LINCOLN is out on BluRay now (BluRay/DVD Combo Pack Giveaway 2 winners)

Every so often, a film comes along that just gets everything right.  The story, the casting, the set, the music- and 2012’s Lincoln is one of those films.  It’s got all of the components of most great movies, the ones we seek to watch over and over, and it’s got a little something extra- the historical piece.  While this is not the exact story of what happened during Abe Lincoln’s life, this film does a really great job of telling the story for film, based on true events.  We did not end up being able to see this movie in the theaters, which I’d have loved to do, but I’m glad we have it for home viewing. I know we’ll watch it again and again, but I also know as the kids get older and start learning more about our nation’s history that we’ll be sharing with them as well.

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I was a little (pleasantly) surprised at how well the film kept my interest. I mean (this is NOT a spoiler alert), Lincoln dies, so there’s that anticipation.  But  I was still really involved with the film and enjoying the entire movie.  Even with the knowledge that the main character expires before the end.

Inspired by the true-life events confronting Abraham Lincoln and his monumental moral and political challenge to amend the United States Constitution to permanently abolish slavery, “LINCOLN” is a rich and compelling historical and human drama that has been hailed as one of the best film of the year. In-depth bonus features on the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack takes viewers behind-the-scenes of director Spielberg’s life-long fascination with Lincoln and the 12 years it took to bring the story of one of history’s and mankind’s greatest triumphs to the screen.

THREE readers will win a BluRay DVD combo pack of LINCOLN!

I received a sample of this movie for my review. Opinions are my own.

Radio Flyer Build A Trike Review

Spring has arrived and that means it’s time to get out all the bikes, wagons and strollers for the little ones. With all of the wheeled toys I have around the house, it always seems like somebody is missing out. Either I don’t have an age appropriate bike, or they have simply outgrown/aren’t big enough for the bikes that I have. Radio Flyer is my FAVORITE brand of bike and wagon. We have several of their items and they never fail to last the longest and have the best quality. Besides, who can resist the classic look of the red radio flyer????


I was SO SO excited to learn that Radio Flyer now offers Build A Trike- and that they wanted me to review one!. And just like it sounds, this allows you to customize and build your own radio flyer bike. And they have a TON of special accessories to choose from.  Not only is the customization fabulous,  but this trike is built to last your child through 4 stages!!!  That’s 9 months – 5 years.   What a great investment for half a decade worth of use.


You can build your own Trike direct from the radio flyer website at    The process is simple and fast.  Itradioflyer3 took me 5 minutes to customize my own bike.  The site leads you step by step  through the process, and displays options along the way.radioflyer4


Accessories for the Radio Flyer Build A Trike include the following:

  • Trike Color
  • Tires (Classic or Air)
  • Storage (bucket or basket)
  • UV blocking Canopy (in your choice of 3 fabulous fabrics)
  • Headrest and Seatbelt
  • Wrap Around Tray
  • Safeguard Speaker ( a weather resistant case that attaches to your MP3 player)
  • Parent Pouch (attaches to the back of the handle for your keys, sunglasses or water bottle)
  • Personalized Name Plate 

I love how the site tallies the cost of your bike as you are building it.  In addition, they display your bike right on the screen, adding accessories as you customize.


We received our bike shortly after placing our order.  It came in many pieces and took about one hour to assemble.  Once assembled, the bike appears to be very sturdy and stable.  My little one hopped right on and wanted a ride right away.  He is 18 months, so we used the handle of the back to help push from behind.  He loved that he was able to help steer in the front and pretend to peddle.  The storage basket and parent pouch came in really handy for bringing along necessities and extra toys.  We chose the air tires and are very impressed by the smooth ride and rugged durability.  We also chose the UV blocking canopy, which is so functional and stylish looking.  The headrest and seatbelt work well and keep my wiggly little one safe.  Another favorite feature is the Safeguard Speaker.  I just plug in my iPhone and off we go.  My toddler loves listening to his favorite music while we ride around the neighborhood.  So fun!!

I highly recommend checking out the Radio Flyer Build a Trike.  We just absolutely love our fun, stylish and durable new tricycle and look forward to years and years of enjoyment in the future!

Radio Flyer also offers a Build a Wagon as well.  Perfect for those moms looking for a new wagon for the summer.

“A sample of this product was provided to facilitate my review.  All opinions expressed are my own.”

Amazon Giveaway- Twitter Blast

amazon logoMakobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Twitter blast. We host one of these blasts each week! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for the blast here. If you are a reader, then good luck! The winner will receive an Amazon gift card for $100. The giveaway is open WW.

