Friday, December 27, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (December 28, 2019-January 10, 2020)

It's hard to believe we're heading into 2020 this week! Let's celebrate a year of new beginnings by entering some giveaways! Bookmark this page so you can visit often to see what new contests have been added to the linky below. And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, feel free share the link with us. Don't forget to share this on your social media pages so your friends and followers can join us, too. Happy New Year!

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.



Saturday, December 21, 2019

Release Blitz and Giveaway: Derek Hyde Knows Spooky When He Sees It, b C. Michael Lunsford



Derek Hyde Knows Spooky When He Sees It
Derek Hyde Series, Book 1
Middle-Grade Paranormal
Date Published: 12-21-2019
Publisher: INtense Publications LLC

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Twelve-year-old Derek Hyde isn’t thrilled that the spookiest old mansion in town is about to become the Hyde Funeral Home & Used Coffin Outlet. Especially since he has to live there with his mortician parents, Jack and Formalda.

Of course, being driven in the family hearse to his first day at middle school doesn’t exactly add whipped cream to his broccoli.

As if things couldn't get more horrific, an evil classmate named Nussbaum attacks him in the cafeteria with a plate of beef stroganoff. Seems this kid used to love living in the old mansion himself, but got yanked out after accidentally blowing up his own mom and dad. With his chemistry set. Now his dead parents are stuck as ghosts and Nussbaum is a foster kid stuck on revenge, vowing to get even with Derek’s family for taking over his haunted home.

Derek desperately craves a nice place to live, but a couple of minor details stand in his way—just some blood-curdling apparitions that scare the pants off him and a classmate bent on landing him in his parents’ embalming room. As a client.

About the Author

E. Michael Lunsford is the author of an award-winning play, Scary, Scary Night, and a book of wacky kid’s poems, Sometimes I Get My Shoes on Backwards, winner of the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award. His debut novel is the first of the funny Derek Hyde series of spooky middle grade books published by INtense Publications. Michael is also a musician, composer, inventor, entrepreneur and chief cook & bottle washer who works and lives with his wife and love of his life in San Carlos, California.

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (December 21-27, 2019)

By the time this linky ends, we will have celebrated Christmas! I hope that everyone has a joyous holiday week filled with family, friends, fun and worship. This can be a difficult time for some people, so I hope you'll keep them in your prayers and holiday plans, too. If you have a little down time during the festivities, then hop on your computer to enter some giveaways! Bookmark this page so you can visit often to see what new contests have been added to the linky below. And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, feel free share the link with us. Don't forget to share this on your social media pages so your friends and followers can join us, too. Merry Christmas!

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.



Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The Holidays Just Got Merrier with the Release of "Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture" on Blu-ray and DVD! (GIVEAWAY)

For my birthday this year in September, I knew exactly how I wanted to celebrate -- by seeing the Downton Abbey movie at the theater! Having been a fan of the TV series from start to finish, I was so excited to see that my wish for a movie had finally come true. And now I have another reason to celebrate: Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture is now available on Blu-ray and DVD!

In Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture, writer Julian Fellowes was wise not to change the "Downton formula." This movie is the perfect blend of drama, history, family squabbles, scandal and humor, just like the TV show. There’s a royal visit, servant unrest, class divisions, and an inheritance issue. Just about all the original cast members from the TV show have returned, plus some new characters are introduced. I won’t give away too much of the plot to avoid any spoilers, but rest assured that this movie is enjoyable from start to finish. Many loose ends are tidied up. It leaves the door open for further movies, but also closes the door enough to give a sense of completion. I love this movie and plan to watch it over and over again.

About the movie:
The worldwide phenomenon Downton Abbey becomes a grand motion picture event as the beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the King and Queen of England will unleash scandal, romance and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance. Written by series creator Julian Fellowes and starring the original cast.

