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The Secret Life of Pets – in theaters July 8, 2016 (giveaway ends 7/9/16)

 

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I am so excited to see The Secret Life of Pets, which is coming to theaters on July 8, 2016. Ever since the first time I saw the trailer I knew I wanted to see this film.

Check out the trailer.

 

It looks really cute and funny.

I’m fairly certain our dog and five cats don’t get into the same kind of mischief as the pets do in this film, but I’m sure they have their fair share of adventures when we are not around.

Here is a brief synopsis of the film, just in case you are not already familiar with it.

For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.

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Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan and Albert Brooks.  Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio and Brian Lynch.

I like that the film has an all-star voice cast too.

One of my favorite clips from the film is Leonard – the prim and proper poodle who is totally into heavy metal music. Check it out.

 

My father and stepmother have a Daushuand name Sammy. I can see him doing something like “Buddy” does in the film.

 

Love it!

There is even a fun Secret Life of Pets Emoji app you should check out. It’s called the PetMOJI app. Here is more information.

Download the new PetMOJI app to create an emoji of your favorite furry friend!  Currently available on iOS, the app features sticker packs and a custom keyboard.

Customize your own PetMOJI avatar by selecting a dog or a cat, then choosing features for your pet: a body, a snout, eyes, ears, and a tail – plus patches, patterns, and colors.

Available for iOS, Android coming soon.

I used the app to make avatars of two of our furry family members – Espn and Bella. I’m going to make one for all of our pets eventually. Too bad they didn’t have a fish option.

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Cute, isn’t it?

If you would like to learn more about the film you can visit the Official Site. Be sure to “like” The Secret Life of Pets on Facebook and follow the film on Instagram. The official hashtag is #TheSecretLifeofPets.

You can purchase your tickets to The Secret Life of Pets on Fandango.

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Universal Pictures would like to give a lucky reader a Secret Life of Pets prize package. The prize package includes:

$25 PetSmart gift card

The Secret Life of Pets branded;

  • T-Shirt
  • Tennis Ball
  • Button Badge
  • Key Chain

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 9, 2016 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be contacted via email and will need to reply promptly (no later than June 1st) 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 or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I will be receiving 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. Universal Pictures will be providing the prize packages. 

 

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Dive Into Shark Week with Killer New Products (giveaway ends 7/9/16)

 

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Shark Week is this week! It starts on June 26, 2016. There are so many fantastic shark themed programs airing all week long.

If you are interested in checking out Discovery Channel’s Shark Week line up check out their schedule here – Shark Week 2016 TV Schedule.

I know a lot of people personally who are crazy about Shark Week. I enjoy it too, but there are some people I know who are truly fanatic about it.

In honor of this annual event, here are some “Jawsome” items would checking out.

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Shark Week Hardcover Book

The Official Tie-In to Discovery’s Massively Popular Shark Week! Gliding through the water at breakneck speeds – a fin, just skimming the surface of the water. The biggest jaws you’ve ever seen. These are the iconic images that flash through all our minds when we think of sharks, but there’s so much more to know about these majestic predators of the sea. If you’re already a fan of the Discovery’s phenomenon Shark Week, then you will love this book! From the unique look of the prehistoric Whorl shark, to the hunting techniques of the Great White, all the thrills and chills of Shark Week are now here for year-round reading. Filled with photos, first-hand accounts of shark attacks, and unbelievable facts (Did you know that there are sharks that live in volcanoes?), this book is for every shark fanatic who wants to get even more up close and personal. Now you really can live every week like it’s shark week.

This book sound cool! I want to get a copy of this to add to our family book collection.

Plush Shark

Shark Week Great White Plush 

These are no ordinary Great White Sharks. Our slightly understuffed design makes every Great White Shark just a bit softer, more plush and cuddlier than your ever day stuffed animal. The detail on every Shark is spot-on. These are the perfect fit for your little – or not-so-little – ones.

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We have this plush shark – or should I say that “I” have him. He sits on my desk, guarding my stuff, especially my pens. My kids are always taking my pens. Not anymore! LOL!

He’s super soft and cuddly too, which is not something you’d expect from a Great White Shark.

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Shark Week Puzzle

Enjoy Shark Week with this MasterPieces 11.5″x15″ 100pc Feeding Frenzy. Your favorite Shark Week sharks brought to life in a 100PC MasterPieces Puzzle. This puzzle is perfect for all Shark Week lovers!

We also own this puzzle. I haven’t had the opportunity to put it together yet.

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Shark Week T-shirt

Show you are a true fin-atic with the Shark Week TV T-shirt. The super-soft navy tee features a quirky graphic of a shark tuning in to one of the exciting programs on Discovery Channel’s infamous Shark Week.

