I just found out I get to give away a 4pack of tickets for one lucky reader to go to Futures at Fenway on Saturday, July 27 , 2013!
Futures at Fenway on Saturday, July 27th. The popular group KIDZ BOP will be performing following the minor league baseball game between the Portland Sea Dogs versus Harrisburg Senators, and families can bring their dogs to the park as well! (Families bringing their dogs must bring a signed waiver to the park with them on Saturday)
Don’t miss this great day of baseball action featuring Red Sox prospects and lots of family fun. Ticket prices range from $5 to $30. Following the game, there will be post-game autograph session with Sea Dogs players.
This is a FAST giveaway. It’s live until 10am EST tomorrow, Friday, July 26, 2013. To enter, leave a comment with your name and confirm that you are able to be at Fenway park in Boston on Saturday. Winner chosen randomly.
If you enjoy the office intrigues of The Mad Men and the love story in The Notebook you’ll like this book.
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“Set in New York City in the late 1950’s, this love story takes you into the heart of the advertising world. The office politics and drama are equal to that of the series Mad Men. I could not help but fall in love with the main characters, Jay and Joanna. Their story is a lifelong love affair of twists and turns with a dramatic ending that I did not see coming. A book to enjoy.” Published by Deerfield Park Books.
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If you want something different, Reluctant Gods is a series that transcends fiction fantasy by crossing genres into romance, humor, science fiction, and mystery and is sure to entertain while you enjoy the best of summer.
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“A.J. Aaron is a genius. I loved this book! It had fantastic images but the real story was about Sevilen accepting his power. I understood that everything is as it should be but the author’s depiction of this concept is exceptional. The laid-back dialogue and cool characters mixed fantasy with what is usually considered a serious, esoteric subject. Leyna’s mindset and sexual exploits are tastefully done. Quotes from Einstein, Toffler and Drucker reinforced the message. This book is highly recommended for teenagers and adults.”
Special Must-Read Price Cut! A special promotional price of $.99 on Kindle and $8.99 in paperback for this 62,000 word 250 page novel.
A mechanic’s life is turned upside down when he learns of his fathers top secret past, causing him to team up with a beautiful CIA agent and two beyond gifted teenagers, to try to stop the Russian mob from deploying a futuristic weapon of mass destruction and a pending alien invasion of Earth.
This summer, see Australia… on the run from a sociopath! Take a heart-thumping tour with Jo as she searches for her father’s murderer while fleeing from a killer sent by a future society to bag her.
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Play or Die is amazing. Be prepared for tension that you have never experienced before as Jo tries to evade the psychotic Hunter determined to kill her. The book alternates between nail-biting suspense, action, and stuff that really gets you thinking.
This novel is a mock epic, a satirical, and an allegorical view of a dictator and his evil influences. Two friends share their manuscripts describing one of the first European settlements in the Americas; the finding of the original Journal of Christopher Columbus; the development of a cruel dictator; his extravagant wedding; the struggle of a hero against the dictatorship; and the end of it caused by the destruction of a great tsunami. It is a description of the struggle between good versus evil. This book will be perfect for anybody interested in reading literature: historical fiction, magic realism, religion, mythology, folklore, etc. because of all the entertainment and humor involved in it.
“Mr. Anka has truly penned a wonderful novel. I have always been a fan of real life stories, and this one is exceptional. The author has been through so much, and to share his experiences with pen and paper is a remarkable feat. This book is definitely worth a read.”
‘Taking into account terrorist activities of the United States and overseas, Foley explains how the pentagons and rectangles became a part of our past by premeditated terrorist acts. His writing style is intricate and requires the reader to delve deep into each word for clear understanding. His detailed account of how each
formation appears structurally and by date is commended. It is an eye-opening view of a different perspective on world and terrorist events with both religious and nonreligious undertones”.
“Lunch with Lucille” whips up a delightful dish of entertainment and inspiration, served by a fun-loving, sassy, female character who has a message of hope and optimism – a message all women need to hear.
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“Lunch with Lucille” by Annarose Ingarra-Milch is overflowing with humor and entertaining throughout. Lucille is quite the character and her sage advice will whet your appetite for more encounters with this unusually colorful lady. She has lived a rich, full life, and gracefully shares her adventures in an inspiring way.
The reader is treated to simple, practical solutions to some prickly issues such as aging, confidence, self image, and achievement. This fast-paced novella is thought provoking and leaves you eager for the next installment.
This saga promises action, adventure, history, politics, magic,mythology and twists while transferring the reader into a fantastic realm where anything is possible.
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One great aspect of D.K. Cherian’s novel is the excellent integration of background information about the Egyptian Gods without overpowering and deterring from the wonder of the novel. All of the characters are well-rounded, likable, and entertaining. The author does a wonderful job of drawing the reader into the world of Ancient Egypt with his mix of seriousness, humor, action, magic, and adventure. A truly engrossing fantasy adventure, this book is a must-have for any readers who enjoy mythology, magic, time travel, and page-turning plots.
One winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries to receive a 16GB black iPad Mini valued at $339.99! To enter, complete the tasks on the Rafflecopter form below. All entrants must complete the mandatory entry (voting for your favorite book above) to be eligible to win. Good Luck!
