New Neutrogena Naturals Skincare Products (giveaway ends 4/30/14)



With today being Earth Day (April 22, 2014) I am sure that a lot of people are thinking about ways they can be more “Earth friendly” and ways to stop using toxic products and replace them with more natural products.

I have been looking to rid my home of as many toxic or unnatural products as possible. I am always reading the ingredients – not only on the food and beverages my family consumes, but also on cleaning products, beauty products and even the foods I feel my pets.

For the fist time in 10 years, Neutrogena has launched a new product line. The new line is called Neutrogena Naturals. Neutrogena Naturals is a collection of products that pioneers a new approach to natural skincare.

Neutrogena naturals is made with not only your skin in mind, but also our environment.

Neutrogena Naturals is committed to supporting sustainable forestry. The packaging is made up of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paperboard.

Neutrogena Naturals is the brand’s first fully natural line.  It’s free of harsh chemical sulfates, parabens and petrochemicals.

The product line features bionutrients,  which are highly concentrated chemical compounds found in nature. Bionutrients are proven to support healthy skin, and to promote replenishment and detoxification.

The line is Earthwards recognized. Earthwards is a process that recognize products for their sustainability.

To reduce its footprint and sustainability, Neutrogena Naturals’ website is powered by 100 percent clean energy that includes 12 solar panels and a 50-foot windmill.


I have not had the opportunity to try the products out for myself yet. I am very interested in seeing how well they work on my skin.

Usually when new products launch there are just a few to start out with, then the brands add more as time goes on. That is not the case with Neutrogena Naturals. They offer A LOT of products. I was pleasantly surprised to see how many products there are.

Neutrogena Naturals

Aside from Earth friendly packaging and sustainability, what makes Neutrogena Naturals different?

After years of research sourcing naturally derived ingredients and developing advanced technology to harness high levels of bioavailability, Neutrogena developed efficacious, natural skincare products with wonderful aesthetics.  Neutrogena studied nature’s bounty and specifically selected natural ingredients containing Bionutrients that work with the skin’s natural function and provide skin benefits. From these discoveries, scientists then created a new infrastructure: a scaffolding of natural ingredients with artfully selected synthetics to support the integrity of the formula – allowing the heart of Neutrogena Naturals to be naturally derived ingredients and Bionutrients.

Neutrogena tackled the toughest naturals products first and introduces Neutrogena® Naturals with a line of cleansers and a moisturizing and soothing lip balm. Building on the brand’s gentle and effective cleansing expertise, and identifying a great need for cleansers within the naturals space that are designed without additives like surfactants, Neutrogena Naturals cleansers and a lip balm offer true clinical skin benefits, wonderful aesthetics and a sensory experience.


I like the line “wonderful aesthetics and a sensory experience.” Oh! That sounds so nice.

In addition the products are allergy tested and most importantly free from sulfates, parabens, dyes, phthalates, petrolatum and harsh chemicals.

You may have already seen Disney Frozen star Kristen Bell (“Anna”) promoting the products.

PHOTO CREDIT: Neutrogena Naturals

PHOTO CREDIT: Neutrogena Naturals

Neutrogena Naturals are sold at many drug store and retail stores across the country including Drugstore.com, Target, Walmart, Amazon.com and ULTA Beauty.

If you would like to learn more about these products visit the Neutrogena Naturals website. You can also check out Neutrogena.com. The brand is also found on Facebook.


One lucky reader is going to win the Neutrogena Naturals product line, compliments of Neutrogena. Thanks Neutrogena!

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on April 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail 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 try the Neutrogena Naturals product line?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement (I do check) or the extra entries won’t qualify. Extra entries are optional.

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*I have partnered with Neutrogena Naturals to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Neutrogena will be providing the prize package.

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Celebrate Earth Day With 6 Powerful, Award-Winning Documentaries (giveaway ends 5/1/14)


Earth Day

Tomorrow (April 22, 2014) is Earth Day. Do you and your family have any plans? At this moment in time my family doesn’t, but that doesn’t mean that something won’t pop up.

