Win a Tuggo Dog Toy



Tuggo Dog Toy Giveaway


This fun Dog Toy Giveaway is sponsored by Tuggo Dog Toy, LLC and hosted by Mom Does Reviews and her pet loving blogger pals!

About Tuggo Dog Toy, LLC
Tuggo Dog Toy, LLC is the parent company which markets and sells the patented Tuggo brand Water-Weighted Tug dog toy. This one-of-a-kind toy is the perfect solution for providing dogs with exercise, entertainment and mental stimulation. The company is headquartered in Hendersonville, TN. For more information, visit
How does the Tuggo Work?

The Tuggo is a new one-of-a-kind dog toy that uses weight to provide tension for dogs.The design is a hard, hollow plastic ball with a rope going through the middle that can be pulled from either side providing the tug-of-war effect. Additionally, the Tuggo has a recessed screw cap allowing the ball to be filled with water. Adding water inside the ball makes the Tuggo have a sloshing sound when it is being played with. This keeps yourdog interested in the Tuggo for hours! When completely full of water, the Tuggo weighs approximately 20 pounds. This weight provides the tension that helps promote exercise and build muscle.  

Be sure to Mom Does Reviews full review HERE.


One lucky winner will get their own Tuggo Dog Toy!

The giveaway is open to US only, 18+

The giveaway ends 1/27 at 1159p est

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Point. Shoot. Savor. with the QuickFlics App



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I remember being in Kindergarten and performing in musical programs where we would invite our parents and grandparents to watch.  Back in the day if they wanted a “forever memory” they would record our performance to VHS and that meant lugging one back with the recorder and also hauling the video camera. It was huge and very heavy.  Thankfully those days are long behind us.

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Now, I can use my smart phone or tablet to record the munchkins and other memorable moments. I’m able to post them to my social media accounts and play them on my computer. Sometimes though it’s nice to be able to pop in a DVD and watch it on your TV.

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That is where the QuickFlics App comes in.

Your memories delivered.

QuickFlics is an app that gives you the most affordable way to get your photos and videos quickly and easily from your phone or tablet to your door!

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I just love this! You can take your videos from your phone or tablet and have them converted to a DVD.  You can watch them together and send the movies off to family and friends.  The process is so easy as well and you can do it all from your device.

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Right now all my readers can get their first DVD *FREE*! That’s right, all you have to do is use the code DonnaQF when you download the app. You will get your dvd free and only pay the $3.99 shipping!

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Even after the free DVD the cost is less than it is to get locally.  PLUS you have the bonus of doing it all from your phone.

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Don’t forget to use code DonnaQF when you download the app to take advantage of getting your FREE DVD!

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STRANGE MAGIC – “Creatures & Cast” Featurette Now Available



STRANGE MAGIC – “Creatures & Cast” Featurette Now Available

This looks like it’s going to be another great movie!!  It comes out in just a few weeks too :) 

The new “Creatures & Cast” featurette for STRANGE MAGIC is now available. Feel free to share with your readers!

STRANGE MAGIC opens in theaters everywhere on January 23rd!



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STRANGE MAGIC opens in theatres everywhere on January 23rd! 



U.S. Release Date:                 January 23, 2015

Rating:                                   TBD

Cast:                                     Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein,Peter Stormare

Director:                                Gary Rydstrom

Producer:                               Mark S. Miller

Executive producer:               George Lucas

Screenplay by:                       David Berenbaum, Irene Mecchi, Gary Rydstrom

Story by:                               George Lucas

Musical director & composer: Marius de Vries

“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. Directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”) from a story by George Lucas, “Strange Magic” will be released by Touchstone Pictures on Jan. 23, 2015.


·       Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award®-winning film “Rango.”

·       Well-known music producer Marius de Vries (“Moulin Rouge”) serves as both the musical director and composer.

Win a St Jude Prize Pack



St Jude Giveaway

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The holidays are here – how are you doing with your shopping list? Well, I have the perfect place for you guys to check out. The St. Jude Children’s Research Gift Shop! They have gifts for everyone in the whole family…including home decor, specialty items, jewelry, gifts for runners, apparel, kitchen accessories and even celebrity designed products. The best part…ALL the proceeds go directly to helping end childhood cancer! So, not only do you get amazing gifts at the St. Jude Gift Shop you are also giving back

For this giveaway, one lucky winner will win a St. Jude Kids Prize Pack that includes:
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Team St. Jude long sleeve T
Monkey Hooded Towel
Monkey Bill Fold Kids Wallet

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Win a Lakeside Collection Gift Basket


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I just love gift baskets! We’re giving one lucky reader a Lakeside Collection Gift Basket! Read on to find out more and how you can win. Good luck!

