Saturday, December 20, 2014

Win a New Washer and Dryer @Purex Sweepstakes

"As a Purex Insider I  get to share product information and events with you. Even though all opinions shared here are my own. "

 Do you ever look at contest or sweepstakes and say to yourself if only?  I'm saying right now if only I did win that brand new washer and dryer.  I have had a new washer and dryer set on my list forever.  Winning!  That would be AMAZING yes !

To celebrate the release of the New Purex PowerShot detergent +Purex  will be hosting an amazing Giveaway!

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Simplify the laundry routine!

  • Auto-dosing technology does the measuring for you
  • No guesswork and no mess makes doing laundry easier
  • Super-concentrated formula with 50% more stain fighting power per drop*

Watch the video HERE and see how the measuring is done for you. 

Enter the Sweepstakes HERE:

3 Grand prize winners will be a new WhirlPool washer and Dryer set.  300 runner ups will win a bottle of Purex Power Shot.  Enter the Sweepstakes HERE. 

Whiskey Witches Season 1 on Sale on Amazon!


I love to find a good deal. A good book is one of the things I will actually treat myself to.  Whiskey Witches Season 1 is now available on Amazon at the very low price of $2.99.  Are you ready to add to your reading collection?  What's the last series you read and enjoyed? Tell me about it in the comments below.

WW-S1-6Detective Paige Whiskey comes from a long line of witches. They may not all be the most powerful, but they are outspoken and supportive of their community. She alone has no gifts. She can’t summon fire, can’t read minds. She knows the arcane. She’s studied it. That, along with her connection to the Whiskey Witches, lands her some pretty strange cases. Like the sacrificial murders of St. Francisville, Louisiana. There’s a killer on the loose, choosing people in a vain attempt to raise a demon. Not just any demon, though. A man born long ago, made a demon in order to protect the Gate to Hell. Together with demon hunter, Dexx Colt, her kitchen-witch grandmother, and her paranormal investigator brother-in-law, they unravel a conspiracy far bigger than a few simple murders, and re-discover Paige’s gift. She’s a demon summoner and she’s key to the killer’s plan.

Buy on Amazon / Kobo

Meet the Author:

SM “Frankie” Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and Jack the Bird. Jack has refused to let her to take up the piano again, but is warming to the guitar. It might help that Frankie has learned more than two strings. She’s added a few more Arabic words to her vocabulary, but don’t invite her into conversation yet—unless, of course, you’re willing to have a very . . . slow . . . conversation. She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories. She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Get Four Steampunk Fantasies in one Collection


Look what a deal we're sharing today book fans!  We're excited to share a new read for your library or that book lover on your holiday list by Pauline Creedon.  Take a look and find out more about this new Steampunk Collection Clockwork Fantasy.  If you are a fan of steampunk we think you won't want to miss this set.

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Clockwork Fantasy boxed setClockwork Fantasy - A Steampunk collection has just been release in time for Christmas. It is sure to please the steampunk lover on your list. Buy on AMAZON Four Steampunk Fantasies in one collection:

CHRONICLES OF STEELE: RAVEN (complete series novel)
Human life has value. The poor living in the gutter are as valuable as the rich living in a manor. The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint. Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.

Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in.

Helen's time has run out, and she must sneak into the graveyard to get the key she needs from her former master. It is a race against time and the ticking of her own heart.

When a crippled young lord rescues a girl falling from a tree, it reveals a secret about himself and his mother's side of the family that could put him at the center of a war with beings he thought only existed in fairy tales. Tristan Gareth Smyth lived his entire life stuck at home at Waverly Park and left behind while his Grandfather makes trips to London, all because of his blasted wheelchair. Then an American heiress falls in his lap, literally, and he must find a way to keep her at a distance to protect not only his secret, but everyone around him from an assassin sent to kill him.

WINTER FAE ~The Short Story Prequel to ARMORED HEARTS (Steampunk Fantasy)~
Once upon a time, a fairy princess gave up her home, her family, and her birthright for the love of a human lord. But life outside has made her sick. When she returns to the land of fae with her son, she discovers things are not as they should be. Will she find the healing she so desperately seeks for herself and invalid son? Or will she be received with the coldness of winter?

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Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Space Coast Fun at Kennedy Space Center

" I received an all expenses day at Kennedy Space Center as part of a media trip. All opinions shared here are my own." 

Kennedy Space Center is one of the places I recently got to visit when on Florida's Space Coast.  I couldn't believe that I had lived in Florida my entire life and had never been.  I was more than a little bit excited.  5, 4, 3, 2, 1 just about 45 minutes away from Tuckaway Shores Resort and you are there . Space exploration is one of them things that absolutely amazes me.  I have to say that being at the Space Center tugged at my patriotic strings and even made me a bit emotional. It's unreal what we've done in the past and what hopefully we will one day in the future.  Kennedy Space Center is a place that you can visit with or without your children.  It is also very educational but fun too.  I think the entire family would enjoy a day here and look forward to bringing my family back.