Earth Day is an annual event that has been held every year on April 22nd since 1970. It’s a day that people demonstrate their support of our environment. There are normally many events held around the country that encourage people to be more “Earth-friendly”.

Earthy Day is celebrated around the world in over 190+ countries.

I have to admit that my family is not 100% “Green”, but we are making an effort to get that way. I would say we’re “light green” – LOL. We recycle. We purchase Earth-friendly cleaners. We don’t waste water or electricity. We don’t let our car idle. We repurpose things. We donate things we no longer need/want or give them to members of Freeshare/Freecycle so they don’t end up in landfills. There are many things that we do.

Whether you are conscious of your actions and how it effects our environment, or someone who is just starting to be aware of the impact their actions have on our environment, I have several movies that you might find interesting.

Greedy Lying Bastards

Greedy Lying Bastards

I reviewed this film a year ago. You can read my full review here – Movie Review: Greedy Lying Bastards.

Greedy Lying Bastards is a film about our climate change and the negative impact it has around the globe – from flooding to severe tornados and from record heat waves to rising sea levels. All of this can be attributed to global warming. However despite scientific proof, many major industries are denying that global warming even exists and that human behavior has nothing to do with it.

The film explores major industry groups, prominent politicians and others who want you to believe that global warming doesn’t exist. That is because they don’t want consumers to believe that THEY are having a negative impact on our environment and they want you to continue buying and using their products and services.

What it all boils down to is making a profit is MORE IMPORTANT than our health and our environment.

For more information about the film visit the official website, www.GreedyLyingBastards.com.  You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

Here is the film’s trailer.



I will admit that I still use water bottles. I don’t use them all the time like I used to. My family was guilty of that at one time. Now I only use water bottles on occasion, like if I’m out and about and thirsty. I will stop by a convenient store and grab a bottle of water (I rarely drink soda). I always make sure to recycle the bottle.

After watching Tapped I don’t think I could ever buy another water bottle.

Tapped exposes how big companies are putting our precious water supplies at risk – even our health – just to turn a profit.

Did you know that many bottled waters actually come from a tap? It’s true! Several brands use filtered municipal water – the very same water you get from your own faucet. The water from your faucet costs mere pennies (free if you have your own well) where as these big companies will charge you $1 – $2 for the same thing. They are using YOUR water and then selling it back to you at a massive profit.

When many municipalities are dealing with drought conditions – forcing residents to conserve water (don’t water lawns, don’t wash cars…) the companies that make bottled water are allowed to continue pumping out water to fill bottles to sell to consumers. How unfair is that?

Tap water is more regulated and tested hundreds of times per day where as bottled water is rarely tested and only ONE person in the FDA regulates it. Basically tap water is healthier for you than bottled water in many ways – and it’s either FREE or costs mere pennies. If you don’t like the taste you can always buy a Brita or other filter system. That is what we do with our tap water. I’m not fond of the taste (I grew up with a well) but once it’s gone through the Brita it tastes fine.

The plastic that water bottles are made from are also HARMFUL to our health. They contain substances that can cause cancer, infertility problems, ADHD and more. Not only that the people who live around plants that produce water bottles are getting sicker and sicker by each passing day with a multitude of health problem attributed to being near the plants that product plastic for the bottles. These people are stuck there. They can’t move because no one wants to live near the plant and most people cannot afford to just up and walk away from their home. It’s really a sad situation. There are CHILDREN that live there too.

All these water bottles eventually end up in our ocean and turn into a “plastic soup” which is ingested by the sea life which can eventually end up on your plate. If you enjoy seafood most likely the fish or lobster you are eating has been feeding on toxic plastic “soup” that is floating around the ocean. It makes me want to give up seafood!

Once you watch this film you’ll see bottled water in a new light. You may never pick up a plastic bottle again.

