Friday, August 31, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (September 1-7, 2018)

As I write this, we're heading into a wondrous holiday weekend! Let's celebrate the Labor Day holiday by entering some giveaways! Visit this page every day all week to see what new giveaways have been added. Be sure to check out my right sidebar, too, because I'm giving away lots of gift cards! And if you're hosting any great giveaways, feel free to share them in the linky below. Please share this page on your social media pages, too. Have a great week!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Movie Review: Book Club ~ Now on DVD and Blu-ray!

About the Movie:
Hailed as “pure comedy gold” (Andrew Freund, Dish Nation-FOX TV) and “fifty shades of great” (Pete Hammond, Deadline), the delightfully entertaining BOOK CLUB debuts on Digital August 14, 2018 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD August 28 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Starring legendary actresses Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen, BOOK CLUB follows four lifelong friends whose lives are turned upside down to hilarious ends when their book club attempts to shake things up by tackling the infamous "Fifty Shades of Grey." From discovering new romance to rekindling old flames, they inspire each other to make their next chapter the best chapter. The film also stars Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss and Ed Begley Jr.

My Thoughts:
I absolutely loved Book Club! All four of the main female characters were so interesting and faced realistic obstacles that often come with being a "certain age." Diane's (Diane Keaton) grown kids were babying her and trying to control her life. Vivian (Jane Fonda), who never settled down, was starting to realize that she might have missed out due to her fear of commitment. Sharon (Candice Bergen) is having trouble moving on after a divorce, especially when her ex gets engaged to a much younger woman. And Carol (Mary Steenburgen) is trying to find common ground with her husband now that the kids have grown and left the nest. Most of all, this movie was funny! The dialogue was witty, and these four ladies had great chemistry together. I highly recommend this film!

The Blu-ray Combo Pack is loaded with uproarious bonus content including deleted and extended scenes, interviews with filmmakers and the iconic cast, explorations of the writing and casting process and behind-the-scenes footage from the set.
  • Feature film in high definition
  • Bonus Content: Go inside the making of Book Club!
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes
  • It All Started with a Book – The journey from script to screen
  • Casting Book Club – Working with Hollywood icons
  • Location, Location, Location – Visit the set with filmmakers
  • A New Chapter – The cast discuss themes of friendship and romance Living in the Moment – Creating the film’s theme song
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this film to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through this link.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Good News! Hotel Transylvania 3 Is Coming on Digital September 25 and on 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD on October 9!

I loved the first two Hotel Transylvania movies, so I was really excited to see that Hotel Transylvania 3 will soon be available on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD! With so many of my favorite comedians voicing the characters, it's sure to be a hilarious and fun adventure!

The Drac Pack is back with HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3, which will make its debut on Digital HD September 25, and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on October 9, just in time to for a spooky, fun, family movie night right before Halloween! This must-own family comedy, which has grossed more than $425 million in theaters worldwide to date, follows in the tradition of the blockbuster Hotel Transylvania franchise when Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury, haunted monster cruise ship. Of course, the rest of the Drac Pack has to tag along, and that’s when things get a little …batty. The monsters are having a great time, indulging in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to colossus-sized buffets and exotic excursions, but then the unexpected happens when Drac falls for the ship’s mysterious (and dangerous) human captain Ericka. The third film in this family-friendly monster franchise is the best reviewed installment and you’re invited along on the haunted cruise vacation!

The all-star voice cast is back, along with some new faces as well including Adam Sandler (Grown-Ups), Andy Samberg (TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers), Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2), David Spade (TV’s “Rules of Engagement”), Steve Buscemi (TV’s “Boardwalk Empire”), Keegan Michael Key (TV’s “Key and Peele”), Molly Shannon (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”), Fran Drescher (TV’s “The Nanny”), Kathryn Hahn (Bad Moms), Jim Gaffigan (Super Troopers 2) and Mel Brooks (Young Frankenstein).

Bonus Materials Include:

Three All New Scary-Oke Sing Alongs: Sing along to three Hotel Transylvania 3 inspired songs with your favorite characters!
  • “Dennis Had a Giant Dog” – Sung by Dennis & Winnie
  • “Monsters Like to Party Down” – Sung by Johnny
  • “Oh These Wolf Pups” – Sung by Wanda Werewolf
Plan Your Own Spook-tacular Sleepover: This feature will give you all details on how to make your own sleepover spook-tacular! From snacks to crafts to games and more, follow these steps to create a Hotel T sleep-over with your friends and family, the perfect setting to binge watch all 3 Hotel Transylvania movies.