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Space Shuttle Atlantis Entrance

One of the best part of our day at the Space Center was that we had tour guide.  I definitely recommend going that route if you can do so.  She was so fun and knowledgeable . I think I learned 10 times more having our private guide than I would on my own.  Plus she was very very passionate about NASA and all things related. That kind of passion is contagious and caught on in our group very quickly.

The Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit was truly my favorite part.  It is breathtaking.  I was overwhelmed by just how big the shuttle is. I don't think I had any concept before seeing it in person just what we have done in space .   The size of it in real life is just not like anything you see on television friends. It is HUGE!

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Atlantis on exhibit at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

There is quite a lot to do at Kennedy Space Center so wear your walking shoes.  You can:

  • tour launch and landing facilities
  • train on space flight simulators
  • watch IMAX space videos
  • meet an astronaut
  • check out the Atlantis 
  • visit the astronaut hall of fame
Next, door to the Atlantis exhibit you can take the simulated launch. Strap in and see if you think you could make the cut. (I could not) There are physical requirements for the simulation. If for some reason you can't participate you will be able to watch from an observation room.  I still can't believe I let them talk me into this . I do not ride anything .  It wasn't bad I won't say I loved it but I didn't get sick or anything .

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If all of this sounds like a neat day,  but you are still  wondering what kind of action there would be for the kids here is the answer.  There is plenty of fun for kids here. Giant slides they can slide down. The Hands On Angry Birds Space Encounter which has a giant sling shot, maze, puzzles and more in it.  I went inside here and thought the kids would indeed  LOVE it .

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Giant Inflatable slide and the Angry Birds Space Encounter fun for kids
 After all of this fun you are probably getting hungry. I recommend lunch with an astronaut. A great experience for both children and adults and the food was very yummy!  Lunch is set up in the form of a buffet bar and dessert bar.  During your lunch you will have a chance to play question and answer with a live astronaut.  The kids all seemed to be really excited about this.  They did repeat their questions quite a bit though. 
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"We Have Dreamed Big" Tom Milner "Space Shuttle Engineer".  I am definitely looking forward to future trips to the Space Center.  I can't wait to see what comes next for NASA. 

You can stay up to date on the latest news from NASA by following them on Facebook / Twitter
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On MY Bucket List : Go to a Launch at Kennedy Space Center ! 

The Falcon 9 is scheduled to launch on December 19th at 1:22 PM.  The Falcon 9 is carrying cargo to the International Space Station. This will be the 5th resupply mission by SpaceX for NASA. There are several locations near Cape Canaveral you'll be able to see the launch. You can also purchase a $49 ticket and view it from the LC-39 Observation Gantry Viewing Location. 

"Some of the photos in this are my own from my day at Kennedy Space Center. Others are photos provided to me in a media kit by NASA."

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Some of Our Favorite MGM Family Classics + a Giveaway #MGMInsiders

Let's take a step back in time today and reminisce over our favorite MGM movies.  You might even call them Classics.  This year is the 90th anniversary of MGM and they want to celebrate.  To help MGM celebrate we're going to talk about 3 of our MGM Classic Favorites.  Then be sure and enter our great giveaway below . 

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls — start your engines. You’re about to take an
incredible ride with one of the most wonderful family films of all time! With its clever
tunes (including the OSCAR®-Nominated title song*), marvelous cast and
enchanting storyline, this delightful romp is lots of fun and simply “toot sweet” to
pass up! Dick Van Dyke stars as eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts, who creates an
extraordinary car called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It not only drives — but also flies
and floats — as it leads him, his two children and his beautiful lady friend, Truly
Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes), into a magical world of pirates, castles and endless

Own it today:

Families can discuss…
● Families can discuss which part of the story "really happened" and which was
make believe.
● What would you do with a car like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?
● What kinds of things would you like to invent?
● For older kids: Why were the people of Vulgaria depicted as fools? How do
real-life political events affect movies? Can you imagine looking back at
today's movies and recognizing how politics influenced them?
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: screenplay by Roald Dahl and Ken Hughes, based on the Ian
Fleming novel; directed by Mr. Hughes and produced by Albert R. Broccoli; a Warfied
Production presented by United Artists. At Loew's State 2, Broadway and 45th Street.
Running time: 146 minutes.
Caractacus Potts . . . . . Dick Van Dyke
Truly Scrumptious . . . . . Sally Ann Howes
Jemima Potts. . . . . Heather Ripley
Jeremy Potts. . . . . Adrian Hall
Grandpa Potts . . . . . Lionel Jeffries
Baron Bomburst . . . . . Gert Frobe
Baroness Bomburst . . . . . Anna Quayle
Toymaker . . . . . Benny Hill
Lord Scrumptious . . . . . James R. JusticeChild Catcher . . . . . Robert Helpmann

