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*Winner Announced* Warner Bros. Spook-Tacular Movie GIVEAWAY! US/Canada

Warner Bros. Spook-Tacular Movie GIVEAWAY!

Warner Bros. Spook-Tacular Movie GIVEAWAY!

It’s almost Halloween – one of my favorite holidays of the year.  I love all the costumes, the spicy smell the air takes on, the crunch of fallen leaves and the colors on the trees.  We always dress up our house and have a spooky Halloween party complete with pumpkin carving, spiced cider, game night and spooky Halloween treats?

What do you think is the best part of Halloween?

The pumpkin carving? The costumes? The free candy? All are amazing, but whether you are the bunch that loves dressing up and scaring the neighbors or you plan to stay-in, Warner Bros. has a line-up of Spook-Tacular Movies to get you in the holiday spirit. From classics like It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown & Scooby-Doo The Goblin King to Adventure Time – Jake the Dad, you can count on a spook-tacular selection that the entire family can enjoy!

Before you and the kids take the neighborhood by storm, get in the mood by sharing some spooky stories! Download copies of the Spook-Tacular Story Time PDF, fire up the flashlights, and gather in a circle….. this Halloween it’s STORY TIME! Perfect for kids ages 7 to 73!

In celebration, I am giving one winner from either the US or Canada one of these Spook-Tacular DVDs.  Whichever one you get will be a complete surprise chosen at random by Warner Bros!

• Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: Run for your Rife!
• Regular Show – Fright Pack (V4)
• It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Deluxe Edition
• Tom and Jerry: Tricks and Treats
• Bugs Bunny’s Howl-oween
• Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King
• Tom and Jerry: Halloween Hijinks
• Sesame Street: Elmo Says Boo!
• Adventure Time – Jake the Dad (V5)

So what kind of Halloween family are you?  I took the quiz below and found out we are the PARANORMAL PUMPKIN FAMILY! For the entire month of October, you guys eat, drink and dream pumpkins!  LOL – That’s about it 🙂  If I hadn’t been so sick these last two weeks, I would have already decorated.  What did you get?  Of course, what’s Halloween without a spooky story or two?  Check out the story on the PDF link to get your Halloween started.

HOW TO ENTER TO win a A Spook-Tacular Warner Bros. Movie

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*Winner Announced* Enter to win a CarPET Scratch stopper

CarPET Scratch Stopper Review and Giveaway

Both Mittens and Autumn became very curios about what has thwarted them!

Both Mittens and Autumn became very curios about what has thwarted them!

Do you have cats?  We have four and they LOVE to scratch on things.  Most cats prefer carpet on stairs and in door frames.  Sometimes, it’s necessary to find a deterrent to undesirable behaviors until you can successfully train your cats that where their appropriate scratching areas are (i.e – not your carpet).

Both my husband and I work from our home office.  We were sharing a bedroom office with hardwood floor, but that was very cramped.  Recently two of our sons moved out of the house, so we decided to take over the carpeted basement.  Normally, when the cats hung out in the basement with David and I while we were working, it didn’t pose a problem.  However, now the cats have discovered the carpet in the basement.  While I work to teach the cats that clawing the carpet is inappropriate behavior, we are renting this place and I needed a fix until they learn to leave carpets, especially in the doorways.

Thankfully, I found a solution before they did any serious damage.  I found CarPET Scratch Stopper.  It’s a hard plastic sheet contoured to fit under doors.  While they are thin enough to fit under a standard door with carpeting, they are durable and come with a 5 year warranty.  The cats can’t scratch the carpet through the plastic, so it CarPET Scratch Stopper works immediately to protect the carpet.  As soon as I put it down at the door frame, my two scratchers (Autumn and Mittens) became very curious.  Check it out! Can’t scratch through that, huh?

