Win a Sofia the First Prize Pack

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Sofia the First Giveaway

Accompany Sofia in her most thrilling adventure yet alongside Rapunzel in “SOFIA THE FIRST: THE CURSE OF PRINCESS IVY”, now available on Disney DVD.
To increase the enjoyment, Disney is hosting an amazing “Sofia the First” Viewing Party Pack Giveaway.

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Your prize pack will include:

  • 1 Decorate your Own Mirror Set
  • 1 Stationery Set
  • 1 Sofia the First Puzzle
  • 1 SOFIA THE FIRST: THE CURSE OF PRINCESS IVY DVD

 

Here are also some fun, free activity sheets for you to print off and share with your little ones.

Download Activity Games

***The Giveaway***

1 winner will receive a Sofia the First DVD and Viewing Prize Pack ($45.00 Value)!
Giveaway is open to US and Canadian Residents, ages 18+ years of age (limited to one entrant per household).
The giveaway ends on 03/07/14.
Simply follow the Rafflecopter entry form below for your chance to win. Be sure to return tomorrow to complete the daily entries!
Good Luck.

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The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to US and Canadian Residents, 18+ only. Limit one entrant per household. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, Instagram or Klout.
This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.

Big Hero 6 Baymax Birthday Fun

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Big Hero 6 Baymax Birthday Fun

To celebrate the release of Big Hero 6 on Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere and Blu-ray, I wanted to share this Baymax Birthday Blogger Fun!

Be the big hero at your birthday with these fun activities guaranteed to upgrade your party! Don’t eat too much cake or Baymax will have to check and make sure if you’re feeling well.

Crafty Sheets & Film Clips – Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast out 3/3

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Crafty Sheets & Film Clips – Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast out 3/3

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I wanted to share some Pixie magic with these sweet and crafty fairy creations for you to partake in this weekend as your heart flutters for next Tuesday’s release of Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast on Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere March 3rd! I also have a clip for you to get in the fairy mood. 
Activity Sheets

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Clip: Gruff Love

Big Fun and Health Tips With Baymax and Big Hero 6

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Big Fun and Health Tips With Baymax and Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6 is now out on Digital HD, DMA and Blu-ray combo pack! To celebrate, I wanted to share these fun Baymax health tips as well as some fun downloadable activity sheets and a teaser video!

Baymax’s three health tips here:

Baymax Health Tip - Sneeze

Baymax Health Tip - Texting

Baymax Health Tip - Washing

Big Hero 6 Activity Sheets

Best Friend teaser

Sofia The First: The Curse of Princess Ivy on DVD Now

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Sofia The First: The Curse of Princess Ivy on DVD Now

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I have these two beautiful clips to tie in with this week’s release of SOFIA THE FIRST: THE CURSE OF PRINCESS IVY now on Disney DVD. 

Clip: Dare to Risk it All

Clip: Princess Ivy

FROZEN FEVER – New Trailer Now Available

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FROZEN FEVER – New Trailer Now Available

I just can’t Let it Go, Let it Go! Thankfully I don’t have to because the new trailer is here! You have to check it out :)

I am very excited to share with you the trailer for FROZEN FEVER! The highly-anticipated follow-up short to the global phenomenon FROZENcan be seen exclusively in theaters with Disney’s new live-action CINDERELLA, starring Lily James and Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett, on March 13th.

#FrozenFever

#Cinderella

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Frozen Fever – Trailer

Visit the official CINDERELLA Website: http://disney.com/Cinderella

 

Like CINDERELLA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cinderella

 

Follow CINDERELLA on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CinderellaMovie

 

Follow CINDERELLA on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/DisneyCinderella

 

Follow CINDERELLA on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/disneystudios/cinderella

 

Follow CINDERELLA on Google +: https://plus.google.com/+disneycinderella

CINDERELLA opens in theaters everywhere on March 13th!

 

FROZEN FEVER

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Genre:                                      Animated/Comedy/Short

Rating:                                      TBA

U.S. Release Date:                    March 13, 2015, in front of “Cinderella”

Voice Talent:                             Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad

Directors:                                  Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Producers:                                Peter Del Vecho, Aimee Scribner

In “Frozen Fever,” it’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but when Elsa catches a cold, her powers may put more than just the party at risk.