With the holidays upon us many need some gift giving ideas and Lakeside Collection is here to help! They have a wonderful selection of items, gift baskets and some wonderful tips!

Check out the following helpful posts on the Lakeside site:

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One lucky winner can select their prize from the following gift baskets. Whether their a pet lover, star in the kitchen or the outdoorsy type there is something for everyone!

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Please note that the gift baskets pictured are not an exact replica of the prizes.
The Outdoorsy Couples gift basket will include the following:

  • Deer duffel bag
  • Highland timber jackets his and hers – Men’s Large, women’s medium
  • Northern train moccassins his and hers Men’s large, women’s medium
  • Mossy oak mug set
  • 2 travel mugs
  • 2 camouflage wine glasses


Win a Kindle Fire HD 7



Kindle Fire HD 7 Giveaway

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Win the Kindle Fire HD 7!

I would love to have this under the tree! It would also make a perfect gift for everyone on my list.  We’re giving away a Kindle Fire HD 7 to one lucky reader! Good luck!

Powerful, full-featured 7-inch Fire HD tablet—fast quad-core processor, HD display, front and rear cameras, stereo speakers, and five color choices

  • Fast quad-core processor up to 1.5 GHz—2x the speed and over 3x the graphics performance of previous generation Fire HD for quicker apps and smooth videos
  • Beautiful 7″ HD display—Crisp, vivid HD display (216 ppi / 1280×800) with over a million pixels—perfect for apps, movies, TV, games, photos, and more
  • Front and rear cameras—Take photos or capture videos in 1080p HD with a rear-facing camera or Skype with a front-facing camera
  • No more worrying about storage space—Get free, unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with your Fire devices
  • Best selection of digital content—Enjoy over 33 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, Android apps and games—including Facebook, Netflix, Minecraft, and more
  • Great for the whole family—Create unique profiles and set screen time limits for kids with Amazon FreeTime. Link two Amazon accounts and share books, games, apps, and Prime Instant Video content across all devices in the household
  • Stay connected and productive—Fast web browsing, email and calendar support including Gmail and Outlook. Plus, edit and view Office documents

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The Giveaway:

One lucky reader will win the Kindle Fire HD7!

The giveaway is open to US and Canada, 18+

The giveaway will end 12/11 at 1159p est

Be sure to come back daily for more chances to win!

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Win a 20″ Rudolph’s Favorite Wreath


Fresh Wreaths from the Christmas Forest

When it comes to Christmas decorations, I truly just love the look of fresh Christmas trees and wreaths. The sight and smell of Forest Fresh pine delights your senses at Christmas, creating a warmth and love in the air. This year, I chose to adorn my door with a wreath from The Christmas Forest. I had my sights set on one of these beautiful wreaths last Christmas season, but unfortunately, I had waited too long and they were sold out.

img369Picked fresh from the Cascade Mountains in Washington State, the handcrafted Christmas wreaths are cut, created and shipped the same day. These are no ordinary wreaths. This is a decoration you will be proud to display at your doorway for your friends and family to see upon their arrival to your home this holiday season. The Christmas Forest has skipped no corners in their creations with lush, full wreaths.



When he’s not guiding Santa’s sleigh, Rudolph is delighting in one of our most whimsical Christmas wreaths. The fresh scent of the Cascade forest’s Noble Fir combines with the ruby red trinkets, dazzling gold pine cones and designer bow to create a wreath that will be one of your favorites, too!

10410235_10152824116246183_5658614815122457996_nThe Christmas Forest would like to extend the sight and smells of fresh noble fir and princess pine in your home this holiday season by giving away a 20″ Rudolph’s Favorite Wreath to one lucky winner. This giveaway is open to US Residents, 18+, one entry per household. Ends on 11/28 at 11:59pm EST to ensure Holiday delivery. Enter through the giveaway form below. Good luck!


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Celebrating Autumn’s Harvest at Windrose Farm in Paso Robles



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There is something wonderful about eating fresh food on a farm.  I have really come to appreciate farming since living in the Midwest.  Last month I had the opportunity to attend Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast in CA. They offered these amazing adventure tours to highlight some of the awesomeness of the California central coast. I chose to attend the Celebration of Autumn’s Harvest at Windrose Farm in Paso Robles.

