My Pretty Playhouse Giveaway!

There is nothing more exciting than to watch a child’s imagination come alive!  Zack and Bella have always had a very vivid imagination.  I can remember when both kids were little and they had imaginary friends…anytime we got in the car I had to make sure their “friends” were in the car too.  If I didn’t, one of them would scream that I left a friend behind or one time I ran one over.  Ooops!

Cascades, an ecological products boutique, fosters a child’s love for imagination by offering the My Pretty Playhouse.  This playhouse is made in Canada from 100% recyclable cardboard.  Here are a few stats on the playhouse:

  •  Dimensions:  35″x32″x55″ (88.9 cm x 81.3 cm x 139.7 cm)
  • Recommended for ages 3 and older
  • 100% recycled cardboard
  • Easy to assemble
  • Safe
  • Stores easily in the original box
  • Includes 2 doors, 2 windows, 1 skylight and a mailbox
  • Can be recycled when outgrown
  • Made in Canada from recycled fibers recovered in Canada and the United States

One of the things I like about the playhouse is that you can decorate it any way you would like.  Give the kids some markers and they can spend hours customizing their house to their liking!  If I had one, I would totally make it look like a gingerbread house!

For each playhouse sold in Canada and the United States, Cascades will donate $2.00 to the Habitat for Humanity!!

Guess what…one lucky winner can win a My Pretty Playhouse!!  Read on for details!!

Cascades Boutiques

*picture courtesy of the Cascades Boutiques website


This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.  You must complete the mandatory entry first before any additional entries will be accepted.  Please put each entry in a new comment.  Thank you and good luck!!

Mandatory Entry:

Visit the Cascades website and check out the other things they have to offer and come back here and tell me one thing you would like.

**Once you’ve completed the mandatory entry, you can have as many entries as you like by just plain commenting…they need to be complete thoughts please.  Tell me a joke, like my Facebook or Twitter page, tweet or post this as your Facebook status…whatever you would like!!  The possibilities are endless!

This giveaway will run from today (11/7/2012) until November 17, 2012 at 9pm EST.  One winner will be chosen at random using the “And the Winner is” plugin.  An email will be sent to the winner and they will have 48 hours to respond with their shipping information or a new winner will be determined.  

*I did not receive any compensation for this post.  I am doing a giveaway because I think all of you will like it!

The Muppet Christmas Carol on Blu-Ray!

It is hard to  believe that The Muppet Christmas Carol is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary.  That makes me feel so old!  I was 11 when this movie came out and I remember it like it was yesterday!  But it still makes me feel incredibly old to say that I was 11, 20 years ago!  Nevertheless, on November 6, 2012, the holiday story inspired by Charles Dickens will make it’s Blu-ray debut!

Here is a word from Gonzo (I LOVE Gonzo!!):

Greetings, holiday movie fans and lovers of culture, I am Gonzo…or perhaps better known to fans of this classic motion picture as literary legend Charles Dickens.  Are you ready to laugh, cry, sing, frolic, cavort and enjoy yourself beyond belief!?  Well, you’re in luck, because this 20th Anniversary Edition of Disney’s “The Muppet Christmas Carol” is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit that will stay with you forever–or at least until your Aunt Edna starts complaining that nobody is eating the fruitcake she brought…again!

Available for the first time ever on Blu-ray with high definition sound and picture, so you can enjoy even more of my blue-ness, not to mention the incredible spectacle of Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as Emily Cratchit, Academy Award winner Michael Caine (Best Supporting Actor, 1999, “The Cider House Rules”) as Scrooge, wonderful songs by Oscar winner Paul Williams (Best Original Song, 1976, “Evergreen” from “A Star is Born”) and, of course, my pal Rizzo the Rat as…well, Rizzo the Rat.

This is a heartwarming and hilarious holiday classic, told as never before by yours truly!  Yule love it!

Blu-ray Bonus Features:

  • Disney Intermission — An all-new bonus feature.  When the film is paused, fans can watch and “cluck-a-long” to five classic holiday-themed songs performed by the Muppets Chickens and chums.
  • Audio Commentary — All new audio commentary with fan-favorite characters, Kermit, Rizzo, Gonzo, and more, all reflecting on their experience making “The Muppet Christmas Carol”.
  • Frogs, Pigs and Humbug:  Unwrapping a New Holiday Classic.  A Behind the Scenes Look — Hosted by director Brian Henson, Gonzo and Rizzo fans go behind-the-scenes fo the making of “The Muppet Christmas Carol”.
  • Blooper Reel:  “On the Set” — Bloopers from the set of the film.
  • Pepe Profiles Gonzo:  “Portraits of the Artist as a Young Weirdo” — A special look at the man, the myth, the legend the Great Gonzo, hosted by the one and only Pepe the King Prawn.
  • Christmas Around the World — Gonzo and Rizzo take a look at how Christmas is celebrated all over the planet.