Brood X is coming ($300 Home Depot GC and Solar Powered Radio Giveaway)

Are you prepared for the invasion of Brood X? It is coming and you want to be ready. Nothing will stop this 17 year swarm from happening. All humanity can do is hope that they will not stay around long.
Introducing brand new author, Michael Phillip Cash, who has written a Thriller book called Brood X. It is coming soon to Amazon and online book stores near you.


Here is a synopsis of his upcoming book:
Seth is laid off from work. His wife Lara just found out they are expecting a baby this summer. Seth plans on documenting the entire pregnancy with his brand new digital camcorder.
During an evening home watching television, the news reports that a swarm of cicada (Brood Ten) are expected to overwhelm the entire Northeast.
Brood Ten is vicious and ready to invade.
During a sweltering summer night, Brood Ten emerges and wreaks havoc with the electric grid, phone and cell service, wi-fi, food and water supply. Civilization as they know it is gone.
Seth and Lara are thrown back to the stone age in their own home with trillions of cicada trying to deposit their eggs and breed.
Will Seth grow up and take responsibility for his family? Or will the devastating bugs destroy humanity?

Author, Michael Phillip Cash wants to introduce himself and help you prepare for an emergency of any kind. He is generously giving away a $300 Home Depot Gift Card and a Solar Powered Emergency Weather Radio for one lucky reader. 

Where you can find Michael Phillip Cash:

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Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by author, Michael Phillip Cash. 
My blog, This Mama Loves, the blogs hosting and co-hosting are not responsible for shipment. Michael Phillip Cash is solely responsible for shipment.
Gift card is being provided by the author and not affiliated with Home Depot.
This giveaway is also not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or YouTube.
Giveaway ends: April 21, 2013 at 12 AM. US




Amazon Giveaway- Pinterest Blast

amazon logoMakobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Pinterest blast. We host one of these blasts each week! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for the blast here. If you are a reader, then good luck! The winner will receive an Amazon gift card for $100. The giveaway is open WW.

7 Day Cruise for a Family of Four Giveaway!

Thanks to Norwegian Cruise Line and Eagle Creek, we are excited to be offering our fans the chance to win a 7 day cruise for a family of 4 to the Caribbean!

This giveaway is hosted by Dixieland Mom Product and Travel Reviews and SoCal Coupon Mommy and co-hosted by Simply Southern Couponers, Making of a Mom, Crazy for a Deal, Frugal Diva Frenzy, Growing up Bilingual and Swank Savings.

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**Please note: winner must be 21 or older due to sailing restrictions for thoseunder the age of 21. ** 

The Grand Prize:

1- 7 Day Cruise for a family of 4 to the Caribbean on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship, sailing from winners choice of 3 ports:
Miami, FL.
Tampa, FL
New Orleans, LA.
Approximate Retail Value: $2000.00

**Cruise must be booked for travel from Oct. 2013-Dec. 2013 or January 2014-April 2014. Holiday dates are excluded for travel during holiday dates.** 

Prize includes: Cruise fare only.  Winner is responsible for transportation to/from the port of choice, all gratuities, all onboard expenses, all onboard and port expenses/purchases, shore excursion purchases,casino gambling, bingo cards, photographs purchased from shipboard photographers, etc,  taxes and fees.

What is included in cruise fare: all meals at regular venues, (specialty restaurants are optional and do charge an additional fee.), a stateroom to include: one queen or 2 twin size beds, and 2 additional sleeping areas in same stateroom, for 2 add’l. passengers, entertainment and free shipboard activities

First Prize:

One set of the  Pack It Specter Cube System from Eagle Creek. Arv- $38.00

The winner will receive one set of the  Pack It Specter Cube System from Eagle Creek. The set consists of:

1- Pack It Specter Cube
1- Pack It Specter Half Cube
1- Pack It Specter Quarter Cube.

These are fantastic for saving much needed space in your suitcase, especially if you have to fly to your port! Watch for the review in our Pre Cruise prep post!

How to enter:
Entry is simple, just follow the instructions on the Giveaway Tool below. Good luck to all!

Disclaimer:  This giveaway is not sponsored by, hosted by, or in association with, in any way, shape or form with Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn or any other social site. Giveaway is open worldwide, to persons aged 21 years of age or older, other than where prohibited.  Winner is solely responsible for any associated taxes or fees. Winner is responsible for travel expenses incurred to get to port of choice, and all shipboard expenses over and above the actual cruise fare for a stateroom. These charges may include, gratuities, onboard purchases, shore excursions, any purchases, gambling to include casino and bingo, any alcoholic drink purchases, soda cards, and any other expense not included in the average cruise fare.  No other expenses are included. This Mama Loves is not responsible for sending this prize.