The Secret of NIMH

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Get ready to meet some runaway rodents with an earth-shattering secret!
Suspenseful and heartwarming, this beautifully animated odyssey stars Mrs. Brisby,
a mild-mannered mother mouse with a plan to move Heaven and Earoth (or at least
her house and home) to save her family from Farmer Fitzgibbon's plow! Along the
way she gets some help from a lovelorn Crow, a busybody neighbor mouse and a
fearsome Great Owl. Unfortunately, Mrs. Brisby will need an engineering miracle to
hoist her home, and for that she must face a mysterius rat, fend off a ferocious cat
and claim a magic amulet! But when Mrs. Brisby discovers the astounding secret of could change her life forever! This timeless tale of love, courage and
determination will transport the whole family into an enchanting world where the
bravest hearts live in the meekest of mice.

Own it today:

Families can discuss...
● The scariness in movies: Which parts were the scariest? What made these
scenes scary? Would the movie have been more or less scary if it weren't
● Who were the heroes in this movie?
● Talk about animals in laboratories. Why are they there? How does your family
feel about animal testing?

The Pebble and the Penguin
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Can the perfect pebble help a bashful penguin find his true love? Based on the
real-life mating rituals of the Adeli penguins in Antarctica, this “charming” (The New
York Times) animated adventure comes to Blu-ray for the first time. Hubie (Martin
Short) is a hopeless romantic in love with Marina (Annie Golden), the most beautiful
penguin in all the land. But the evil penguin Drake (Tim Curry) also wants Marina and will stop at nothing to get her. With help from his new friend Ricki (James
Belushi)–a penguin determined to fly–Hubie must thwart Drake’s plan and win
Marina’s heart!

Own it today:

Families can discuss...
● Families can talk about the birds aboard the bad ship Misery.
● Can you think of any arguments that people on the opposing side of the
debate might have?
● The movie highlights lots of different types of penguins -- make a trip to the
library or your local zoo to learn more about their habitats and habits.

Movie Details
Theatrical release date: April 11, 1995
DVD release date: April 11, 1995
Cast: James Belushi, Martin Short, Tim Curry
Director: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman
Studio: MGM/UA
Genre: Family and Kids
Topics:Adventure, ocean creatures, wild animals
Run Time: 74 minutes
MPAA Rating: G
MPAA explanation: general audiences

Visit MGM 90 on Tumblr for all kinds of 90th anniversary fun! 

Now are you ready to play a game.  Lets see how you do. Can you match the classics to their quotes?  Good Luck! 

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Would you like to Win all of these videos on Blu-ray DVD?  Well then please fill out the rafflecopter entry form below for your chance to be our winner!  (Thanks)

WIN: 1 reader will win all 3 MGM titles (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Pebble and the Penguin and The Secret Nimh) on Blu-ray DVD.  (US OnlY)

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Living at the Whiteheads Zoo is received a complimentary copies of all of the movies listed here for review. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

New Series Wizard of Seattle by John O'Riley @PromoBookTours


Looking for a new book series?  Here is a new one by author John O'Riley.  I'm always looking for a new series. I think I tend to pick out series more often. I love it when a story continues on and I am looking forward to that next one in line.  Have you read any good series lately?  Share your recommendations with me I'd love to know what you are reading and liking out there.  You can never have to many good books to read.  Thanks Friends. 


Episode 1 of the Wizards of Seattle Serieseattle Series

Jason wonders if his luck has finally turned around when he discovers he will inherit a luxurious home infused with ancient magic and a sizable fortune from a relative he’d never known existed. Of course, there’s a catch. His younger brother and his cousin will inherit equal parts of the inheritance and it is stipulated in the will that they must live together first before they gain possession of the estate.
All three of them are potential White Knights with the rare ability to practice advanced white magic. They must learn to use their new power and defend themselves from a secret organization that is armed with potent, black magic. This novella is the first installment of the Wizards of Seattle series.
Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and IBookstore.
Click here for a free book excerpt.


