Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Celebrate "World Sword Swallower's Day" with Ripley's Believe It or Not!


Mark your calendars for February 27th and plan a day in St.Augustine , Florida.  Get ready to take in the wonders of sword swallowing.  Ripley's believe it or not will be hosting performances during to day of February 27th to pay tribute to this ancient art.  Check it out!

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Celebrate "World Sword Swallower's Day" with
Ripley's Believe It or Not!


Ripley's St. Augustine Odditorium hosts free sword swallowing performances on February 27
Ripley's Believe It or Not! will pay tribute to the ancient art of sword swallowing by holding free sword swallowing performances as part of World Sword Swallower's Day on SaturdayFebruary 27. Two things to remember - that's solid steel and yes, it's all real.
                                                                                                                                         
Ripley's will showcase the greatest group of sword swallowers ever assembled and offer free performances for the public at several of its Odditoriums around the world. 

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Chris Steele performing at Ripley's St. Augustine
In St. Augustine, Chris Steele will be performing with his wife. Together they're the Captain and Maybelle - America's favorite sideshow couple - swallowing swords and performing other incredible feats. The show will start at 2:00 pm with an official swallow at 2:27 pm to coincide with the 2/27 date. Ripley's St. Augustine Odditorium is located at 19 San Marco Dr. The sword swallowing performances will be FREE, but admission is required to tour the Odditorium.

This will be the 9th annual World Sword Swallower's Day celebration, founded by the  Sword Swallowers Association International (SSAI) in partnership with  Ripley's Believe It or Not!

The event was created to recognize the handful of people in the world who can swallow swords, an ancient art that dates back some 4,000 years. The day also raises awareness of the contributions sword swallowers have made to the fields of medicine and science and raises money for esophageal cancer research.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! has long chronicled the incredible feat of sword swallowing. Sword swallowers were prominently featured at the very first Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium at the Chicago World's Fair in 1933.           

Click here for images from previous World Sword Swallower's Day events and here for video highlights.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Less Stress: 88 best practices and inspirations from historical leaders by Gabriella Kindert

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Less Stress was that a New Years goad for your?  Looking for ways to manage the stress surrounding you or just ways to survive it all?  I know what you mean.  Less stress shares 88 Best Practices and Inspirations from historical leaders.  Let's see what its all about .


Screen Shot 2016-01-19 at 10.41.21 AMDo you want to discover how Cleopatra, the famous Egyptian queen succeeded to manage stress and stress symptoms? She was not just one of the most beautiful women in the world, but also one of the most powerful ones. Find out what was her secret by reading this book. You will also find out many interesting things that helped, for example, Alexander The Great, Coco Chanel and many other famous inspirational leaders. The most interesting thing is that their approach and strategies can be applied to us today. History has so much to offer to those who are open to learning from it. Besides inspirations from historical leaders, this guide will show you how to fight stress on a practical, easy and relatively fast way.

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  You will learn how to strengthen: * your mental health and stress resistance; * self-confidence; * self-control in stressful moments.   About the author: Gabriella Kindert Gabriella Kindert (MBA, MA) is a finance executive who has worked in numerous countries for leading organizations. Over the years, she has attributed her success to hard work, diligence, and dedication. In addition to her job, she is a founding partner of several successful companies. Despite her busy schedule, she is a mother of two children and a devoted wife. During her career she realised the importance of balance, nutrition, physical activity for better control of every aspect of life. She has established an organization called One Life, which actively promotes a healthier lifestyle. You can also follow her on Facebook.      

 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Kung Fu Panda & Kung Fu Panda 2 DVD Giveaway and Printables #PandaInsiders

To celebrate the upcoming release of  DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda 3 you can relive the awesomeness of everyone's favorite martial arts panda and the furious 5 with Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2 now available through Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on Digital HD and Blu-Ray DVD.   

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We are super excited about the release of Kung Fu Panda 3. The first two are favorites of my youngest son.  I have to say I don't mind that funny Panda Po either.  As part of the Fox Home Entertainment program we celebrated the release with a fun Panda movie night.  It was super easy to throw together and celebrate with the kids.It was a great time.   Now I get to share some of the fun with all of you with a Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2 DVD giveaway. Plus some great coloring sheets and activities you can do at home too. Yay! We love that Fox Home Entertainment provides us with fun stuff to share with our readers. 

Being stuck inside is not our favorite thing. Cooler days means more inside time though both at home and at school.  We love these printable Panda coloring and activity sheets. Just print them out and play. Super easy. You can jazz it up at home and make it a contest or sit down and color with the kids. They will LOVE that.


