Awards Season Giveaway From Fandango/FandangoNOW (giveaway ends 1/28/17)


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It’s awards season. Actually, the season kicked off back on October (2016) with the announcement of the Critics Choice Documentary Awards nominees (October 10, 2016). Awards season ends on February 26, 2017 with the biggest award of them all – The Academy Awards (Oscars).

There is still more than a month away from the Oscars, but there is already plenty of buzz about some front runners who might just walk away with the most prestigious award.

Some films who are front runners for Best Picture include;

Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea

According to IndieWire, other contenders include;

Hacksaw Ridge 
Hidden Figures
Nocturnal Animals 

How many of these films have YOU seen? Personally I’ve only seen Deadpool and Hell or High Water. I want to see La La Land and Noctural Animals.



Many of the film’s that could walk away with the Oscar for best picture are still playing locally (at least where I live). Moonlight, Lion, Fences, La La Land and Hidden Figures are currently playing in our local movie theater.

When we plan on going to the movies we always purchase our tickets online at Fandango. Not only does purchasing our tickets from Fandango help us to skip the lines, it also lets us see what seats are available and allows us to pick out the ideal seats (depending on the theater).

Once we purchase our tickets online I simply print them out and show them to the person at the theater who collects tickets. There is no need to wait online (unless you want something from the concession stand).

Fandango also has a companion site, FandangoNOW where you can purchase or rent movies and television shows – including some award nominated films and television shows. You can watch them online or download them to approved devices.

If you are looking for a great gift idea, Fandango and FandangoNOW gifts cards are a great option. The recipient can use them to enjoy current movies in their local movie theater, or they can rent or purchase their favorite films and television shows online.

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For the first time, Fandango is offering gift cards good for award-worthy movies on the big screen (via Fandango) and on digital platforms (with FandangoNOW).

With awards season, Fandango has you covered for all your movie news and needs, from the big screen to your screen!

You can learn more about the latest movie news, nominated films, awards shows, movie news, trailers and more by visiting the Fandango Movie Awards page.  I appreciate this page. It’s given me more information about the nominated films I didn’t know much about (like Fences and Moonlight). It’s a great resource for movie lovers.

You can also check out the Awards Season Gift Card, which can be found here. You can pick one up for yourself or grab a few for gifts (birthday, anniversary, Easter basket…).



To help you catch up on some of the most talked about films of awards season, Fandango/FandangoNOW would like to give two lucky readers $25 Fandango/FandangoNOW gift cards (each winner gets one $25 gift card). The winners can use the gift cards to see movies in theaters or purchase/rent movies online.

These giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on January 28, 2017. The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me which movie you are most anxious to see (in theaters or purchase/rent online)?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I will be receiving the same prize in exchange for my participation. There is no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Toys for the Holiday



Are you still looking for some great gifts to put under the tree for your child, grandchild, niece or nephew? If you answer “yes,” look no further than your local Whole Foods Market. That’s right – your local grocery store.

Whole Foods Market has teamed up with PBS KIDS by launching new holiday items for their line of responsibly-sourced toys.

Not only are these toys environmentally friendly, but they also give back – to the PBS mission of education for all children. 100% of profits for the supplier, PBS, go back to their non-profit work. All products give 1% to Whole Kids Foundation, which helps give parents, teachers and children more tools and opportunities to eat well.

Some of the PBS KIDS’ responsibly-sourced PlanToys and Aurora Plush animals are  pictured above and below.


I LOVE the plush toys! They look adorable. I wish we had a Whole Foods Market local to us. I would purchase the plush toys not only for gifts, but also for myself. I love to collect soft, cuddly, plush animals. The Llama (?) and Ferret (?) pictured above are especially cute.

I received a couple of toys from the collection to review.


Honey Bee Stacker 

All little ones should experience the fun of a stacker toy. Normally they are made of cheap plastic with colorful rings. This set is a much better option. It’s made from wood and meant to last for many years (this is something that could be passed down in a family).

Stacker toys are a great way to teach even a young child about shapes and sizes. The “objective” is to stack the rings on top of each other from largest to smallest.

I love the adorable little bee the sits on top.

