Friday, May 24, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (May 25-31, 2019)

Welcome to this week's Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! Are you ready to discover some wonderful giveaways? Visit this page daily to see what new giveaways have been added. If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, feel free share it in the linky below and invite your social media followers to visit. Have a fun-filled week!

NOTE: Where it asks for "Your Name," enter the name of your giveaway along with the end date. For the URL, enter the exact URL where your giveaway is located. Comments are appreciated but never required. Thank you!



Saturday, May 18, 2019

Add Joy to Your Bathroom with Hand Soap from the Softsoap Décor Collection

I have a long list of things I’d like to do to update my house, but time and money mean that many of those upgrades aren’t going to happen for quite some time. However, I really enjoy taking little, inexpensive steps to add joy to my home. For example, I recently bought an inexpensive patio set for my front porch and added a little duck in rain gear that makes me smile every time I arrive home!


There’s also plenty that you can do inside the home to make you smile that won’t cost a lot. Pick up some summery dish towels, add a new rug or throw pillows, or put a new coat of paint on the walls.

The bathroom is one place that we spend a lot of time in, so it’s a great idea to make it a happier place to be, too. One way to do that is to add some hand soap that’s not only functional, but looks great on the counter and smells good! The Softsoap Décor Collection is the perfect way to add some joy to your bathroom. Look how pretty they are!



And the Softsoap Décor Collection is available in five wonderful fragrances: Jasmine & Mint, Orchid & Coconut Milk, Peony & Plum, Shea & Cocoa Butter, and Wild Basil & Lime. I had a really tough time deciding which one I wanted to use first because they all smell so wonderful! I finally decided on the Orchid & Coconut Milk because it combines two of my favorite things: flowers and coconut. It adds a summery touch to my bathroom and, just like the duck on my front porch, makes me smile every time I see it.

According to a Toluna study, more than 79% of Americans wish they could bring more joy into their home, and 69% specifically wished to add joy to their bathroom! Adding hand soap from the Softsoap Décor Collection is a wonderfully inexpensive and easy way to bring a little happiness to your home (and help your family stay clean, too!).



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

Friday, May 17, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (May 18-24, 2019)

Thank you for stopping by for this week's Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! Are you ready to discover some wonderful giveaways? Visit this page daily to see what new giveaways have been added. If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, feel free share it in the linky below and invite your social media followers to visit. Have a wondrous week!

NOTE: Where it asks for "Your Name," enter the name of your giveaway along with the end date. For the URL, enter the exact URL where your giveaway is located. Comments are appreciated but never required. Thank you!



Friday, May 10, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (May 11-17, 2019)

A very happy Mother's Day to all of the moms, grandmoms, stepmoms, aunts, sisters, and other special women! Let's celebrate this happy holiday by entering some giveaways! Visit this page daily to see what new giveaways have been added. If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, feel free share it in the linky below and invite your social media followers to visit. Have a great week, and don't forget how wonderful YOU are!

NOTE: Where it asks for "Your Name," enter the name of your giveaway along with the end date. For the URL, enter the exact URL where your giveaway is located. Comments are appreciated but never required. Thank you!



Friday, May 03, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (May 4-10, 2019)

For any Star Wars fans out there (including myself), May the 4th be with you! I hope you celebrated in a fun way! Let's celebrate this awesome series and more by entering some giveaways! Visit this page daily to see what new giveaways have been added. If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, feel free share it in the linky below and invite your social media followers to visit. Have a wonderful week filled with Wookies and Jedis!

NOTE: Where it asks for "Your Name," enter the name of your giveaway along with the end date. For the URL, enter the exact URL where your giveaway is located. Comments are appreciated but never required. Thank you!



Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Winners in April 2019

Sherlock Jr Book Tour: T-Shirt, Hat & Book Character Named After You


Congratulations to the winner: Antoinette M.!

BUMBLEBEE (Blu-ray movie)


Congratulations to the winner: Bill N.!

A Silent Voice: The Movie (DVD)


Congratulations to the winner: Tandi C.!

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub and Body Butter
Congratulations to the winner: Anita J.!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Marilyn Martyouze Mother's Day Giveaway Event ~ Plus Discount Codes!

Marilyn Martyouze is having a fun giveaway event for Mother's Day! Five lucky winners will receive an Audiobook Rewards Box or a Lingerie Rewards Box ~ their choice! The giveaway starts today and ends on Mother's Day, May 12th.