 

Notes:

·         Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 2013 feature film “Frozen” won two Academy Awards® (best animated film and best original song with “Let It Go”) and a Golden Globe® (best animated feature film). It is the fifth highest grossing film of all time and the highest grossing animated film earning more than $1.27 billion globally. Released wide domestically on Nov. 27, 2013, “Frozen” posted the No. 1 industry all-time Thanksgiving debut and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ biggest opening ever. The digital and Blu-ray/DVD release was one of the biggest home-entertainment successes of the last decade.

·         Director Chris Buck (“Frozen”) helmed the 1999 Disney classic “Tarzan” (with Kevin Lima) as well as the 2007 Oscar®-nominated “Surf’s Up” (with Ash Brannon). His animation credits also include 1989’s “The Little Mermaid,” “The Rescuers Down Under” (1990) and “Pocahontas” (1995).

·         Director Jennifer Lee (“Frozen”) is one of the screenplay writers of 2012’s arcade-hopping comedy adventure “Wreck-It Ralph.” Her screen adaptation of John Steinbeck’s “The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights” is being produced by Troika Pictures. She has an original screenplay in development with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way, and her original script “Lucid Dreams” was optioned by Wolfgang Peterson’s Radiant Productions.

·         Producer Peter Del Vecho’s (“Frozen”) credits as producer include 2011’s “Winnie the Pooh” and 2009’s “The Princess and the Frog.” He served as associate producer for “Chicken Little” and “Treasure Planet.”

·         Producer Aimee Scribner served as associate producer for Disney’s Oscar®-winning “Frozen” and 2011’s “Tangled.” She produced the 2012 short “Tangled Ever After.”

·         Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez wrote the original songs for “Frozen,” including the Oscar®-winning song “Let It Go.” The “Frozen” soundtrack is Billboard’s top-selling album of 2014 and spent 33 weeks in the top 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, including 13 weeks at No. 1. It is certified triple Platinum, selling more than 3.9 million units. The “Let It Go” film clip from “Frozen” has been viewed more than 370 million times on YouTube. Anderson-Lopez made her off-Broadway debut at Primary Stages with “In Transit,” a musical performed entirely without accompaniment, inspired by the rhythms and sounds of life on the subway. Lopez is the Tony®-, Grammy®-, and Emmy®- winning co-creator of the worldwide smash hit Broadway musicals “Avenue Q” and “The Book of Mormon.” Together with his wife and collaborator, he co-wrote songs for the feature film “Winnie the Pooh” and “Finding Nemo: The Musical,” a beloved fixture at in Disney’s Animal Kingdom since 2006. Their next project for stage is an original musical called “Up Here,” which will be featured in the La Jolla Playhouse’s 2015-16 season.

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast on Blu-ray 3/3

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Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

on Blu-ray 3/3

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In anticipation of next week’s release of Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast on Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere March 3rd I have these awesome clips for you – a sneak peek of the newest character “Gruff” !

 

Film Clip: Starry Night

Film Clip: Hairbrained Legend

Disney’s Into the Woods Arrives on DMA and Blu-ray 03/24

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Disney’s Into the Woods Arrives on DMA and Blu-ray 03/24

 

BRING HOME DISNEY’S

INTO THE WOODS

ON BLU-RAY COMBO PACK, DIGITAL HD AND

DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE (DMA) ON March 24, 2015

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Includes An Exclusive, Never-Before-Seen Original Song

“She’ll Be Back” Performance by Meryl Streep

with Music By Stephen Sondheim and Lyrics by James Lapine

From the director of “Chicago” and the producer of “Wicked” comes a modern twist on the beloved fairy tales you thought you knew. Academy Award®-Winning actress Meryl Streep (Best Actress, The Iron Lady), leads an all-star cast in this enchanted adventure about daring to venture Into The Woods.

