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Movie Review: Yellowbird plus a giveaway to win a signed copy of the film (giveaway ends 4/30/15)

 

Yellowbird

Now available on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand is the fun, family film Yellowbird from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Yellowbird is a computer animated film that stars the voice talents of Seth Green, Dakota Fanning, Christine Baranski, Yvette Nicole Brown, Richard Kind, Danny Glover and Elliott Gould.

Just when it’s time to migrate to Africa, Darius (Glover), the elder of the flock, is wounded.  He will have no choice but to share all his secrets, wisdom and new flying routes with the first bird that happens to come along. The candidate is none other than Yellowbird (Green), an eccentric little fellow, super excited about the challenge, but without the slightest hint of knowledge or natural talent for migrating whatsoever.

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

The DVD also includes a few bonus features.

  • “Inside the Studio: Recording the Voices for Yellowbird” featurette
  • “How to Make an Animated Film with Director Christian De Vita” featurette

The DVD has a suggested retail price of $19.98. I’m not sure how much the film is On Demand or Digital HD.

I thought this was a super cute film. It’s one of those “straight to video” type of films. I think it could have done very well in the theater.

The characters are all very enjoyable and likable.

I am not normally a fan of computer animations. Sometimes they look “flat,” for lack of a better description. I found the animation in this film to be really impressive, most especially the landscapes and city scapes. They were really nice and look almost realistic.

This is a fun, fantasy film that takes viewers on a journey across the world. The birds migrate to a lot of great destinations and its fun to travel along with them.

I also like that this film is about stepping outside of your boundaries and not being afraid of what life has to offer. If it wasn’t for Yellowbird’s “adopted” mom tricking him into stepping outside of his comfort zone he would have never met his new friends and had the opportunity to explore this big, beautiful world.

My hard to impress teenagers both told me they thought the film was “cute” and “OK.” Even my husband thought it was a “cute movie.”

This film is OK for all family members, both young and old.

Look for Yellowbird where ever movies and HD films are sold.

You can also check out the film’s official website, www.Yellowbird-TheMovie.com as well as on Facebook.

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I have a fun giveaway. Two (2) lucky readers will each win an autographed copy of the film signed by actor Seth Green. I’m sure many people are familiar with his other movies.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 30, 2015 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 why you’d like to win an autographed 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 wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy 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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Celebrate Earth Day with Entenmann’s Little Bites, TerraCycle and the Arbor Day Foundation (Giveaway ends 4/22/15)

 

 

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Earth Day is on April 22, 2015. In fact it’s celebrated annually on the same day. It was first celebrated in 1970. Sadly I didn’t know about Earth Day until a few years ago. Our school district never did anything to support this important day.

Earth Day is celebrated by nearly 200 countries from around the world. This worldwide event is held in support of environmental protection.

We only have one Earth. We all need to come together to do what we can to protect it.

There will be many events held across the globe to celebrate Earth and to educate people about environmental issues.

This year the brand Entenmann’s is celebrating Earth Day with two great campaigns featuring one of their popular snack lines – Entenmann’s Little Bites.

My family loves Little Bites, most especially the Brownies. I can’t keep them in the house long enough. I also really like the Blueberry Muffins.

Little Bites

I like that Little Bites are portion controlled. I also like that they are individually packaged so you can enjoy them on the go or tuck them inside your lunch or tote bag.

Here is a little more information about the Entenmann’s initiatives.

Entenmann’s Bakery, a division of Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU), has announced two major eco-initiatives for Earth Day 2015 for its Little Bites brand.  For the third year in a row, Entenmann’s will partner with TerraCycle, an international leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable post-consumer waste, for the Little Bites “Turn Trash to Cash” recycling campaign. Entenmann’s will also partner with the Arbor Day Foundation for Earth Day 2015 to launch a special Facebook Sweepstakes to help plant up to 25,000 trees in forests in need throughout the United States.

Kids (and families) can turn their Little Bites pouches into CASH for their school with the “Trash to Cash” program.