About Audiobook Rewards Boxes:
If you loooove a great book but no longer have time for print, then gift yourself with an Audiobook Rewards Box, and get your fix on the go! Boxes include themed audiobook adventures, plus bonus skincare and whimsical girly surprises in each box! Romance Box themes include contemporary, historical, paranormal, inspirational, and mystery/suspense.

About Lingerie Rewards Boxes:
Too busy to shop for lingerie? Can't remember the last time you indulged in sexy underwear just because...? Now you can make sexy effortless! Boxes include, at a minimum, two sets of lingerie and/or workout or lounge outfits, plus the occasional fragrance, lotion, oil, or similar indulgent item as a surprise bonus.


DISCOUNT CODES

If you're looking for a great gift for any mothers or women in your life, use the following discount codes to send a Marilyn Martyouze Rewards Box!

For a Lingerie Box, use code MYLINBOX to get $15 off your box!
For an Audiobook box, use code WELCOME for an additional bonus book plus 10% off your box.

Or sign up for a subscription for yourself ... you deserve it! Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (April 27-May 3, 2019)

Thank you for stopping by for this week's Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! By the time this week ends, we'll be into May. Wow! Let's celebrate the lovely month of May by entering some giveaways! Visit this page daily to see what new giveaways have been added. If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, feel free share it in the linky below and invite your social media followers to visit. Have a wonderful week!

NOTE: Where it asks for "Your Name," enter the name of your giveaway along with the end date. For the URL, enter the exact URL where your giveaway is located. Comments are appreciated but never required. Thank you!



Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Spend Your Next 15 Minutes Wisely: Enroll in a Florida Prepaid College Plan!

This post is sponsored by Florida Prepaid College Plans. All thoughts are my own.

Do you have 15 minutes to spare? I’m betting you do, and I have a suggestion for a very exciting and useful way to spend that 15 minutes: Enroll your child (or grandchild, godchild, niece/nephew, or other important child in your life) in a Florida Prepaid College Plan!

Florida Prepaid Plans have helped more than a million families save for college—including my own. The younger the child when you enroll, the lower your monthly payments will be. (You can start as soon as they’re born!) And with 5 Prepaid Plans to choose from, you’re sure to find one that fits your budget. They include:

2-Year Florida College Plan
This is the most affordable way to earn an AA degree from a Florida College and guaranteed admission to one of Florida’s State Universities.

4-Year Florida College Plan
This is the most convenient and affordable way to earn a bachelor’s degree from a Florida College in high-demand fields.

2 + 2 Florida Plan
This offers the best of both worlds ... save money on lower-level courses while receiving a bachelor’s degree from one of Florida’s State Universities.

1-Year Florida University Plan
This flexible plan allows you or other family members to buy one year of State University at a time as your budget allows, up to four years. (This option makes a great gift!)

4-Year Florida University Plan
This offers the widest variety of bachelor’s degree options from one of Florida’s 12 State Universities.

The cost calculator on the website makes it so easy to make a selection. Just look for the box pictured below and type in your child’s birthdate. Click “Start Calculating,” and you’ll see exactly how much it costs per month for each plan.


Select the plan you like and finish enrolling online. It only takes 15 minutes! Your investment is guaranteed, and you’ll never lose what you pay in.

Here are two more great reasons to enroll:

1) Receive $30 off the application fee when you use promo code SUSAN19.
2) Receive a 50% discount on LEGOLAND® Florida tickets for your family (3 tickets only, including beneficiary; tickets must be purchased by October 27, 2019).

Open enrollment ends on April 30, 2019, so hurry to lock in your prices and start saving for your child’s future. This could be the best 15 minutes you’ve ever spent!



Monday, April 22, 2019

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital: Enter to Win a DVD Copy!


THE LEGO® MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART
Arrives on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack,
DVD Special Edition and Digital
From Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

It’s been five years since everything was awesome in THE LEGO® MOVIE, and the citizens are now facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than it can be rebuilt. The battle to defeat the invaders and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take Emmet (Chris Pratt), Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett) and their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds, including a galaxy filled with fantastic planets, strange characters and catchy new songs. It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are.

Watch the trailer!