 

SYNOPSIS:                          Iconic characters, such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, find their fates intertwined with a humble baker and his wife, whose longing to have a child sends them on a quest to reverse a witch’s (Streep) curse. With an all-star cast, this spellbinding adventure is everything you could ever wish for!

CAST:                                    Meryl Streep as the Witch (The Devil Wears Prada, August: Osage County), Johnny Depp as the Wolf (The Lone Ranger, Sweeney Todd), Emily Blunt as the Baker’s Wife (Edge of Tomorrow, The Devil Wears Prada), James Corden as the Baker (Broadway’s One Man, Two Guvnors, The Three Musketeers, Gavin & Stacey), Anna Kendrick as Cinderella (Pitch Perfect, Up in the Air), Chris Pine as Cinderella’s Prince (Star Trek Into Darkness, Jack Ryan), Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood (Broadway’s Annie), Daniel Huttlestone as Jack (Les Misérables), MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel (Brother’s Keeper, Broadway’s Next to Normal)

 

PRODUCER:                        Marc Platt (Wicked), Rob Marshall (Academy Award®-winning musical Chicago), John DeLuca (Nine), Callum McDougall (Wicked)

 

DIRECTOR:                          Rob Marshall (Chicago, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides)

COMPOSER:                       Stephen Sondheim (Sunday in the Park with George)

SCREENPLAY & James Lapine (Passion)

MUSIC LYRICS:

RELEASE DATES:                March 24th, 2015

PRODUCTS:                        Digital HD/SD, Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA), Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD

and On-Demand

 

 

 

BONUS:                                Digital HD/SD*, Blu-ray Combo Pack & Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA)

·         Never-Before-Seen Sondheim Original Song: “She’ll Be Back”

Meryl Streep performs a compelling new song that sheds a little more light on the Witch’s relationship with Rapunzel. This never-before- seen composition was penned especially for this movie by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, and is seen here exclusively on Blu-ray and EHV.  With introduction by Director Rob Marshall.

·         There’s Something About The Woods

Journey into this mysterious forest to discover how this compelling, new musical was made. Meet Director Rob Marshall and his award-winning team of artists and craftspeople, see how the woods were brought to life…and what they represent to the story…and to all of us.

·         The Cast As Good As Gold

Emily Blunt. Anna Kendrick. Chris Pine. James Corden. Johnny Depp. Meryl Streep. Meet the remarkable cast of this musical movie, and hear of their affinity for this Broadway classic.

·         Deeper Into The Woods

Journey even further into the development of the film in these 4 segments

o   From Stage To Screen

o   Magic of the Woods

o   Designing the Woods

o   The Costumes of the Woods

·         Filmmaker Commentary

Film commentary with Director Rob Marshall and Producer John DeLuca.

·         Music & Lyrics

Get direct access to the musical song segments from the film, with optional sing-along lyrics.

·         5 Golden Eggs (Easter Eggs)

*Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer               

 

DVD:

·         Deeper Into The Woods

o   Magic of the Woods

 

FEATURE RUN TIME:       Approximately 125 min.

 

RATING:                               Feature Film: PG in U.S.; PG in CE; G in CF

 

ASPECT RATIO:  Blu-ray Feature Film = 1080p High Definition / 2.39:1

                                                DVD Feature Film = 2.39:1

 

AUDIO:                                 Blu-ray = 7.1 DTS

                                                DVD = 5.1 Dolby

 

LANGUAGES:                     English, French & Spanish

 

SUBTITLES:                          English SDH, French & Spanish

 

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: www.facebook.com/DisneyIntoTheWoods

Twitter: www.twitter.com/IntoTheWoods @IntoTheWoods

Tumblr: www.intothewoodsmovie.tumblr.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/disneystudios @disneystudios

YouTube: Disney Movies Anywhere Channel

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/disneystudios/into-the-woods

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/+DisneyIntoTheWoods/posts

DMA App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/disney-movies-anywhere-watch

 

ABOUT DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE (DMA):

Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is an engaging and family-friendly cloud-based digital movie service that makes it simple to buy your favorite Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies once and watch them anywhere.  With DMA you can explore Disney’s library of over 400 eligible digital movies, discover hours of new and exclusive short-form content, and watch your digital movies from the comfort of the living room or across multiple mobile devices.   In addition, you can redeem Digital Copy codes found in Disney, Pixar and Marvel Blu-rays and DVDs, as well as earn Disney Movie Rewards points with every digital purchase.  Sign up and access Disney Movies Anywhere for free on DisneyMoviesAnywhere.com and through the Disney Movies Anywhere iOS and Android apps. Users can then simply connect their iTunes, Google Play and/or VUDU at VUDU.com/DMA accounts to begin enjoying their Disney, Pixar, and Marvel digital movie collections across platforms and devices. 

 

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

Integrity Music Releases Album Inspired By New TV Series “A.D. The Bible Continues”

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Integrity Music Releases Album Inspired By New TV Series “A.D. The Bible Continues”

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INTEGRITY MUSIC ANNOUNCES MARCH 3 RELEASE FOR

WORSHIP ANTHEMS INSPIRED BY

THE EPIC TV EVENT, A.D. THE BIBLE CONTINUES 

Recording Features All Sons & Daughters, Paul Baloche, Lincoln Brewster, Darlene Zschech, Desperation Band, Newsboys, Jeremy Camp, Natalie Grant, Kim Walker-Smith, Kari Jobe, Rend Collective, More

Songs Complement A.D. The Bible Continues Themes, 12-Week NBC Series Premieres Easter 2015

From executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, creators of The Bible mini-series, which garnered over 100 million viewers, and the feature film Son Of God, comes the epic TV event, A.D. The Bible Continues, which will premiere on NBC starting Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015. “A.D” picks up where “The Bible” left off, continuing the greatest story ever told and exploring the exciting and inspiring events that followed the Crucifixion of Christ. In conjunction with this spectacular new dramatic television series, Integrity Music, in association with WILDFIRE7, is releasing Worship Anthems Inspired By A.D. The Bible Continues on March 3.

This new album brings together some of the most well-known songs sung in churches around the world with such renowned Christian artists and worship leaders as All Sons & Daughters, Lincoln Brewster, Paul Baloche, Jeremy Camp, Darlene Zschech, Desperation Band, Natalie Grant, Kim Walker-Smith, Kari Jobe, Rend Collective, Newsboys and more. Each of the songs on Worship Anthems Inspired By A.D. The Bible Continues was specifically chosen to complement the themes of the twelve A.D. television episodes.

“After watching The Bible and seeing the impact that this telling of the Biblical story had, I was anxious to see what Mark and Roma’s next project would look like,” said C. Ryan Dunham, President of Integrity Music. “So I was pleased to learn that they were working on another series, this time telling the story of the early church… our hope is that Worship Anthems deepens the viewing experience of A.D. The Bible Continues and gives people a ‘take away’ musical resource that keeps the wonder alive while pointing listeners to Jesus.”

“Music is such a wonderful way to continue telling the stories of ‘A.D.’,” says executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, “and we are excited that Integrity Music is able to bring together such incredible artists to make this happen.”

Leading up to the launch of A.D. The Bible Continues, Burnett and Downey will host special screenings in cities around the U.S., sharing scenes from the TV event. This includes a screening with worship guests All Sons & Daughters on March 5 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, headquarters of Integrity and its parent ministry David C Cook. A previous screening with Integrity’s Latin-American worship leader Christine D’Clario was held in Miami, Florida, on Feb. 6.

The full track and featured artist listing for Worship Anthems Inspired By A.D. The Bible Continues follows:

1) We Believe – Newsboys (See “A.D.” video trailer featuring this song at this link.)