CarPET Scratch Stopper is safe for your cats and won’t damage your carpet.  It’s translucent, so it doesn’t clash with your decor colors.  We just leave in ours in place.  It’s easy to use.  You just put it in your door frame and it works immediately.  It comes in 3 sizes to fit most US standard door frames.  CarPET Scratch Stopper comes with a 5 year warranty and, right not, they are on sale for buy 1 and get one at 50% off.  Considering how much money it will save us in carpet repair bills (or losing our damage deposit), it is definitely worth the investment.    I also love that they support some special causes like the ASPCA, Best Friends and the Paw Project.

Oh – if you really want some sweet stories, check out their “About Us” page and read about how the founder met each of her four cats.

You can check them on their website, Facebook or Follow them on Pinterest.

HOW TO ENTER TO win a CarPET Scratch Stopper

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*Winner Announced* “My Very Own World Adventure” Personalized Children’s Book

My Very Own World Adventure from I See Me Books

My Very Own World Adventure Personalized Children's Book

My daughter stayed home sick from school and read My Very Own World Adventure from I See Me.

In addition to teaching our kids about their own rich cultural heritage, I want them to learn about others.  I believe that teaching kids about the way other people live is the best way to instill tolerance and acceptance of differences.  How can they learn to accept other people’s beliefs and lifestyles if they never have any exposure to them, right?  Like most Americans, I can’t send my kids on a world tour to let them experience culture first hand, so I reach for books.

My kids love immerse themselves in books.  My daughter likes to see her name in books and loves the personalized feel.  Recently, I found “My Very Own World Adventure” and she loves it.  It is my daughter’s passport to different countries around the world using the letters of her name as a guide to picking the countries to visit with three kids as her magic carpet ride escort.  For example, for the letter “L”, they visit Latvia.  On the page about Latvia, we learn that the symbols on the woven belts that Latvians wear are actually sacred and have meaning.  My daughter is the curious type, so I’m sure her next step will be to look up those belts and figure out how to make a belt with symbols special to her.

My Thoughts on the Book

My Very Own World Adventure

My Very Own World Adventure” is a hardbound book with sturdy pages.  I chose this book from the vast choices available on the I See Me website because they recommended it based on my daughter’s age.  She is 12.  She commented on artistic quality of the book and said she really liked the detail of the images.  In fact, I See Me‘s book designers spent over 5 years selecting 63 artists from around the world to paint a child from each of their countries!

While the writing style is easy enough for a young reader to grasp, the book’s details encourage further exploration, so the book is still appropriate for my daughter’s age as well.

Encyclopedia of gifts from other countries

Of course, a child’s name has a limited number of letters.  If my daughter becomes curious about the things she would have found had her name had different letters, the last few pages of the book include an index to all the possible countries illustrated for the purpose of making this book.  She can learn about those countries, too!

Map of all places visited

It also includes a personalized world map showing where the countries where the kids in her book lived.  In addition to a brief cultural lesson, I See Me includes a quick geography lesson in “My Very Own World Adventure“.

I see Me My Very Own World Adventures Artists

Lydia also likes the artist page showing all the artists involved in making her book.  She can also user her iPod to scan the QR code to learn more about all the artists involved.  I also like that $1 of every My Very Own World Adventure book will be donated to Room to Read to help support global literacy. Room to Read is an award-winning non-profit organization for improving literacy and gender equality in education in the developing world.

Want to Learn More?

A lot of care was put into the making of this book.  I would love to see some of their other books and am enjoying taking the virtual book tour of the My Very Own Pirate Adventure and other books.   These would make a great baby shower gift and if Mom hasn’t picked out a name yet, you can even give a gift certificate for a book of her choice.  Sign up their customized specials and discount promos from I See Me – just tell them the age of the children on your gift list and their relationship to you to get personalized specials emailed to you!  Follow them on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook, too!

Costco is featuring vouchers for these unique books at a 30% savings. Members can choose from seven titles to find the perfect story for a young book lover. Look for this deal at your local Costco (not available in all areas) or go online to www.costco.com and search for item 756683. Hurry! Limited time offer and orders must be placed by 12/8/13 for Christmas delivery.