4K, BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part 4K UHD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack contain the following special features:

· Everything is Awesome Sing-along – Sing-along, trivia, games and more!
· Commentary – Fun behind the scenes commentary by filmmakers
· They Come in Pieces: Assembling The LEGO Movie 2 – Featurette highlighting A-list voice talent including Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett and Tiffany Haddish
· Emmet’s Holiday Party: A LEGO Movie Short – Holiday themed animated short
· LEGO Sets in Action – Animations of the LEGO product tied to The LEGO Movie 2
· LEGO Designers – LEGO toy designers highlight key play sets in TLM2 product line
· Outtakes & Deleted Scenes – Never before seen scenes
· Super Cool Music Video – Music video by Beck featuring Robyn and The Lonely Island
· Promotion Spots – Fun custom spots featured during the theatrical campaign

The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part DVD Special Edition contains the following special features:

· Commentary – Fun behind the scenes commentary by filmmakers
· They Come in Pieces: Assembling The LEGO Movie 2 – Featurette highlighting A-list voice talent including Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett and Tiffany Haddish
· Emmet’s Holiday Party: A LEGO Movie Short – Holiday themed animated short
· LEGO Sets in Action – Animations of the LEGO product tied to The LEGO Movie 2
· LEGO Designers – LEGO toy designers highlight key play sets in TLM2 product line
· Outtakes & Deleted Scenes – Never before seen scenes
· Super Cool Music Video – Music video by Beck featuring Robyn and The Lonely Island
· Promotion Spots – Fun custom spots featured during the theatrical campaign

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

On April 16, The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On May 7, The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a DVD copy of The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The DVD will be shipped to the winner the week of May 13th.

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Disclosure: I will receive a complimentary copy of this movie as a thank-you for sharing this news with my readers.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (April 20-26, 2019)

Thank you for stopping by for this week's Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! If you're hoping to find some fun giveaways, you've come to the right place! Visit this page every day to see what new giveaways have been added. And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, please share it in the linky below and then invite your social media followers to visit. Have a great week!

NOTE: Where it asks for "Your Name," enter the name of your giveaway along with the end date. For the URL, enter the exact URL where your giveaway is located. Comments are appreciated but never required. Thank you!



Thursday, April 18, 2019

Help Tree Hut Make a Generous Donation to the Arbor Day Foundation in April, Plus Enter This Giveaway for Tree Hut Products! #TreeHutxArborDay


Arbor Day is coming up on April 26th, and to celebrate, Tree Hut -- America’s favorite brand for body scrubs and butters -- is partnering with The National Arbor Day Foundation to give back to nature with a #TreeHutxArborDay campaign! For the entire month of April, Tree Hut is giving 10% of proceeds for every product that is sold on TreeHutShea.com to the Arbor Day Foundation. In honor not just of the brand’s tree logo and namesake, but of the natural wonders that inspire the Tree Hut team and the products they create every day, they are showing their support for The Arbor Day Foundation’s mission to get 100 million trees planted by the year 2020.

I love companies that "give back" for a great cause. What are you doing for Arbor Day? I hope you'll celebrate by supporting this wonderful effort with a purchase at TreeHutShea.com this month!

GIVEAWAY

And Tree Hut's generosity continues because they are offering one lucky reader of this blog a Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub and a Shea Body Butter! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EDT on April 30, 2019.

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Disclosure: I receive complimentary product samples as a thank-you for sharing this information and giveaway with my readers.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Children's Picture Book Review: "Rosie and Rasmus," by Serena Geddes

Rosie and Rasmus
by Serena Geddes
Ages 4-8

About the book:
Two kindred spirits -- a lonely young girl and a solitary young dragon -- find each other and discover the power and magic of friendship. Every day, Rosie waits and watches as children play together, laugh and share stories, hoping she can join in the fun and make a new friend. But every day her wish never comes true. Every day, Rasmus sits in his tree and waits and watches as birds dance in the sky, wishing he could fly just like them. But every day his wish never comes true. Then one day, Rosie and Rasmus meet, and girl and dragon are lonely no more. Serena Geddes’ enchanting tale is sure to make readers believe in the transformative power of love, friendship, and hope.

My thoughts:
I love beautiful picture books, and Rosie and Rasmus is truly lovely. Geddes' sparse prose and whimsical illustrations not only make this perfect for gift-giving and collecting, but also highlight the beauty of friendship. Like many young people, Rosie doesn't make friends easily. But when she and Rasmus connect through their shared loneliness and feelings of being "different," Rosie gathers the courage to reach out and seek more friends. Children will love the little green dragon, Rasmus, and be inspired by their magical friendship. They'll learn about the power of wishing, hope and love.

