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Entertainment on the go with TV Everywhere (giveaway ends 8/10/15)

 

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Summer can be either a very busy time for people – or a time to sit back, relax and unwind. For some people it’s a combination of both.

Lately we have been trying to do things with our kids (day trips) to local museums and attractions. I’m also looking forward to having a day off or two just to get some R&R.

Years ago my husband was lounging on our balcony, trying to keep up with a baseball game on his cellphone (reading the scores). My husband talked about how he had a tiny black and white television he used to drag out to the balcony of his old place to watch TV. He wished he could do it again, but not on a black and white TV.

Now you can enjoy your favorite television programming whether you are sitting outside your home, stuck at an airport or lounging poolside with TV Everywhere. It’s the best way to watch TV on the go.

I haven’t heard of TV Everywhere until now. Where has this technology been all these years?

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With TV Everywhere technology, you can watch on your mobile devices, wherever you are. Now it’s easy to keep up with the newest TV series, sports, news and events — live and on demand — through your cable TV provider, all at no additional cost.

At home, you can watch your favorite TV show on a tablet, laptop or game console in one room while others watch on the big screen in another room. Away from home, all you need is WiFi access and you could be watching TV — at the kids’ soccer practice, in an airport or coffee shop, waiting for an appointment — wherever your day takes you.

This is awesome! This sure beats the little back and white television my husband used to drag out to the balcony to watch a ballgame. Now he can watch it in full color as it happens on his smartphone or one of our tablets.

I especially like the idea of being able to catch up on my favorite shows while waiting in a doctor’s office (you know how long those waits can be). You can even watch television on your lunch break at work.

I always have my phone on me, so most of the time I would probably use my smartphone to access TV Everywhere. We also have several tablets, so I could easily tote one of them along with me too.

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This is such an easy and convenient solution for keeping yourself entertained on the go as well as never missing out on your favorite shows.

I would use TV Everywhere a lot during football season. My husband monopolizes the television watching all the games. He literally watches from first thing in the morning until the last game ends at 11 or 12 at night. I usually find things to do (clean, blog, watch a DVD) but there are times I also like to watch television. Now with TV Everywhere I can watch TV when I want to.

Best of all – TV Everywhere is FREE! It’s an extension of your current cable provider. You will need WIFI in order to access the content.

Currently these are the cable providers that work with TV Everywhere.

Cable Providers

Some of the channels available with TV Everywhere include A+E, Fox, HBO, NBCU, TWC, Univision and more.

Channels

If you would like to learn more about TV Everywhere please visit TVEverywhereNow.com. You can also see what others have to say with the hashtag #TVEverywhere.

What do you think about TV Everywhere? Does it sound like a service you would like to have?

TV Everywhere would love to give a lucky reader the following prize package;

(1) $50.00 Visa Gift Card

(1) TV Everywhere Tablet Cover

Thanks TV Everywhere!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on Auguts 10, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner 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 when you would use TV Everywhere?

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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Kimberly

*I received compensation in exchange for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. TV Everywhere will provide the prize package. 

 

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Get your laundry smelling clean with Mrs. Meyers’s Clean Day Scent Boosters (giveaway ends 8/8/15)

 

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If you read my blog on a regular basis you have probably read how much I enjoy scents. I love all kinds of scents. I have a nice collection of oils, sprays, candles, plugins… anything that can make my home smell good and inviting.

I like to use scents according to the holidays and season. During the fall I love the scent of pumpkin, caramel and apple. In the winter its all about REAL pine scent (aka – Christmas Tree scent). In the spring I love floral scents (especially lilac) and in the summer I enjoy beachy/tropical scents.

I love scented products too like soap and cleaning products. I used to always buy soap from a major retailer because I loved their scents. That is until they increased the price significantly. Even on sale they are just too expensive.

Are you familiar with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products? I have blogged about them in the past.