2) Buried In The Grave – All Sons & Daughters

3) Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) – WILDFIRE7

4) Spirit Break Out – Kim Walker-Smith

5) Make A Way (feat. Jon Egan) – Desperation Band

6) Overcome – Jeremy Camp

7) Great I Am (feat. Danny Gokey and Sharon Wilbur) – Paul Wilbur

8) Your Great Name – Natalie Grant

9) Healer – Kari Jobe

10) Build Your Kingdom Here – Rend Collective

11) There Is Power – Lincoln Brewster

12) Breathe – The Brilliance

13) Your Name (feat. Kathryn Scott) – Paul Baloche

14) Victor’s Crown (radio version) – Darlene Zschech

About A.D. The Bible Continues:

A.D.The Bible Continues is an uplifting and harrowing journey through the beginning moments of the birth of the church picking up where The Bible mini-series left off. A.D. follows the first ten chapters of the Book of Acts exploring the aftermath of Christ’s death and its profound impact on his disciples, his mother Mary, and key political and religious leaders of the era, an impact that would completely change the world. A.D. will take its audience from the intense sorrow of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice to the awe-inspiring wonder of the Resurrection and deep into his disciples’ struggle to survive against opposition from every side as they continued to share his message of love with everyone, everywhere.

The series includes compelling context around the Biblical text, focusing initially on the Book of Acts while integrating dramatic history to help tell the full story of the people and their era. The audience will enter the world of the Apostles, of Pilate, Caiaphas, Herod Antipas and others, all from their own points of view. Each episode aims to bring the Biblical world to life in all of its grit and glory. 

Premiering on NBC beginning Easter Sunday 2015 (April 5th), families will be able to tune in to watch A.D. unfold for 12 consecutive Sundays culminating with the finale of season 1 on June 21. Churches and Faith organizations all across the country will be given the opportunity to teach through the Book of Acts in conjunction with the series and participate in Bible reading plans focused on the Book of Acts from Easter through Father’s Day.

Endorsed by a broad range of faith leaders like Bishop T.D. Jakes, Wilfredo De Jesús, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, Joel and Victoria Osteen, Rick Warren, Max Lucado and Andy Stanley, A.D. The Bible Continueshas also been covered by People Magazine, NBC TODAY show, USA Today, The Hollywood Reporter and many more. A trailer for the video can be seen at this link. For more information, please visit: ShareADtheSeries.com.

About Integrity Music:

Integrity is the worship music recording and publishing home to a variety of artists and ministries around the globe including: All Sons & Daughters, Paul Baloche, New Life Worship, Planetshakers, Worship Central, Covenant Worship, Life Worship, Dustin Smith, Desperation Band, Bluetree, Lincoln Brewster, Christine D’Clario, Stu G, Beth Croft, Sheldon Bangera, Danilo Montero, Jacobo Ramos, and Dove Award winning and nominated songwriters Jennie Lee Riddle, Israel Houghton, Jared Anderson, Michael Farren and Michael Neale.

Integrity Music is part of the David C Cook family, a nonprofit global resource provider serving the Church with life-transforming materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Eastbourne, UK, Integrity is committed to taking songs of substance to the local church and its leaders around the world. Integrity currently controls over 7,000 songs, including the No. 1 radio hit “We Believe” (Newsboys) as well as church standards “Revelation Song,” “Open The Eyes Of My Heart,” “Your Great Name” and “I Am Free.” Additional information can be found at www.integritymusic.com.

About WILDFIRE7:

WILDFIRE7, a division of Wildfire Media Group, Inc., is a new concept in faith based multi media content production, management and marketing based in the heart of the entertainment capitols of the world, New York City and Nashville, Tennessee. Our mission is “To ignite, empower and serve the Church and the creative community and influence the culture with life changing media content that ignites the world around us.”

Win a Pampers Prize Pack #PampersSleepChat

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Pampers Prize Pack Giveaway

#PampersSleepChat

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Timezone changes can be hard on everyone. Even though my kids love the fall when they get that “extra hour” of sleep, the quickly remember that they lose that “extra hour” come early spring.
This year, Daylight Saving Time is quickly approaching on March 8th and, for many moms, that leads to nervousness and anxiety about their baby’s sleep patterns.

The time transition of “springing forward” is so top-of-mind for parents that a recent survey conducted by Pampers found that 77% are concerned with Daylight Saving Time affecting their child’s sleep pattern. More than half of parents surveyed dread the antic

ipated disruption to their child’s sleep schedule more than tax season!
Another survey conducted by Pampers found that nearly one-quarter of mothers (24%) felt that a dry diaper was the number one thing that enabled their baby to sleep through the night.