This is a sponsored post about summer fun and boredom. Here we are at the end of July and summer fun is kind of in full swing…or alternately, the novelty has worn off for many and kids are starting to tell parents they are BORED. Now, some of us are of the mindset that kids can, will and should make their own entertainment- how many of us were told to go play outside and come back in for lunch? Raise your hands!! But sometimes, a little entertainment can go a long way. Entertainment like silly games…and while maybe you won’t want the kids online all day, playing a fun game with the beloved M&Ms characters like ShMuffleboard can be a whole lot of fun for kids- and then you can send them back out with the idea they can create their own version of ShMuffleboard.
We like to make our family movie nights a little more fun and add some M&M candies to our popcorn for a treat in our house- do you have fun traditions like that?
Let M&M’S® chocolate candies make this summer the best yet! Check out http://see.walmart.com/mms for great summer ideas for the whole family including:
Guide to America’s Nuttiest Sites: Check out the map to discover what’s waiting for you on the wilder side of the road! Destinations include Elvis’s Graceland and the World’s Largest Gnome!
Get Your Shmuffleboard Game On: This candy-coated version of shuffleboard is the perfect way to have some fun on a rainy summer day! Choose your favorite M&M’S® puck and play!
M&M’S Chocolate Candies Complete Party Package: From invitations to party favors, Red’s M&M’S® chocolate candies party kit has everything you need to get all those summer birthdays under control!
Entertain With Ease: Whether it’s a birthday party or barbeque, these irresistibly easy M&M’S® chocolate candies treats will add a little extra attitude to any party!
Save on Sweet Suppplies from Crayola®!: Save $2 when you buy on Crayola® Dry-Erase Board and one 42 oz bag of M&M’S® chocolate candies! (Coupon coming soon!)
One reader will win a $100 Walmart Gift Card! That should offer a LOT of summer fun!
This is a sponsored post about YesVideo’s new iPad app. Sharing family memories is such an important part of life- sharing history, memories, being able to see what loved ones looked like and sounded like- or what they sounded like when younger….and now YesVideo has made it even easier to share those memories with loved ones with their new iPad app!
The app is loaded with features!
Video playback. Watch videos you’ve preserved with YesVideo through any internet connection.
Online sharing. Share your favorite scenes or entire videos through Facebook & Email.
AirPlay compatible. Play the videos from your iPad to your Apple TV wirelessly with AirPlay.
New Snapshot feature! Capture individual frames, or create 4×4 Snapshots from a scene in your video. Save the images to your iPad, or share them on Instagram or Facebook. (iPad only)
We received a MAGIC JINN interactive guessing game for review. We’re spending hours each day at the swim and tennis club we joined- the kids are in lessons but not always at the same time. I like to have a bag of tricks, so to speak, with me, so that if there’s down time, the kids have something kind of quiet to do so they can chill for a bit. I like the things in that bag of tricks to be light and portable, since I’m already lugging a huge cooler bag full of snacks, lunch and drinks to keep 3 busy kids fed and hydrated!! The Magic Jinn game is perfect all around- it’s small, it’s lightweight, and definitely something the kids can wind down and play to get a little bit of quiet in their busy day. ALL of the kids are loving this, and I am bound and determined that I will stump the Magic Jinn sooner or later.
My oldest did a video demo for Magic Jinn. Watch and see if she stumps him or not.
Jinn has a funny voice- it took me a few moments to get used to it, the kids just think it’s funny how he sounds. He also exaggerates some sounds more than others which does sound funny to all of us! A press of his nose gets things started- and just so you know, if his nose is pressed while in the bag of tricks…or any other bag…he’ll start chatting away whether you are playing or not….for a minute or so until he “realizes” you aren’t there to play. Then he’ll shut off.
Think of an animal and leave the rest up to MAGIC JINN! Be amazed as MAGIC JINN guesses your thoughts in this new interactive guessing game. Listen to a series of questions from MAGIC JINN to which you answer yes, no, I don’t know, or maybe. You may think you can stump MAGIC JINN, but he will magically try to guess the animal you are thinking of with his questions! MAGIC JINN is also available in an additional category of Food and Drink. Each sold separately. (Requires 3 AAA batteries – not included)
One reader will win a Magic Jinn interactive guessing game toy of their own!
This Walgreens giveaway is sponsored by our friends at Lunchbox. Walgreens and Unilever have paired up to create the BeautyFully Connected site, which includes helpful beauty tips from brands like Caress, Vaseline, Motions, and Dove. We consumers can visit the site and gain helpful beauty tips- from other women just like us!
From June 30-July 27, Walgreens Balance® Rewards members get 2,000 points with purchase of 2 or more participating Unilever products! Brands include:
How do you keep your hair from being dry & brittle? How do you get beautiful, glowing skin? What’s your secret to helping keep hair straight, frizz-free and smooth?
Want the answers to all this and more? I know I do!
Visit BeautyFully Connected to get advice from different women on how to look and feel fabulous from head to toe.
Two readers will each win a $50 Walgreens Gift Card to help you stay BeautyFully Connected!