KitchenAid Artisan Series 5 Quart Mixer Giveaway

Welcome to the KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway!


I am so excited to bring you this latest giveaway because one very lucky reader is going to win this gorgeous KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer valued at $350!

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The legendary KitchenAid stand mixer. Incredibly versatile. More than a mixer. With all the available attachments, you can use it to make homemade pasta, stuff fresh sausage, whip up ice cream, and give fruit a squeeze. No wonder generations of cooks have cherished theirs. Isn’t it your turn?


This giveaway is co-hosted and sponsored by the following amazing bloggers: The WiC Project, This Mama Loves, Bay Area MommySmart School HouseFor Him and My FamilyCori’s Coupon CornerWhen Is DinnerRacing and Saving Mama, Geek Chic Mama, Krazy Coupon Club and My Vegan Gluten-Free Life


Giveaway is open worldwide and ends April 11th  at 11:59 PM EST. Good luck!
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Check out the Barbie MegaBloks selection at Walmart!

Every time my 7 year old sees  any of the Barbie Megabloks line she gets all excited and starts asking how much money she needs to save to buy it all.  The idea of the Build ‘n Style Luxury Mansion is so appealing to her- a “big” set to build that she can play with afterwards.  She’s very excited about this.  Of course, she wants all of the accessories as well. Can you blame her? Barbie drives a pink car! Of course when I was asked if I might host a giveaway for two of my readers to win a Barbie Megabloks set I said yes.

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Barbie Megabloks are available at Walmart and are on Rollback right now- you can save up to 25%!  The mansion is normally $79.97 and is on sale for $69.00. Not a bad price for a set with 300+ pieces.  I like that it comes with 2 figures so you can play with a friend.

Building sets like Megabloks are one of my favorite gifts to give.  No batteries required, great for spatial awareness, math concepts, and fine motor skill development – plus, when you finish building you can use the completed set for imaginative play.  You can also take it apart and start from scratch to rebuild or redesign.  There are no limits. The smaller sets would make great Easter basket fillers too.

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Two readers will each win the Barbie Megabloks set of their choice!

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This is a sponsored post, opinions are my own.

$100 Amazon Giveaway- Facebook Blast!

amazonblastMakobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Facebook blast. We host one of these blasts each week! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for the blast here. If you are a reader, then good luck! The winner will receive an Amazon gift card for $100. The giveaway is open WW.

Cooper Tires My Every Day Road Trip Sweepstakes- Win free gas for a year!

This post brought to you by Cooper Tire. All opinions are 100% mine.

I paid over $4.00 for gas yesterday.  OVER $4.00.  Awful. Gas is expensive.  Wouldn’t FREE gas for a year be just awesome? I would love it. I think someone should give me a year of free gas.

Well, I’d love for someone to give me free gas, but it’s probably not likely.  But Cooper Tire, a company that’s been around about 100 years, THEY want to give some folks some free gas.

Whether ordinary trips to the grocery store or extraordinary memories, like a newborn’s first car ride home, Cooper Tire is commemorating life’s every day road trips with an exciting opportunity to earn an entire year of free gas during the “My Every Day Road Trip” contest.

Cooper Tire’s My Every Day Road Trip Contest started March first and is accepting entries through March 29th.  There’s going to be more than one winner, which always makes me happy. Lots of people can win prizes! All you need to do is “Like” Cooper Tire on Facebook and then submit your no-so-everyday road trip stories through video, photos or written stories.  There are 2 videos available for inspiration, one of which is below.

Winners will be selected based on criteria such as originality, creativity, and their passion for Cooper tires and compelling content.

The top written story will win a $100 gift card to use toward gas for one week while the highest rated photo entry will receive a $500 gift card to use toward gas for one month.

The top five video finalists will each win a new set of four Cooper tires and advance to the final phase of the competition. In the final phase, Cooper Tire Facebook fans will be encouraged to vote for their favorite Every Day Road Trip video, to help determine the final winner. The video with the combined highest score and most votes will be awarded a gift card for $5,000 toward gas for one year to fuel their daily drive.

Cooper Tire is also offering its fans a chance to win a Road Trip Kit just for voting during the My Every Day Road Trip sweepstakes. Fans can vote for their top video to help determine the overall Cooper Tire Facebook video winner starting April 15th. For each vote (one per day), fans will automatically receive an entry to win a Road Trip Kit. The prize pack includes several items to keep them on-the-go, including a $100 Cooper Tire auto service voucher, a $50 gas card, $50 iTunes gift card and Cooper gear.

Visit Cooper Tire’s Facebook page for complete contest and sweepstakes rules and submission guidelines.

GOOD LUCK! Let me know if you enter so I can check your entry out!


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