**The information and gift card have been provided to me by VTech.**
A few weeks ago, I told you about the VTech Kidizoom® Smartwatch which is the smartest watch that kids can play with and at the same time learn with. There are tons of apps on the Smartwatch and fun features such as recording video and taking pictures.
Kidizoom® Smartwatch (Ages 4 years and up; MSRP: $59.99) features include:
· 1.4 inch color touch screen
· Camera for taking photos and recording videos
· Voice recorder with 5 voice changing effects
· Special effects including customized photo frames, color filters and distortion effects; fun video frames
· 4 fun games, included
· Kid-durable design to withstand drops and bumps
· Splash proof and sweat proof
· Alarm clock with fun tones and animation
· Timer and stopwatch in kid-friendly themes
· 50+ digital and traditional analog displays
· Rechargeable battery
· 4 vibrant colors: blue, pink, white and green
· Micro USB cable for data transfer and battery recharging
· Access to Learning Lodge app store to download more games and watch displays
Now you can win in the VTech “Smartwatch Sweeps” going on now!
Does your child have dreams of becoming the next Mozart? Next President? Or a secret spy? Do they leave you in stitches or keep you constantly on your toes?
Kids love to show off their playful personalities and so do their parents! That’s why VTech® wants parents and caregivers to share their “that’s my kid” moments on social media. Using the hashtag #smartwatchsweeps, parents and caregivers can share and submit images of their children showing off one-of-kind kid moments, for a chance to win a VTech Kidizoom® Smartwatch of their very own!
How to Enter
Take a pic/video of your kids showing off their silly antics for a chance to win a VTech Kidizoom® Smartwatch! You can upload your photo to #smartwatchsweeps to submit your entry or tag your photo with the hashtag #smartwatchsweeps when posting it to Twitter and/or Instagram.
At the end of every week, five entries will be selected at random to receive a Smartwatch and will be highlighted as one of VTech’s “Smartwatch Kids of the Week” on their social media channels. Good luck!
*I received the DVD for review purposes from Disney. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
A few months ago, Hayley and I saw Maleficent in the theatre. I was skeptical about bringing her because of her age (she was 5 at the time) but based on friends who saw it with kids similar ages, I took her and we both ended up absolutely loving Maleficent. If you are not familiar with Maleficent, it is the story of how how Disney’s animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” was re-imagined as an innovative, live-action epic in “From Fairy Tale to Feature Film.” This is a film that is absolutely breathtaking and the cinematography in it is truly second to none.
Starring Academy Award®-winning actress Angelina Jolie (Best Supporting Actress, “Girl, Interrupted,” 2000) as Maleficent, this wickedly fun twist on the classic “Sleeping Beauty” will be made available on Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand platforms starting on November 4th.
After enchanting audiences around the world and grossing more than $700 million in worldwide box office, this live-action, fantasy adventure casts a wondrous new spell on Blu-ray and Digital HD, featuring stunning high definition picture and sound, plus spellbinding, all-new bonus features, including several deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes featurettes that take viewers deeper behind the scenes of the filmmaking magic.
Discover how King Henry and Maleficent’s opening battle scene was created using gigantic wire rigs and elaborate choreography in “Building an Epic Battle.” Learn how playing Aurora was a fairytale come true for actress Elle Fanning in “Aurora: Becoming A Beauty.” And find out more about the meticulous detail that went into creating Maleficent’s elaborate head wraps, rings and other accessories in “Classic Couture.” Viewers can also relive the film’s journey to the screen through concept art, layered visual effects and behind the scenes footage in “Maleficent Revealed.”
“Maleficent” stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning (“Super 8,” “We Bought a Zoo”), Sharlto Copley (“District 9,” “Elysium”), Sam Riley (“Control,” “On the Road”), Imelda Staunton (“Harry Potter” series), Lesley Manville (“Another Year,” “Secrets & Lies”), Juno Temple (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “Atonement”) and Brenton Thwaites (“Oculus”). It marks the directorial debut of two-time Academy Award® winner Robert Stromberg (Best Achievement in Art Direction, “Avatar,” 2010; Best Achievement in Art Direction, “Alice in Wonderland,” 2011). It was written by Linda Woolverton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “The Lion King”) and produced by Joe Roth (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Oz the Great and Powerful”).
Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD/SD & Disney Movies Anywhere
- From Fairy Tale to Feature Film – Reimagining Maleficent for a new generation
- Building An Epic Battle –Creating the clash between Maleficent and King Henry’s Forces
- Classic Couture – Examine Maleficent’s spellbinding head wraps and jewelry.
- Maleficent Revealed – Explore the layers of extraordinary special effects.
- Aurora: Becoming A Beauty – Elle Fanning reveals her lifelong love of Disney’s original animated classic.
- Deleted Scenes:
o “Stefan In King’s Chamber”
o “Pixie Idiots”
o “Diaval asks about the Curse”
o “Pixies Seek Asylum”
Maleficent is so unbelievably good! I have to say that once we got past the opening scene with Angelina Jolie and her wings, Hayley was not afraid in the least. Since we received Maleficent last week, her and her girlfriends have watched it at least 3 times. Be sure to pick up Maleficent next week and add it to your DVD collection. You will be glad you did so!