When not in use I think this makes an adorable nursery/toddler room decoration.


Safari Animal Outdoor Croquet Set

I haven’t had the opportunity to play with this set yet. I am donating it to the classroom where I work. I thought this would be a great toy to enjoy indoors when it’s too cold or raining to go outside. We have use of the gym in the afternoon.

This is a classic croquet set. The objective is to hit the balls under the wooden arches.

This set is very well made. I love that it’s made out of wood. Under normal use this set could last for many, many years.

Even adults could have fun with this game too (although the mallets are a bit short for adults).

Not only are the PlanToys and Aurora Plush toys very well made, I think it’s a “win-win” situation that proceeds from the sales goes to children’s charities.

You can find these and other toys are your local Whole Foods Market. To find a location near you visit WholeFoodsMarket.com. The brand can also be found on social media.



*I received free samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Holiday gifts for man’s best friend


Our dog Espn and our kids taken a few years ago at Christmas time.

Our dog Espn and our kids taken a few years ago at Christmas time.

Christmas is less than a week away. We’re going to “blink” and it will be all over with and we’ll be ready to pack up our holiday decorations until next year. Sigh… time flies too quickly.

Are you done with your holiday shopping yet? We are for the most part but my husband did mention last night that we didn’t get much for our pets for Christmas this year. Normally I do buy them things but this year they received their gifts before Christmas. For example, our cats received a brand new, huge cat scratcher a few weeks ago after they totally destroyed their old one. And our dog always gets a new toy whenever I go to the pet store – even if I’m not going for him. A couple of weeks ago we stopped in for fish food and filters for the fish tank. Our dog got a toy from that trip.

I’d like to think that we spoil them year round and that we don’t need Christmas to treat them special. They are always treated that way.

If you love to give your furry friend gifts for the holiday, Petmate has the paw-fect gift.

Petmate®, the worldwide leader of solutions and excellence in the pet industry providing fun trusted, quality products to enhance the lives of pets and their families, has some fun new ideas for the holiday season.


Holiday Heggies

  • These quirky characters are soft and cuddly
  • Perfect for all sized dogs who like to love on their toys
  • Grunting sound drives dogs wild!
  • New Characters include an Ornament, Elf and Angel

MSRP: $9.99

Oh my goodness! These are beyond adorable! They are way too cute to give to your dog to mangle and chew to pieces.

We have one of these adorable critters (an angel) and it’s sitting on the back of the love seat with our other plush holiday toys. I haven’t the heart to give it to our dog because I know it’s going to end up all a mess.


Aspen Pet® Luxe Velvet Collection

  • Updated classic styles in the Fall season’s most updated fabric – Velvet!
  • Textured velvet adds visual interest
  • Tufting adds a tailored look and feel
  • MSRP and Sizing:
    • 27×36 Luxe Pillow Bed $29.99
    • 21×19 Wrap Lounger $29.99


We have the wrap lounger (same color). Our dog Espn love it. I think it’s because he can snuggle inside of it (I think it’s a safety/security kind of thing). Of course he has to fight our cats for it. Two of our five cats have claimed it as theirs, so at any given time there is usually a dog (or cat) snuggled up inside of the bed.

The bed is so soft and plush. I wish I could curl up on it and go to sleep.

I like the size too. It’s just right for our dog and cats. It’s not too big and not too small.


Chuckit! Sport LX Launchers System

  • New LX Launchers designed for family play!
  • Lacrosse style basket allows throwing and catching, plus hands-free, slobber-free pickup
  • Sport LX sells as a two launcher bundle
  • Includes medium tennis ball
  • MSRP: $19.99


I wish our dog wasn’t ill. Something like this would be fun for him.

If you have a dog that loves to run, jump and chase things this toy is a must have. You will need a backyard or park where you an “chuck it.”

I have seen these in action. They are super cool. It sure beats tossing a ball the old fashioned way.