Watch the trailer:


The motion picture is also available in a Deluxe Limited Edition, featuring the Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and Digital Code, presented in exclusive packaging along with a collectible photo book and recipe cards. Available only while supplies last, this special offering is the must-own gift for any Downton Abbey fan or to add to your own collection.

Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Bonus Features:
- Deleted Scenes
- Cast Conversations (Upstairs and Downstairs)
- The Royal Visit – A look at how the royal visit proved to be an ambitious event both on and behind the camera.
- True to the Twenties – Learn how Downton Abbey maintains a reputation of being true to the time period.
- Welcome to Downton Abbey – A behind-the-scenes look at the grandeur of Highclere Castle.
- The Brilliance of Julian Fellowes – This piece celebrates Julian’s brilliant creativity and reveals his approach to bringing Downton Abbey to the big screen.
- Downton Abbey Series Recap – Whether you’re new or just need a refresher, this series recap will catch you up on the story so far. (Only on Blu-ray and iTunes)
- Feature Commentary with Director Michael Engler

Pick up a copy of Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture for yourself and all the Downton Abbey fans in your life!



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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DowntonAbbey/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DowntonAbbey
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/downtonabbey_official
#BringDowntonHome

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a Blu-ray Combo of Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture! Enter through the Giveaway Tools form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Tuesday, December 31, 2019.




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 sales made through this link.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Spread the Warmth This Season with the Netflix Original Short Film, "Angela’s Christmas"! (DVD Giveaway)

Based on the beloved children’s book by Frank McCourt, Angela’s Christmas tells the story of six-year-old Angela, who -- while attending mass on Christmas Eve -- notices the statue of Baby Jesus lying in the manger. Worried that the underdressed statue will be cold in the cavernous church, Angela decides to “rescue” the statue and bring him home to warm him up. Angela’s Christmas is a funny, poignant and heart-warming story about the power of family and the innocent desire of a child to ensure everyone is safe, warm and loved at Christmas time.

Watch the trailer:


Join the #SpreadTheWarmth Campaign!

To celebrate the release of Angela’s Christmas, join in the #SpreadTheWarmth campaign! Use the hashtag on social media to encourage people around the world to be loving, generous and warm during this magical time of year. Share how you and those you know have spread the warmth, too!


Download and print an Angela’s Christmas coloring sheet here.

My review:
Angela’s Christmas is beautifully animated and shares a very sweet story of a little girl’s love for Baby Jesus. Even though Angela was quite naughty for taking the statue from the church, her intentions came from a place of love and caring. At just a half-hour, this is a wonderful program for watching together as a family and to use as a jumping point for discussing the real meaning of Christmas and the love that is integral to the season. Viewing Angela’s Christmas yearly would make a lovely new tradition for everyone! Watch it on Netflix this year and then pick up a DVD to add to your Christmas collection.

Angela’s Christmas online:
https://www.angelaschristmas.com/
https://www.facebook.com/AngelasChristmasHQ/
https://www.instagram.com/angelaschristmashq/
https://twitter.com/angelasxmashq
#SpreadTheWarmth




GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a DVD copy of Angela’s Christmas! Enter through the Giveaway Tools form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on December 31, 2019.




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

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Grill All Year 'Round with the Amazing PowerXL Smokeless Grill!


I live in South Florida, so we are able to grill outside year-round, but most people in the United States don’t have that luxury. The solution? A PowerXL Smokeless Grill! These grills are amazing -- they make everything so easy!

Thanks to the nonstick coating, food just slides right off the grill. And all the parts are removable, so it’s a snap to clean up afterward. You can even put the parts in the dishwasher! It’s very easy to set and adjust the temperature on the grill, and everything cooks up evenly. No hot or cold spots on this grill! There’s also a built-in fan for taking away the smoke and a tempered glass lid (which I took off to take these pictures but used when cooking).