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We have this t-shirt too. My son proudly wears it. Ours is black with white details. It’s a fun shirt!

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Shark Week Tote

Pack up your gear with this handy Shark Week Waves Canvas Tote Bag. The Shark Week Waves Canvas Tote Bag features a groovy wave pattern in blue. Show you are a finatic!

This is a pretty tote bag. I like how the shark figure and waves are incorporated into the pattern/design.

I have Shark Week tote bag, but mine is clear with navy blue features. It also has a zipper closure.

On one side there is a shark and it reads “Jawsome.” On the other side is reads Shark Week. In hindsight I should have taken the photos on a light, neutral background and not my daughter’s very “busy” looking comforter.

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If you are interested in any of these products I have included their links above each description.

Don’t forget to tune into Shark Week staring June 26, 2016 on the Discovery Channel.

I have a great Shark Week giveaway for a lucky reader. The winner will receive the products listed above (there might be some substitutions). Jawsome!!!!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 9, 2016 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be contacted via email and will need to reply promptly (no later than June 1st) 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 or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I received 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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Precious Moments’ 35th Anniversary Angel (giveaway ends 7/9/16)

 

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Do you believe in angels?

There are days that I truly do believe. My family and I have had instances where it appeared like someone (spirit?) came to visit us. Unusual things happened frequently when our daughter was a baby that made my husband and I feel like his father, or our grandparents, came to visit with our daughter.

What really made me believe in angels was when my mother passed away. Our son was three years old at the time. HE told me she passed away before I received the phone call from my father that I was dreading. My toddler son told me that Nanny was sleeping on the mountain and she was an angel (I still don’t know what he meant by “sleeping on the mountain”).

About a week later our son woke us up in the middle of the night holding two books. They were the last two books my mom ever gave him. We had A LOT of children’s books and he got up in the middle of the night (at three years old) to dig through all the books to find those specific books. He then felt compelled to wake us up and show us the books that Nanny gave him.

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Our son as a toddler, about four months after my mom passed away.

A few weeks had passed and one morning my son told me that he had a bad dream. I asked him what his dream was about. He told me that he had a dream that our home was on fire. I told him that I was sorry that he had such a bad dream. He told me, and I quote, “It’s OK. Nanny woke me up from my dream.”

Nanny woke him up?

To this day I wonder what really transpired. Could it be my mom, as an angel, was by his side when he had the bad dream and woke him up? We’ll never know.

It’s a belief around the world that angels are among us. They are here to watch over us, protect us and provide us with comfort.

The last gift we gave my mother in law before she passed away was an angel figurine. After she passed we took the figure home with us because it reminded us of her.

As you can see, angels have a special place in my heart and in my life.

Precious Moments knows how important angels are to people.

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To commemorate their 35th Anniversary, Precious Moments Collector’s Club is offering an ethereal porcelain figurine of a beautiful angel. On her wings are 35 blessings – Joy, Family, Friends, Love and Hope to name a few.

The figurine is called May Your Life Be Filled With Blessings. It’s available exclusively online and is limited to 2,400 pieces WORLD WIDE.

Having this precious angel sitting on a shelf or table in your home will be a constant reminder of all the blessings you have in your life. It’s also a lovely way to remember to always live in gratitude and appreciate what you have.

Beginning TODAY (June 25, 2016), when you purchase the limited edition 35th Anniversary angel – May Your Life Be Filled With Blessings – you will receive a matching ornament for FREE.

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Keep the figurine for yourself and gift the ornament to a loved one (or vise versa).

I have this angel set and I was surprised at how large the ornament is. When I first saw it I thought it was the figurine – not the ornament.

There is so much detail to be found in both pieces, from her cascading hair to the delicate embellishments on her dress.

I included a photo of both sides of the angel so that you can see the 35 blessing. Both wings are adorned with the blessings.

The May Your Life Be Filled With Blessings angel will make a great gift for the Precious Moments lover in your life, or a collector of angels. It would also make a great gift for someone going through a rough time. The ornament would also make a great gift.

If you would like to learn more about this beautiful angel, visit the May Your Life Be Filled With Blessings page on the Precious Moments website.

For more information about Precious Moments visit PreciousMoments.com. You can also follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Precious Moments Giveaway

Precious Moments has generously offered to give a lucky reader the May Your Life Be Filled With Blessings angel figurine and matching ornament. Thank you Precious Moments!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 9, 2016 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be contacted via email and will need to reply promptly (no later than June 1st) 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?