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The farm was absolutely beautiful.  It was incredibly peaceful.  I enjoyed sitting in one of their many chairs, breathing in the fresh air, and soaking up the warm sun.  It was a perfect start to a perfect day.

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Farmer Bill gave us an educational tour of the farm explaining it’s history and also teaching us about the local crop.  We got to pick some of the apples and tomatillos from his farm and eat them as we were walking around.  It was a very cool experience eating the fresh food straight from the plant.

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One of the coolest things I saw on the tour was the smoker.  Bill built this smoker specifically for his farm. He was roasting tomatoes, jalapeños, and garlic. It smelled so good!

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We also had the most amazing Bloody Mary’s.  I really didn’t think I was a fan of Bloody Mary’s but this was like no other I had tasted. It was comprised of three ingredients – tomatoes, chipotle, and vodka.  It was so fresh and delicious.  I loved how the flavors swirled around in my mouth.  Monica from Re:Find brought the spirits. What is in the name? RE:FIND – FINDing a purpose for saignée, the prized free-run juice removed prior to fermentation to enhance wine quality, and REfining it into top-shelf spirits.

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Lunch was beyond amazing!  Everything was so good and so fresh. I loved the polenta and my favorite was dessert.  The salted caramel was delicious. I seriously thought about licking the plate.  I did not do that, but it totally crossed my mind.

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The whole afternoon was fabulous. If you visit the central coast of California Windrose Farm is a must see. They also have a gift shop so you can bring part of them home with you.

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Win a PlasmaBike


PlasmaBike Giveaway

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This PlasmaBike is so cool and would make a great Christmas gift! We’re giving one to one lucky winner. Read the full review here and enter to win on the rafflecopter below. Good luck!

*The giveaway is open to US only. Ends 11/5/14 at 11:59pm ET.

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Recording Complements New Book From Bestselling Author & Pastor Max Lucado, Exploring The “Power Of A Simple Prayer”


Features All Sons & Daughters, Paul and Rita Baloche, Planetshakers, Soul Survivor, Darlene Zschech, Kari Jobe, Michael W. Smith, Kathryn Scott, John Mark McMillan, Brian Doerksen


Releasing internationally Oct. 6 through Integrity Music is Before Amen: A Worship Collection, the musical companion to the book from New York Times bestselling author and pastor Max Lucado, Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer (Thomas Nelson, October 2014). Written for everyone who wants to pray more, better and stronger, with more fire, faith and fervency, the album offers songs that that were chosen to complement the book, providing a musical backdrop for prayer and personal devotion.

The 13-track recording features inspirational, spoken word messages from Max Lucado and songs recorded by All Sons & DaughtersMichael W. Smith, Kari Jobe, John Mark McMillan, Brian Doerksen, Kathryn Scott and Soul Survivor, as well as brand new songs from worship leaders Paul and Rita Baloche, Planetshakers and Darlene Zschech.

Zschech’s song for the project, “My Highest Hope,” is a powerful declaration and reminder of the hope everyone has in Jesus.  Written by Zschech as she recovers from cancer, the chorus rings out:

Pray to the Risen One

My highest Hope

I trust You with my life

Lord over every fear

Your love is holding me

“Prayer is essential to every Christian’s walk with God,” says Zschech.  “You simply cannot have a relationship without communication and, as Max explains in Before Amen, that’s what prayer is… our simple, honest conversation with our Heavenly Father. I’m excited for the message behind the book Before Amen and honored to share a song for the Before Amen album.”

Paul and Rita Baloche’s new song, “Father You Are Good,” sung by Rita, features lyrics from Jesus’ most famous prayer that resonates on the lips of worshippers around the world:

Our Father in Heaven hallowed be Thy name

Thy kingdom come Thy will be done

In Heaven and Earth the same

Hallowed be Thy name Hallowed be Thy name

Before Amen: A Worship Collection also features Michael W. Smith’s “Lord Have Mercy,” McMillan’s “How He Loves,” All Sons & Daughters’ “All The Poor And Powerless” and Kari Jobe’s “Healer,” as well as the new song “Abba Father” from Planetshakers.