Vampire Make Over: Mavis and Drac Tutorial: Learn how to turn yourself into your favorite Hotel Transylvania 3 characters.

Behind the Screams – The Voices of Hotel Transylvania 3: Step behind the "screams" with the returning stars and hilarious new cast to see how these characters are brought to life in the recording booth.

Johnny’s Home Movies (Franchise Recap): Johnny brings viewers up to speed on what’s happened in the Hotel Transylvania franchise so far.

“I See Love” Monster Dance Party Dance Along: Get up and get moving to this haunting monster mash.

Drac’s Zing-tastic Read Along: It's storytime with your favorite characters have a silly tale about Drac's search for a Zing! Read along or sit back and enjoy!

Two Mini Movies (rated G): Two mini-features that will have you howling.
  • Puppy
  • Goodnight Mr. Foot
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 has a run time of approximately 97 minutes and is rated PG for some action and rude humor.

Stay tuned for my upcoming review of Hotel Transylvania 3!

Disclosure: I will receive a complimentary copy of this movie to facilitate an upcoming review.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (August 25-31, 2018)

Welcome to the Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky -- the last one for the month of August! I love summer, but I also love the fall, with cooler weather and lots of pumpkin-flavored foods! Let's celebrate a new season by entering some giveaways! Check out the giveaways in the linky below and on my right sidebar. Come back every day to see what new contests have been added. And be sure to share any giveaways that you're hosting in the linky and tell your social media friends about this page. Good luck!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Be Prepared! My Back-to-School Checklist for August

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

My two youngest boys (twins) started high school this week. Call me corny, but it seems like yesterday when I was shocked to hear I was expecting twins, and suddenly they are almost all grown up! Needless to say, after all these years, and with two older sons, I’ve had a lot of back-to-school preparations to make. I’ve made plenty of mistakes and learned from them, so I’m passing on these words of wisdom with the hope of making your back-to-school activities a little less stressful for you and your family.

1) If possible, go to the orientation or meet-the-teacher program. If your school offers a program like this, you’ll benefit in two ways. First, it will relieve your child’s first-day jitters if he’s already met his teacher and knows where his classroom is, as well as who will be in his class. Second, it helps you as a parent to initiate a relationship with your child’s teacher. It shows that you’re interested in your child’s education and will be a partner with the teacher in educating your child.

2) Hold off on some of the school supplies. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been handed a school-supply list at the end of the school year for the following year, and then found out that half of what we bought wasn’t required by their new teachers. Of course, you should invest in paper, notebooks, pencils and other basics, but for more specific items, wait until your child’s teachers send home their supply list in the fall. Usually, they don’t expect you to have the supplies on the first day of class, which gives you a few days to track down exactly what they want.

3) Hold off on the locker for your middle- and high-school student. Several years, my kids paid for lockers and then never had time to use them between classes, so we wasted our money. However, if your child does have time to use her locker, then go ahead and purchase one because it will greatly relieve the amount of weight she has to carry around in her backpack due to multiple textbooks and notebooks.

4) Speaking of backpacks… spend a little more money and buy the strongest one you can find. Cheap backpacks rip and fall apart quickly, and you’ll find yourself replacing them often throughout the year. Spend a little more to get a high-quality backpack that’s designed to withstand heavy use, and you’ll be able to use it for years. It will save you a lot of money in the end.

5) Plan for the future. It’s never too early to think about your child’s next school. There are so many different programs available these days, and you want to be sure that your child has done what’s needed to get into the school you select. In fact, you might even want to start thinking as far ahead as college! Many parents think they have plenty of time until their child goes to college, but time passes quickly. Start thinking now about what classes your child will need to up her chances of going to college, as well as how you’re going to pay for it when the time comes.

This month (August 2018) is the perfect time to think about college because Florida Prepaid has launched its Big Dreams Start Early Promotion! When you enroll in a Florida Prepaid College Plan from now through September 2, 2018, they will waive the $50 application fee!

Just use the following promo code when you sign up here.

I hope these tips are helpful for your family as your children head back to school. By doing a little “homework” beforehand, you’ll better your chances of having a successful school year and a wonderful educational experience in the future.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Opposuits: For People Who Don’t Like to Look Ordinary

Do you live with a man who’s an adventurous dresser? Someone who’s comfortable in his own skin and doesn’t mind being the center of attention? Then it’s time to take him shopping at Opposuits! They specialize in suits that are about as far from boring business suits as it gets! Check out just a small sample below of some of their offerings for men:

Now, ladies, if you love these suits, never fear: Opposuits has some great patterns for you, too! Check out these fantastic options (and there are many more)!