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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Get ready to “Charge It Forward” with myCharge (giveaway ends 7/1/16)

 

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Has this ever happened to you – you need to make an emergency phone call or you want to snap pictures of something amazing on your smartphone, and the battery is just about dead? It’s a horrible thing to have to experience, especially when you have no way to charge your device.

This has happened to me more times than I care to remember. The worse experience was when I was at the airport after taking a “red eye” flight from L.A. back home. It was the middle of the night and I needed to locate my car service driver. My phone was dead and I didn’t think to pack the power chord to charge it. I also had no change, so I couldn’t make a call on the payphone. I had to call my husband collect and have him be the “middle man” between me and the car service driver. It was a nightmare!

An interesting survey done in 2015 from Deloitte found that people in the United States across all age groups check their phones an average of 46 times per day. WOW! That is a lot. It’s no wonder that smartphone batteries are constantly drained of power and people are always searching for a power cord and outlet.

Do you check our phone that many times per day?

myCharge, a leading portable power bank manufacturer, hopes to lend a helping hand the next time anyone finds themselves with a low battery and an urgent need to send a text or make a call with its new Charge It Forward campaign.

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I’m sure you have heard of “pay it forward,” where someone does something nice for you and in return, you do something nice for someone else. Charge if Forward is sort of the same thing but instead of doing good deeds, you are providing someone with power to charge their device so that they are able to take those special pictures or make that important phone call.

Over the next several months, myCharge will be releasing free, specially marked portable chargers. myCharge power teams will hand out over 25,000 chargers at 12 events across the United States with one simple ask, that everyone use the devices then pass them on the next time they come across someone with a low battery and no way to charge it.

To encourage people to do the right thing and pass on the charger instead of keeping it, each Charge It Forward device will be marked with a unique number. Texting that number will direct the person in possession of the charger to a website where they will join that particular charger’s team. Teams will be able to track how far their charger has traveled on the website. And, each month the team whose charger travels the furthest distance will be eligible to win amazing prizes including trips, chargers and gift cards. One lucky individual will also be randomly awarded $1,000 at the end of the year for “charging it forward.”

The Charge It Forward event schedule includes stops at:

  • The Belmont Stakes – June 9 – June 11, 2016 in Belmont, NY
  • Rock the Garden – June 18, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN
  • CE Week – June 21 – June 23, 2016 in New York City
  • Summerfest – July 6 – July 10, 2016 in Milwaukee, WI
  • The Beats Run – July 15, 2016 in Seattle, WA
  • The NASCAR Brickyard Race – July 23 – July 25, 2016 in Indianapolis, IN
  • Hood to Coast – August 26 – August 27, 2016 in Portland, OR
  • Cincinnati Reds Game – September 2, 2016 in Cincinnati, OH
  • Stanford vs. USC Football Game – September 17, 2016 in Stanford, CA
  • Chicago Marathon – October 9, 2016 in Chicago, IL
  • Tennessee vs. Alabama Football Game – October 15, 2016 in Knoxville, TN

“That feeling of dread when you look down at your phone and see a low battery alert, knowing that you have no cables, adapters or a portable charger on hand, is something we have all experienced. In today’s world being cut off from technology for a few minutes or hours means missing out on something, which leaves us all running for outlets or asking strangers for a charge on a regular basis,” said myCharge VP of Marketing, Julie Pickens. “We want the Charge It Forward campaign to help people out when they are in a power pinch, and we hope that we will get to hear some great stories along the way like a family being able to connect in an emergency or someone being able to deliver good news like the birth of a baby or a new job. By empowering people to do a little good by passing on a charger they got for free, we anticipate that those who are touched by the gesture will want to do a little good of their own.”

What a fun idea! I love this. I especially like how you are able to track the charger you passed on to see how far it goes and that you can win prizes too.

Each charger that is part of the Charge it Forward campaign will feature a special sticker so you are able to recognize them. Here are some examples.

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Here is a bit more information about myCharge.

myCharge, innovators in portable power create the ultimate portable power solutions for anyone, anywhere who needs to stay charged. Incorporating the highest quality components, cutting-edge design, and smart technologies, myCharge responds to the latest technological advances by providing products dedicated to restoring everyday balance and fulfilling consumer needs in today’s on-the-go, always connected, digital society.

If you are interested in learning more about this fun campaign visit myCharge.com. There you can also learn more about myCharge devices and more.

You can also check out the brand on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.

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To get you excited about this campaign, myCharge would like to give five (5) lucky readers a Razor Ultra* powerbank ($99.99 value) that you can use to charge your smartphone, tablet or other devices. You can keep it for yourself, or you are welcome to Charge it Forward. *ONE  (1) Razor Ultra per winner. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 2, 2016 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winners will be contacted via email and will need to reply promptly (no later than June 1st) 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?

