the-art warfare -- must adopt the rudimentary tactics of the Afghan horse soldiers. Despite forming an uneasy bond and growing respect, the new allies face overwhelming odds: vastly outnumbered and outgunned by a ruthless enemy that does not take prisoners.

Watch the trailer!



The 12 Strong Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:

12 Strong: The Making of an Impossible Mission
Monumental Effort: Building America’s Response Monument



GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive their choice of a Blu-ray or DVD copy of 12 Strong! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, June 10, 2018.

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Disclosure: I will receive a complimentary copy of this movie as a thank-you for sharing this giveaway. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on sales made through my link.

Movie Review: Peter Rabbit


This new Peter Rabbit movie is a far cry from the original Beatrix Potter books, but it's still plenty of fun. It is a lot like a Home Alone movie, but instead of a little boy trying to take down some criminals, we have a bunch of bunnies and other creatures trying to take down a wildlife hater. When the original Mr. McGregor, who killed Peter Rabbit's father and put him in a pie, passes away, hopes are high that the new owner will be less hostile toward the wildlife eating his crops. However, the younger relative who inherits the estate is even more determined to get rid of the animals, especially when he finds that they have been partying in his new home before his arrival. His goal is to quickly clean up the house so he can sell it and open his own store in London. When he does everything he can to keep the animals off his property, they seek revenge. The slapstick comedy that ensues will have kids (and adults) laughing hysterically. The action is fast-paced, and parents will like that Peter does eventually show some remorse for his actions and tries to atone for them. Peter Rabbit is a fun, light-hearted film that the whole family will enjoy watching together.







Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. I borrowed this movie from the library. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on sales made through my link.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Beautiful Personalized Jewelry for Mothers and Grandmas from Mama's Jewelry!

I recently discovered a wonderful place to get personalized jewelry at very reasonable prices! At Mama's Jewelry, they have a large assortment of gorgeous rings, pendants, earrings and more that you help design! For example, I found these beautiful NANA Sterling Silver and CZ Dangle Halo Earrings on their site, which were customizable with any birthstone. My birthday is in September, so I selected the earrings with the Imitation Sapphires. Aren't they lovely?

As you can see above, they even came in a little box and a cloth bag, making them perfect for gift-giving! They're also available in Rose Gold and Yellow Gold Plated Silver. I love my new earrings and plan to get plenty of use from them. Do you know a mother or grandmother (could it be you?) who deserves some special jewelry? Read on for the following message from Mama's Jewelry:

Moms work hard 365 days out of the year, so why give them another predictable gift? With the exquisite collection of mothers' rings from Mama's Jewelry, you're bound to make this the most unforgettable Mother's Day yet! Each time she looks down at her ring, puts on her earrings or is asked about her necklace, she'll remember just how much she's loved.

Mama's Jewelry has been designing rings and pendants for moms for 30 years, and we have no intention of slowing down! Our company is committed to creating exceptional mothers' pendants, rings and earrings at affordable prices.

A key benefit to shopping with us is our fast turnaround times. As soon as we receive your order, our CAD technicians and certified jewelers get to work designing and building your custom item. All of our processes follow strict quality control measures. Everything that comes from us has our seal of approval. If we wouldn't give it to our loved ones, we won't send it to you!

Most orders for mothers' rings and pendants are able to be sent out within 3 to 5 days, reaching you about a week later. If you're shopping at the last minute, Mama's Jewelry will take care of you and ensure that you get a custom made item that looks like it took months to make!

For more information, visit: https://mamasjewelry.com/




Disclosure: I received a complimentary product sample to facilitate my honest review, but all opinions are 100% my own.

Movie Review: Paddington 2


It's not often that I say I like the sequel better than the original, but in the case of Paddington 2, that is the truth! While I greatly enjoyed the first Paddington movie (hence my eagerness to watch the second one), I was overjoyed to find that Paddington 2 was even more fun and clever. Paddington's positive attitude and willingness to see the good in everyone was truly inspiring and a great lesson for children. I laughed out loud at his efforts to find employment, particularly at a barber shop and as a window washer. These were all in an attempt to earn money to purchase a beautiful book for his dear Aunt Lucy, who adopted him as an orphan cub. Even his experiences in jail were incredibly moving and amusing, not scary for children. Hugh Grant was the perfect choice for the "villain" who framed Paddington for the theft of the book. I love a man who doesn't mind making a fool of himself, and Grant's arrogant and ridiculous character was spot-on. Paddington's human family loved him fiercely and did everything they could to clear his name and bring him home. I laughed and cried from start to finish and highly recommend Paddington 2 for the whole family!





Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. I borrowed this movie from my local library. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through this link.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (May 26-June 1, 2018)

Everyone has been looking forward to a long holiday weekend, but now Subtropical (soon to be Tropical?) Storm Alberto is bringing more rain to South Florida ... ugh! There's not much we can do except stay inside and enter some giveaways! No matter where you live, I hope you'll join us. Be sure to check this page daily to see what new giveaways have been added. You can also find plenty of giveaways on my right sidebar. And if you're hosting a giveaway, feel free to add it to the list below. Don't forget to share this linky on your social media pages so your friends and followers can enter. Stay dry!