Episode 2 of the Wizards of Seattle Series
Jason has recently discovered his new category six wizardry was a result of a genetic experiment performed by a secret organization called the Ebullio. Now that he has broken free of their mind control enchantment, suppressed memories float to the surface and he remembers the terrifying abductions and genomic therapy that he and his younger brother, Benjamin, endured. Meanwhile, the Valituras have set their sights on Jason, unleashing powerful curses designed to kill him and his family. As Jason learns more about the Ebullio and the Valituras, he realizes that danger lurks behind every corner and the enemy could be hiding in plain sight. This novella is the second installment of the Wizards of Seattle series.
Caretaker is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, and other book retailers.
John O'Riley began writing at a very early age. In fact, he's been writing for as long as he can remember. He is an award winning writer of novels and screenplays in the category John 6-12-11-2of urban fantasy, comedy, mystery, science fiction and young adult. His movie feature screenplay, Cursed, is an Honorable Mention Winner for the 2012 Screenplay Festival. His most recent accomplishments include the screenplays Cursed, Project Pandora, Pinky Swear, Incipio, and Bad Sister which have been listed as Quarter Finalists, Semi Finalists, and Top Finalists in the 2012 Screenplay Festival, 2012 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards, 2012 StoryPros International Awards, 2012 Pulsar Sci Fi Screenplay Contest, and the 2012 Reel Authors International Breakout. He loves reading fantasy, science fiction, and humorous fiction. Some of his favorite authors include Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Kay Hooper (Bishop Files/ psychic detective thrillers), Kat Richardson, J.K. Rowling, Angie Sage, Jayne Krentz, and Janet Evanovich. He currently resides in Washington state and owns a very friendly parakeet named Amy who helps spark his imagination.  

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Great Gift Ideas for Families at Best Buy! @BestBuy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. 

Do you have older children to buy for.  It can be hard to find the perfect gift for an older child. I've found they really like money and techy stuff .  Best Buy has many gift ideas that really work for my two older kids (ages 16 and 18).  With Expert Service and Unbeatable Price these top gifts are on my list this Holiday and here's why they should be on yours:

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Gift Ideas for Everyone +Best Buy 

Xbox One is the place for games.  It does not matter how old my kids get they all love games. They love to compete and see who can out do the other . You know sibling rivalry and all that. 
What is Xbox One?
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Xbox 1 was built by gamers for gamers. 
Xbox One was built by gamers, for gamers. With the best exclusive titles (Halo, Sunset Overdrive), the biggest blockbusters (Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty) the hottest sports franchises (Madden 15, FIFA 15, NBA 2K15) and top family titles (Fantasia: Music Evolved, Just Dance 15, Skylanders) Xbox One takes gaming to a whole new level.
In addition to being a great gaming console, Xbox one connects consumers unlike any other device.  Xbox One enables access to the latest TV shows and movies through your favorite apps.  With Xbox One all of your media is at your fingertips when you want it.

JBL:  Both of my older kids say this is the way to go! 
JBL Charge 2- Between the twin passive radiators for deep bass, the massive 6000mAh battery and the hands-free conference speakerphone the key benefit is the Bluetooth Social Mode which allows up to three different users to take their turns to play their own playlists on a single speaker.
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JBL Flip 2- Aside from the dual performance-tuned JBL drivers and a built-in bass port, the key benefit of the JBL Flip 2 is the SoundClear echo and noise cancellation combined with the state-of the art microphone system to pick up calls on the speaker.
JBL Reflect Earbud headphones-  Sweat proof ergonomic design.  With a 5 hour rechargeable battery and a reach of about 40 feet, the JBL Reflect BT’s key benefit is the design of the ergonomic eartips along with the built-in magnets which keep your buds on standby without loose cables.
Garmin and TomTom (this is one of the best gifts I ever received.  I am more than a little bit challenged when it comes to finding where I am at and finding my way there. Directions you know .  I love having something that will be sure to get me there safe and sound.  I also, got my daughter one when she started driving. It has come in very handy now that she is in college.
 photo GO50S_FRONT_3D_US_MI.jpg Feauting bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, traffic and weather updates.  Lane assist, Lifetime traffic and map updates.   Voice Recognition Technology.  
·         Garmin 52LM
o   5.0” display
o   Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates1
o   Lane assist with junction view
o   Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time
o   Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest
o   Spoken turn-by-turn directions

·         Garmin 2597LMT
o   5.0” display
o   Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates1
o   Lane assist with junction view
o   Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time
o   Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest
o   Spoken turn-by-turn directions

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  TomTom Go 50s
  • Lifetime TomTom Traffic: Drive with TomTom Traffic for the lifetime of your device
  • Lifetime Maps (US, Canada, Mexico): Always drive with the latest map
  • 3D Maps. See buildings and landmarks in stunning 3D
  • 5" touchscreen with advanced lane guidance

Best Buy is a great place to find gift ideas for the family. I know right here in this very post I've found some that are great fits for the Whitehead Family.  I love having a store that I can stop once and shop for multiple people.  It makes things so much easier .
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