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All Mrs. Meyer’s products are cruelty-free, biodegradable, packaged in recyclable bottles, and are free of ammonia, chlorine bleach, parabens and phthalates.

I have used several Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products in the past including dish soap and surface cleaners.

Mrs. Meyer’s has a product in their product line called Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Scent Boosters.

The Scent Boosters are made specifically for your laundry to help add a touch of fragrance to your laundry. Available scents include Peony, Lavender and Lemon Verbena.

The new laundry line has recently partnered with Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target™, a product collection of 31 leading natural, organic and sustainable brands.  At the heart of Made to Matter is an assortment of great products made with simple, recognizable ingredients that are designed to be better for everyone and accessible to anyone.

I am thrilled that more and more brands are creating products that are better for you and better for our environment. Who says we need to have products made with made made ingredients we can’t even pronounce when naturally made products work just as well, if not better.

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Scent Boosters are available exclusively at Target stores nationwide and at MrsMeyers.com, which currently offers free shipping!

Mrs Meyer's Scent Boosters

I have a lovely giveaway for a lucky reader which includes three bottles of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Scent Boosters in the following scents – Peony, Lavender and Lemon Verbena.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on August 8, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner 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 why you’d like to win this prize package?

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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Kimberly

*I received a gift card in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Get “wild” with new books from National Geographic Kids Books (giveaway ends 7/23/15)

 

Summer Reading

Do you enjoy reading when you are lounging poolside? Or do you like to take along a book to enjoy while listening to the sounds of the beach?

Summer is a great time to catch up on all the reading you have been meaning to do the rest of the year. Even children who normally have a lot of homework to do can now enjoy some great reading since they have plenty of time on their hands.

Some schools require summer reading and ask students to keep a log of the books they read. I’m all for encouraging and promoting reading but I think making it mandatory kind of stinks, especially when you have a “reluctant reader” who might prefer to read something they are interested in instead of a pre-assigned book list.

If your child or grandchild loves to read – especially books about animals – I have some great choices for you from National Geographic Kids Books. Kids are sure to go “wild” of these newly released titles. National Geographic Kids has books available for all reading levels.

NGK Lions

NG Readers: Lions –  Part of the National Geographic Readers series, this level one reader ($3.99) is perfect for those just starting to read.   Joining the many dozens of titles in this series, Lions, features beautiful photos of lions and cubs accompanying simple but informative text, fun facts and jokes to make kids ROAR with laughter:).

NGK Kangaroo

Chapters: Kangaroo to the Rescue! – This chapter book series picks up where the Readers series leaves off.  This title ($5.99) features three incredible true stories of animal heroics, including Lulu the kangaroo, two dogs named Maggie and Pilot and three amazing pigs, each a hero in its own way.

NGK Bears

Look & Learn: Bears – Developed in association with child education experts, the newest addition ($6.99) to the Look & Learn board book series features bears of every variety and introduces concepts with context reinforcement so learning sticks.

NGK Birds of Prey

Everything Birds of Prey – The Everything series is perfect for kids ages 8-12.  In Everything Birds of Prey ($12.99) readers can swoop in for seriously fierce photos and amazing info on some of the fastest and largest flying animals in the world.

NGK Ponies and Horses Sticker Book

Ponies & Horses Sticker Activity Book – Packed with mazes, spelling and pattern games, drawing activities and more, this title ($12.99) is perfect for the horse-obsessed and a terrific boredom buster!

National Geographic Kids was kind enough to send me a copy of each of these books to check out. I’ll be donating them to where I work as classroom copies. I think the kids are going to go “wild” over these books.

What I love most about these books, aside from being very informative, educational and interesting, is the photography. The photos found on the pages of all these books is incredible. The very same high quality photographs that appear in the National Geographic magazine also fill the pages of these beautiful books.

I’m an adult and I love animals. I found interesting tid bits about the creatures in these books that I didn’t know about, so I learned from these books too.

These books would make a great addition to any home library.