Thursday, May 24, 2018

Review and Giveaway: Satellite Girl and Milk Cow (3 Winners; US and Canada)

GKIDS and Shout! Factory have announced the release of the charming fantasy/science fiction romance Satellite Girl and Milk Cow on Blu-ray/DVD on June 5, 2018.

This debut feature-length film from Korean director Chang Hyung-yun, acclaimed creator of animated short films that have premiered and won prizes at festivals worldwide, was produced by Cho Young-kag (The Fake, The King of Pigs), and received an Asia Pacific Screen Award nomination for Best Animated Feature.

About the film:
An out-of-commission satellite picks up a lovelorn ballad on her radio antenna and descends to Earth to find the source of such sincere emotions. But, on the way, she is caught in a raging magical battle and transforms into Satellite Girl, complete with rocket shoes and weapon-firing limbs. Meanwhile, the balladeer in question -- a loser twentysomething at a café open mic -- meets the fate that befalls all broken-hearted lovers: He is turned into a farm animal. But love knows no bounds, and aided by the wise and powerful Merlin -- a wizard who has been turned into a roll of toilet paper -- our duo must evade the all-consuming incinerator monster, the wily pig witch, and other nefarious adversaries in an attempt to be together.

Bonus features include the short film, Coffee Vending Machine and Its Sword, and trailers.

Review: Satellite Girl and Milk Cow
by D.T.

Satellite Girl and Milk Cow is a clever little cartoon from Korea. The adventure begins when KITSAT-1, a satellite that has been taking pictures and audio recordings of Korea at random, breaks down and is reactivated years later when she hears a sad love song that stirs her heart. She must meet the singer. She heads toward the planet, only to accidentally be caught in a magic spell from the powerful, toilet-paper-roll wizard Merlin and turned into a metal girl. Meanwhile, the lovesick young man, Kyung-chun, has suffered the fate of a broken heart and been turned into an animal: a Milk Cow. As an animal, Kyung-chun is the target of three major forces: the Incinerator who is trying to eat him, the liver snatcher who is trying to do just that, and the Pig Witch who is trying to recruit him. Satellite Girl and Merlin both seek out Kyung-chun. Satellite Girl wants to protect him, and Merlin wants to use him as bait for the Incinerator, whom he plans to defeat and save all of the broken-hearted.

Altogether, this is a silly story with toilet-paper magic. It is full of romance, both lost and discovered. It teaches tolerance, as Milk Cow is sadly and wrongly forced to hide because he is an animal, and Satellite Girl is dismissed as crazy despite telling the truth that she is, in fact, a satellite. It has humor for all ages, some potty jokes and slapstick humor for the kids, and some strangely self-aware jokes for the adults. It even has some scary close calls with the Incinerator and the liver snatcher. It is a fun and curious tale for all ages.

GIVEAWAY

Three (3) lucky winners will receive a Blu-ray/DVD copy of Satellite Girl and Milk Cow! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Friday, June 8, 2018.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this movie to facilitate a review.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (May 19-25, 2018)

It's been a rainy week here in South Florida. I'm ready for some sunshine in the Sunshine State! While we're waiting for some good weather, let's enter some giveaways! Be sure to check this page daily to see what new giveaways have been added. You can also find plenty of giveaways on my right sidebar. And if you're hosting a giveaway, feel free to add it to the list below. Don't forget to share this linky on your social media pages so your friends and followers can enter. Have a sunny week!







Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Giveaway: "Daphne & Velma" on Blu-ray from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment!

**“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.”**


Daphne and Velma is out on Blu-ray from Warner Bros Home Entertainment as well as Digital and DVD on May 22, 2018.

Jinkies! The smart and resourceful women of the iconic Scooby-Doo franchise come to life in an all-new mystery with the release of Daphne & Velma from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film stars Sarah Jeffery (Disney's "Descendants: Wicked World") and Sarah Gilman (ABC's “Last Man Standing”), and follows the first mystery-solving adventures of Scooby-Doo’s leading ladies.

I'm really looking forward to seeing this movie. It's got plenty of "girl power," and it looks like something the whole family will enjoy together!

About Daphne and Velma

Jinkies! Your favorite mystery solving teenagers are back in an all-new, live-action feature length movie!

State-of-the-art robots and high-tech gadgets are common sights at Ridge Valley High, an innovative center of learning for some of the brightest minds in the country, including new transfer student, the bright & optimistic Daphne Blake (Sarah Jeffery), who is excited to finally go to school with her online bestie, the whip-smart & analytical Velma Dinkley (Sarah Gilman). But not everything is as innocent as it seems as mysterious disappearances begin to plague the top-performing students on campus. Once cheery and full of life, kids now appear in a “zombiefied” state -- lifeless and shells of themselves. Can Daphne and Velma learn to work together and save the students or will they become the next victims? Get ready for thrills and laughs as we follow the first adventures of Mystery Inc.’s fierce female duo.