About the author/illustrator:
Serena Geddes, illustrator of Aladdin's Marguerite Henry's Misty Inn series, has been illustrating children's books since 2009. She has illustrated the Lulu Bell books and has also worked for Walt Disney Animation Australia on sequels to The Lion King, Peter Pan: Return to Neverland, Lady and the Tramp, and Jungle Book. She lives in Australia





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

Colgate Optic White High Impact White Toothpaste: Professionally Designed to Fight Cavities and Whiten Teeth

There are a lot of choices when it comes to purchasing toothpaste. How do you select the right one? The best toothpastes have both health and cosmetic benefits. From a health standpoint, you’ll want a toothpaste that has fluoride to fight cavities and helps protect your enamel. But from a cosmetic standpoint, you’ll want that same toothpaste to help your teeth look their best! Years of drinking and eating can leave teeth looking dull or yellow, so it’s prudent to seek out a product that will also make your smile whiter and brighter.

With all this in mind, Colgate Optic White High Impact White Toothpaste is an excellent choice. Not only does it protect your enamel and provide anti-cavity fluoride protection, but it is professionally designed with 2% hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth. In fact, with daily use (brushing twice a day for six weeks), it brightens more than the leading whitening strip! But with all this power, it’s gentle enough to use every day, too.

I’ve been using Colgate Optic White High Impact White Toothpaste myself, and I am very pleased with the results. My teeth look and feel great. I’m happy knowing that my toothpaste not only has cavity-fighting power, but also has hydrogen peroxide to whiten my teeth. If you’re hoping for a brighter smile in addition to cavity-fighting power, choose Colgate Optic White High Impact White Toothpaste next time you’re at the store. Your smile will thank you!



Disclosure: I received a complimentary product sample from Colgate-Palmolive to facilitate my honest review.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (April 13-19, 2019)

It's time for a new Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! Visit this page every day to see what great giveaways have been added! And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, feel free to share it in the linky below. Then share this page on your social media sites to invite all your friends! Have a great week, and I hope you win something!

NOTE: Where it asks for "Your Name," enter the name of your giveaway along with the end date. For the URL, enter the exact URL where your giveaway is located. Comments are appreciated but never required. Thank you!



Sunday, April 07, 2019

Review and Giveaway: "A Silent Voice: The Movie"

A Silent Voice: The Movie
Now on Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack, DVD & Digital Download

About the Movie:
When a deaf elementary school girl named Shoko is forced to transfer to a new school after a boy named Shôya constantly bullies her, Shôya suffers over the consequences of his guilt for years. Upon entering high school, Shôya finally decides he must find Shoko to make amends for what he did in elementary school and to become her friend. Along the way, he meets new and old faces, and struggles with many complicated relationships and feelings in “this beautifully rendered anime” (Total Film).

Based on the critically acclaimed manga by Yoshitoki Oima, this release is presented in Japanese with subtitles, and with an English dub.

Winner of the 40th Japan Academy Award for Excellent Animation of the Year, A Silent Voice: The Movie makes its highly anticipated debut on home entertainment following its North American theatrical release in late 2017. A Silent Voice: The Movie comes from the lauded director Naoko Yamada (Liz and the Blue Bird) and writer Reiko Yoshida. Among the film’s many accolades are Tokyo Anime Awards for Best Film and Best Screenplay and the Japanese Movie Critics Award for Best Animation.

Recommended for ages 13+.

Review by D.T.

A Silent Voice can truly be called a rollercoaster of emotions, from start to finish. It follows, primarily, two children and their story together. Shoko is the new girl at school, who is even more interesting to her new classmates because she is almost completely deaf. Shoya is the class prankster, who, like many of his classmates, enjoys lightly bullying others. Shoya has never had to deal with the deaf before and quickly takes to bullying the new girl. This bullying quickly gets out of hand, however, and when the issue is recognized by the school authorities, the other children put all the blame on Shoya and make him as outcast as Shoko was. The movie then fast forwards years later. Shoya is now in high school, spending years under the ridicule and alienation of his previous actions, and he now believes that he deserves this punishment. He realizes just how terrible his actions were, and he decides to try to make amends to Shoko for treating her the way he did.