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. I posted this for the enjoyment of site readers. myCharge is supplying the prizes. 

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The Legend of Tarzan – In theaters July 1, 2016 (giveaway ends 6/30/16)

 

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Coming to theaters on July 1, 2016 is the live action adventure The Legend of Tarzan. 

The film stars Alexander Skarsgård (HBO’s “True Blood”) and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street).

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures comes the action adventure The Legend of Tarzan, starring Alexander Skarsgård (HBO’s “True Blood”) as the legendary character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

The film also stars Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, the Captain America films), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, Gladiator), Oscar nominee John Hurt (The Elephant Man, the Harry Potter films), with Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (Iris), and two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained).

It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.

I have always liked the story of Tarzan. There have been so many movies made based upon the character. I actually got into the character/films when Johnny Weissmuller played the role of Tarzan. He made several Tarzan films in the 30’s and 40’s.

Did you know that Tarzan creature, Edgar Rice Burroughs, wrote over two dozen Tarzan books from 1912 – 1965? No wonder there have been so many Tarzan movies over the years. Filmmakers have a lot of material to work with thank to Rice Burroughs’ books.

Check out the trailer for the new Legend of Tarzan film.

 

It looks awesome. I am especially impressed by the special effects. It looks like an epic film too.

If you would like to learn more about the film you can visit the Official Site. Be sure to “like” The Legend of Tarzan on Facebook and follow the film on Twitter and Instagram. The official hashtag is #LegendOfTarzan.

The film is rated PG-13.

In honor of the film’s release I have a $25 Visa gift card for a “date night at the movies” to see The Legend of Tarzan.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on June 30, 2016 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be contacted via email and will need to reply promptly (no later than June 1st) 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?

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 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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Eddie the Eagle – Available on Blu-ray/DVD June 14, 2016 (giveaway ends 6/26/16)

 

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Coming to Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow is the heart touching film, Eddie the Eagle. The film is already available on Digital Download.

Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman and Christopher Walken. The film is based on the true life story of British ski-jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards.

Eddie (Egerton) always had big dreams for himself. He dreamed of competing, and winning, the Olympics. He tried his hand at various Olympic events, but he was never really good at any of them. His mom cheered him on but his father just saw him as a fool who was wasting his time. His father didn’t think he would ever amount to anything.

Eddie did have a knack for skiing. He also enjoyed doing ski jumps, which he seemed to be pretty good at. His goal is to make the Winter Olympic Ski Team for the United Kingdom.

Eddie goes through the training for the sport, even those people keep knocking him down, including former American champion Bronson Peary (Jackman).

Even though he doesn’t really believe in him, Peary agrees to help Eddie out.

With hard work and determination, Eddie almost qualifies for the event, but a change in rules disqualifies him. Discouraged, Eddie returns home.

Surprisingly, Eddie finds out that he is eligible to compete. So he’s off to the Winter Olympics.

Will Eddie finally live his dream of winning an Olympic metal? Or will he fall short once again? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Eddie the Eagle, available where ever movies are sold as well as on Digital Download.

There are bonus features available with this film.

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Special Features

  • Let The Games Begin: Soaring with Eddie the Eagle Documentary
    • All or Nothing: The Hero’s Heart
    • An Unlikely Friendship: Eddie & Peary
    • Attitude is Altitude: Filming the Ski Jumps
  • Still Gallery

I would highly recommend taking the time to watch then entire Let the Games Begin: Soaring with Eddie the Eagle Documentary (all segments). I feel like it is necessary to truly appreciate this story. Eddie is not someone made up from a Hollywood writer – he is a real person and his struggles and determination are real too.

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I love the message that this movie conveys – never give up on your dreams and never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Eddie is truly inspirational. I think he could have broken every bone in his body and he still wouldn’t have given up. I have never, ever seen or heard of a story like his. He had a dream and he went for it and he didn’t let anything stop him – even at a very young age.

I’m surprised that I have never heard of the real Eddie Edwards until now.

I don’t know anything about the real Eddie Edwards, but I feel that Taron Egerton was a great casting choice for the part of Eddie.

Even Christopher Walken was pretty good in this film. Normally I find him a bit odd and whacky.

I also think that this kind of skiing is just crazy! I can’t even stand on skiis, let alone do insane jumps like they did in the film. It does look like fun but I know I would break my legs on the first try. LOL!

Below is the trailer for the film. This is the theatrical trailer. The film is available for home viewing.

 

I have a blu-ray copy of the film to give to a lucky reader. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on June 26, 2016 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be contacted via email and will need to reply promptly (no later than June 1st) 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?

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

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