Here is some Maleficent Halloween fun:
* I received the wine cooler for review. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
For 85 years, Magic Chef has been a household name offering simple, easy-to-use kitchen appliances at a budget friendly price. Magic Chef product offerings include wine and beverage coolers, ice makers, microwaves, compact refrigerators. They have recently rebranded and are now named the MC Appliances or MCA Cooperation. With this rebranding comes exciting new products such as the 6 bottle countertop wine cooler which we recently received for review.
I am a HUGE wine fan! I don’t know about you but when the kids go to bed, there is nothing quite as relaxing as curling up with a good book and drinking a glass of wine. The problem I was having though is making sure the wine is properly chilled. I tend to put my white wines in the refrigerator but this does not adequately do a great job of keeping it cool and inevitably makes my wine go flat in shorter periods of time.
Now I no longer have that problem with the Magic Chef 6 Bottle Countertop Wine Cooler. This wine cooler can be stored right on your counter or under counter space if you have. It features the silent thermoelectric cooling technology so your bottle of wine is chilled the way it is supposed to be. If you find your bottle is too chilled, you can lower the temperature by way of the adjustable thermostat. Both red and white wines can be stored in the Magic Chef Climate Controlled Wine Cooler.
This is a real beauty too! It features sculpted chrome shelves and beautiful displays of your wine. There is an interior light so you can get to your wine, even in the darkest of temperatures. The front is made of a tempered glass door which adds additional beauty to the cooler. The main part of the cooler is made up of black cabinets and door trims with recessed handles. If you need to put the cooler on an uneven leveling space, do not worry as it features adjustable leveling legs. It even features soft Blue LED Stage Lighting with On/Off Switch.
The 11-Inch, 6 bottle countertop wine cooler quickly and quietly stores your wine collection to the desired temperature and retails for $79.99. The sleek black design and interior illumination transforms any living space into a casual dining experience, perfect for holiday entertaining! You can purchase this wine cooler at Home Depot and Walmart. This would make an awesome gift for yourself or someone special this holiday season. I know it sure makes me enjoy my glass of wine much more these days!
Giveaway: One winner will receive the Magic Chef 6 Bottle Countertop Wine Cooler. This giveaway is run via rafflecopter so click read more to see the actual giveaway. The only mandatory entry is to tell me why you want to win this wine cooler in the comment section proceeding the post. While the additional entries are optional, I highly suggest filling them out to increase your chances of winning. US only. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
*I work with Kohl’s on promotions. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
Halloween is a mere 3 days away. Are you ready?! Now we are with the help of one of my favorite stores, Kohl’s. The first stop in going Halloween shopping is making sure your house is completely decorated for Halloween. We love to go overboard with one of our favorite holidays and tend to put Halloween decorations all over. One of my favorites is this decorative pillow that we put in our front foyer area:
If pillows are not your thing do not worry as Kohl’s has decorative mats, wreaths, kitchen towels, and more. The best deal is that mostly everything for Halloween at Kohl’s is now on sale. That means you will not only be set for this year but the next as well!
Kohl’s also has you covered in the costume department. Of course the biggest costume rage this year is Frozen and they have an entire Frozen section dedicated to just that. Besides Frozen, they do have a vast array of amazing costumes for everyone in your family, including a lot of Disney costumes such as themes from Cars. For my family though, we did a Frozen theme and I am sporting an Elsa dress from the Kohl’s Halloween line.
If you are like me and are a last minute shopper, do not forget to shop at Kohl’s the next two days for Halloween. You can even shop online and be ready to go this October 31st! Have fun shopping and Happy Halloween everyone!
*This is a sponsored post with Burt’s Bees. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.* I am amazed that Burt’s Bees is coming up on its 30th anniversary, and can’t believe how incredibly ahead of its time the company was at its inception three decades ago! It is just amazing to me. I feel like consumers are still just figuring out how much better it is for your health to use all natural products. There has now been years of research, and we know that toxins are found in many everyday beauty products, but Burt’s Bees was founded way before we even had all that data. For 30 years, Burt’s Bees has been a trustworthy source of natural products that produce great results. Starting with bees wax candles way back then, the line now encompasses everything from baby products to their iconic beeswax lip balm that now comes in all sorts of dazzling shades. And I can’t tell you how happy I am that it does, because when Hayley wants to grab my “lipstick” I don’t freak out. I know it’s fine for her because it is made from natural ingredients. In fact, I remember one of my first lip balms that I was ever allowed to own was Burt’s Bees too. Taking a cue from nature, Burt’s Bees focuses on the environment and sustainability, which makes me feel better about purchasing their products. The philosophy of the company is all about making sure that it operates for “the greater good”, meaning for people, profit and the planet. I love that I can find Burt’s Bees products easily at the places I shop most often. I just picked up a luxurious Burt’s Bees hand cream at Wal-Mart. It smells divine, and makes my hands feel super soft. They have included so many amazing options in their product line now that it was it was hard to choose and not to just buy them all! The way I see it, if I am going to buy things like shampoo, lotion or lip balm anyways, of course I’ll purchase a natural brand that I love and trust. And one that is conscientious about the planet and sustainability, It’s a no brainer, right? Aside from the incredible adult skincare line, they also have Burt’s Bees Baby line which has lotions, washes, soaps, diaper ointment and more. I feel good using Burt’s Bees on my 4 month older daughter each morning! Now her and I use similar Burt’s Bees products and I for one, could not be happier. My next purchase is definitely going to be the facial cleansers. I can find all the Burt’s Bees products now at Walmart. So have you used Burt’s Bees? What do you like best about their products?