The complete track listing for Before Amen: A Worship Collectionfollows:


Spoken Word Prelude:



2. WHAT A FRIEND (Kathryn Scott)

Father Daddy:

3. ABBA FATHER (Planetshakers)

4. HOW HE LOVES (John Mark McMillan)

You Are Good:

5. YOUR FAITHFULNESS (Brian Doerksen)

I Need Help:

6. MY HOPE (Paul Baloche and Kathryn Scott)

Heal Me:

7. HEALER (Kari Jobe)

Forgive Me:

8. LORD HAVE MERCY (Michael W. Smith)

They Need Help:

9. ALL THE POOR AND POWERLESS (All Sons & Daughters)

Thank You:

10. 10,000 REASONS (Soul Survivor)

In Jesus Name:

11. MY HIGHEST HOPE (Darlene Zschech)

The Prayer:

12. FATHER YOU ARE GOOD (Rita Baloche)

Spoken Word Postlude:



About Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer:

Lucado cites in his new book that every week, more people will pray than will exercise, go to work, or have sex. But when it comes to praying, many don’t know where to begin.

Lucado believes that a vibrant prayer life does not mean your prayers are better or more eloquent than others. Quite the opposite. Lucado says humility combined with confidence provides a God-given prayer strength. Writes Lucado: “Since you matter to God, your prayers matter in heaven. You’re never without hope because you are never without prayer.”

Lucado sprinkles Before Amen with powerful stories of powerful prayers. He also writes about some of his own doubts about prayer, sharing how to overcome disappointment from unanswered prayers and be confident that God hears. Before Amen will allow readers to calm the chaos of life by embracing a prayer life that brings peace and rest.

About Max Lucado:

Max Lucado is the leading inspirational author in United States. His writings have been shaped into bestselling books, videos, devotionals, songs, greeting cards, booklets, Bible studies, commentaries, and theatrically released movies. More than 120 million Lucado products have been printed in 54 languages, including 92 million books to date. Lucado’s books have appeared on national bestseller lists such as The New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly and ECPA. Lucado has been featured on countless national media outlets including The TODAY Show, Good Morning America, Huckabee, and Fox & Friends. Max and his wife of more than 30 years, Denalyn, call San Antonio, Texas, home. Max has served the people of Oak Hills Church for 25 years. (

About Thomas Nelson:

Thomas Nelson publishers is a world leading provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. As part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing Inc., the publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson, is headquartered in Nashville, TN.  For additional information visit

About Integrity Music:

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, Integrity is committed to taking songs of substance to the local church and its leaders around the world. Additional information can be found at

BIG HERO 6 – New Trailer Now Available



BIG HERO 6 – New Trailer Now Available

You all know how much I love Super Heroes!  Here is a movie coming out next month that looks adorable. I’m so excited for this one.

The exciting new trailer for Disney’s BIG HERO 6 and 3 new images are now available!

BIG HERO 6 opens in theatres everyone on November 7th!



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Genre:                                      Animated Action/Comedy/Adventure

Rating:                                      TBA

U.S. Release Date:                    November 7, 2014


Voice Cast:                               Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Maya Rudolph.

Directors:                                  Don Hall & Chris Williams

Producer:                                  Roy Conli

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014.


From Walt Disney Animation Studios (“Frozen,” “Wreck-It Ralph”) comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter), who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.



·       “Big Hero 6” is the 54th feature film from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

·       Disney veteran Don Hall helmed 2011’s “Winnie the Pooh” and has earned screenplay and/or story credits on Disney features, including “Meet the Robinsons,” “Tarzan” and “The Princess and the Frog.” Chris Williams directed the 2008 feature “Bolt,” as well as the short “Glago’s Guest.” Williams was a key member of the “Mulan” story team, and was nominated for an Annie Award for outstanding individual achievement for writing in an animated feature presentation for his work on “The Emperor’s New Groove.”

·       Producer Roy Conli counts among his credits Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 2010 hit “Tangled,” as well as “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Hercules,” “Tarzan” and “Treasure Planet.”


From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.” Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014. For more information, check out, like us on, and follow us on Twitter:

Could it be time to cut your Cable Cord?


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Could it be time to cut your Cable Cord?

Could it be time to cut your cable cord

Fall TV is back, but it may be time to cut the cable cord.