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Entanmann’s Little Bite snacks have partnered with “upcycling” experts TerraCycle to re-purpose the snack bags the Little Bits come in.

I met some people from TerraCycle a few years ago and was able to make a really cool tote bag out of re-purposed packaging and duct tape. It was fun to do and I learned a lot about “upcycling.”

As part of the Trash for Cash program, participating “Pouch Brigades” throughout the country will be collecting empty Little Bites packaging. These will in turn be delivered to TerraCycle where they will be redeemed for cash the schools can use to buy supplies or whatever they need. TerraCycle will use the empty packaging and turn them into tote bags, pencil cases and even picnic benches (it’s true! I learned about that a few years ago).

Not only does this program re-purpose packaging and help schools raise money it also keeps the packaging out of the landfills.

Click here to learn more about how the Little Bites Pouch Brigades work.

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In addition to the Trash for Cash program, Little Bites also has an Arbor Day Sweepstakes you might be interested in.

Entenmann’s Little Bites snacks announced a new partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation as part of its 2015 Earth Day initiatives. Through a special Facebook Sweepstakes, for every entry received (fan or not), Entenmann’s Little Bites will donate $1 to the Arbor Day Foundation to plant a tree, up to 25,000 trees.  What a way to make Earth Day extra green!

The Sweepstakes launched last month but will run through April 23, 2015. Twenty five (25) first prize winners FREE Entenmann’s Little Bites snacks for one year (as 52 Little Bites $5 coupons, a $260 retail value.)

You can also enter to win an assortment of weekly prizes, including 100 second place prizes of a Little Bites upcycled tote bag and four Little Bites $5 coupons (a $35 retail value) or one of their 150 third place prizes of one Little Bites $5 coupon.

Entry is through the Sweepstakes on the Entenmann’s Little Bites Facebook page. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET April 23, 2015.

For additional information, including official sweepstakes rules, visit the Little Bites Facebook page.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to once again work with TerraCycle on a program that not only helps the environment, but also aids schools and students across the country,” said Maureen Sticco, Director of Marketing Services, Entenmann’s. “This year, the additional partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation adds a wonderful new benefit for our environment — the chance for Entenmann’s Little Bites snacks to help plant 25,000 trees in our nation’s forests in most need.”

Why did Entenmann’s Little Bites team up with the Arbor Day Foundation?

Trees help clean the air!  They improve the quality of the air we breathe by capturing dust and pollution particles that can affect our health.

  • These particles cling to the leaves rather than float in the air.  When it rains, the dust and particles are simply washed to the ground.
  • Global forests removed about one third of fossil fuel emissions annually from 1990 to 2007.

Trees help fight climate change. As trees grow, they remove greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide from the air, store carbon, and release pure oxygen into the atmosphere.

  • In one year an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced by a car driven 26,000  miles.
  • One large tree can provide a day’s supply of oxygen for up to four people.
  • More than 20% of the world’s oxygen supply is actually produced in the Amazon Rainforest.

Trees planted along waterways can help filter out chemicals that might otherwise wash to our water sources. They also can create stable soil and help prevent soil erosion, flooding and even landslides!

  • In 1997 NYC spent $1.5 billion to preserve the forested watershed that supplies it’s drinking water by purchasing thousands of upstate acres of forested watershed (A filtration plant large enough to clean the city’s water supply would have cost more than $6 billion!)
  • Today, New Yorkers enjoy some of the cleanest drinking water in the world and NYC has even won regional water taste competitions.

Trees properly planted around a home can help lower air conditioning and heating costs by up to 25%!

  • Carefully placed shade trees  — planted to the west, east or northwest of a house — can save that household’s energy needs for cooling during the warm weather months. (The overall cooing effect of a healthy, mature tree is equivalent to TEN room-sized air conditioners operating 20 hours a day!)
  • When these trees loose their leaves in the winter, they also allow the sun to reach and warm the house, saving energy for heating as well.
  • Evergreen trees planted to the north or northwest can serve as ‘windbreaks’ and help reduce cold winter winds, blowing snow, dust and even block out noise!  This all means less burning of fossil fuels, which is good for the environment.