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Through Pampers’ extensive research on sleep, they’ve learned that babies are more vulnerable to waking up when they’re wet. And a dry night means baby is more likely to be more rested, less fussy and more content the next day.
That’s why across their entire line, Pampers diapers offer up to 12 hours of overnight protection and are up to three times drier than ordinary diapers to help babies get the uninterrupted sleep they need for a great morning.
As you transition into the new time on March 8th, make sure to have plenty of Pampers on hand to give your little one and yourself a restful week.
Please join @Pampers on March 3rd from 9-10pmEST as they host a Twitter Party with renowned sleep expert, “The Sleep Lady,” Kim West! Kim will be sharing her tips for helping little ones through the Daylight Saving Time sleep transition and will also be answering your questions regarding baby sleep! To follow along, follow the party hashtag – #PampersSleepChat

***The Giveaway***

1 winner will receive a Pampers Prize Pack including:

Dr. Kim West’s The Sleep Lady, Good Night, Sleep Tight Book
1 month supply of Pampers Baby Dry Diapers Jumbo Pack (4 packs)
1 month supply of Pampers Sensitive Wipes (2 packs)
Cloud B Twilight Turtle

Giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ years of age (limited to one entrant per household).

The giveaway ends on 03/06/15.

Simply follow the Rafflecopter entry form below for your chance to win. Be sure to return tomorrow to complete the daily entries

Good Luck.

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The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to US Residents, 18+ only. Limit one entrant per household. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, Instagram or Klout.

This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.

Comfort in Sorrow – Remembering Amy Hild

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Comfort in Sorrow

Remembering Amy Hild

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Laura, Jeni, Me, Alicia, Sara, Laura, and Amy

The fourth Wednesday morning of the month started out just like it does every month.  We had Social Media Breakfast in Mason City.  In fact that’s where most of the North Iowa bloggers met and then we grew from there.  We looked forward to learning and discussing social media every month.  It was a common interest we all shared. This past Weds was not like the other Weds though. It took a tragic turn that none of us saw coming and it’s still hard to believe.

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Amy Elizabeth Hild – September 9, 1987 – February 25, 2015

The breakfast was over and a few of us were still talking. Amy waited for me to tell me that the roads were getting bad and we should head home.  We hugged and walked each other to our cars …. I made it home and she never did. She was tragically killed in a car accident.  My friend Laura called me crying and I knew what she was going to tell me. I. Was. Devastated.

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Back (L to R) Alicia, Jeni, Me, Amy Front (L to R) Katie, Sara, Beth Ann Photo Credit: Deb Brown

Amy was not just one of my fellow North Iowa bloggers. She was so MUCH more!

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I seemed to be glued to her Facebook profile all day Wednesday. I kept refreshing it, hoping it had all been a terrible mistake and waiting for her to post something. As I glanced through her pics I have never been so thankful for selfies!

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Amy loved supporting the Cupid’s Undie Run

Amy was so full of life! She had a smile that was contagious and she could make any one smile. A group of friends sat around together yesterday afternoon and again in the evening sharing stories and memories about Amy. We laughed and we cried. Amy lived her life more fully than some 80 and 90 year olds. She was such an example of how to live life to the fullest and how to treat others.

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Amy photobombing Katy, Beth Ann, “flat Donna”, and “flat Laura”

A local paper wrote a beautiful story on Amy here.  I kept replaying Weds morning over and over. I asked the questions, what if I packed up quicker, what if I stayed and chatted longer, and more.  I couldn’t quite grasp reality, in fact I’m not sure if I totally do yet. It just doesn’t seem real.

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Spenser & Amy Photo Credit: Seneca Epley

Last night some of us attended a prayer service for Amy’s family and fiancé, Spenser. Yes, she was going to be married May 15 of this year.  She was so excited too! She loved him so much and talked about him constantly.  She already had Amy Gruis printed on her notebook in anticipation. She had even found the perfect dress.