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Synopsis
Relive the awesomeness of everyone’s favorite martial arts- loving panda and the Furious Five in Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the two films with new extras on Digital HD December 15 and Blu-rayTM and DVD January 5 with a bonus disc of new content.
In DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda, Jack Black is perfect as the voice of Po, a noodle- slurping dreamer who must embrace his true self – fuzzy flaws and all – in order to become the Dragon Warrior. With groundbreaking animation and high-kicking humor, the Oscar-nominated Kung Fu Panda is delightful entertainment for the whole family.
Black reprises his role as Po in Kung Fu Panda 2, the fiercely funny Academy Award- nominated sequel. In his biggest challenge since becoming the Dragon Warrior, Po must lead his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five, on a mission of epic proportions to defeat his most threatening rival yet! 
The re-release of these films will include exciting new bonus features for the whole family to enjoy, including an all-new 22 minute animated adventure, “Secret of the Scroll,” and an exclusive sneak peek of DreamWorks Animation Kung Fu Panda 3. 
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WIN:  Win a copy of Kung Fu Panda & Kung Fu Panda 2 on DVD just fill out the entry form below for your chance . Good Luck!
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" As a Fox Home Entertainment Insider I received a copy of KUNG FU Panda & Kung Fu Panda 2 complimentary in exchange for this post. All opinions shared here are my own." 
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Coloring Contest @OrientalTrading #OTLovesToColor


We recently had a coloring contest at work and I discovered coloring can be a great stress relief. Really , I know.I had my doubts in the beginning . I lost the contest but it was fun anyway and brought something new into my life. Oriental Trading currently has a Love to Color contest going on. It's quite easy and for anyone beginners or not.  They want to see your creations. Plus the prize is a Oriental trading gift card.  I am always needing stuff from Oriental Trading for my classroom and my crafty creations here at home so I'm gong to give it a try and Enter.  You can to of course but I'm hoping I win. (ha).  Here is the info:


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·         Download. Choose from three original coloring pages. Download your favorite!
·         Color. Use pencils, markers, paints – whatever it takes to express yourself.
·         Snap & Share. Snap a pic of your finished coloring page and share it to Instagram.
·         Tag. When posting your pic, tag it with: #OTLovesToColor #contest AND @orientaltrading
·         Win. They’ll announce the Grand Prize winner plus 5 runners-up on February 15th.

What are you waiting for? Visit http://www.orientaltrading.com/s3-otlovestocolor.fltr to download your coloring page and get started with your colorful creation now!

** Grand Prize is a $200 gift certificate to Oriental Trading, a 12-piece set of PolyChromos Colored Pencils, a mini marker set and four Oriental Trading Coloring books. Runners-up will each receive a $50 dollar gift certificate, a 12-piece set of PolyChromos Colored Pencils, a mini marker set and one coloring book.  

Good Luck! 
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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Kung Fu Panda Movie Party #PandaParty #PandaInsiders

Are you like me enjoying some quite ti me with the family this month after having a hectic holiday season. The temps have started dropping and we're staying inside a little bit more right now in the evenings and on the weekends.  So, having a Panda Party was a great way to make a quite movie night at home a little bit more exciting for the kids.  Thank you Fox Home Entertainment for the great movie night party pack.  We had a blast!  DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda 3 will be out soon and we can't wait!  To get ready we decided Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2 would be the perfect selections for family movie night. They are both now available through Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on Digital HD and on DVD. 

The first thing we needed for a good movie night was food.  I decided to cook ground beef Ramen noodle skillet dinner and mini egg rolls  one of the kids favorites.  Mini egg rolls are great for little  hands.  Adding some fun paper party products adds the special touch.  We used Kung Fu Panda paper plates, cups and napkins. We topped off our cherry lime-aide drinks with a bamboo paper straw. The perfect little touch.   Having a special party table really sets the mood my kids couldn't wait until dinner time.  The final touch to dinner was a fortune cookie that they could have at dinner or take home in their goody bags. 

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Here is a look at my fortune. I have to say I love a good fortune. Don't you?  It says Chances are present to make huge personal gains.  Well okay then lets do it.

#PANDAParty photo photo 1_3.jpg We printed out a Kung Fu Panda Activity Sheet and did the activity together. Afterwards I gave the kids a sheet of stickers for their good job. The kids loved the Kung Fu Panda stickers wearing them on their shirts, and hands. They were a big hit. Thanks again Fox Home Entertainment for making our Panda Party super fun.

We all found a spot to snuggle and relax for movie time. The Po stuffed animals were snuggled right on in with us.  Movie Night was a hit. If you'd love to have a Kung Fu Movie Night at home then stay tuned later this week we will be giving Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2 away on DVD right here at Living at the Whiteheads Zoo. Yay!

