Friday, November 30, 2012

Family Movie Night Giveaway: The Dog Who Saved The Holidays

The Dog Who Saved The Holiday:

It's a sun-soaked holiday season for the Bannister family as they travel to Southern California to stay with Aunt Barbara (Shelley Long), who surprises them with a new puppy named Eve (voiced by Peyton List). Everyone is smitten with Eve -- except for the Bannister's dog, Zeus (voiced by Joey Lawrence), who sees what a mischievous animal she is when no one else is around. After deciding to run away, Zeus sees Ted and Stewey, two thrifty thieves, trying to break into the family home while the Bannisters are at church. It's up to Zeus and his newest sister Eve to join together to save the holidays for their family!

The 411 by Maria:

This is my first time meeting Zeus and the Bannister Family but the movie stands on it's own. In this installment Zeus has some competition with a new puppy name Eve in the Bannister Family.  Eve is adorable and constantly one upping Zeus to be top dog in her new family but Zeus being well "the Father of Gods and Men" will always save the day.

I  loved this movie for so many reasons. Well, first there is the fact that the dogs are ssooooo cute! Next is that the story is sweet, funny and heartfelt. Exactly what I want in a holiday movie. Next, are all the familiar faces or voices. Joey Lawrence as Zeus. Shelley Long as Aunt Barbara and Michael Gross from Family Ties and Dean Cain. What a wonderful surprise!

Great Holiday movie for all ages with the adorable, funny dogs and the faces from our childhood past, adults will get into this too!

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Holiday Family Movie Night Giveaway - Chilly Christmas DVD

Eleven-year-old Bobby Cole and his dog Chilly are best friends, living happily in their Southern California beach house. But when Bobby's father Patrick (C. Thomas Howell), a single parent and police detective, accepts a job in New York City, they must find Chilly a new home. In an attempt to show his dad that Chilly can be a city dog, Bobby and his friends teach Chilly the indoor way of life. But Bobby's dad is not convinced, and it's not until Christmas Eve when corrupt dog thief Mr. Quarterman (Tom Arnold) breaks into the family home, that Chilly and Bobby can put their new training to the test! Can they band together to save Christmas -- and Chilly's future with the family?

The 411 by Maria:

What a great idea for a holiday movie. This one takes place on the beach of Southern California and stars C. Thomas Howell (Pony Boy from The Outsiders) as a Patrick a single dad raising his son Bobby. Man, C. Thomas Howell has grown up.

Bobby gets a puppy for Christmas and names him Chilly Christmas. Chilly provides some funny, adorable scenes especially when when he is wet.

When Patrick is offered a job in New York City he explains to Bobby that Chilly is not a city dog and they must find a home for him.

Great movie which even brought Handsome (my 9 year old) out of his game room to watch after passing by and noticing it. Getting him to give up precious game time is almost impossible so to have him sit with us for the whole movie tells me this is one everyone in the family will love!

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Holiday Movie Giveaway - Elf Man

Elf Man
An Elf is left behind by Santa to help rescue the Harper family from a lousy Christmas. The Elf and the family get more than they bargained for, as the kids help the Elf discover his special powers and true identity as a budding superhero.

My kids and I love holiday movies. We do family movie night at least two times a week but the kids have their own TV's which means that sometimes they watch their own movie, in their own room. During the holiday's we tend to spend more time together watching holiday movies at least once a night.  Last night we watched Elf-Man by Archor Bay Entertainment.

The 411:

Elf-Man is an OK made movie with no Oscar Worthy performance and some really cheesy acting and line delivery but what it DOES have is heart and is funny enough that kids will enjoy it.

Don't call this elf a leprechaun or a troll he gets pretty upset. Elf-Man gets left behind by Santa when a little girls wishes that a family heirloom toy elf would make her family happy again. Elf-Man may not have been the perfect Elf to help out a little girl mourning her mom but Santa knew what he was doing.

Elf-Man needed a change and the Harper family needed some help!

My favorite character had to be Marty Terry as Gramma. Gramma is sweet, old and makes nasty old fruitcake that the kids end up hiding and eventually using it to save the day. It is Marty's sweet granny voice that made me love this movie and allowed me to get past the head nodding that everyone else did to relay silent agreement.

