A Turtle’s Tale – Sammy’s Adventure *Giveaway*

A sea turtle who was hatched in 1959 spends the next 50 years traveling the world while it is being changed by global warming.

That pretty much sums up the movie on a whole.  But when you break it down bit by bit you can see all the horrible things that have been happening to our environment over the years, not just by global warming but by our own human stupidity and carelessness.

Sammy goes through oil spills, trash in the water, getting caught in fishing and trapping nets not to mention dodging sharks and other predators.

The twins (3 years old) didn’t have much interest but Caitlyn (6 years old) was riveted.  She was hurt and saddened at the idea of humans doing so many bad things to the turtle.  She asked me why all the humans were trying to hurt him and I had to explain that not all the humans were bad but some were making bad choices.  It reinforced the conversations we have had before about all of our choices having consequences sometimes we don’t notice the consequence but it is there nonetheless.

Turtle Tale will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray on April 3rd.  Thanks to the lovely PR contact 2 readers will win a copy of their very own!

Just enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

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Hop DVD and Krispy Kreme Giveaway


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Krispy Kreme has delicious new donuts in celebration of Spring.  The Sprinkled Chocolate Iced Egg with Kreme Filling and the Drizzled Iced Egg with Chocolate Kreme Filling.  The colors are bright and beautiful and I don’t have to tell you how yummy they are, they are Krispy Kreme’s after all!

These new donuts are also inspired by the new Easter classic movie HOP which is coming out on DVD next week March 23.

About Hop:” He was destined to be the Easter Bunny, but all he wanted to do was rock!  When teenager E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand) leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream to become a rock star drummer, he meets Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker with his own lofty goals. Together the two encounter a series of hilarious mishaps and misadventures and in the end help each other recognize the importance of family”

You can get these yummy new donuts from now until April 2, so hurry down to your local Krispy Kreme for some Hot and Ready donuts now.

But wait there’s more!

One lucky reader will win:

  • HOP Movie DVD (I can’t send the DVD until it its the stores on March 23) so the prize packs will go out then.
  • Buy One Dozen/Get A Dozen Original Glaze Doughnuts Free at Krispy Kreme.
  • A 12oz bag of Krispy Kreme House Blend Coffee for home brewing
  • A Krispy Kreme Paper Hat
  • A Krispy Kreme T-Shirt

All you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter form below and a winner will be chosen on March 23 and notified via email.

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Chuck the Chunk

This was the press release I received:

Drivers, prepare to buckle up! The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Friends To The Finish arrived on DVD on February 14. Featuring 10 exhilarating episodes.

Follow CHUCK THE DUMP TRUCK character and his incredible cast of friends in this delightfully fast-paced, song-filled, high-energy series for preschoolers. Every visitor to the truck stop where CHUCK lives fuels his exciting fantasies, and he enlists his pals Digger, Boomer, Rowdy, Soku, Biggs and Handy to turn those fantasies into reality.

The Adventures of Chuck & Friends series is currently airing on The Hub TV Network in the U.S. and on Treehouse in Canada.

The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Friends To The Finish is priced at $12.99.


I thought what a great idea, something new for the little boy who loves trains and trucks and usually gets stuck watching Strawberry Shortcake because he gets out voted by the two sisters.

I was wrong.  He and his sisters were excited at first (as they are with any “new” DVD that comes), but just part way in to the first episode and their attention was lost.  Perhaps it was a bad day, perhaps it was just a finicky feeling, but they haven’t wanted to watch it again either.

Take a look at this preview video and see if it is something your little ones would like


The lovely people from Shout! Factory are offering one of you lovely readers a copy of the DVD all for your own.  All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below

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Epoch Design Giveaway

The fabulous furniture company Epoch Design is celebrating their 500 Face Book followers by giving away $1000 worth of furniture!

Click on the picture below and enter their Rafflecopter giveaway.  Make sure you also leave a comment telling them I sent you!


Toast to the Red Carpet


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I love the Academy Awards, it is one of the few awards shows that the West Coast gets live and unspoiled.  I am lacking in my Annual Best Picture post because there are two movies I haven’t seen yet, Hugo and tree of Life.  Hoping to rectify that this week before the telecast.  At this point it is a toss up for me.  I think there were a lot of “good” films this year, but nothing has stood out as “best picture” for me, yet.  But all of this will be covered when I finally get around to that post.

Back to the point of this post, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! is also offering one of you lovely readers with a FREE tub of their yummy product!  All you have to do is leave a comment below telling us why you are going to watch the Toast to the Red Carpet – LIVE online show and interact during the Toast to the Red Carpet – LIVE online show on the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Facebook page.  It’s that simple.  A winner will be chosen on Sunday, February 26 during the Oscar telecast, using Random.org and that winner will receive a coupon for the free tub of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! in the mail.

My favorite thing to eat while watching award shows is the same thing I love to eat at the movies – POPCORN!  But at home I get to play with the recipe a bit.  Instead of plain old butter on my popcorn, I like to mix in some parmesan cheese or italian seasoning.  Makes for a scrumptious bite every time!

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Do You Heart Minnie?

My grand kids sure do!

They watched the new Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: I Heart Minnie with Aunt Kathy this past weekend and as usual they were thrilled with what they saw.