DVD Bonus Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Brian Henson
  • Blooper Reel
  • Pepe Profiles Presents “Gonzo:  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Weirdo”
  • Christmas Around the World

The Muppet Christmas Carol makes it’s debut on Blu-ray on November 6, 2012 and the suggested retail price is $19.99 (U.S.) and $24.99 (Canada).


**I received a copy of The Muppet Christmas Carol on Blu-ray for the purpose of this review.  No other compensation was given.  All opinions are solely are mine.

What Do You Get Grandparents Who Have it All for Christmas?

Buying presents for my parents and my in-laws for Christmas is really difficult.  They literally have it all.  And if they don’t, they get whatever they want when they want.  Sure we can get them gift certificates to the movies or their favorite restaurant…but that gets old after awhile.  I know some people give  pictures of the grandchildren and while that is nice, I know that my parents only have so much space to put pictures out and they already get their school picture in October…so giving more pictures in December doesn’t really make sense.  For us at least.

A few years ago I was a Creative Memories consultant and I started making all the grandparents and great-grandparents photo calendars for Christmas.  They loved it!  Everyone needs a calendar and what better than to have a beautiful 8×8 or 12×12 picture of their grandchildren every month?!?  And of course they are themed pictures according to the month!  In September I put pictures of their first day of school; October I put their Halloween pictures; and on their birthdays, I put pictures of them from their party the year before.  Here’s an example of one of my calendar pages:

diy Christmas gift

When the kids were much younger, I had all these grand visions of getting cute little themed outfits to put them in and having photo shoots in our living room.  I wanted to dress them up as Mr. and Mrs Claus for December; Leprechauns for March; Little professors for September; and so on.  But of course, time got away from me and I never got that chance.  Now at eight and six, I doubt they will let me dress them up like that!

So what do you get for people who have it all?  Because I could use all the gift ideas I can get…I haven’t started my photo calendars yet for this Christmas and I fear I am running out of time.

Kmart and The Big Layaway Giveaway!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kmart for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Did you know that the holiday season is a little over 3 months away?!?  My husband and I have been talking quite a bit about holiday gifts for the kids.  I don’t want to get them a ton of little toys that they only play with over the break from school and then they get tossed in the basement.  I was thinking about a Kindle Fire.  I figured they could play games on it, read books, etc.

My husband and I don’t usually get each other gifts for Christmas.  We’ll let the kids pick out something for us and that’s it.  Unless there is something we need.  Then we just wrap it up.  This year we will be getting each other a garage door opener.  Ours has been broken for quite some time.

Did you know that Kmart offeres free layaway?  I’m pretty excited about this!  I hate spending money on things like garage door openers, but I could put it on layaway and save up the money and then pay it off!  Here’s how Kmart’s layaway works:

  1. Bring the item or items you want to put on layaway up to the Kmart counter.
  2. Pay a down payment for the items you are putting on layaway.
  3. Make payments every two weeks.
  4. Pick your item or items up after your last payment has been made.

Check out this chart on how Kmart’s lawaway stacks up against the competition:


Right now Kmart is hosting Kmart’s Big Layaway Giveaway from September 9, 2012, through November 17, 2012.  There will be one winner at every store every week!  Simply put items in layaway and if you win, your balance will be paid off and the items will be yours!!  Can you imagine putting ALL of your holiday gifts in layaway and winning this contest?!?  How awesome would that be?  Here is what I would love to put in lawaway and win:


What items would you put on layaway?

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Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3, Viva La Fiesta on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital!

Papi (voice of George Lopez) and Chloe (voice of Odette Annable) are back in this fun loving movie that is perfect for the whole family!  With the inspirational message to find and celebrate your inner strength, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3, Viva La Fiesta reminds both humans and canines about the importance of family, friends and teamwork.

It’s canine chaos as Papi’s family (both dog and human) move into the posh Langham Hotel, complete with a luxurious doggy spa.  But there’s trouble in puppy paradise when Rosa, the littlest member of the pack, feels smaller and less special than ever.

If you fell in love with these lovable pets in the past with the box office hit, Beverly Hills Chihuahuas and Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, you are sure to love Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3, Viva La Fiesta.  This movie is based on the characters created by Jeff Bushell, the film is written by Dana Starfield.  It is directed by Lev L. Spiro and produced by Sara E. White.

Interested in the movie?  I bet you are!  The film will be available on September 18, 2012 (that’s in two days!!) and will be on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital!  At a running time of approximately 89 minutes, this is the perfect family movie night film!  Order a pizza, pop some popcorn and snuggle with your loved ones!

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*I was provided with a copy of Beverly Hills Chihuahua on Blu-ray for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are solely mine.