My kids thought it was very funny and that is all that matters to me.

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Thunderstruck Combo Pack Giveaway

Warner Bros will release Thunderstruck on DVD and Blu-Ray on December 4, 2012! Have you seen this movie yet? Check out the interactive app.

NBA superstar Kevin Durant plays himself in this action-packed family film about a basketball star who switches talent with a klutzy 16-year-old fan. When Brian (Taylor Gray) magically switches basketball skills with his hero, Kevin Durant, he becomes the star of his high school team... while Kevin Durant suddenly can’t make a shot to save his life! But with the playoffs approaching, Brian learns that being a true winner means working hard at your own game, and he tries to make things right in time to prevent a catastrophic end to his hero’s season.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

$50.00 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Coming Soon

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Xbox Holiday Bundle Giveaway

Xbox Holiday Bundle Giveaway Event

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Xbox 360 250GB Kinect Holiday Console Bundle Includes:
Xbox 360 250GB Console
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One lucky reader will receive a Xbox 360 250GB Kinect Holiday Console Bundle!

Giveaway ends December 19th at 11:59pm, open worldwide {residents outside of the US will receive cash equivalent of $339}, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The WorldVision Christmas Giveaway

This is the second time I am bringing up World Vision Gift Catalog, a gift I have posted on my Holiday Gift Guide .

This is a gift I can completely stand behind. Give the gift this holiday season that helps others.

Whether it’s for the tax deduction or the warm fuzzy feeling giving to others generates, most Americans plan to make a charitable donation over the holiday season. In fact, nearly 60 percent of Americans say they’ll donate between Thanksgiving and Christmas, according to a survey reported in the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

With so many worthy causes, it is difficult to know where the gift can best be used. Gifts to the WorldVision Gift Catalog Maximum Impact Fund are used where resources are most desperately needed, to help children and families in struggling communities around the world. With a financial contribution, the gift giver can select one of 36 Maximum Impact items (a few are listed below) that can be given to a loved one and at the same time help a person in need.

Please consider the unique, life-changing items from World Vision’s Gift Catalog as you start, continue or even complete of your holiday shopping. Here are a few suggestions we would like to offer you:
  • Artisan Beaded Necklace: This glass-bead necklace is handmade in Thailand and can be worn several different ways — even as a multi-strand bracelet.
  • Eco Cold Cup: This popular 16 oz. BPA-free tumbler comes in handy when on the run. Every sip is a reminder of those who’ve been helped.
  • Veggie Tales "Incredible Vegetables" DVD: Heroic adventures and veggie fun for the family movie night! This newest Veggie Tale DVD is an action adventure that teaches kids how to conquer fear through a faith-based message.
  • Plush toys - Gertie Goat, Chuma Chick and Pallu Pig: Gertie, Chuma and Pallu are available exclusively through World Vision and represent farm animals that are donated to children and families around the world and provide a steady supply of nutritious food and the surplus can be sold for extra income.
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
They serve close to 100 million people in nearly 100 countries around the world. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

Eight lucky readers will receive one of the following: Artisan Beaded Necklace, Eco Cold Cups, Veggie Tales Incredible Vegetables DVD or a set of plush toys (Gertie Goat, Chuma Chick and Pallu Pig)!

Giveaway ends December 9th at 11:59pm, open to US residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
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Xbox Holiday Bundle Giveaway

Xbox Holiday Bundle Giveaway Event

Prize Package includes: Xbox 360 S Console, 250GB Hard Drive, Kinect Sensor, Wireless Controller, 3 month Xbox Live Gold Membership, Kinect Adventures and Carnival Games: Monkey See Monkey Do
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Monday, November 26, 2012

Progresso Recipe Starters Gift Pack Giveaway

Have you seen these Progresso Recipe Starters?

They are pretty sweet and with life going 100 miles an hour these days, we can get all the help we can to make a meal for our family.

There are five sauces to choose from all inspired by classical French cooking, including Béchamel, Velouté, Tomato, Espagnole and Hollandaise. 