Opposuits are even available for younger and teen boys. I love the styles below.

One of my four sons is currently in college, and he is the most adventurous of my boys when it comes to his wardrobe. He was very excited to review the Navy Royale suit shown at top. It even came with the tie! And you can purchase a dress shirt in a bold color to complete the look of the outfit or tone it down a bit with a less flashy shirt of your own.

Here’s what my son had to say about his Opposuit:
While I was too afraid to spring for any of Opposuits' more eccentric designs, I was surprisingly pleased with the solid color, navy suit I received from them. It came with the jacket, pants, and tie all packaged quite neatly, protecting it from getting wrinkled or stained in the journey. One might think when looking at their site that the suits are meant to be worn once for gimmicky occasions or disposable in some way, but that couldn't be further from the truth. The suits are made from durable material and don't wrinkle easily. I've already worn it out on multiple occasions and have been quite happy with how it has held up. You would be hard-pressed to find a full suit of similar quality for the same price. While I can come up with a couple criticisms, they are extremely minor. The fabric was a little stiffer on its first outing than some suits, but on subsequent occasions it has become quite comfortable. In addition, while they have a full range of sizes on their site, you cannot choose the length of the suit. As someone who wears a 40L, this meant that the sleeves were slightly shorter on me than I would usually purchase. However, most men will not have this issue. Overall, it is obvious that the company takes great care in delivering a quality product for a real bargain of a price. For anyone who wants to add a bit of extra color to their wardrobe, I recommend you try them out.

If you or your guy are getting bored of your humdrum wardrobe, I hope you’ll pay a visit to As my son mentioned, their prices are very affordable, and they even ship for free in the United States! You’ll love the reactions you get when you wear a suit from Opposuits!

Disclosure: We received a complimentary product sample to facilitate this review.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (August 18-24, 2018)

Welcome to another Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! My two youngest sons (twins) started high school this week, and it went well! Their biggest complaint is having to get up an hour earlier since high school starts earlier than middle school. Other than that, everything has gone smoothly. I hope that for those of you who sent kids to school this week that all went well. Let's celebrate the back-to-school season by entering some giveaways! Check out the giveaways in the linky below and on my right sidebar. Come back every day to see what new contests have been added. And feel free to share any giveaways that you're hosting in the linky and tell your social media friends about this page.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Splotch Promo Blitz and Giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card

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Middle Reader Fantasy
Publisher: MuseItYA, a division of MuseItUp Publishing.

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Alice’s parents refuse to let her have a dog, so when Alice sees a paint stain on the sidewalk that looks like a dog, she decides that she will make him a virtual pet. She calls him Splotch and downloads a picture of him to her computer. To her surprise, he escapes from the computer and begins to act as Alice’s self-appointed protector. Unfortunately, he sees most people as potential enemies of Alice, including her teacher and the school principal, and he is not shy about giving those various enemies a bite. When Splotch starts to attack Alice’s best friend, Alice knows there is a big problem. But how will she get Splotch to stop being a guard dog and go back into the computer?

About the Authors

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Anne Rothman-Hicks is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College where, in 1969, at a college dance, she met a student from Haverford named Kenneth Hicks. They have been together pretty much ever since, getting married, having children, writing books, making art, and generally conspiring to live lives that are happy, creative, and good.

Anne and Ken’s most recent novels and stories are set in New York City, where they have lived for most of their married lives.

Their middle reader series, Alice and Friends, features Alice, a 10-year-old girl with a vivid imagination that gets her into and out of trouble. The titles are STONE FACES, BROWNSTONE FACES, and SPLOTCH.

In Ken and Anne’s tween book, THINGS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM, Jennifer and James find a pigeon in Central Park whose foot was caught in a bit of string attached to a fence. Only this pigeon was actually a man before he was turned into a pigeon over a hundred years earlier. Now he needs some help to be turned back into a man before a certain hawk captures and eats him instead.

A sequel, REMEMBERING THOMAS, has been published by MuseItUp Publishing in March of 2018.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

A Back-to-School Promotion from Florida Prepaid: Enroll in a Plan by September 2 and Waive the Application Fee!

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

The carefree days of June and July have come and gone, and now we’re into August. Here in south Florida where I live, this can be a stressful month. Not only do we enter into the peak of hurricane season, but the kids also head back to school. Now our schedules will be dictated by tests and homework, as well as sports and extracurricular activities. Even though these things bring on a lot of stress, I try to remind myself that they’re also productive and positive. My twins will be learning many new things and getting prepared for college. Fortunately, college is one thing that I don’t stress about because our family bought Florida Prepaid College Plans for all four of our kids! Thanks to this wonderful program, we have one less thing to stress about—how to pay for our children’s future education.