For more information visit www.TappedtheMovie.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

Here is the films trailer.

Into the Cold 
Into the Cold: A Journey of the Soul

Sebastian Copeland is not afraid of putting all he’s got into his work. As an award-winning photographer, explorer, author, and environmental activist, Sebastian truly pours his heart and soul into everything he’s done. He gets his explorer “nature” from his grandfather.

Sebastian has always dreamed of making the trip to the North Pole. It’s an experience not too many are strong enough to attempt. The temperature can drop to -50 below zero not including the wind chills. There are no hotels, restaurants or even first aid stations found on the grueling 400 mile trek from the last sign of civilization to the North Pole. Its just you against the elements (and hopefully no Polar Bears).

Sebastian wanted to make this trip to the North Pole in honor of Admiral Peary who reached the North Pole back in 1909. Admiral Perry and his men made their way to the North Pole without modern conveniences and high tech equipment. At least Sebastian and his partner Keith Heger had GPS, smartphone and plenty of pre-packaged food to assist them on their journey. Plus once they made it to the pole they were able to fly back via a helicopter and not have to make the long journey back by foot.

The reason why Sebastian was determined to reach the North Pole is because in the future there won’t be a North Pole anymore. Of course the magnetic pole will remain, but ice is rapidly melting due to global climate changes. One day it will impossible to journey to the North Pole because the polar ice cap would have melted away. That is a very surreal thought when you think about it. A sad and scary thought too.

This documentary starts off prior to Sebastian leaving on his trip to the North Pole and show all the preparations he made to get there (including A LOT of physical training – most of which the average person would have a hard time with).

Follow Sebastian and Keith as they make their way to the farthest outpost and then travel by foot across ice and snow (including falling through the ice into the bone shattering freezing water!).

This is an amazing documentary. A journey like this is not something that the average person will ever have the chance to accomplish. I was especially excited for Sebastian when it stood on the most northern spot on the Earth where the GPS read all zeros. As he walked in a circle he was actually walking through every time zone on Earth. I thought that was pretty cool.

To learn more about Sebastian and this film visit www.IntotheCold.org. There you can learn how to take action to help protect the North Pole as well as more information. The film is also found on Facebook (I could not find a Twitter handle).

Journey of the Universe

Journey of the Universe

Ask acclaimed author and evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme about our role as humans in this awe-inspiring universe, and his insights will light up the night skies. As our host, co-writer, and fellow traveler, he shares his infectious curiosity about life’s biggest questions in the epic Journey of the Universe. It was the winner of the 2012 Northern California Emmy ©Award for best documentary.

Using his skills as a masterful storyteller, Swimme connects such big picture issues as the birth of the cosmos 14 billion years ago – to the invisible frontiers of the human genome – as well as to our current impact on Earth’s evolutionary dynamics. Through his engaging and thoughtful observations audiences everywhere will discover the profound role we play in this intricate web of life

From the Big Bang to the epic impact humans have on the planet today, this film is designed to inspire anew and closer relationship with Earth in a period of growing environmental and social crisis.

Beautifully filmed in HD, our story begins on the historically rich Greek island of Samos, birthplace of mathematician Pythagoras. Disembarking on the island at dawn, Swimme expertly guides us on an exhilarating trek through time and space, sharing a wondrous view of cosmic evolution as a process based on immense creativity, connection, and interdependence. After the toll of midnight, he sets sail into the star-lit waters of the Aegean Sea, leaving audiences with a sense of wonder at the mystery, complexity and connectivity that permeates the Earth and universe from the very beginning.

Big science, big history, big story, this one-of-a-kind film was co-written by Swimme and Yale University historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker. They weave a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology, ecology, and biodiversity with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe. Created by a renowned team of scientists, scholars, and award-winning filmmakers.