We recently made some delicious pork on the PowerXL Smokeless Grill. It cooked up beautifully in a very short period of time, and it was extremely tender and juicy. We quickly made enough food for our family of four. However, if you frequently entertain or have a large family, there’s a larger family-sized grill available, too! The regular-sized grill cooks up to four large steaks, six burgers, or eight pieces of chicken, while the family-sized grill cooks up to six large steaks, eight burgers, or ten pieces of chicken.



The grill also comes with recipe books, and there are more recipes online. We followed the recipe in the cookbook for Pork Medallions to season our pork, which was delicious. I can’t wait to make many of the other recipes in the cookbooks and on the website. The options are as varied as pancakes, quesadillas, Philly cheesesteaks (shown above), and even Grilled Pound Cake with Grilled Fruit (also shown above)! And, of course, the traditional classics like burgers, chicken, and kebobs are a breeze.


I have always been intimidated by my husband’s monster-sized outdoor grill, so the PowerXL Smokeless Grill is perfect for me. These grills make fantastic gifts as they’re very affordable and will be used for years to come. They're perfect for tail-gating, too! Visit www.powerxlproducts.com to learn more about PowerXL smokeless grills and other small home appliances.



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

Friday, December 13, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (December 14-20, 2019)

December is especially busy for our family. Three out of my four children have birthdays in December -- that's a lot of gift-buying, wrapping and celebrating! Add that to all the usual activities for Christmas, and it's a crazy month! I'm guessing it's probably the same for many of you, but I hope you save a little time for yourself to do what makes you feel good, like watching a Christmas movie you love or taking a nice long bath. Then when you're done, jump on your computer to enter some giveaways with the chance of winning some great items for yourself or your family! Bookmark this page so you can visit often to see what new contests have been added. And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, feel free share it in the linky below. Don't forget to share this on your social media pages so your friends and followers can join us, too. Merry Christmas!

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.



Thursday, December 12, 2019

Book Blitz: "Grandparenting: Renew, Relive, Rejoice" by Pam Siegel and Leslie Zinberg



Non-Fiction / Self-Help
Date Published: November 2019
Publisher: Koehler Books

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Who doesn't want another shot at childhood? The key to opening that door is your grandchildren.

Co-authors Siegel and Zinberg provide a concise, down-to-earth guide for both grandparents and parents. Each of the 52 straight forward nourishing practices provide methods of mindfulness, along with endearing real-life stories that grandparents can identify with. These bite-sized stories offer a rich assortment of simple ways to be present in our fast-paced lives and not miss the richness of time spent with grandchildren.

Praise for Grandparenting: Renew, Relive, Rejoice

"The interesting thing about Grandparenting: Renew, Relive, Rejoice is not only that you learn a lot about your grandkids, but also, you learn a lot about yourself." ~Bob Newhart, Comedian

“Grandparents are known for the many (sometimes too many) gifts that they lavish upon their grandkids. Most are gone and forgotten quickly. What if there was one gift you could give to yourself and your grandkids that would serve you both for the rest of your lives and provide a lasting bond? This book provides a path to the practice of mindfulness and opens the reader to a life well lived from the inside out. If you truly want to leave a legacy, make this book the cornerstone of your grandparent toolbox.” ~Christine Crosby, Editorial Director, GRAND Magazine

“For any grandparent interested in deepening their relationship with their grandchildren, this book delivers. Inspirational, thought-provoking, and a joy to read.” ~Susan Stiffelman, M.F.T., Author, Parenting Without Power Struggles and Parenting with Presence


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About the Authors

Pam Siegel M.P.H., M.F.T. is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist in private practice in West Los Angeles. She is a certified mindfulness therapist and implements meditation and other mindfulness tools to help her clients with a variety of issues. She is actively involved in the mindfulness and yoga community and has her own daily practice and website, www.pamsiegel.com.


Leslie Zinberg has co-written two successful parenting books, The Pink and Blue Baby Pages and The Pink and Blue Toddler Pages. Both books were featured in national publicity campaigns, with appearances on The Today Show, QVC, and local television and radio segments across the country. Leslie is co-founder of the website, www.grandparentslink.com.