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Amy and I at Kelly Gau Studio

3 weeks ago Amy and I were crafting together at Kelly Gau Studio and check out what we made.

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Photo Credit: Kelly Gau

Did you read it? We made these 3 weeks ago! Kelly did a beautiful post on it.  I cried this morning. Again.

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Sunset 2/25/15, Mason City, IA Photo Credit: Unknown

Another friend of Amy’s posted this Wednesday night after her accident.

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We went to a painting party last month. Back (L to R) Amy, Katy, Laura, and Mary Front (L to R) Me, Alicia, Jeni, and Jen 

Waves of emotions crash over me – sadness and numbness seem to be constant.  Even in the pain though the feeling and emotion that is loudest is comfort.

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God knew Amy’s last day would be Wednesday.

A man’s days are numbered. You know the number of his months. He cannot live longer than the time You have set. Job 14:5

Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. Psalm 90:12

You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. Psalm 139:16

Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered – how fleeting my life is. Psalm 39:4

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Making wreaths together (front to back) Alicia, Amy, Me, Beth Ann, Val, and Jeni

God also knew she’d be leaving behind a fiancé, family, and friends that would be hurting.

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. Isaiah 43:12

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Cor 1: 3-4

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

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Amy is going to be so missed! It truly won’t be the same with out her, but I am so thankful for the time I was able to spend with her.  I rejoice in the fact that I’ll see her again.

Amy’s Obituary

Amy Hild Memorial Fund

Tribute Wall

What Happened

Amy’s Blog

Have a post about Amy? Please feel free to add it to the linky below.



Win a $250 Anderson Seafood Gift Card

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$250 Anderson Seafood Gift Card Giveaway

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Lent is here, and that means more of us are looking for fabulous meal options on Friday. How about seafood! Anderson Seafood sells the best seafood you can buy. That’s right, you can get restaurant quality seafood delivered right to your door! Looking for amazing recipes to go along with that seafood?

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Check out these 20+ Meatless Recipes from Tracy at Having Fun Saving! Many of them feature Anderson Seafood Products!

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Now, how about that GIVEAWAY?! One lucky reader will get a $250 Anderson Seafoods Gift Card to get all the amazing seafood they would like!

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Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card

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Kinsights brings you a chance to WIN a $50 Amazon Gift Card

Read below to learn all about Kinsights then enter to WIN!!

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Kinsights is an online Pediatric Personal Health Record Keeper for parents. Gone are the days where you’re being held responsible for keeping track of slips of paper or lugging files and folders containing your children’s health information. And in the event of an emergency, you can even have the health records sent to the ER or out-of-town doctor in a snap. Organize your child’s growth and developmental milestones, immunizations, medications, allergies, and more. This tool is amazing and a godsend to parents. Kinsights is also a community where parents can safely seek and share answers to parenting questions. You can ask anything and Kinsights will find the right community members who can provide guidance. Kinsights even offers groups with similar interests their own pages, including single parents, grandparents, those interested in car seat safety, baby & kids fashion, potty training groups, and many more What’s really cool about this community is that it makes finding the best answers easy-community members vote up answers so the best content rises to the top. Connect with Kinsights at their website to learn more and sign-up!

Take a look at this example of how your child’s Kinsight profile would look -

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Now as I mentioned, Kinsights has been kind enough to sponsor a $50 Amazon Gift Card!!

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My Little Pony Activity Sheets

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My Little Pony Activity Sheets

With this fun activity sheet to tie in with Tuesday’s release of MY LITTLE PONY-FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: ADVENTURES OF THE CUTIE MARK CRUSADERS on DVD February 24th from Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. I’ve also included two cute clips below. 

Clip: Apple Bloom Teased

Clip: Ponies Zip Lining

Big Hero 6 Character Art and Bonus Clips

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Big Hero 6 Character Art and Bonus Clips

Big Hero 6 is now out on Digital HD! With the Blu-ray combo pack on sale tomorrow! I have a cool slideshow of character art from the film as well as two bonus clips – ‘Easter Egg’ and ‘Mixmaster Beatmax.’
Character Slideshow

Easter Egg 

Mixmaster Beatmax