This is an interesting documentary. I honestly thought that it would be hard to comprehend with a lot of big words and hard to understand concepts. It was actually easy to follow along with. The man who narrates the film (and stars in it) reminds me of a cool science teacher. He also uses various props to help provide easy to understand visuals for viewers.

Even though the film does a wonderful job of explaining how the universe came to be (think “Big Bang”), it has amazing visuals. The film features images from all around the world. You could easily enjoy this even with the volume turned off. I truly enjoyed watching this film as much as I found what Swimme had to say about our universe and planet.

This was like attending the coolest science class ever. :-)

To learn more about this film visit www.JourneyoftheUniverse.org. You can also find the film on Facebook.

 Vanishing Bees

Vanishing of the Bees

It’s spring time. A time for trees to bud, grass to get greener and flowers to make their long awaited appearance. With the warmer weather also comes birds and bees (the literal kind – not the kind you have “the talk” about – ha ha).

It’s fun to watch honeybees buzzing around from flower to flower. I enjoy watching honeybees. They are fascinating to watch. It’s the hornets and wasps that I don’t care much for.

It’s hard to believe that an itty bitty honeybee with legs covered in yellow dust (pollen) can be responsible for a huge chunk of the world’s food. Honeybees are responsible for pollenating most of the foods that we enjoy – cherries, apples, onions, watermelon a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Without the honeybees doing their “job” our food supply would cease to exist the way we know it.

Something is happening to the honeybees. They are rapidly disappearing, not only here in the United States but also around the globe.

Why? How can it be? Where are they going? Are they dying off?

The culprit is known a “Colony Collapse Disorder” (CCD). No one really understands the reason why this happens. Some possible theories include pesticides, infections, pathogens, loss of habitat, genetics and theories (or a combination of these factors).

Vanishing of the Bees touches upon CCD as well as follows two bee keepers, David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes, as they travel around the U.S., Europe and Asia to find out what could be happening to the bees. They also go to Capital Hill in order to help protect one of Earth’s most precious and valuable resources – the honeybee.

This is an eye opening documentary about how valuable the honeybee is to our environment. We NEED the honeybees. Our food resources would be vastly different without them. It’s also scary that there is not one logical explanation for why the colonies are disappearing.

You will never look at a little yellow honeybee the same way again after watching this film.

To learn more visit www.VanishingoftheBees.com. The film is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Planet Eat

Are you a meat eater? Or would you consider yourself a vegetarian or vegan? If you are a “meat eater” you might want to checkout PlanEAT.

The film explores the many reasons why we should limit our consumption of meat. Meat consumption has been linked to many health issues including cancer and cholesterol.

I honestly thought you needed to eat meat for the protein. Personally I’m not a big beef eater but I do enjoy chicken, pork and fish.

The film touched upon something I already knew about – that our planets need for beef is reaping havoc on our environment. In order to keep up with the beef demand trees need to be knocked down and forests cleared out in order for their to be a place for the cattle to graze. We NEED the trees to help provide us with clean air – the very air that we breath.

In addition to destroying trees, having more cattle affects the ozone because cows give off a lot of carbon dioxide (think cow “farts”). These have a negative impact on our atmosphere, the same way driving around in cars and trucks do.

Have you heard of “Meatless Mondays”. I don’t think they necessarily came about because of this film, but the theory behind the film is probably the reason why the “Meatless Mondays” came to be.

As I mentioned, I don’t eat much beef. Nor does my family. If anything we eat a lot of chicken. After seeing this film I am going to think twice before I order steak at a restaurant or flop a burger on a barbeque.

The film is not telling you NOT to eat beef but rather be aware of the ramifications of our dependency on beef in our diets.

For information and even a lot of yummy recipes, visit the official PlanEAT website. You can also check it out on Facebook and Twitter.

Have you seen any of these films? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Earth Day Movies

I have a special Earth Day giveaway for a lucky reader. One winner will be able to pick TWO of the movies reviewed (above).