HOW TO ENTER TO win a My Very Own World Adventure Book

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*Winner Announced* Ola Granola Prize Package Giveaway and Review

Enter to Win a Several Full Size Ola Granola bags and Tote Bag

Ola Granola

Enter to win an Ola Granola Prize package featuring several varieties of Ola Granola and a re-usable tote bag.  This is a good-for-you prize that you will want to win!  I am always looking for healthy snacks for my kids’ snack drawer.  It seems they come in ravenous after school.  Growing kids just seem to always need more to eat!  If you have kids, you know probably know what I am talking about.  The hard part is finding something to fill that whole in their bellies that is also healthy.  That only gets harder as they approach teen years and have designs on less health treats like candy and chips.

I also prefer to feed my kids all-natural snacks when I can.  They get enough artificial ingredients through school lunches and whatever food they trade with their friends.  Recently, I found Ola Granola.  Of course, reading the ingredient list was the first goal.  It would do no good to put a snack in the drawer that didn’t meet our entire family’s needs.

Here is how it stacks up:

  • Vegetarian  – I am a vegetarian.  That means no gelatin, shellac or carmine – all ingredients found in common snacks.  Not only is Ola Granola vegetarian, but it’s vegan and kosher.  It’s not sweetened with honey and has no dairy products.
  • Gluten-Free – I have friends that eat gluten-free as often as possible. Ola Handbaked Granola contains no wheat and is made with gluten-free oats.
  • All Natural – My kids don’t necessarily clamor for all natural snacks.  In fact they could care less.  Since their food choices while at home are limited to what’s in the house, I provide them with all natural snacks.  Ola Granola meets that goal.  I recognize each ingredient. It’s not hard to read “Gluten-free Whole Grain Oats, Pure Maple Syrup and Pure Vanilla Extract.”  Ingredients like that don’t send me scurrying to the nearest search engine to figure out what they are.  Simplicity in a nutshell.  There are no artificial sweeteners, colors or flavors.  It’s even hand-baked!   That just sounds so homespun and wholesome.
  • Healthy – Many snacks are just junk-food masquerading as healthy snacks.  Growing up, granola always elicited thoughts of hiking and natural eating.  Have you looked at what passes as a trail mix or granola lately? Brightly colored candies, artificial ingredients and an abundance of sugar rob kids of what should be a nutritious snack. Ola Granola is a good source of protein and fiber.
  • Ola Granola Cranberry Orange PecanTaste – Of course, healthy doesn’t do you any good if you can’t get kids to eat it. My daughter likes the No-Nut Vanilla.  I like the Cranberry Orange Pecan.  Look at all those nuts!  For the record, I did not dig through to the bottom of the bag to get the best looking handful either.  This was the first handful out of the bag.  The rest were just as pecan-filled.  These people do NOT skimp on ingredients.  I grew up in the south picking fallen pecans from the ground and eating them raw.  I absolutely adore them.  They are my favorite nut.  I think that the Cranberry Orange Pecan is probably my favorite of the Ola Granola flavors.
  • Variety – no one likes to eat the same things all the time.  Even within the same food type, like granola, we like variety.  Ola comes in four flavors: Chocolate Banana Chip, Vanilla Almond, Cranberry Orange Pecan, and No Nut Vanilla.  Each of them are tasty, healthy snacks that I can feel good about feeding to my family.
  • Convenient.  There is nothing worse than a messy snack that is inconvenient to serve, store or travel.  The large 9 oz bags are resealable.  However, I love the 1 oz single sizes that Ola offers in both the Vanilla Almond and the No Nut Vanilla.  They are perfect to tuck in a school lunch and just the right size to enjoy as a snack.  The size makes portion control a breeze!

