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

 

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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.

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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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Kimberly

*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

 

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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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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers.

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

 

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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.

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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).

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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?

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

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Kimberly

*I received a case of Pirates Booty in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Pirates Booty will be providing the prize.

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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. :-)

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

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Does anyone remember that toy?

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

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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.

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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.

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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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You spent hours with your EZ-Bake Oven making Shrinky Dinks — now you can inspire a new generation. If you need a refresher, click here to learn how to make your own.

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Who can forget Billy Cosby and his J-E-L-L-O commercials? Relieve the 80s with homemade pudding pops. Click here to learn how to make your own.

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?

To see if the movie or show is available on Netflix visit www.Netflix.come. You can also follow the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

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Netflix has offered to give a lucky reader a FREE 3-month subscription to Netflix so that you can enjoy your favorite television shows and movies from your past (and current ones!). Thank you Netflix.

This giveaway is open to US residents and will end on April 19, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. 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 share with me a movie or television show from your past that you still enjoy watching today?

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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Kimberly

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Get Ready to Shake Your Tail Feathers with Rio 2 (giveaway ends 4/12/14)

 

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Those colorful, crazy, feathered friends are at it again with a new film Rio 2. Join Blu and Jewel on another zany adventure. The all star voice cast include 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. That is a pretty impressive cast.

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.

Check out the film’s trailer.

 

It looks like a funny movie. Some of the characters look adorable too like the monkeys and the little critter that gets swallowed up by the bigger creature (oh… sad!). I bet the film has a great soundtrack too.

I saw the first film. It was cute and very colorful. I like how realistic they make the background. The characters are also really “likeable”.

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Rio 2 will soar into theaters on April 11, 2014.

If you would like to learn more about the film check out the Official Website. You can also “like” the film on Facebook and follow the film on the other social networking sites - Twitter, YouTube, Google+. The official hashtag is #RIO2.

What do you think about the film? Do you plan on seeing it in theaters?

Rio 2 Giveaway

I have a fun Rio 2 prize package to give to a lucky reader, compliments of 20th Century Fox. The winner will receive;

$25 Visa to see the film in theaters April 11

Rio 2 Carnival Party Pack Complete Figure Set

Rio 2 Activity Set

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 12, 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 win this prize package?

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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Kimberly

*I will be receiving the same prize packaging 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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Step Back in Time with an Old Hollywood Themed Giveaway (ends 4/18/14)

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Hollywood… a place where some stars shine brightly and other’s hopes and dreams are shot down. I can’t imagine how many young men and women head out to Hollywood year after year in hopes of becoming the next Tom Hanks, John Wayne, Kate Winslet or Bette Davis.

I’m really into entertainment. Not only do I enjoy movies but also TV and music.

I’m a fan of movies and television shows from yesteryear. Movies like The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Doctor Doolittle (the original), Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Lawrence of Arabia, It’s a Wonderful Life, On the Waterfront and The African Queen to name a few. There’s nothing like a classic film. Don’t get me wrong, today’s films are awesome, especially with their super high tech special effects. But sometimes the classic films are better because they relied more on the acting and the actors then technology. These days anyone can star in a film because often it’s the special effects that steal the show, not the actors.

How would you like to take a step back in time and have a glimpse into the golden age of Hollywood?

Running Press publishers has a few books that will give you a peek into some of classic Hollywood’s most famous actresses, photographers and films in these newly released book. Each book provides readers with an array of rarely seen images from the silver screen’s most famous and influential individuals and films of their time.

In Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait by Kendra Bean and Claire Bloom the book presents the personal story of one of the most celebrated women of the twentieth century and how she inspired many of the greatest visionaries of her time – Laurence Olivier, Winston Churchill, Christian Dior and more.

George Hurrells Hollywood

In George Hurrell’s Hollywood: Glamour Portraits by Mark A. Vieira the reader will find a fabulous montage of new insights, portraits, and behind-the-scenes stories from the creator of the Hollywood glamour portraits, and how he captured movie stars during the most exalted era in Hollywood history with bold contrast and seductive poses.

Magestic Hollywood

In Majestic Hollywood: The Greatest Films of 1939, author Mark A. Vieira illustrates the world of entertainment through rarely seen images during the most glamorous era in movie history.  With scene stills, behind-the-scenes candids, portraits, and poster art, the photos are as distinctive, evocative, and powerful as the films they were meant to publicize.

For more information about these titles or other books visit www.RunningPress.com.

Running Press would like to give THREE lucky readers a special prize package.

DVD Giveaway

The grand prize winner will receive all three books mentioned above AND three classic films – Chariots of Fire, Gone with the Wind and Singing in the Rain.

Two runner ups will receive all three books mentioned above.

Thank you running press.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners 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 which book you are most interested in – OR -tell me the name of your favorite actor or actress – OR – tell me the sane of your favorite film.

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

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Running Press will provide the prizes.

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