Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pre-Order Romancing Redemption by Bonnie Paulson


Alright book fans we have a new deal for you.  If you like Bonnie Paulson (we do ) you'll want to take me up on it.  Get ready to pre-order the latest and greatest Romancing Redemption.  Love the title so many possibilities.

October 31, 2014
Facing a life of prostitution or homelessness, Rosie Scott must make a choice centered on keeping her and her sister safe in the wilds of an unforgiving Montana land. With their background, the two girls need a fresh start.In Colby, Montana opportunities are as thick as needles on a pine tree. Savvy and independent, Rosie decides to take a chance and start a business, earning her the respect of many town residents. She catches the eye of two men. One interested in exploiting her past and one interested in redeeming her heart. But Rosie’s secrets and who she really is shadow her hopes for happiness. Can a man love her most when her past refuses to leave?
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Bonnie R. Paulson mixes her science and medical background with reality and possibilities to make even myths seem likely and give every romance the genetic strength to survive. Bonnie has discovered a dark and twisty turn in her writing that she hopes you enjoy as much as she has enjoyed uncovering it. Dirt biking with her family in the Northwest keeps her sane. Follow on: Facebook / Blog / Twitter / Goodreads / Newsletter / Literary Addicts / Amazon

Friday, October 24, 2014

Ancient Greece Mr.Peabody & Sherman Party #PeabodyAncientGreece #PeabodyInsiders

 photo unnamed-3.pngThis family loves a chance to get together with friends and party.  One of our favorite movies right now is Mr.Peabody and Sherman there is so much adventure and lots to learn along the way.  We decided to have an Ancient Greece Peabody party.  To begin with we printed out some invitations and shared them with our guest.  After the party was set it was time to head to Michael's for some craft supplies. I could spend hours picking out craft supplies in there they have everything my crafty heart desires and probably more.  For our party I decided to try to make a Trojan horse craft and worry beads.  Both of these crafts are fairly simple making it easy for the girls to do most of the work with a little instruction on their own.

First, we played a little game called Trojan War Trivia.  There were a lot of fun facts to be learned. Did You Know...?

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Printable Here

Then we did this thing that is always a favorite called eating .  Um Yes we did. We had our favorite party fair which was pizzas (they are just to easy when you have a bunch of kids. ) If you wanted to be more creative than that you could try these Peabody Party Snack Recipes.  They would definitely be yummy to.

After our bellies were nice and full we decided to get our crafty on.

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After we finished making Trojan Horses and Worry Beads we move on to games. To make our Trojan Horse Paper Crafts I used the printable template found at DLTK Kids . After I printed the template I cut out the horses shapes out. The girls then uses tape and glue to assemble them. They were allowed to decorate their horses anyway they chose. We had paint, sequins, markers and no craft project is complete without glitter.

 photo trojanhorse.jpg Next, we tried our hands at worry beads. We picked up some cording and beads at Michael's.  We found a great worry bead tutorial at Marie's Pastiche Exploring World Cultures with Kids Blog. We learned that worry beads have several reasons for use in Greek Culture

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  • relaxation , general use and passing the time
  • an amulet to guard against bad luck
  • as a mark of power and social prestige
We learned that worry beads are usually in odd numbers. They usually have a tassel on the end . They can be made of any kind of bead but amber is the preferred . 

  Pin the Bowtie on Mr.Peabody was the perfect game before winding things down . Then we grabbed our treat cups of popcorn  and grabbed a spot to watch Mr.Peabody and Sherman on DVD.

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You might want to try your hand and make Trojan Armor Masks and Trojan Togas.   We had a great time at our Mr.Peabody Ancient Greece Party.  If you have not yet watched Mr.Peabody we give it a
 photo thumbs_up_bciy-2-5.jpg.  You can learn about Ancient Greece and many other fantastic places .  We're giving a Mr.Peabody & Sherman Blu-Ray DVD away.  Check out our Mr.Peabody & Sherman Giveaway and get your entries.  Don't miss some of our other great giveaways like Earth to Echo and Rio2 Sing a long DVD's. You'll find them listed on our giveaway page.

"As a Fox Home Entertainment Insider we received a complimentary Mr.Peabody & Sherman party kit with all items needed to host a party and share the #MrPeabodyFun!  No other compensation was received.  All opinions here  are completely my own shared from my experience." 

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Win a Signed Set of the Gwen Sparks Series by Stephanie Nelson

Needing to add to your reading library?  Stephanie Nelson is a favorite author of mine.  She has not written anything I didn't like.  You can find some of my reviews of past books by Stephanie Nelson on Good Reads.  Or just take the plunge and check out the newest work of art Hexed.

Hexed Everything and everyone has an expiration date, including Gwen Sparks. When Dorian, the Angel of Death, saved her, he did more than bend the rules: he shattered them.

When Gwen’s memories are stolen, the balance of life and death shifts, and magic goes on the fritz. Dorian realizes that even the angel of Death must face consequences for his mistakes. Everything and everyone has an expiration date, and time is running out for Gwen. If they don’t find a solution, Gwen’s borrowed time will come to an end, and Dorian will lose the woman he risked everything for.

Both will have to make a life-changing decision. Dorian’s choice will result in either altering his very existence or losing Gwen forever. Gwen will risk everything to right Dorian’s wrong, and her decision may just result in her death.

This book includes an Aiden Blake short story. You've heard Gwen's side. Now hear his.