Despite expected miscommunications, the two of them show two sides of a wonderful story. It is a story of a boy who cannot forgive himself for his cruelty and a girl who only sees herself as a burden to others. Their paths come together more than once, and they both learn the lesson that they desperately need: They are worth something, both to themselves and to each other. On a purely cosmetic side, the movie is gorgeous. Using bright colors and very detailed animation, they bring Shoya’s and Shoko’s world to life. They painstakingly animate sign language, believably create the voice of a child who cannot hear what she is saying, and fill the world with characters who all have their own reasons for being sympathetic, or unsympathetic, toward Shoko’s condition. It may have some hard concepts for younger children to grasp, such as attempted suicide and extreme bullying, but it is a beautiful story, both visually and emotionally.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a DVD copy of A Silent Voice: The Movie! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, April 21, 2019.

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

Friday, April 05, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (April 6-12, 2019)


Welcome to this week's Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! Be sure to visit this page every day to see what great giveaways have been added! And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, feel free to share it in the linky below. Then share this page on your social media sites to invite all your friends! Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by!

NOTE: Where it asks for "Your Name," enter the name of your giveaway along with the end date. For the URL, enter the exact URL where your giveaway is located. Comments are appreciated but never required. Thank you!



Open Enrollment Is Almost Over for a Florida Prepaid College Plan! 3 Reasons Why You Need to Enroll Now

This post is sponsored by Florida Prepaid College Plans. All thoughts are my own.

Recently, I read an article about how much debt young adults are incurring by taking out loans to pay for higher education. The costs for college and university degrees continue to rise, and students struggle to pay them off when they graduate. Fortunately, there’s a way that you can help your children or grandchildren avoid this financial difficulty. It’s called a Florida Prepaid Plan! It saves you money in the long run because you are locking in the future cost of college today and paying a monthly rate that will never change! By the time your recipient is ready to begin college, their education will be paid for. How do I know? Because this happened with our family! My two oldest children both obtained their bachelor’s degrees from Florida universities with no debt thanks to the Florida Prepaid Plans I purchased for them. Needless to say, my other two children also have plans, and I feel great in knowing that they’ll also get college degrees without taking out high-interest loans.

Here are three more reasons to invest in a Florida Prepaid College Plan:

!) Use promo code SUSAN19 to get $30 off the application fee! Just be sure to enroll by April 30, 2019 when open enrollment ends.

2) Think you don’t have time to apply? The application takes only 15 minutes to complete! The only difficulty is in deciding which of the many available plans is right for your family. There are many wonderful choices so you can find a plan that fits your budget and future needs.

3) Florida Prepaid is partnering with LEGOLAND® Florida to offer families a special promotion! Any family that enrolls in a Prepaid Plan during this Open Enrollment season will receive a 50% discount on LEGOLAND® Florida tickets for their family! (3 tickets only, including beneficiary. Tickets must be purchased by October 27, 2019. If you enroll in a Prepaid Plan, you can expect an email with more information on how to access your tickets after Open Enrollment ends.)

With a Florida Prepaid College Plan, saving for college is simple and stress-free. While your kids or grandkids are focused on their LEGO® creations, you can make sure they are prepared to attend college and pursue their goals.



Roger Mantis Blog Tour: Giveaway for a Starbucks Gift Card


Roger Mantis by Tom Alan Brosz
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
Publisher: Tantrum Books

Baseball is Roger McGillicutty’s whole life. That is until he wakes one Saturday to find he is no longer a normal eleven-year-old boy. He's a five-foot-tall praying mantis.

Roger has school on Monday, the carnival comes to town next week, and his baseball team is poised to play their biggest rival in one week. Being a giant bug will seriously cramp Roger’s style!

To Roger’s surprise, his parents and friends are supportive. Even his dog isn’t spooked. But not everyone’s thrilled about Roger’s change. Some people are frightened and others would like nothing more than to squash him into the ground like the bug he is.

And when Little League officials oust Roger from baseball, his world collapses.

When a reporter from the city comes snooping around rumors of a man-sized baseball-playing praying mantis, Roger must choose between hiding his true self or being the hero he's always wanted to be.


Purchase Links
Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks


About the Author:
Tom Alan Brosz actually is a rocket scientist (sort of), having done design and engineering work in the private space industry back before the private space industry was cool. His qualifications for writing this book are that he has experience in raising children who like bugs, and raising pet mantises for those children. Normal-sized mantises, of course.

Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Giveaway Info:

* One (1) winner will win a Starbucks Gift Card!

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