For more information about Entenmann’s Little Bites please visit the Entenmann’s website, www.Entenmanns.com. You can also find the Entenmann’s brand on social media.

Entenmann’s would like to give a lucky reader a fun prize package. The prize package includes a TerraCycle Little Bites tote bag and four (4) coupons for FREE Little Bites products (up to a $5 value each). Thank you Entenmann’s!

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This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 22, 2015 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 what your favorite Entenmann’s Little Bites flavor is?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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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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LuguLake Speaker Review & Giveaway (ends 4/22/15)

 

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It’s hard to believe that summer time is just around the corner. That means lazy days lounging pool side, trips to the beach and plenty of barbecues and picnics. What goes perfect with these situations is music.

Gone are the days of huge “boom boxes” and having to move your entire stereo system outside just to listen to some tunes. These days most people enjoy their music from the smartphone or tablet. While these options are certainly more portable, the sound quality is not the best. Even on maximum volume, music streamed from your phone or tablet is not going to be loud enough to be heard over loud guests. What you need is an external speaker.

There are many external speakers on the market. Some are amazing where as others are not worth the cost to purchase them.

I recently had the opportunity to test drive an external speaker from a company called LuguLake . They have a portable speaker that comes with a built in dock to rest your phone or tablet on.

The LuguLake  speaker comes with a charging cable and a cable to connect to your device in the event the device you are using is not Bluetooth compatible.

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Before you use the device you will need to charge it. It’s portable so you can take it with you where ever you go – including the beach where you’ll have no power source. You just have to make sure you charge up the speaker first.

Pairing the speaker with my smartphone was super easy to do. I can be “technologically challenged” at times and I had no problem connecting the speaker to my iPhone.

That’s it. There is nothing else to it. It’s that easy.

I like the dock feature on the speaker. I like that I can rest my phone some place safe while still being able to access my music.

I haven’t tried the speaker with my iPad yet. I would be a little concerned about the iPad toppling over the speaker, but I think it would be OK.

The sounds quality for the LuguLake  speaker is really good. The music is crystal clear and the volume can get pretty loud – ideal for noisy backyard gatherings or tailgating parties.

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I’m surprised that the speakers come fro the side only. But they work really good. I guess it gives you more of a “surround sound” experience because the music is coming from the site and not from the front.

The battery life is really good. I’ve used the speaker many times at my desk and I’ve only had to recharge it once so far. I would have to guess that it gets about 10+ hours of use before it needs to be recharged.

The speaker is not that big making it very portable. You can easily slip it into your bag, tote bag, picnic basket or backpack.

For more information about the LuguLake  speaker visit LuguLake.US (notice it’s US and not .com). LuguLake  carries a lot of interesting consumer products.

The brand can also be found on social media. All of the links are found at the bottom of their website.

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Lugulake would like to give a lucky reader their own LuguLake portable speaker. Thank you LuguLake !

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 22, 2015 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 the LuguLake portable speaker?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample 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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Fashionable luxury handbags from Fricaine (giveaway ends 4/19/15)

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I have to admit that I haven’t always been interested in handbags. When I was a teen I couldn’t live without one. I carried my whole life in my handbag.

When I became a mom my handbag was replaced with a diaper bag. I think we had just about everything in the diaper bag except the kitchen sink.

After many years of lugging around a diaper bag about as big as a piece of luggage I didn’t want to carry anything around with me after my kids were older and we retired the diaper bag. From that point on I have only used small purses, basically no bigger than a wristlet. As long as it fit my wallet, car keys and cellphone that was fine with me.

I returned to the workforce last summer. I found that I needed a bigger bag to hold things I might need at work like medicine for headaches, compact mirror, power cord to charge my phone, snacks and more. From that point on I have been using bigger handbags. In fact I actually put my wristlet inside my handbag so that I can grab it and run into a store without having to take the whole handbag with me.