Reading Order
Craved - Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Only $.99 ebook Audio book - Audible Deceived - Amazon /Barnes & Noble /Audio book - Audible
Coveted - Amazon / Barnes & Noble /Audio book : Audible
Amazon / Barnes and Noble /

Due to sexual content and language, this book is intended for readers 18+ Stephanie Nelson is giving away a signed set of her series to one lucky winner. Open to US residents ends Nov 7 @ 11:59 PM EST a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Get Ready for the Ultimate Dragon Rider Party! #DragonsInsiders #HTTYD2 #DragonsDay

Are you ready to party?  If you missed the announcement  How to Train your Dragons 2 is now available on Digital HD.  To celebrate the release of our favorite dragons Fox Home Entertainment Insiders and DreamWorks Annimation are hosting the Ultimate Dragon Rider Party on Twitter.

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#DragonsDay Twitter Party

Join us on Twitter at 5PM PT / 8PM ET  Today October 24th #DragonsDay 

Help us spread the word. Please RT.

"As a Fox Home Entertainment Insider I get to share cool stuff with you guys and on occasion receive complimentary products for reviewing purposes. I will receive How to Train Your Dragons 2 on DVD no other compensation will be received. Thanks friends. " 

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Soars onto Digital! @FHEInsiders #DragonsInsiders #HTTYD2

Just a reminder that Hiccup, Toothless and friends are now just a click away available on Digital HD.  Why would you want a movie on Digital download?  Here are 5 reasons to enjoy your favorites the digital way.  We love it for all of the reasons and more.  I'm so excited to add How to train Your Dragon 2 to our digital library so we can watch it where ever we may be.

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My favorite reason is easy as pie I think.  The easier the better and I definitely enjoy the convenience of digital.

Stay tuned because we have a lot more fun to share from How to Drain Your Dragon 2 including a Blu-Ray DVD Giveaway.  

The thrilling second chapter of the epic 
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases DreamWorks Animation’s critically acclaimed HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 on Digital HD October 21 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD November 11.

While you are here visiting please head on over to our Giveaway page where you'll find some great contest.  Including  Mr.Peabody & Sherman  Giveaway, Earth to Echo, and Rio 2 Sing a Long !!

"As a Fox Home Entertainment Insider I receive cool stuff like the DVD How to Train Your Dragon 2 complimentary for review.  No other  compensation is received .  All opinions are based on my own experiences."

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Rio2 Sing-Along Bluray DVD Giveaway And Holiday Ornament Printables #Rio2Insiders

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LOOK friends! WE have a fun new DVD to share with all of you.   You and the kids can have some awesome fun singing along with Rio 2.  Check it out!  We are super excited to share this new  family animated film Rio 2 Sing-a-long Edition coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD November 4th just in time for the Holidays! 

Rio 2 Sing-Along
Just in Time for the Holidays,
Rio 2 is Back with a Limited Edition Sing-Along!
Sing-along with your favorites including: Billboards Rising Star Award® WinnerJanelle Monae, Tony Award® Winner Kristin Chenoweth, Anne Hathaway, Grammy Award® Winners Bruno Mars & Jamie Fox & More!
Now you can sing-along with your favorite characters to songs What is Love, I Will Survive, Rio Rio & more!  Come take a walk on the wild side with Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, George Lopez and an incredible flock of all-star talent in this soaring sequel to the animated hit comedy Rio! 
Blu-ray™ Special Features
  • Rio 1 Refresher
  • Birds & Beats: The Singing Talents of Rio 2
  • I Will Survive multi-language music video

Now you can sing-along with your favorite characters to songs What is Love, I Will Survive, Rio Rio & more!  Come take a walk on the wild side with Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, George Lopez and an incredible flock of all-star talent in this soaring sequel to the animated hit comedy Rio! 

In addition to singing along we have some Awesome Christmas Ornament  Rio2 Printables.  The kids will love decorating Rio Style!  My son sure did. 

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Printable Rio 2 Christmas Ornaments
Win: You can win a copy of Rio 2 Sing-Along on Blu-Ray DVD just fill out the entry form below. (US only) contest ends 11/15/14 at 11:59 pm est.

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"We received Rio 2 Sing Along for reviewing purposes. Even so all opinions shared about the  film are our own . No other compensation has been received. Living at the Whiteheads Zoo is not responsible for the fulfillment of this prize. " 
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Purex Crystals Aromatherapy Review and Giveaway

Have you seen the newest from Purex?  As a Purex Insider I recently had the chance to test out the new Purex Crystals Aromatherapy.  Yet again Purex did not disappoint.   Purex Crystals Aromatherapy will be available in stores mid October!  So get ready to look for it on your shopping trips.

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Laundry Enhancer available in three scents:

  • Synergy
  • Energy
  • Well Being 

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Purex Crystals Aromatherapy : Energy
In my home I am the one to do most of the laundry.  Some weeks it seems like it is mountains of laundry.  Usually I leave it all until the weekend and do it all at once.  It can take all day to catch it all up.  The new aromatherapy laundry enhancer helps you express your mood.  Each scent is energizing and gives a long lasting scent infusion.  I'm testing out the Purex Crystals Aromatherapy energy. It has a citrus scent and is blended with essential oils.  Sounds cool right?  I'm here to tell you it smells cool to.  It definitely does put me in a better mood when my laundry smells good as I'm folding it and later when I'm using it.

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MOM TIP -  add it to your towels and sheets to get that extra boost.  

MOM TiP #2 -   You can add the Purex Crystals Aromatherapy into small dishes around your house and use as an air freshener.  I have some out and it makes my house smell so good. I love to walk in and smell .

WIN IT : 1 reader will receive 2 manufacturer coupons to try A full size bottle of Purex Crystals aromatherapy in any scent you choose. (US only)

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"Purex provided me with complimentary  sample of  Purex Crystals Aromatherapy for review. All opinions shared about it here are my own based on my experiences. My experience may be different from your own."
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