Daphne & Velma Mystery Video Decryptor & Soundboard Blog App:

• Help Daphne & Velma solve their latest case by helping them decrypt the footage! Dial the knob and meters to just the right position to unlock the footage and move to the next challenge.

• Trigger fun & spooky sounds right from the movie in this fun soundboard



Daphne & Velma Slime Lab VID PLAYER

Watch the Daphne & Velma Slime Lab Video and learn how to make four different kinds of Daphne & Velma slimes featuring Velma herself, Sarah Gilman! Kids of all ages will love the gooey slime fun!



GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a copy of Daphne and Velma on Blu-ray! Giveaway open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway ends on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 11:59 PM ET.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (May 12-18, 2018)

Happy Mother's Day! I hope that if you're a mother, grandmother, aunt, or someone who plays a motherly role in another person's life, you feel appreciated and loved on Mother's Day ~ and always. You deserve it! And be sure to treat yourself to some pampering, too. Try your luck at winning wonderful prizes by entering some giveaways. Stop by here daily to see what new giveaways have been added. You can also find plenty of giveaways on my right sidebar. And if you're hosting a giveaway, feel free to add it to the list below. Don't forget to share this linky on your social media pages so your friends and followers can enter. Let's celebrate!







Monday, May 07, 2018

Mothers, We Celebrate You on Mother’s Day and Every Day!

This post is sponsored by the Florida Prepaid College Board, through my role as a blogger in their Mother's Day campaign. All thoughts are my own.


Mother’s Day is almost here! Through their Mother's Day campaign, Florida Prepaid is passionate about celebrating and thanking moms -- the CEOs of the family -- for the hard work they do every day. Often, our work as mothers goes unnoticed or is taken for granted. Many of our tasks feel mundane and repetitive (laundry, cooking, driving…), but we know in our hearts that we’re doing the most important job that a woman can do. I absolutely love this video from Florida Prepaid that shows just how much we do for our families!


Florida Prepaid’s Mother's Day video has me thinking about the many personas we adopt as Mom. Perhaps you consider yourself The Chauffeur Mom, The Line Cook Mom, The Maid Mom, The Tired Mom, The Solo Mom, The Homeschooling Mom, The Stepmom, The Sports Mom… I could go on and on! Chances are, you can find plenty of words to put in your title of “The _____ Mom”! I sure can! My roles include:

The Mom of Teenagers
The Chauffeur Mom
The Worrying Mom
The Homework Nagging Mom
The Sports Mom
The Trying to Balance It All Mom
The Work-Outside-the-Home Mom
The Tired Mom
The Appointment-Making Mom
…and much more!

But I am also grateful, proud and happy that I get to be a mom every day. I can’t imagine what my life would be like without my four boys (a lot less chaotic, that’s for sure), and I know in my heart that I was meant to be the parent of these kids. So, I celebrate all mothers for Mother’s Day, regardless of whether they’re moms by birth, stepmoms, honorary moms, adoptive moms, or grandmothers raising children. Our roles in caring for the children in our lives are many, and they’re not always appreciated, so today I want to say to all of you: YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE.


Give Mom Beautiful Personalized Jewelry from Centime! (Plus a Code for 20% Off)

Giving a personalized gift really shows that you took the time to think about your recipient and give her something that nobody else has! This year, give Mom or Grandma a personalized gift of jewelry from Centime! I absolutely love their products because they can be engraved with family members’ names so mothers and grandmothers can wear their loved ones close to their hearts! Check out some of these beautiful offerings:




Most items let you choose Sterling Silver, Yellow Gold and Rose Gold. And many styles are adaptable to several family sizes. Check out the beautiful rose gold necklace I selected that has been engraved with the names of my four sons:


For this gorgeous mother's necklace, I was able to choose the number of hearts, the finishing color, the necklace length, and the names in the order I wanted (youngest to oldest). This keepsake necklace will always be special to me and will be a wonderful addition to much of my wardrobe.

Would you like to some beautiful jewelry for the special women in your life? Use the following coupon code to save 20% off your order!

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Now that you have the code, head over to www.centimegift.com and start picking out gifts. Don’t forget to pick up some items for yourself! You’ll cherish this jewelry for years to come.



Disclosure: I received a complimentary product sample to facilitate my honest review, but all opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, May 04, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (May 5-11, 2018)

Thanks for joining us for another Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky as we celebrate spring! Hopefully, you're finally getting some good weather where you live. The weather has been nearly perfect here in south Florida! When you're not enjoying the great outdoors, be sure to check this page daily to see what new giveaways have been added. You can also find plenty of giveaways on my right sidebar (lots of gift cards!). And if you're hosting a giveaway, feel free to add it to the list below. Don't forget to share this linky on your social media pages so your friends and followers can enter. Have a great week!







Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

True Citrus - Be Healthy, Be Happy, Be True Sweepstakes

The #HealthyHappyTrue Sweepstakes was created by True Citrus to celebrate how people live their healthiest, happiest and truest life possible.

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Disclosure: I will receive complimentary product samples as a thank-you for sharing this information.