Synopsis:

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Relive the awesomeness of everyone’s favorite martial arts- loving panda and the Furious Five in Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the two films with new extras on Digital HD December 15 and Blu-rayTM and DVD January 5 with a bonus disc of new content.
In DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda, Jack Black is perfect as the voice of Po, a noodle- slurping dreamer who must embrace his true self – fuzzy flaws and all – in order to become the Dragon Warrior. With groundbreaking animation and high-kicking humor, the Oscar-nominated Kung Fu Panda is delightful entertainment for the whole family.
Black reprises his role as Po in Kung Fu Panda 2, the fiercely funny Academy Award- nominated sequel. In his biggest challenge since becoming the Dragon Warrior, Po must lead his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five, on a mission of epic proportions to defeat his most threatening rival yet! 
The re-release of these films will include exciting new bonus features for the whole family to enjoy, including an all-new 22 minute animated adventure, “Secret of the Scroll,” and an exclusive sneak peek of DreamWorks Animation Kung Fu Panda 3.



"As a Fox Home Entertainment Insider I received a complimentary Kung Fu Panda party box containing the party items above as well as the Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2 DVDs..  All of the opinions shared here are my own. " 

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

LEGO FRIENDS: Girlz 4 Life Blu-ray And Lego Set Giveaway

**Warner Bros. Home Video provided me with some of the materials I used in this Blog Post/Giveaway. The opinions I share are my own.**

LEGO FRIENDS: Girlz 4 Life Blu-ray And Lego Set Giveaway


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There are few things as important in life as your friends. No matter how old you are, your friends are there to help you when you’re down, support you when you make mistakes, and be your rock when the going gets tough.  I'm so lucky to be blessed with great friends.  I hope that my children foster some great friendships along the way as well.  
The new movie, LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE, is all about friendship, trusting yourself and standing up for what’s right no matter what the cost. All set to an awesome rock soundtrack you’re going to love! Join Olivia, Stephanie, Emma, Mia and Andrea as they learn that fame isn’t important, it’s your friends that count!
LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE brings to life (in animated form) the LEGO construction based toy LEGO® Friends. LEGO ® Friends invites girls into a universe, Heartlake city, and inspires them to use their imagination to build and role play their own stories with fun-loving relatable characters.
LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE blog app:
• Grab your pop star microphone because it’s sing-along night! Click the play button to watch the special sing-along music video for Girlz by L2M.
• Listen to the song High Tops by L2M and click to watch the “Meet L2M” video that introduces the next girl-pop power sensation.
• Download the “Girlz 4 Life” Activity Pack and to unlock your inner pop star! Kit includes Selfie props, a “Spot the Difference” game, making the Band DIY pop star instruments, Friendship Card and more!
• Click on LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE Blu-ray Combo Pack for a link where the film can be purchased!




About LEGO FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE - Lego Set

True Friendship in the Glamorous World of Pop!
Join Olivia, Stephanie, Emma, Mia and Andrea, as they learn about friendship, fame and pop star fun in Heartlake City.
The girls’ friendships are tested when mega pop star Livi comes to Heartlake City. When our friends’ hit song “Girlz” is stolen by Livi’s manager, it’s time for a cunning plan.
As the girls try to tell Livi the truth about her latest hit single, they all learn that fame isn’t everything and sometimes friendship is the most precious thing in the world.
Own LEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE on digital HD 1/19 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD 2/2
Also be sure to visit the official L2M website to stay updated with all things L2M!
www.L2MOfficial.com



WINLEGO® FRIENDS: GIRLZ 4 LIFE on Blu-ray PLUS LEGO® Friends Pop Star Dressing Room Building Kit Just fill out the entry form below =) good luck! Giveaway open to residents of the U.S.

Each household is only eligible to win LEGO FRIENDS: Girlz 4 Life Blu-ray & LEGO FRIENDS: Pop Star Dressing Room Kit via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verificationThe prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please. 
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Den of Sorrows Cover Reveal of best selling author Quinn Loftis

Okay friends I have to tell you I am super excited about the release of  Den of Sorrows by Quinn Loftis .  Den of Sorrows is book 9 in the series and I absolutely LOVED the first 8 books.  This one is sure to be packed full of action, drama, and wolves too. Yeah!  If you missed some of my reviews on the first 8 books you can check me out on Good Reads or book review page here.  Quinn Loftis has a way of words and a way to grab your imagination and mind as you read. I can't wait to get lost in book 9 and check out that cover! 

Den of Sorrows, The Grey Wolves Series, Book 9

Author: Quinn Loftis Expected Release Date: March 25, 2016