This is a sponsored giveaway post about being ready for anything – including family camping– with Bear Grylls. If you haven’t yet heard of Bear Grylls, well, you clearly aren’t watching much on the Discovery Channel. My husband has enjoyed Bear Grylls’ Man Vs. Wild for several seasons, and I would be lying if I didn’t admit to finding it at least interesting and entertaining. Bear, aside from being quite easy on the eyes, is also a man with some amazing talents that have given him worldwide fame and accolades for his survival and adventure skills. His Bear Gryll’s Gerber Survival line is available at Walmart stores- and yes, the items would make fun gifts for Bear Grylls fans, but much of the line is also great for preparedness and family camping adventures. Bear Grylls’ survival tools are great for survival but also great for any family camping trip.
One of my favorite tools and one that I think every adult should own (and responsible kid who’s old enough to handle having one) is a multi-tool. It’s not always the ideal tool for a job, it doesn’t have to be fancy, but a multi-tool can give you dozens of tools in one place, easy to store and easy to carry around. Screwdrivers, scissors, knives, pliers, serrated blade and more. It may not be ideal but in a pinch? It’ll get you through. I lost count of how many times I was glad to have a multi-tool nearby years and years ago. Spend the money and get one. They are really quite handy, especially since Bear Grylls doesn’t seem to make house calls to come to our rescue.
I’d absolutely bring along a multi-tool on any trip I go on- including a family camping trip. We brought one to Disney World in January!
Since it’s summertime and we’re talking about adventure and being ready for family camping, one reader will win a Bear Grylls Family Camping Kit which includes:
Play-Doh has been running an ongoing nationwide social media campaign called the “Play-Doh States of America,” where their 1.1 million Facebook fans have gotten the chance to vote on their favorite landmarks throughout all 50 states. They emailed me earlier this week to ask me if I’d share the image of the States of America, offering to send me some sets and goodies as a thank you for sharing. I had to say yes- this is the CUTEST map of the USA I’ve ever seen! What can’t you make out of this stuff?
All of the landmarks have finally been voted upon, chosen, sculpted, and turned into a fantastic US Map made entirely of Play-Doh!
This image is only being released today, July 4th. Happy Birthday, America!! To celebrate the Play-Doh States of America and our Independence, one reader will win a Play-Doh prize pack including:
ULTIMATE RAINBOW Pack
(HASBRO/Ages 2 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Fall 13)
With 33 individually wrapped 1 oz. PLAY-DOH colors, the Color Sticks ULTIMATE RAINBOW pack offers the most color variety you can buy in one set! With so many vibrant colors at your fingertips, there’s no end to the colorful, creative play! Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com
DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE CHARACTER TOOLS Assortment
(HASBRO/Ages 3 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $4.99/Available: Now)
Join the club and stamp out some fun with the DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE CHARACTER TOOLS assortment designed especially for little hands. Set includes a character mold, two tools and one standard can of PLAY-DOH compound; each sold separately.
DISNEY PRINCESS RAPUNZEL HAIR DESIGNS Playset
(HASBRO/Ages 3 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $12.99/Available: Spring 13)
Help Rapunzel let down her hair with the RAPUNZEL HAIR DESIGNS playset! Load the PLAY-DOH compound and crank out Rapunzel’s long locks! Girls can use a characterized comb to create a cool crimp or twist up a braid with the roller featuring the princess’s best friend
Pascal. Use the amazing sparkle PLAY-DOH compound to make her hair really shine! Includes three different accessories, one large PLAY-DOH can and two standard cans of sparkle color.
One reader will win a Play-Doh Prize Pack that includes the Ultimate Rainbow Pack, Disney Princess Rapunzel Hair Designs Playset, and the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Character Tools!
As we are celebrating the Fourth of July this week, it’s important to take a minute between the barbecues and fireworks to remember why it is that we celebrate this day at all. With so many in the world without their liberty, we need to remember so we can appreciate all that we have in the USA.
Some fun facts about the Fourth of July:
-July 4, 2013 marks 237 years since the Declaration of Independence was signed.
-Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag in 1776
-Those who created and signed the Declaration were doing so in objection to the British taxing them without representation
-In May, 1776, after nearly a year of trying to resolve differences with England, delegates were sent by the colonies to the Second Continental Congress….in June a committee was formed to compose the formal Declaration of Independence.
-The 4th of July wasn’t declared a federal holiday until 1941
-Stars on the original American flag were laid out in a circle so each colony would appear equal.
-Ben Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird but was outvoted by Thomas Jefferson and John Adams who wanted the bald eagle
-56 men from 13 colonies signed the Declaration of Independence (which was not actually signed by most until August of 1776)
Liberty’s Kids is an animated series geared toward 7 to 14 year olds to teach them about the United States of America. The show tells of young people in dramas surrounding the major events in the Revolutionary War days. Wikipedia calls it an “animated educational historical fiction television series.” I call it a great way to engage kids to want to know more about our nation’s history. We need to find ways to keep our history alive and exciting to youth so they’ll continue to find ways to keep it alive and exciting for the next generation.
One reader will win a prize pack which includes these DVDs: (Approx $75 USD retail value)