Do what?! Don’t worry, I didn’t say get rid of the TV, just the cable. Stick with me for a few.  I remember a time, not that long ago when we had a house phone. I was in Jr High and caller ID was the next big thing. If my parents wanted to get a hold of me, I had a beeper. I didn’t have a cell phone until my senior year of high school and it was one of those old boxy ones with the earpiece that slid up.  My dad still has a land line but I have not had once since college.

Many Americans have decided to cut their landlines and instead use mobile devices at home. In addition to cutting phone landlines, many Americans have also decided to cut their subscriptions to cable or satellite TV, as they have found alternate ways to stream movies and TV at home via smartphones and tablets.

How much do you spend on Cable each month? I know we have spent anywhere from $80 to $150 a month over the last few years. That’s a nice chunk of change that I could use for other things.

I’m not saying get rid of your TV. While I do understand that there are those who have done that, I know my family and I enjoy watching movies together. There are also quite a few TV shows that I really enjoy.  Did you know that you can also rely on your mobile devices for entertainment purposes within your homes?


One of my favorite things to do on my iPad is stream movies.  There are so many apps like NetflixHulu Plus, and of course iTunes.  Thanks to the reliability of U.S. Cellular’s 4G LTE network I’m able to watch my movies with no issue.  iPads are not the only device you can stream movies on. There are other cutting-edge devices like the Apple iPhone5S or Samsung Galaxy S5.

You can even use your mobile technology to stream entertainment, even if you still use cable and / or satellite TV.  Starz, HBO, and Encore all have their own apps.  These features are really nice when we can’t agree what to watch.  It’s amazing how technology can enable better moments through simplifying and enhancing your life.

Did you know that Americans who no longer subscribe to cable or satellite TV have increased 44 percent in the past four years to 7.6 million households, according to an Experian Marketing Services report?  A recent U.S. Cellular survey revealed that 79 percent of respondents use a smartphone daily. Of those, 84 percent have cable or satellite TV, but 34 percent have considered dropping it for alternate services. Furthermore, 15 percent are likely to discontinue cable or satellite TV in the next year. Smartphones and tablets, such as the 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy S5 and Apple iPad Air, are popular devices to watch downloaded or streaming video.

By using a mobile device with 4G LTE speeds you can keep up with your favorite shows wherever you are.

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If you still like watching movies on the big screen you can reduce your monthly bill by turning to cable alternatives such as Roku. We have one and we’re able to pull up our Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, and more up on it.

Smartphones and tablets have reduced the need to fully depend on a remote control to find your favorite TV show, sporting event or a movie.  You can actually use your phone or tablet as a remote!

With the fall TV season set to debut soon, here are tips and questions to help you decide if it’s time to tune out cable or satellite TV:

  • Determine what TV shows you watch. If your list is small, Google Play and iTunes sell individual TV episodes for $1.99 to $2.99. Season passes are available at a discount rate.
  • Hulu Plus and Netflix offer monthly subscriptions that begin at $7.99, and you can watch HD shows on all of your devices including your computer, tablet or smartphone.
  • Are you already a subscriber to at least one of the above mentioned monthly subscription sites? Then you may be interested in purchasing a streaming media player such as a Roku, Apple TV, orAmazon Fire, which allows you access to thousands of channels, subscriptions services, convenient ways to rent or buy movies, watch on demand shows and play games.
  • Are you always on-the-go and can’t watch your shows when they initially air? Being able to stream them wherever you are from a tablet or smartphone with an inexpensive subscription may be a more efficient way to see your favorite storylines.
  • Do you watch a variety of comedies, dramas and sporting events on a wide range of channels? While alternatives are available, it may be better to keep your cable or satellite service to ensure you can continue to watch everything you want.

 If you have children that have access to devices they can stream TV and Video from I would highly recommend downloading the free Parent Child Agreement to help start a conversation on online safety and usage.

I’m curious, have you cut the cord already? Have you thought about it?

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Sponsored by: Global Girl

Hosted by: Mom Blog Society and Bella Savvy

Here’s a fun giveaway for you. We have two different Global Girl prize packs that we’re giving away. Read on to find out more about the Global Girls, the prize packs, and how you can win! Good luck!

Each Global Girl doll visually tells a story that’s captured through her clothing, and carried on when your child reads her companion book. It’s like taking a look into a window of modern day cultures from around the world, opening each girls mind to the diverse world in which we all live.

This collection consists of 6 ethnically diverse dolls;

  • Vivienne from France
  • Amahle from South Africa
  • Tiffany from the United States
  • Marcela from Argentina
  • Tatiana from Russia
  • Mei Ling from China

Read the full review of a Global Girl doll & companion book here.