Now that I finally bought ink for my printer I can upload all the fun activity sheets for them from the button below and we can color together when we watch it again!

Download Printable Activities!

If you <3 Minnie you can win a copy for yourself (or your kids/grandkids), just follow directions in the Rafflecopter below!

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Turn on Your Hot Light

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The first time I saw Krispy Kreme was in Virginia in the late 80′s.  Driving home from after working the midnight shift and see the beautiful sign that said the doughnuts were Hot Now.  How can you resist that.  I immediately pulled in and bought a dozen.  OMG the YUM!  I made it home with only a half dozen.

About 10 years ago we got our first Krispy Kreme here in California and of course we had to go in when we saw that sign blinking at us.  They did not let us down.

Here it is almost 30 years since that first experience and Krispy Kreme is taking technology by storm.

  • Mobile Locator- Using your smartphone, you can enter in your zip code to locate your nearest Krispy Kreme location.
  • Website Locator- From your computer, the website locator will help you locate any Krispy Kreme shop in the United States. The website locator will also identify locations with Hot Lights on in your search area. ,
  • iPhone/Android Mobile App- Allows you to register to receive alerts when the Hot Light is on in your area.  You can also get directions to your nearest Krispy Kreme and share Hot Light alerts with friends and family.
  • Tweet Your Zip Code- Tweet #HotNow and your zipcode and we’ll tweet you your nearest Krispy Kreme location.
  • Desktop Widget- When downloaded, a Hot Light icon on your desktop taskbar will alert you when the Hot Light is activated at your nearest shop. The desktop widget also allows you to print directions, search for other locations, and share Hot Light info on Facebook and Twitter.

Krispy Kreme has given me 2 of their new 2012 calendars to giveaway to my readers.  Each calendar features 3 coupons each month.  The coupons range from FREE coffee to a FREE dozen doughnuts!  All you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

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I was not compensated for this post, but I did receive a few free calendars.

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Jessica’s Gift Guide

Since the fuckers stole my Wii, I have been entering every giveaway I can find for a new game system. Jessica is giving away an Xbox Kinect Bundle and I would LOVE to win it.  One of the entry requirements is to post her gift guide on my blog.  So here it is friends and family.  Enjoy!


Thankful to Have Choices – Even When I Make Poor Ones

Most of you know already where I am today and what I am doing.

Some of you even know part of the reason why.

But mostly it’s my own fault that I am alone on a family holiday.  A few years ago I made the choice to join my mother and sisters back East on Thanksgiving and their traditional casino run to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  I did that for 4 years and in that time the rest of my family back here formed their own traditions.

My son has moved to Australia, Kathy would rather go to a restaurant than have a family meal at home and Marisa has dinner at the roller rink she works at.  Which leaves me – who LOVES making big meals – high and dry now.

I tried inviting everyone over for desserts but was shot down by the one I wanted over the most.

So I will be watching the parade alone today, heading off to the West Side Community Dinner and sleeping in on Black Friday morning.

I’m not bitter, but I am sad.

But I am also thankful.  I am thankful that I and my family have these choices.  There are so many families who have no choice, they simply don’t know where their next meal is coming from especially such a big Thanksgiving Day meal.

Feeding America is a national organization that feeds those in need.  $1 can feed 8 families.  Hold on, let me repeat that so it can sink in.  ONE DOLLAR CAN FEED EIGHT FAMILIES!

The voracious Megan put out a challenge to her fellow bloggers.  She has challenged us to write about this important issue on a day when most of us are giving thanks for all that we have.  Giving us and you the chance to reflect on those that do not have.

I am now going to challenge you.  I challenge you to donate $5.00.  For every $5.00 that is donated 40 American families can be fed a meal.  Think of that $5 in change on your bureau.  Or that one latte you get each morning at the coffee shop.

If you donate, head over to Megan’s site and enter her giveaway!

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Not so Tiny Prints

It’s almost time to send out Holiday Greetings again.  I have never been big on mailing cards, but I do love receiving them.  Holiday cards however are like blog comments, mostly reciprocal.

It used to be so hard, picking out the right cards, signing all including a witty note, addressing and return addressing all the envelopes, licking all the stamps (yes stamps used to actually have to be licked), not to mention licking all the envelopes.  BLECCH!

Now it is so easy, no one should have an excuse.  Tiny prints not only makes beautiful cards using your photo but you can even take it a step further and upload you mailing list so they will either address (and return address) all your envelopes and ship them to you to add notes as needed. Or have them mailed directly from Tiny Prints!

Now if only I had some cute grand kid pictures to upload and make into adorable holiday cards.

I was supposed to be compensated for this post with a $25 Tiny Prints gift card, but instead I am offering it to one of YOU!  Just follow the directions below and you can get started sending out your holiday cards.  Just add me to your mailing list please!


Tiny Prints provides simple, modern, and unique stationery from Christmas cardsNew Years cardsparty invitations, andaddress labels to thank you cards. Once the holidays have come and gone, Tiny Prints will still be here to fill your stationary needs with their exclusive designs from the nation’s top designers.  All year round, you’ll fine business cards,birth announcements and even custom wedding invitations. Come try the easy card personalization, a powerful preview engine and top-notch customer service and paper quality for yourself. With Tiny Prints by your side commemorating every holiday and momentous occasion is a cinch!

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