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on May 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using the random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and has 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 two films (from the ones listed above) that you would like to have 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 (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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




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Channeling Your Inner Germophobic + Making More Happen with a #GermFreewithStaples kit (giveaway ends 4/26/14)



Winter might be a thing of the past (finally!) but that doesn’t mean we’re free of colds, the flu and a hodge podge of other illnesses. Many of us also have to deal with seasonal allergies too.

Would you consider yourself a “germaphobe”? A germaphobe is someone who is obsessed with keeping things clean and sanitized to fight off germs and bacteria.

The first time I heard that term was on an episode of Seinfeld where Elaine’s boyfriend, David Puddy, admitted to being one.

I am not a germaphobe, but I am aware that germs are on every surface that my family touches. That is why I clean with discinfectants on many surfaces in my home (kitchen counter, bathroom sink…). I also spray Lysol on door knobs, light switches and remote controls.

I know it’s impossible to protect my family from all germs and bacteria, but at least I can reduce their chances of getting sick. They are also great about washing their hands.

Flu season is not over yet. According to the CDC website February tends to be the peak month for the Flu, however it can still occur in March and April too. Actually the flu can happen year round – its just more prevalent during the winter months.

Did you know that your local Staples carries a lot of products and supplies to help keep your workplace – and your home – germ free?

People often think of Staples as a office supply store. While the store does carry everything you need for your business or home office (paper, pens, desks, paper shredders, computers…), they also carry plenty of other products including break room, medical supplies and safety supplies as well as furniture.

Check out this funny video about a germaphobe at the office and co-worker who I am pretty sure no one wants to work near. LOL!


It’s funny how crazy the germophobe in the commercial is. He thought of everything. Hopefully no one is THAT obsessed with a germ-free environment.

What he co-worker does makes my stomach turn. I have been on planes where people have done that. I have even been in car service cars where the driver is coughing and sneezing like crazy. Ewww!!! There is nothing worse then being stuck inside a small space with a sick person. You just know that their cold is going to make it’s way to you.

Staples has a new tagline – “Make More Happen”.

  • Staples now offers new products for all types of businesses, including yours. And they’re adding more every day. Whether you’re a chef/baker, salon owner or even a pet store owner, Staples has the products and supplies you need.
  • Staples has daily offers, a Price Match Guarantee, and 5% back in rewards + free shipping with Staples® Rewards.
  • You can shop in store, online, or on the go. You can even reserve online and pick up in store.
  • You can count on Staples for expert advice and tips in finance, legal, marketing, technology, operations and more.

I’m very surprised to see how much Staples offers – products I would never even think I could find at my local Staples store or online.

Staples Make More Happen

Staples has come a long way from just selling office supplies.

To check out everything Staples has to offer visit www.Staples.com. You can also check them out on the various social media outlets.

Staples would like to offer a lucky winner a nice assortment of supplies (all of which you can find at Staples) AND a $50 Staples gift card so that you can pick up more supplies that you need. Thank you Staples!

The prize package consists of;

  • Bounty Paper Towels
  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
  • Method Hand Soap
  • Purell Hand Sanitizer
  • Lysol Professional Antibacterial Kitchen Cleaner Spray
  • Scotch Brite Sponges
  • Keurig K-Cups Snapple Iced Tea
  • Nature Valley Granola Bars
  • Pop Secret Popcorn
  • $50 Staples Gift Card

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 26, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail 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 let me know what you think about Staples offering so much more than just office supplies?

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 (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I received free product samples in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Staples will be providing the prize package.

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Win a beautiful necklace inspired by DisneyNature Bears (retail value $218). Ends 4/18/14


Photo Credit: DisneyNature

Photo Credit: DisneyNature

Opening on Friday, April 18, 2014 is the latest film from DisneyNature called Bears. Bears is the story of a young mother bear, Sky, and her two adorable cubs, Amber and Scout. I had the opportunity to screen the movie a few weeks ago (look for my review this Friday) as well as take a trip to the L.A. Zoo where I had the opportunity to see a real bear.