JW Hol-ee Wobbler

  • Top half holds treats while bottom half is weighted and auto rights
  • Made of durable rubber
  • Comparable to medium Hol-ee Roller
  • Comes in assorted colors: red, green, blue
  • MSRP: $9.99


JW Hol-ee Egg

  • Center cavity can hold treats or squeaker ball that helps keep dogs interest with closed off ends
  • Available in two sizes to match comparable small and medium Hol-ee Rollers
  • Made of durable rubber
  • Comes in assorted colors: orange, green and blue
  • MSRP and Sizing:
    • Small: $7.99
    • Medium: $9.99


JW Mixed Up Cuz

  • All the benefits of a ball with some added style
  • One size for all dogs
  • New mixed material construction combines durable nylon

With thermoplastic rubber for a whole new effect

  • Comes in assorted colors
  • MSRP and Sizing:
    • JW Mixed Zig Zag Cuz: $9.99
    • JW Mixed Ying Yang  Cuz: $9.99
    • JW Mixed Ribbed Cuz: $9.99

These are all fun toys for your best friend.

You can find Petmate toys in many pet stores across the country.

For more information on these and other Petmate products visit Petmate.com. The brand is also found on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.



*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Spoil the Animal Lover in Your Life with IMAD


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It’s always nice to find the “perfect” gift for that special someone on your holiday shopping list. It’s even nicer when the gift you are giving also helps out a charity – or shall I say – a gift that gives back.

When it comes to holiday shopping I will look for gifts that help make a difference. I also think it’s important to think about charities year round and not just during the holiday season. That means, if I need to buy a birthday gift or an anniversary gift, I will strongly consider gifts that give back in some way over regular gifts.

Do you have an animal lover in your life? I’m an animal lover. I think our five cats, dog and Goldfish should give you some idea of how much we love and appreciate animals. If we had the money I would open my own rescue facility and/or a working farm (on a farm I can have cows, chickens, horses…).

Since I am such a big time animal lover, I love to support charities that help out animals. It doesn’t matter if it’s the animal shelter down the street or a charity that protect black rhinos in Africa. All animals deserve to have a long, happy and health life – big or small.

A brand called IMAD is a jewelry company that uses fashion as a way to raise awareness for the injustice animals face worldwide, such as pollution, poaching, dog fighting and more. IMAD offers a wide range of necklaces, pendants, gemstones, key chains and treats.


IMAD has an amazing collection of animal-themed pendants to get you in the giving back spirit. From the black rhino and the Sumatran elephant to pit bulls and rottweilers, IMAD is devoted to making the world a better place for critically endangered animals and mistreated dogs.

Each time you purchase an IMAD pendant, $1 of that sale will be donated to the Animal Welfare Institute, an organization dedicated to the better treatment of all animals.

IMAD pendants are beautifully made and features the name of the animal engraved on the back with a leaf that symbolizes its use of recycled bronze.

In addition to helping out animals and wildlife, IMAD jewelry is also eco-friendly.

I have a necklace from IMAD that features a Golden Retriever, which is a very popular dog breed. It comes with an 18″ necklace.


It’s a decent sized pendant (a little bigger than a quarter) and it looks really nice on, especially if you are wearing a blouse with a “V” neckline.

It’s heavy, but not too heavy, in weight too.

There are a variety of dog breeds available include Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, Pitt Bull, Pug, Chihuahua and more. Of course they also feature the Black Rhino, Tiger, Gorilla, Elephant and other endangered wildlife.

This holiday season, help make an animals life a little brighter by purchasing a stylish accessory from the Domestic & Endangered Animal Pendant Collection at IMAD. Not only will you be stylishly accessorized, but you’ll also feel good by doing good wearing an “I Made Difference” necklace.

If you would like to learn more, or to make a purchase, visit IMadJewelry.com. You can also check them out on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.

You can also see what others are saying by checking out the hashtags #IMAD, #IMADJewlry and #MakeADifference.

What do you think of this jewelry line? Did you see a piece you like? Would you consider gifting a piece of jewelry from IMAD?



*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Who will YOU be in 2017?


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Can you believe it’s almost the dawn of a new year? Wasn’t it just Valentines Day? It seems like we had Halloween decorations up just weeks ago. It’s hard to believe it’s almost the end of another year.

When it comes to a new year, do you get excited for it? Do you see it as another year full of possibilities?