Creamy Parmesan Basil: This creamy, full-bodied and indulgent sauce that was inspired by alfredo and creamy pesto sauces can be used to make dishes such as Crispy Garlic-Parmesan Chicken, Creamy Chicken Alfredo, Basil Chicken Ravioli Carbonara and Basil Chicken Thai Noodle

Creamy Roasted Garlic with Chicken Stock: With caramelized, roasted chicken broth, garlic and a touch of cream, this stock is perfect for dishes such as Creamy Lemon Chicken, Chicken Pot Pie and Chicken Enchiladas

Fire Roasted Tomato: A medium-thick tomato sauce, accompanied by flavors of roasted, caramelized tomatoes, oregano and bell peppers, which can be used as a great way to begin creating Pulled Chicken Sandwiches, Easy Weeknight Chicken Parmesan, Cheese-stuffed Mini Meat Loaves and Mole Tacos

Creamy Portabella Mushroom: Creamy and highly indulgent, this smooth sauce is rich with sautéed Portabella mushrooms, giving you any easy way to start delicious dishes like Easy Weeknight Beef Stroganoff, Steak and Mushroom Sandwich and Tetrazzini

Creamy Three Cheese: Rich and creamy with a blend of yellow and white cheeses, and a savory background of chicken stock, onion, garlic and cracked pepper, this is a great way to satisfy cheese lovers with Easy Weeknight Bacon Mac & Cheese, Twice-Baked Potato Pizza and Cheesy Egg Breakfast Tacos

We used the Creamy Three Cheese to poor over our left over turkey. After two days of Thanksgiving leftovers we needed a change. It was delish and I wish I had a photo of it for you.

Progresso created 100 recipes around this line of Recipe Starters and I am looking forward to trying most of them.

Look for Progresso Recipe Starters in the soup aisle!

Get a coupon for $.50 off Progresso Recipe Starters

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Progresso Recipe Starter Gift Pack:
  • A set of 6 kitchen tools (FYI I am in love with these utensils)
  • Progresso Recipe Starter recipe book of 5 recipe ideas
  • Can Progresso Recipe Starter (Creamy Three Cheese)
  • Can Progresso Recipe Starter (Parmesan Basil)
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Yoplait Frozen Yogurt Gift Pack Giveaway

Attention Yogurt lovers everywhere, it´s time to celebrate! Now the goodness you´ve come to expect from Yoplait Yogurt is available in the frozen aisle. We´ve taken popular, natural yogurt flavors, and transformed them into Yoplait Original and Greek Frozen Yogurt Pints and Bars. That´s four more ways to enjoy the low-fat taste and rewarding benefits of Yoplait yogurt.
The 411 by Maria
Were you aware that Yoplait has expanded into Frozen Yogurt? I wasn't until now.  We received a coupon to try Yoplait Original or Greek Frozen Yogurt Pints and Bars. We were going to get the bars but were dying to use our new purple bowls (thanks Yoplait and My Blog Spark!) So we chose a Greek Honey Carmel.  Can you say so delicious that I didn't even get my camera out. We enjoy food way too much here. 

My next investment will be on the Frozen Yogurt Carmel Honey Bars because they look delicious.
If you are going to give them ice cream, why not frozen  yogurt? It is amazing how much like ice cream this is. My kids never knew the difference. 

We are loving our purple bowls too. Perfect for Yoplait Frozen Yogurt. Keeps everything nice and cold!
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Keep Food Fresh Longer With The Green Refrigerator Machine by Ozonator

The Green Refrigerator Machine by Ozonator™, like the fabled Justice League, has a mission to stop the billions of dollars of annual food waste by arming Fresh Food Heroes and Families with the Green Refrigerator Machine. The Green Refrigerator Machine (GRM) is an eco-friendly, award-winning and inexpensive refrigerator update that uses patented ozone technology to keep food fresher longer, preventing waste, and extending healthy life of refrigerated foods. Even though the Green Refrigerator Machine by Ozonator™ cannot control the initial cost of fresh fruits and vegetables, they strive to share the message of their solution that keeps the cost of eating this lifestyle much more affordable.