If, like me, you have children who will soon be heading back to school, I’m sure you’ve got a lot of items on your back-to-school list, including the purchase of school supplies and clothing, establishing new morning and after-school routines, and much more. But it’s entirely worth the effort to add one more item to your checklist: sign up for a Florida Prepaid plan. It only takes a few minutes of your time, but it has long-lasting benefits for the whole family.

August is also the perfect time to consider your child’s education because Florida Prepaid has established the Big Dreams Start Early Promotion. When you enroll in a Florida Prepaid College Plan from now through September 2, 2018, they will waive the $50 application fee! Just use the following promo code when you sign up here.


In addition to waiving the application fee, there are even more ways in which a Florida Prepaid College Plan saves you money. Their plans allow you to lock in tomorrow’s college tuition prices today, so that you don’t have to worry about how much public college or university costs rise in the future, or the ups and downs of the stock market. Florida Prepaid Plans are guaranteed by the state of Florida, and their value can be applied to qualifying institutions nationwide, both public and private.

My two oldest children are among the more than 450,000 students who have gone to college using a Florida Prepaid Plan, and my two youngest will join them when they graduate from high school. Thanks to our foresight in purchasing a plan for each of them, they’ll be debt-free when they earn their bachelor’s degree. What a great gift to give your children or grandchildren!

So, while you’re thinking about your children’s current educational needs during this very busy back-to-school season, I hope you’ll also turn your eyes toward the future by taking advantage of Florida Prepaid’s Big Dreams Start Early Promotion. The younger your children are when you sign up, the lower your payments will be. And there are a wide variety of plans to suit every budget.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Softsoap’s New Limited Edition Body Washes Smell Like Summer!

Sometimes, it’s the little things that get me excited, and the release of new Softsoap Limited Edition Body Washes is one of them! It seems like just about the time I’m running low on body wash, they come out with new editions that I’m so excited to try. Softsoap’s latest body washes are a reflection of summer and help keep the skin moist and hydrated. They include:

Softsoap Limited Edition Coastal Sunrise™ Moisturizing Body Wash
Awaken your senses with the new limited edition Coastal Sunrise™ moisturizing body wash. Watch the summer season bloom before your eyes, as the invigorated scent of Citrus Blossom surrounds you and the moisturizing formula leaves skin feeling soft and smooth. I love the peppy addition of the citrus fragrance, which makes me feel refreshed and summery!

Softsoap Limited Edition Seaside Rush™ Moisturizing Body Wash
This summer, set sail with the new limited edition Seaside Rush™ moisturizing body wash. Celebrate the warmer weather with the refreshing scents of Lily & Bergamot, which will captivate your senses and leave skin feeling soft and radiant. I love this floral scent. It’s not too heavy, just the perfect amount of fragrance to make me smell like a summer garden without being overpowering. And, of course, my skin always feels smooth and clean after using any Softsoap body wash!

I’m a huge fan of Softsoap body washes. I hope you’ll join me in my excitement for these new Limited Edition scents. Head on over to Walmart through September to find these wonderful new body washes from Softsoap at a price that won’t break your budget.

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

Friday, August 10, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (August 11-17, 2018)

Welcome to this week's Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! Summer is nearly over (boo hoo), and the kids are heading back to school! In the hustle-and-bustle of back-to-school shopping, be sure to take some time off to enter some giveaways! I hope you'll join me in checking out the giveaways in the linky below. Come back every day to see what new contests have been added. And feel free to share any giveaways that you're hosting in the linky and tell your social media friends about this page.

Friday, August 03, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (August 4-10, 2018)

Welcome to this week's Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! I apologize for the lack of posts on my blog this week. I was on vacation in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Unfortunately, it will be forever known as the beach vacation when we couldn't go in the water! Red tide (toxic algae) hit the beaches, and it killed off a bunch of fish, crabs and other sea life that all washed up on the shore. It wasn't recommended to go in the water, and it was even tough to breathe during certain times of the day near the beach. I felt sorry for the many hotels and businesses, which lost a lot of money due to red tide. We stayed because we had family meeting us there, but had to find other things to do that didn't involve beach time. Anyway, it will be added to our list of  unforgettable vacations! Now that I'm home, it's time to enter some giveaways! I hope you'll join me in checking out the giveaways in the linky below. Come back every day to see what new contests have been added. And feel free to share any giveaways that you're hosting in the linky and tell your social media friends about this page.