Are you someone who makes resolutions? Not me. I gave up making resolutions many years ago. I found that when I made resolutions I usually fell flat on my face a couple of weeks later and gave up.

Instead of resolutions I just try and do more positive things for myself and my family. I try and make better choices. I try and set small, obtainable goals.

For some people it’s important for them to reinvent themselves in the new year. Maybe you are getting over a divorce. Maybe you hoping for a job promotion. Or maybe you had a lot of set backs in 2016 and you are determined to live the life you are meant to be in 2017.

Who ever you currently are, or who you plan on becoming, why not have a fragrance to not only match who you are, but also to inspire you.

Let me introduce you to I Am Fragrance.

Every woman is unique, authentic, and exudes beauty and grace in her own way.  Identity is something that is so personal, yet so universal, as women we are always searching for new ways to express our confidence and sense of individual self.  Subsequently, there is no one-size-fits-all fragrance for for every woman, as each woman is empowered and uplifted by a different encompassing scent.

I Am Fragrance aims to embody the power of women everywhere in a way no perfume brand has done before: by inspiring a connection to our higher selves through uplifting scents, encouraging women to unlock their own spiritual and healing powers, and providing a revolutionary line of custom fragrances meant to channel our innermost authenticity.

Each masterfully blended fragrance is paired with a soul-enriching mantra to create connection between mind and memory, body and soul. I Am Me is a scent that hits toplines of luscious melon, tangy green apple, and exotic flowers for the ultimate release of inhibitions, welcoming curiosity and contradiction, while the I Am Blessed collection boasts sweet mandarin, lemon, morning jasmine and musk for the ultimate gratified experience. Choose from scents like I Am Good for a reminder that there’s magic in every moment, or I Am Peace for the scent that aligns heart and mind to help you find serenity.


I Am Fragrance shows the world who you are while inspiring you to be the woman you always aspired to be.

I know some ladies enjoy having a signature scent. I get it. I think that is a great idea. But some people, like myself, are not always the same person every day. Some days I’m feeling silly. Some days I’m feeling blue. Other days I feel joyous or sexy. Why not have a scent to match all my moods?

Here is a breakdown of the various I Am Fragrances.

I am blessed.  My life is rich with simple pleasures.  I seek and find blessings everywhere. Sweet mandarin, lemon, morning jasmine, cyclamen, musk, precious woods  

I am hot. I am a dazzling force of nature.  Like bright beams of shimmering sunlight, I am irresistible.  Floral nectar, spicy citrus tea, honey, vanilla, amber

I am free. Wondrous new delights await me.  My heart does somersaults of bliss.  I am free to be me. Fresh bergamot, peach, cinnamon, vetiver, sandalwood

I am naughty.  With a playful wink, I whisper and tease.  This joyful life is mine to share. Wild berry, cocoa, violet, jasmine, vanilla, warm amber

I am me.  I am a true original.  Along my journey to the stars, I write my name across the sky. Luscious melon, tangy green apple, exotic flowers, precious woods

I am peace. Haloed in sweet serenity, I fly to new heights with grace and ease. White bouquet of tuberose, jasmine, peony, sandalwood

I am true.  Like an arrow, my intuition guides me.  To my inner-voice, I am true.  White musk, tiare, frangipani, jasmine

I am love.  I surrender my heart and love finds a way.  Like a coveted gift, I am open…joyful.  Sweet coconut, fresh licorice, rich woods, tonka bean, amber

I am naked.  I am a natural woman. Aglow in moonlight, radiant as the sun, perfect just as I am. Bergamot, wild berry, geranium, ylang ylang, violet, sandalwood, oakmoss

I am divine.  I open my eyes and the world astounds me.  Life is brilliant.  I am inspired.  Sensual amber, sweet musk, sandalwood, dry vanilla

I am good.  Like a sunbeam, my heart is light. In every moment, I see the good.  Exotic mandarin, rich mimosa, jasmine, warm honey

I received a variety of I Am Fragrance products to review.

What I really like the most out of these fragrances is that each one is unique. No two smell alike.

These are also “clean” scents (for lack of a better description). They don’t have chemical smells to them. They smell homemade with natural ingredients. They don’t smell artificial.