That’s a pretty healthy stack of requirements and Ola measures up!  I also like a company that is socially and/or environmentally responsible.  Ola! donates 100% of their profits to Be Foundation – a private, independent family foundation whose vision is that all students graduate ready for college, career and life success and become meaningful contributors to their communities.

They have a store locator on Ola! Foods site.  If you can’t find them near you, you can order online or find them on Amazon.  That’s probably what I am going to do.  I’m hooked now!  If you decide to purchase from their site, you can use code FNC2013 and get free shipping!

Be sure to like Ola Granola on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to keep up with the latest promotions.  However, you can also enter to win a wonderful Ola Granola Prize package from me using the form below.  The prize will consist of these great prizes:

Ola Granola One bag of each flavor: Vanilla Almond, Cranberry Orange Pecan, No Nut Vanilla and Chocolate Banana Chip. Pure and simple hand baked gluten free granola!  100 Calories per serving. Gluten Free, Non-GMO Verified, Vegan, Kosher. 0 Trans Fats, No soy, dairy, or added oils.  ARV $20.00 Ola ToteBiodegradable Jute Tote Bag.  This generous bag has a large bottom, measuring in at 15x13x10.  It is made of 100% natural jute, which actually has a negative carbon footprint according to some of my research into the development of Jute fabrics. ARV: $7:50

HOW TO ENTER to an Ola Granola Prize Package

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Fanta Halloween Instant Win Game (1128 winners)

Fanta Halloween Instant Win Game

Fanta Halloween Instant Win Game

Log into your Coke MyPoints account and enter to win one of several prizes in the Fanta Halloween Instant Win Game. You DO NOT have to spend points to play, and you can play up to 5 times per day until November 1.  To get free entries, click on the “rules” link and look for option C in the alternate entries.  You can get 5 free entries a day like this.  To play, click the Fanta Orange you want to drop.  It falls and lands in a bucket letting you know if you win or lose.

The prizes are:

47 Grand Prizes: $500 Halloween Party Cash®, a virtual debit card which can be used at any online retailer that accepts major credit cards. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $500.

25 First Prizes:$100 Halloween Party Cash. ARV: $100.

50 Second Prizes: $50 Halloween Party Cash. ARV: $50.

100 Third Prizes: $25 Halloween Party Cash. ARV: $25.

406 Fourth Prizes:$10 Halloween Party Cash. ARV: $10.

500 Fifth Prizes: A free product coupon, valid for one Totino’s® Crisp Crust Party Pizza®, up to 10.5 oz. (excluding Party Pizza Pack and Big Party Pizza); a coupon valid for one free package of Nabisco Cookies or Crackers; and a coupon valid for one free 2 liter Fanta. ARV: up to $8.

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*Winner Announced* a Fog Free Shower Mirror

Fog Free Shower Mirror Giveaway

Fog Free Shower Mirror

Enter to win a Fog Free Shower Mirror

Enter to win a Fog Free Shower Mirror from Shave Well.  Shaving in the shower is better for your skin.  The steam opens the pores so that your face is better moisturized providing for a smoother, closer shave.  Wet hair is also weaker than dry hair, meaning it is less resistant to shaving.  Hair that is less resistant to shaving means you can get closer to the skin as you shave.  You are also less like likely to experience skin irritation.

Shaving in the shower provides another great advantage!  Clean up is so much easier.  All those little hairs just get whisked away down the shower drain.

I am giving away one Shave Well hand-held mirror.  Don’t worry, it comes with a hook to make shower shaving easier.  You also don’t have to worry about the mirror getting all foggy!  You just run it under the hot water for a few seconds to equalize the temperature and experience a long shower shave opportunity.

Now, I haven’t tried this product yet, but I know that my husband is eager to.  He shaves his head and believes that shaving in the shower would make that task much easier. You can get the Shave Well Fog-Free Shower Mirror on Amazon or purchase it directly from their site. Be sure to also like them on Facebook in case they have any great promotions.

HOW TO ENTER to an Ola Granola Prize Package

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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