In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure Bears showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs, Amber and Scout, are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bear family emerges from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf. Bears captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—Alaska!  Directed by Alastair Fothergill (Earth, African Cats and Chimpanzee) and Keith Scholey (African Cats), and narrated by John C. Reilly, Bears arrives in theaters April 18, 2014, to celebrate Earth Day!

With all DisneyNature films a donation is made to help a worthwhile cause. If you see the film, Bears, during opening week (April 18 – 24, 2014), DisneyNature, through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fun, will make a donation to the National Park Foundation to help protect our national parks and the wildlife that calls them home. That means bears like Sky, Amber and Scout will be protected.

In honor of the film’s release, jewelry designer Alex Woo designed a beautiful necklace featuring Sky, Amber and Scout.

“As a mother myself, I instantly bonded with the theme and story of Disneynature’s new film Bears. I was really touched by the universal symbolism and significance of the relationship between mother and child. And in an effort to help preserve our national parks, I designed a special pendant that captures the true beauty and essence of American wildlife. The mother bear Sky watches over her twin cubs Amber and Scout while they look up to her for a shield and protection from the dangers of the wild,” says Alex.

Alex Woo has teamed up with DisneyNature films. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of this stunning necklace (20%) will be donated to the National Parks Foundation.

Alex Woo DisneyNature Bears necklace

The pendant is available in Sterling Silver and 14K Gold.

“All mothers share a common bond of wanting to protect and nurture their child as best they can. So that was the story I wanted to tell through my design, said Alex. The final element that I wanted to incorporate was the three snow-capped mountains at Katmai National Park that represent a different goal that Disneynature and the National Park Foundation hope to achieve: wildlife protection, habitat restoration, and conservation research. What is exciting about the National Park Foundation is that they are the gateway to everyone’s lives in experiencing nature; its goal is to connect people to the parks, protect them, and inspire people to learn more about them. I hope that you like it as much as I enjoyed designing it!”

To make a purchase or to learn more about Alex Woo’s designs, visit www.AlexWoo.com. The necklace is available both on the website and at fine specialty stores.

To learn more about the wonderful work that the Nation Parks Foundation does please visit www.NationalParks.org.

For more information about DisneyNature Bears visit the official Facebook page. You can also follow DisneyNature on Twitter.

Alex Woo and DisneyNature has generously donated one of the beautiful silver Bears necklaces ($218 value) for a lucky reader. 

To enter please use the Rafflecopter widget (below).

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Pirate’s Booty® Partners with Fox’s RIO 2 for a Booty Shakin’ Good Time (giveaway ends 4/20/14)



RIO 2 has flown into theaters TODAY, April 11, 2014. It stars the voice talents of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Will i am,
Jemaine Clement, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Mann, George Lopez, Rodrigo Santoro, Andy Garcia, Rita Moreno, Natalie Morales, Kristin Chenoweth, and Jamie Foxx.

The entire cast of the animated smash RIO returns in RIO 2, and they are joined by a new flock of top actors and musical talents. Rich with grandeur, character, color and music, RIO 2 finds Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and their three kids leaving their domesticated life in that magical city for a journey to the Amazon. They encounter a menagerie of characters who are born to be wild, voiced by Oscar nominee Andy Garcia, Oscar/Emmy/Tony-winner Rita Moreno, Grammy winner Bruno Mars, and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth.

Here is a clip from the film.


It looks cute.

In celebration of the film’s release, Pirate’s Booty has partnered with Fox. Pirate’s Booty has created a limited edition 7 ounce package of their yummy Aged White Cheddar flavored Pirates Booty featuring images from RIO 2.

Seven ounces doesn’t sound like much but trust me, these are really big bags. It takes my whole family of four – including a teenage boy – to devour an entire package.