One winner will receive the doll of their choice along with an autographed companion book. A second winner will receive the whole collection of autographed companion books (6 total).

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Disclosure: Mom Blog Society received an item for review only and no other compensation for the giveaway. No other bloggers involved in the promotion of this giveaway were compensated in any way for the promotion of this giveaway. The bloggers involved in this giveaway are not responsible for prize shipment or fulfillment. Prize delivery and fulfillment is the responsibility of the sponsor (Global Girl). The winner will be notified via email and has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be selected. Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter are not endorsing or liable for this giveaway.

Win a Flask system + $15 cash via Paypal



Flask system + $15 cash via Paypal Giveaway

Multi Flask Button Flask system + $15 cash via Paypal #giveaway
Sponsored by Multi Flask
Organized by Budget Earth

Do you love the idea having only one bottle for safely taking a variety of different drinks on the go? If so, we think you will love the Multi Flask! This innovative drink system is a set of bottles that is actually eight different bottles in one! You can drink a variety of different hot and cold beverages, and have them exactly to your liking. You can infuse your favorite water with natural fruit juices, juice fruit for flavored water, or even steep tea using the top-sealing tea basket. With this bottle, you will not only save space, but have amazing drinks that you can bring with you anywhere. To learn more, make sure to read Budget Earth’s Multi Flask review!

Would you love to try this bottle out for yourself? We are excited to be working with Multi Flask on this awesome giveaway! One lucky reader will win their very own Multi Flask system + $15 cash via Paypal (cash paid by Budget Earth). To learn more, make sure to read the rules below and then enter through the Rafflecopter.

Drinking in Style Sweepstakes

  • One lucky reader will win a Flask system + $15 cash via Paypal (cash paid by Budget Earth)
  • Open to US ONLY.
  • Winners will be chosen at random
  • Sweepstakes ends September 27th at 11:59pm ET.
  • Winner will be notified via email.
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
  • Budget Earth is not responsible for non-cash portion of prize fulfillment, and is responsible for the cash portion.
  • Must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • Only one entrant per household.
  • Void where prohibited.
  • Entering the giveaway form means you agree to terms above.
  • Good Luck!

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Disclosure: This blog did not receive compensation for this giveaway. Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest are in no way associated with this sweepstakes. Prize fulfillment will not be handled by Budget Earth.

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Make Yourself At Home: Cosmetics vs Homemade Night Creams



Make Yourself At Home: Cosmetics vs Homemade Night Creams         
When you’re busy all day with barely a moment to sit down, it’s hard to remember to look after your skin. Night time is the best opportunity to remedy this: cover your skin in a rich moisturizing night cream like Olay Regenerist night cream or something homemade, and go to sleep. While you sleep, your skin will be regenerating and the cream will sink in deep and go to work.
But what type of night creams are the best? And are there any home remedies which will do the trick?
Choose for your skin type
You’re looking to moisturize your skin while you sleep, but if you have oily or combination skin then you need to choose carefully so your skin doesn’t get overloaded. Night creams are ideal if your skin is dry, as your skin will have more time to absorb the moisture.
Be patient
It’s not going to have an overnight effect; you need to wait a few days or weeks of using it every day before you see results.  And the result you will see is smoother, healthier looking skin.
If you’d like to avoid chemicals and save a little money, DIY face creams are an interesting for very little expenditure. It’s natural and there are no hidden ingredients. There are many recipes online for various ‘make it yourself’ night creams, so you won’t find yourself short of options or suggestions.
Make your own: olive oil night cream
Olive oil locks in moisture while you sleep, so your skin gets as much hydration as possible. It’s full of antioxidants which will improve your skin’s health. This recipe also contains coconut oil, which is hydrating and full of vitamins. Top all of that off with added Vitamin E, and you’ve got a recipe for healthy skin overnight!
Make your own: ‘miracle’ night cream
Mix coconut oil, beeswax, almond oil, shea butter, aloe vera gel and a bunch of other healthy ingredients together and you’ll wake up looking refreshed and bright, with detoxified and hydrated skin.
With a little time and pampering, you’ll find that your new before bed night cream routine will leave your skin feeling refreshed and looking younger. Give it a little time to work, and there are options for everyone, no matter what your skin type or even if you’d like to avoid shop bought products.