National Geographic Kids also has a fun website where kids can win prizes, play games, download activities,printable posters, quizzes and so much more. It’s called the National Geographic Kids Super Reader Site.

Kids.NationalGeographic.com/SuperReaders

This would be a great site/resource to have on hand especially when you hear your kids utter those dreadful words “Mom, I’m bored. What can I do?” LOL!

For more information about National Geographic Kids visit Kids.NationalGeographic.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and National Geographic Kids Books on Twitter (@NGKidsBks).

I have a great “Go WILD” giveaway for a lucky reader. The prize package includes all of the books mentioned in this post (a $43 value). Thank you National Geographic Kids Books!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 23, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner 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 why you’d like to win this prize package?

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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Kimberly

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

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Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride (giveaway ends 7/30/15)

The Longest Ride

I am a huge Nicholas Sparks fan. I have every movie ever made based on one of his books.

I was just discussing this yesterday with my boss. We talked about reading Nicholas Sparks books vs. seeing the movie. I would rather see the movies. Its not that I don’t like to read (I love reading!), it’s just that I never seem to have the time and one book can take me months to read because I can only read a few pages here and there.

Another reason why I like to see the movies over reading the books is the good looking leading me. LOL!

Nicolas Sparks’ most recent movie, The Longest Ride, is now away on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download. The film stars Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood, son of famed Hollywood actor and director Clint Eastwood.

Just like every other Nicholas Sparks’ film, The Longest Ride will tug at your heartstrings. Make sure to have plenty of tissues on hand.

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Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Sparks, The Longest Ride centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world.  As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple.  Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, The Longest Ride explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.

I have not seen the film – YET. I am hoping to have a romantic Date Night with my husband this weekend and watch the movie together. He won’t come right out and admit it (he’s a man after all), but he like the film’s too. He still can’t watch The Notebook and A Walk to Remember without his eyes welling up with tears.

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The Longest Ride on Blu-ray comes with 45 minutes of extra features that will take you further into the film’s two central love stories. Join Eastwood on the ranch as he learns from the world’s best bull riders to control the beasts and learn more about the production with audio commentary from director George Tillman, Jr. and star Oona Chaplin.

The Longest Ride Blu-ray special features include:

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • A Writer’s Journey: A Day in the Life of Nicholas Sparks
  • Beyond the Ride
  • Bringing it to Life
  • Meet The Real Bull Riders
  • Luke’s Bull Riding School
  • Audio Commentary by George Tillman, Jr. and Oona Chaplin
  • Gallery

Look for my review of the film coming soon, as well as how my “Date Night” went with my hubby.

The Longest Ride is now available where ever movies are sold.

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Fox Home Entertainment would like to give a lucky reader a copy of  the film The Longest Ride. Thank you Fox Home Entertainment!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 30, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner 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 why you would like to win a copy of this film – OR – what is your favorite Nicholas Sparks film/book?

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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Kimberly

*I will be receiving a copy of the film in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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The Minions are here and they are taking over General Mills Big G cereals (giveaway ends 7/25/15)

 

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The Minions are taking over theaters across the country. Have you seen the movie yet?

I think the Minions are aiming for world domination because their adorable faces are popping up all over the place, including many of your favorite products including some General Mills cereals.

Inside specially marked packages of General Mills cereals you’ll find collectible Minion buddies (mini sized minions). There are six different characters in all for you to collect and trade with friends.

Each Minion buddy has the ability to connect with other buddies too.

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You can find the Minions buddies for a limited time in the following specially marked Big G cereals from General Mills;

  • Honey Nut Cheerios
  • Banana Nut Cheerios
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  • Reese’s Puffs
  • Trix
  • Golden Grahams

You can also find other Minion fun on specially marked packages of Betty Crocker fruit flavored snacks including Fruit Roll-Ups, Fruit by the Foot and Gushers.

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General Mills was kind enough to send me a cute Minion buddy, a couple of specially marked packages (so we have three Minion buddies in total) as well as a Fandango gift card to go and see the movie. We are planning on going two weeks from now (we have plans this coming weekend).