Pirates Booty Aged White Cheddar are backed rice and corn “puffs” flavored in aged white cheddar. They contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. They are also Gluten free which I know pleases a lot of people, most especially those sensitive to Gluten.

Pirates Booty are oh-so-good too! They are a light weight and airy snack treat that are packed with flavor.

Get hooked logo

In addition to the limited edition Pirates Booty RIO 2 bags, Pirates Booty is also holding a contest. The national Shake Your Booty contest ends on April 25, 2014 so there is still plenty of time for you to enter.

Entering is easy. Simply take a photo or video of you and/or your family showcasing their best dance moves with a bag of Pirate’s Booty. Then upload the photo or video on the Pirate’s Booty Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/PiratesBooty.

Photo submissions provides you with entry into the weekly contest. If you submit a video is provides you an entry into the Grand Prize contest.

The weekly winners will win a year supply of Pirates Booty, any variety (approx. value $288).

The Grand Prize winner will win a Bahamas Adventure Cruise (approx. value $4,995).

For more information or contest rules please visit www.PiratesBooty.com/RIO2.

For more information about Pirates Booty visit www.PiratesBooty.com. You can also check them out on Facebo0k (linked above) and Twitter (@PiratesBooty).

Pirates Booty RIO 2

Pirates Booty wants to encourage you to Shake Your Booty by offering to give a lucky reader a case of Pirates Booty in the limited edition RIO 2 bags (12 bags). Thank you Pirates Booty.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 20, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail 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 love to win a case of Pirates Booty?

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Take a trip down memory lane with #TBT and Netflix Giveaway! (ends 4/19/14)


Me – I was cute.

If you are active on social media, especially sites like Instagram and Facebook, chances are you are familiar with the hashtag #TBT – otherwise known as Throwback Thursday. It’s when people share old photos of themselves with family, friend and other followers.

Personally I have never posted a #TBT picture – not yet anyway. I love looking at other’s #TBT photos because its fun to see how much people have changed over the years.

I guess I could share some #TBT pictures of myself. :-)


Awww…. I was cute. And look at my hair color!


Does anyone remember that toy?


My great-grandfather and cousins. I was wearing my other cousin’s PJ’s (boys!)


My cousin and I “skiing” in my backyard. You can see our horse in the background.

It’s fun to share these kinds of photos with my kids. They have a hard time picturing me as a little kid. They also think I was born and raised in the Stone Age or something. LOL! Yes kids, I lived in a cave and rode my pet dinosaur. LOL!

I can’t wait or my kids to be grown up and have children of their own so I can show them some photos of my kids when they were little.

I love sharing things from my youth with my kids whether it’s movies, television shows, music, toys, games… you name it. We actually got our daughter to listen to 80′s music on Pandora. She likes a few songs from the 70′s too.

We have Netflix and I’m always telling my kids – especially my daughter – what movies she should watch. I like to encourage her to watch all the John Hughes films. She LOVES Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Breakfast Club. She watches them often. She still needs to watch Pretty in Pink and Say Anything. All of these great films are available on Netflix.

I grew up in the 70′s and 80′s. I think the 80′s had better movies for teens.

Looking for inspiration here are 14 classics found on Netflix you can share with your kids.

Here are several for older kids.


1. Saved by the Bell

2. The Baby-Sitters Club

3. Family Ties

4. Jem and the Holograms

5. The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries

6. Spiderman and His Amazing Friends

7. Transformers

Here are some suggestions for younger children.


1. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

2. The Care Bears Movie

3. The Smurfs and the Magic Flute

4. Strawberry Shortcake

5. Curious George

6. Sesame Street

7. Dumbo

If you are looking for some crafts to do from your youth (assuming you are around my age).


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I LOVE Shrinky Dinks! I used to make them all the time. I turned them into charms for a charm bracelet. They were so fun to make. Now I’m in the mood to make them.

Do you have a favorite movie or television show from your past that you would love to share with your children, grandchildren or significant other?

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