These are also light scents. They are not strong and powerful where you feel like they are overwhelming you. I am NOT a fan of strong scents. I prefer subtle, light fragrances. I want to give others a hint of scent – not an overpowering one.

I hate when I am in the mall or a store and a woman walks by with perfume so strong it makes you want to gag. You will not have to worry about that with these beautiful scents.


You can even mix and match these fragrance to create one that is truly unique to you. I have done that a few times. I like to see what new scents I can come up with.

Sometimes I wear one scent on one wrist and another scent on another. I just really enjoy how these fragrances smell and sometimes I don’t know what scent I am in the mood for.

You don’t have to follow along with the fragrance’s name either. If I am Peace makes you feel sexy, then wear that scent for your sexy moments. If I am Blessed makes you feel more confident, that choose to wear that scent for those moments you want to feel strong and confident.

To be honest, it was hard to pick my ultimate favorite scent. I think each one is beautiful. Each one suits a “mood.”

I Am Fragrance would not only make a great gift this holiday season, but they are also a great gift for yourself.

The scents are available individually as well as part of bigger collections. Hand cream, body wash and lotions are also available in each scent.

For more information visit IAmFragrance.com. The brand can also be found on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. Their links are found on the bottom right of their website.

What do you think about I Am Fragrance? Do you like the idea of a unique fragrance to suit who you are and/or who you’d like to be? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.



*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Looking for a last minute gift idea? Give the gift of entertainment

holiday shopping

It’s crunch time! Christmas and Hanukah are less than a week away. Have you completed your holiday shopping list yet?

I think we are done shopping. I would have loved to have picked up a few more things for our kids but we already exhausted our holiday budget. They are also teenagers. They don’t need a zillion gifts like a child would. Plus their gifts costs more than they did when they were kids (I think gifting our daughter a new car battery and an oil change is a wee bit more expensive than a Barbie doll. LOL!).

If you have someone on your holiday shopping list that enjoys great movies and television shows, why not gift them a one year subscription to Netflix?

Netflix stars out at only $7.99/mo. There are other plans for people who want to stream on multiple devices. For a six month subscription you’ll be paying around $50. For a one year subscription it will be about $100.

When you think about it a quality gift if going to cost you in the $50 range. I think six months of unlimited movies, original series and favorite television shows – available 24/7 – is a great gift idea.

Netflix is great for everyone – young and old.

Our daughter never goes a day without watching her favorite series on Netflix.

Netflix has so much to offer. Check out some of the new series arriving this month.


My husband and I binge watched the first season of Fuller House in two nights. Over the holiday break we’ll no doubt binge watch the second season too.

Just in time for long holiday trips “over the river and through the woods” to grandma’s house, Netflix recently announced that members can now download many of their favorite series and movies at no extra cost.

To start downloading today, make sure your Netflix app is updated to the latest version and head to the ‘Available for Download’ menu on your tablet or mobile device. Don’t miss out on all the Netflix movies and series available to take with you, anywhere you go.

Coming to Netflix this week is a new series from Dreamwork Animation called Trollhunters. The new series will provide families with 13 hours of adventure, suspense and limitless imagination.


Sadly, Anton Yelchin was killed earlier this year. I guess his character will have to be voiced by another actor for their second season.

Most kids are off from school the week after Christmas. Trollhunters is a great way to ward off boredom.

DreamWorks Trollhunters can help parents keep the whole clan excited with 250+ inspiring moments from the epic saga. And parents, this is no ordinary kids fare… you’re just as likely to get hooked.


To get you even more excited about the new series, Netflix has some DIY projects to make your own sword and Hard Rock Candy (my husband loves Hard Rock Candy).

Simply click on each image to get the instructions you can download and/or print out.



If you would like to learn more about Netflix, or to check out the new series, visit Netflix.com. You can also find them on social media (all of the links are found on their website).

Are you a fan of Netflix?

Would you gift (or like to be gifted) a membership to Netflix?

Do you plan on checking out Trollhunters? Why or why not? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.



*I receive free membership in exchange for my participation. There is no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.

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