Check out this exclusive Minions move trailer from General Mills for a special sneak peak of one the summer’s biggest premieres.

I am planning on hanging our Minion buddies off our Christmas tree as ornaments. They already come with a handy string to hang them with.

For more information about General Mills please visit GeneralMills.com. You can also find the brand on the various social media sites. All the links are found at the bottom of their home page.

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General Mills would like to give a lucky reader a fun Minions prize package which includes;

  • Specially marked box of Big G Cereal
  • Specially marked box of Betty Crocker fruit product
  • Minion buddy
  • $25 Fandango gift card which you can use to go and see the movie.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 25, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner 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 what is your favorite General Mills and/or favorite Minion character?

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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Kimberly

*I received the same prize package in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Combat daily challenges and summer boredom with Intel powered tablets (giveaway ends 7/26/15)

 

Summer

It’s officially the start of summer. That means most kids are off from school.

There is plenty to do during the summer months – camping, the beach, county fairs, backyard barbecues, swimming in the pool, vacations and so much more. There can also be plenty of downtime, which is fine, that is until the kids start uttering those dreaded words “Mom, I’m bored. What can I do?” Ugh! That’s the worse.

Just because it’s summer time doesn’t mean that parents don’t have to still try and balance their schedules – not only their own schedules but also those of their kids. Parents still have to coordinate play dates, activities, birthday parties, barbecues, car pools, movie dates and so forth. School may be out, but planning and organizing a family’s schedule is something that takes place year round.

Intel recognizes these school-free months can be some of the most challenging for busy moms and dads. They created an interesting infographic (below) that shows how an Intel-powered tablet can help busy parents throughout their day.

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I especially like the part about “decompressing.” I feel that its very important for any parent. I personally enjoy catching up on my favorite blogs and websites, looking for awesome things on Pinterest and checking out the latest viral videos on YouTube. That is how I like to unwind and have a little “me time” before going to bed and starting the same stuff over again the next day.

I have an Intel tablet that I keep in my bag and take with me so I can catch up on things when I’m on the go. It’s great to have while you are waiting around some where. It also helps to keep the kids busy.

A tablet is a must have for me. I feel more productive when I have it handy.

Do you have an Intel-tablet? If so, how do you use it throughout the day? Do you use it to help you schedule activities and play dates? Do you use it to keep up with work? Feel free to share your thoughts.

If you are interested in learning more about all of the latest Intel-powered devices, Intel’s recent spring tech guide is a great resource. Intel is system processor – not a specific brand. You can find Intel in tablets (and other devices) from HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer and Toshiba, to name a few. All of the devices we own (tablets, laptops, desktop) all have Intel inside.

For more information about Inetl visit Intel.com. You can also find them on the various social media sites (all the links are found at the bottom right of their home page).

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Intel would like to give a lucky reader a tablet with Intel-inside so that their families can use it to stay productive as well as entertain themselves. Thank you Intel!

Intel is giving a lucky She Scribes reader an E Fun Netbook 8.1. 

This netbook features;

  • Powerful, sleek and lightweight tablet that you can take on the go
  • 8-inch screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio for great picture quality
  • 16GB of internal storage with a MicroSD port for up to 64GB additional storage and a 16GB MicroSD card included
  • Front facing webcam and 2.0 MP back camera
  • One year subscription to Office 365™ Personal with 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage
  • Preloaded applications including Nook and Skype
  • Intel® Atom™ Z3735G processor
  • OS: Windows 8.1

It is available for $139.00 at Walmart and Walmart.com.

*The original prize was changed by the sponsor. The size went from 10″ to 8″ and the price dropped from $179 to $139. Sorry for any inconvenience.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 26, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner 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 in what ways would you use this Intel-inside tablet if you were the lucky winner?

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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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post, nor did I receive anything in exchange. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted. 

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