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RX Timer Caps Review & GIVEAWAY

The Rx Timer Cap is a pill bottle with a digital timer on the cap that shows the amount of time it’s been since you’ve last taken your prescription medication. 

If you take medication you know how hard it can be to keep track of your medications. Life is busy and missing a dosage can be detrimental to your health. 

This is the perfect tool to help you manage your medicine! The simple timer on the cap works like a stopwatch, counting the time since your medication was last taken, and resetting itself every time the container is opened.  If you are like me and worry about your family members and their medications this is a must. My grandparents will be receiving a 10 pack on my next visit and my dad could use a set too!

This easy and simple-to-use healthcare tool helps patients take medication on-time, according to the doctor’s prescription. Roughly 50% of patients don’t take their medications as directed, which leads to more than 125,000 deaths every year in the United States. It also costs close to $300 billion in increased healthcare costs. A significant factor in patients not taking their meds properly is simple forgetfulness. However, patients that use the Timer Cap containers show a 34% improvement in adherence. 

The cap is available at various pharmacies throughout the United States. Find one near you or order online at

Press Release:

                For Immediate Release:

LOS ANGELES (October 24) – The Rx Timer Cap®, the health industry-recognized simple and easy to use ‘smart cap’ that helps patients take medication on time according to their doctor’s prescription, has become embraced by leading national, regional and local pharmacies across the country.  The Rx Timer Cap® is available for free to many pharmacy customers nationwide - and is already making a profound difference in their lives and in the lives of their caretakers.

The Rx Timer Cap® features a built-in LCD timer that automatically counts the minutes and hours since a patient last took their medication. This Smart Cap Solution improves dosage instruction compliance and healthcare outcomes by providing critical feedback for patients that lets them know how they are doing taking their medication on time.

As a result of its success among patients nationwide in the important area of medication compliance, several health and governmental have cited the Rx Timer Cap®  as an innovative and effective tool in helping reduce overall healthcare costs.

Said Richard Million Burke, Jr., President & Founder of Rx Timer Cap®, LLC “We are extremely pleased by the unanimous acceptance by pharmacies for the Rx Timer Cap® and their recognition of our product as a valuable compliance tool that is proven to enhance patient healthcare outcomes by improving patient medication adherence.”

Rx Timer Cap® activation is automatic and foolproof since there are no alarms to program, no buttons to press and no instructions to read. Unlike medication reminders and medication alerts, which require programming, the mere act of opening and closing the container resets the automatic patented pill timer.

In an independent study conducted with the drug Niaspan, patients using the Rx Timer Cap® experienced a 33.9% increase in compliance with dosage instructions.

The Rx Timer Cap® makes it much easier for patients to take their medications as prescribed by their physicians by automatically keeping track of the interval between doses. It also acts as a training tool, reinforcing the pharmacist’s medication adherence counseling and providing daily feedback to patients on how well they are doing.

The Rx Timer Cap® also increases safety by preventing prescription overdose which is a common problem particularly with pain medications. They will also help prevent drug diversion by alerting patients when someone else has opened their medication, the most typical example of drug abuse by teenagers.

And while medication adherence is important for all patients, its importance is intensified for patients who have complex conditions that require the use of specialty medications. For these patients, poor medication adherence can lead to expensive and life-threatening complications and increased mortality.

In addition, the increased number of seniors on medication dispensed by multiple caregivers and parents who share in the responsibilities of coordinating the medications their children are taking makes patient medication adherence management more difficult and patient engagement and assistance even more important.

“Community pharmacies are on the front line of healthcare, providing significant touch points for all patients in terms of access and frequency of interaction. Patients consider their community pharmacists to be one of their most trusted healthcare professionals and we could not be more proud to have Rx Timer Cap® play a vital role in their day to day operations,” added Burke.

About Rx Timer Cap – The Rx Timer Cap® replaces the regular prescription vial cap and features a built-in LCD timer that works like a stopwatch. The technology behind the display automatically counts the minutes and hours since a patient last took their medication. This simple and easy to use Smart Cap™ helps patients take medication on time according to the doctor’s prescription.

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