I have to admit that as time has gone by I have become more and more interested in handbags.

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My most recent aquisition is a gorgeous handbag from the company Fricaine. Fricaine has a lovely portfolio of bags that are sure to interest many handbag lovers.

Fricaine provides high quality, fashionable products from globally sourced exotic fabrics that accentuate the tastes and preferences of their customers. Their brand offers a refreshing fashion experience to customers by helping them make bold fashion statements. This propels them to standout in the crowd while seamlessly aligning with their social status. Their carefully selected lines of very durable handbags employ bright colors, are well-crafted and made from authentic custom fabrics and hardware. Women who carry Fricaine handbags exude an exotic and highly fashionable image that perfectly matches and complements their personal style.

Fricaine sent me their Queen’s Hand Satchel to review. It’s truly very beautiful.

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Here are some more details about this wonderful handbag.

  • High quality, durable micro-fiber leather meshes with the body made from 100% cotton using special jacquard design and printing technology.
  • This roomy, eye-catching handbag has a custom-made lining that contrasts perfectly with the exterior.
  • All hardware is forged with real gold-plated material with anti-soul treatment and has no chance of corrosion.
  • It has one card pocket, one interior cell phone pocket, one exterior pocket and one drop pocket.
  • Comes with an adjustable and detachable strap.
  • The pattern is vivid and the handbag is very comfortable to carry.

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I have to admit that the orange color would not be my first choice. I tend to stick to darker colors, like black or dark brown – only because I worry that other colors won’t match my wardrobe. I have found that this bag is so colorful that it matches almost everything I wear.

This bag is roomy. There is more than enough room in this bag to carry all my essentials for work – and the some. I can carry my iPad mini, a book, charging cables for my iPad and cellphone, snacks, beauty and health products and still have room to spare.

I like that the bag offers you the option to either hold it in your hand or carry it from your shoulder with the strap. I prefer the shoulder but occasionally it’s easier for me to hold it in my hand. I like that flexibility.

Fricaine puts a lot of love and attention to detail with their bags. When mine arrived the metal pieces were all covered in plastic to protect them from getting any scratched on them during shipping.

There are even little “feet” on the bottom of the bag to protect it when you put it down.

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The bag is exceptionally well made. I have been using it since it arrived several weeks ago and it’s still in great shape. There is no tearing, fraying or busted seams.

I’ve received a lot of compliments on my bag. Several people have asked me where I purchased it from. Even my teen daughter who is obsessed with bags (she has too many!) loves this bag and keeps asking me if she can have it. Ha! No happening. This wonderful bag is mine.

Fricaine is offering 30% off your purchases from their site with the discount code FRICAINE30. 

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Fricaine has also offered to give lucky reader one of their pretty Duchess Shoulder Bags (pictured above). Thank you Fricaine!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 19, 2015 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 the Duchess Shoulder Bag from Fricaine?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample 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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Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 in theaters April 17, 2015 (giveaway ends 4/17/15)

 

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Have you seen the film Paul Blart: Mall Cop? My family and I never saw it in the theater, but we have seen it on television. It was my kids who told my husband and I we should watch it. They saw it before we did and thought it was hysterical. When we had the chance we watched it and we fell in love with the film too.

I adore Kevin James. He’s sweet, like a teddy bear.

I really liked the character of Paul Blart. I think many of us can relate to his situation. It was also nice to see the “underdog” save the day.

Many film’s open themselves up for sequels. Paul Blart: Mall Cop is NOT  movie I would have expected a sequel to, but I have seen the trailer and it looks like it can be really funny. I like that they film makers kept the character as sweet as he was in the first film.

Here is the trailer for your enjoyment.

 

After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart has earned a well-deserved vacation. He heads to Vegas with his teenage daughter before she heads off to college. But safety never takes a holiday and when duty calls, Blart answers.