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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Teaser Tuesday and Books Giveaway: "Derek Hyde Knows Spooky When He Sees It," by C. Michael Lunsford


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Derek Hyde Series, Book 1
Middle-Grade Paranormal
Date Published: 12-21-2019
Publisher: INtense Publications LLC

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Twelve-year-old Derek Hyde isn’t thrilled that the spookiest old mansion in town is about to become the Hyde Funeral Home & Used Coffin Outlet. Especially since he has to live there with his mortician parents, Jack and Formalda.

Of course, being driven in the family hearse to his first day at middle school doesn’t exactly add whipped cream to his broccoli.

As if things couldn't get more horrific, an evil classmate named Nussbaum attacks him in the cafeteria with a plate of beef stroganoff. Seems this kid used to love living in the old mansion himself, but got yanked out after accidentally blowing up his own mom and dad. With his chemistry set. Now his dead parents are stuck as ghosts and Nussbaum is a foster kid stuck on revenge, vowing to get even with Derek’s family for taking over his haunted home.

Derek desperately craves a nice place to live, but a couple of minor details stand in his way—just some blood-curdling apparitions that scare the pants off him and a classmate bent on landing him in his parents’ embalming room. As a client.



About the Author


E. Michael Lunsford is the author of an award-winning play, Scary, Scary Night, and a book of wacky kids’ poems, Sometimes I Get My Shoes on Backwards, winner of the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award. His debut novel is the first of the funny Derek Hyde series of spooky middle-grade books published by INtense Publications. Michael is also a musician, composer, inventor, entrepreneur and chief cook & bottle washer who works and lives with his wife and love of his life in San Carlos, California.


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Saturday, December 07, 2019

Product Review: PowerXL Air Fryer ~ The Hottest Gift This Holiday Season!


One of the most popular items for gift-giving this season is an air fryer! And I can certainly see why. Air fryers make it so easy to have your favorite fried foods without the messy oil and calories! PowerXL has a fantastic line of air fryers to choose from. I was given the opportunity to review the PowerXL Air Fryer Pro with Accessory Kit (pictured above), and I fell in love! The 8-quart model is the “big daddy” of the fryers, allowing you to cook your whole meal or make more items for a bigger group. My favorite feature? The One-Touch Pre-Set Buttons (see below).


Just hit the button for what you want to cook (chicken, fries, etc.), and then you can use the arrows on the side if you want to change the temperature and/or the time. It’s fun to experiment with the time and temperature, especially if you’re cooking a lot of food at once. The sliding trays make it easy to re-order your items or flip them, if needed. As you can see below, we made some delicious chicken, curly fries, and zucchini sticks in the air fryer. They were delicious!





The PowerXL Air Fryer Pro comes with a fantastic accessory kit that gives you even more options for cooking, such as a rotisserie spit and stand, 10 stainless skewers for kebabs, a rotating mesh basket, 5 air flow racks, a drip tray and even 3 recipe books! (Recipes are also available on the PowerXL website.) You can also dehydrate veggies, herbs and fruit. We haven’t had a chance to try the rotisserie spit or skewers yet, but they are next on our list. How-to videos are available here.





If you don’t want the extra accessories, or you have a smaller budget or less space for storage, I encourage you to try one of these other options:

The PowerXL Elite Air Fryer comes in a 5.5-quart size and is available in 8 fun colors, such as the two shown below.



Another option is the PowerXL Vortex Air Fryer. You can choose from four sizes: 2-quart, 3-quart, 5-quart, and 7-quart, and two colors: black and red.


Now’s the time to get going on your holiday shopping. Get a PowerXL air fryer for everyone you know. They will LOVE it and use it over and over again! They’re super-easy to clean and store, and will make your everyday cooking or entertaining a breeze! Visit www.powerxlproducts.com to learn more and purchase.




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