In a world where we often focus much of our attention on superheroes and top dogs, we often forget about the every-day people who perform acts of selflessness, sacrifice, and encouragement, like Paul Blart. Even though, he is recognizably awkward, clumsy, and a man that is easy to overlook, Paul Blart is also someone we can all identify with and draw strength from his character. He knows family is important, stands up for what is right, and is polite and trustworthy to others despite his flaws and seemingly mundane job. Paul teaches us that regardless of what we do in life, what flaws we may have, or if we constantly find ourselves as the underdog, we can all contribute where we are and improve the lives of those around us – even if we do it with humor.

This looks like a funny film – one the whole family can enjoy.

Look for the film in a theater near you on April 17, 2015.

For more information visit www.SonyPictures.com/Movies/PaulBlartMallCop2. You can also check out the film on Facebook.

Giveaway Paul Blart 2

To get you excited about the film I have a fun giveaway for a lucky reader which includes a t-shirt, badge sticker and a fanny pack – just like the one Paul Blart wears. PLEASE NOTE the winner will receive ONE of each of the items pictured above.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 17, 2015 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 or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). 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. 

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Easter Basket Giveaway Bonanza – from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution (giveaway ends 4/11/15)

 

Gift Basket Giveaway

 

Easter is almost here and our wonderful friends over at CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distrbution would love to help you celebrate not only Easter, but also Spring time. After the bitter cold winter we had this past season, I’m sure many of us are embracing the Springtime weather.

I have a wonderful gift basket giveaway filled with plenty of great goodies for your family. Please note that the giveaway ends after the Easter holiday, but you can still enjoy the DVDs, toys and other fun goodies.

This wonderful gift basket includes the following items.

Dorothy In The Land of Oz

Come join Dorothy, and her new friends the Wizard, the Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow on an unforgettable adventure when this Dove Family-approved special Dorothy in the Land of Oz arrives on DVD. In addition to these iconic characters, meet the newest members of the Oz family: Jack Pumpkinhead, Tik-Tok, Tyrone the Terrible Toy Tinker and the Hungry Tiger.

Peter & The Magic Egg

Just in time for Easter comes the heartwarming family adventure, Peter & The Magic Egg on DVD. Peter’s family farm is in danger of being repossessed by the greedy Tobias Tin Whiskers, who has bought the whole village and renamed it “Tin Town.” With no money to save their home, Peter soon meets the Easter Bunny and joins with him to save the holiday, and the farm. The magical tale features the voice talents of Ray Bolger (The Wizard of Oz) and Russi Taylor (The Simpsons).

Puff The Magic Dragon

Relive three classic adventures when the Dove Family-approved collection Puff The Magic Dragon Triple Feature arrives on DVD, just in time for Easter. Based on the famous song by Peter, Paul & Mary, Puff the Magic Dragon comes to life in these three stories of friendship, courage, caring, and fantasy. This family-friendly set stars Academy Award® nominee Burgess Meredith as the voice of Puff and includes the following adventures:

  • Puff The Magic Dragon
  • In The Land of Living Lies
  • Puff and the Incredible Mr. Nobody

Strawberry Shortcake: Double Feature

One of television’s most beloved animated heroines returns in the Dove Family-approved Strawberry Shortcake: Double Feature – The World Of Strawberry Shortcake / Strawberry Shortcake In Big Apple City, arriving on DVD this February. In The World Of Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry and her friends Huckleberry Pie, Blueberry Muffin, Raspberry Tart and Plum Pudding celebrate her sixth birthday. While her birthday preparation is underway, a villain called the Peculiar Purple Pieman plots to steal the berries from Strawberry’s home in order to bake his pies. Strawberry Shortcake In Big Apple City sees Strawberry compete with the Peculiar Purple Pieman in a televised bake.

All of these DVDs are currently available for purchase. Look for them where ever DVDs are sold.

In addition the gift basket includes a Rubber Duckie, candy and more!

Giveaway Movies

Thank you CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 11, 2015 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 which of the DVDs in the gift basket you think your family would most enjoy?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I received the same gift basket 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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