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Get ready to “rock out” with Rock Dog – coming to theaters this Friday (giveaway ends 2/28/17)

 

Are you looking for something fun this weekend to do with your family? Why not check out the latest andimated film from Lionsgate – Rock Dog.

When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, he leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of completely unexpected events. Rock Dog opens in theaters February 24, 2017 starring Luke Wilson (Bodi), Eddie Izzard (Angus), J.K. Simmons (Khampa), Lewis Black (Linnux), Kenan Thompson (Riff), Mae Whitman (Darma), Jorge Garcia (Germur), with Matt Dillon (Trey) and Sam Elliott (Fleetwood Yak).

Check out the film’s trailer.

 

It looks like a fun film that the whole family can enjoy.

Sadly, we just lost our dog Espn (pronounced Es-pin). If you are a long time reader of She Scribes you know that I have written about him a lot over the years.

Espn was diagnosed with an incurable liver disease, Hepatocutaneous Syndrome, last June. The doctors gave him at best 2-3 months to live. We were able to fight and do our best to help him. He managed to outlive their expectations (8 months), but we had to finally let him go. He was never going to get better. He was in pain almost all of the time (he was very stoic about it). His quality of life was deteriorating.

So, yesterday morning at around 10:30 AM, our sweet dog Espn was put to sleep. I couldn’t even bring myself to go to the vet. My husband and son went. Our son couldn’t witness his die, so he stayed in the waiting room. My poor husband had to go through it all by himself. I feel horrible (VERY HORRIBLE) doing that to my husband, but he knows how I am – especially when it comes to our pets. I am grateful that Espn wasn’t alone when he passed and that my husband was with him (Espn adored my husband).

Rest in peace our dear Espn. Until we meet again…

I’m sure Espn would have loved to have been a “Rock Dog,” just like in the film. He loved to “rock out” to the sounds of his toys. He LOVED his toys – most especially ones that made noise. I will miss those sounds very much.

I hope that you and your family will enjoy Rock Dog, which opens in theaters on Friday.

For more information about the film you can visit the official website. You can also “like” the film on Facebook and follow Rock Dog on Twitter and Instagram. The official hashtag is #RockDog.

To get you excited about the film I have some cute FREE coloring pages for you to enjoy. Click here to get started.

In addition, I also have a Rock Dog giveaway for a lucky reader, courtesy of Lionsgate Premiere. The prize package includes:

  • $50 Visa to see the film in theaters
  • Beanie, Tambourine and Temporary Tattoo

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on February 28, 2017. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you’d like to win this prize package and/or if you plan on going to see the 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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*I will be receiving the same prize package from Lionsgate Premiere 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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LEGO Batman Movie – In theaters this Friday (giveaway ends 2-18-17)

 

Whenever I think of the film The LEGO® Movie, I can’t help but think of the song “Everything is Awesome.” The film actually was pretty awesome. I honestly didn’t think I was going to like it but after I saw it I was totally into it. It had something for everyone and both young and old alike could enjoy it.

A new LEGO film is coming to theaters this Friday – LEGO Batman. From the promos I’ve seen this film is going to be a blast, just like the first film.

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO® Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Will Arnett reprises his starring role from The LEGO Movie as the voice of LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne. Zach Galifianakis (“Muppets Most Wanted,” the “Hangover” films) stars as The Joker; Michael Cera (TV’s “Arrested Development”) as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson (TV’s “Daredevil”) as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes (the “Harry Potter” films) as Alfred.

It looks really funny. Check out the trailer.

 

I find it amazing how the filmmakers can take a popular children’s TOY and turn it into a funny, action packed, animated film.

I grew up watching Batman, the television series that stared Adam West. It aired before I was born and when I was a baby, so I only watched repeats of the series when I was older. It was corny, but I loved it.

 

I remember Batman in the first LEGO movie. I would have never thought about offering him his own film. I wonder if the filmmakers plan on making other LEGO character movies in the future? That would be fun! I’m looking forward to them doing something like that.

The film will be released nation wide this Friday. Look for it at a theater near you. In fact, you can grab your partner in crime and make a date to see #LEGOBatmanMovie  and purchase advanced tickets here – http://tickets.legobatman.com/.

If you would like to learn more about the LEGO Batman Movie,  you can visit the Official Website. In addition, you can “like” the LEGO Batman Movie on Facebook and follow the film on Twitter and Instagram. The official hashtag is #LEGOBatmanMovie.

What do you think about the film? Do you think you are going to see it in theaters?

I have a super fun LEGO Batman Movie giveaway for a lucky reader. The prize package includes:

  • $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters
  • T-Shirt, Stationery Set, Backpack

Open to US mailing addresses only

Prizing and samples courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

These giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on February 18, 2017. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you’d like to win this prize package and/or if you plan on going to see the 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 will be receiving the same prize package from Warner Bros. Pictures 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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Awards Season Giveaway From Fandango/FandangoNOW (giveaway ends 1/28/17)

 

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It’s awards season. Actually, the season kicked off back on October (2016) with the announcement of the Critics Choice Documentary Awards nominees (October 10, 2016). Awards season ends on February 26, 2017 with the biggest award of them all – The Academy Awards (Oscars).

There is still more than a month away from the Oscars, but there is already plenty of buzz about some front runners who might just walk away with the most prestigious award.

Some films who are front runners for Best Picture include;

Arrival
Fences
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

According to IndieWire, other contenders include;

Deadpool 
Hacksaw Ridge 
Hidden Figures
Lion
Loving
Nocturnal Animals 

How many of these films have YOU seen? Personally I’ve only seen Deadpool and Hell or High Water. I want to see La La Land and Noctural Animals.

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Many of the film’s that could walk away with the Oscar for best picture are still playing locally (at least where I live). Moonlight, Lion, Fences, La La Land and Hidden Figures are currently playing in our local movie theater.

When we plan on going to the movies we always purchase our tickets online at Fandango. Not only does purchasing our tickets from Fandango help us to skip the lines, it also lets us see what seats are available and allows us to pick out the ideal seats (depending on the theater).

Once we purchase our tickets online I simply print them out and show them to the person at the theater who collects tickets. There is no need to wait online (unless you want something from the concession stand).

Fandango also has a companion site, FandangoNOW where you can purchase or rent movies and television shows – including some award nominated films and television shows. You can watch them online or download them to approved devices.

If you are looking for a great gift idea, Fandango and FandangoNOW gifts cards are a great option. The recipient can use them to enjoy current movies in their local movie theater, or they can rent or purchase their favorite films and television shows online.

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For the first time, Fandango is offering gift cards good for award-worthy movies on the big screen (via Fandango) and on digital platforms (with FandangoNOW).

With awards season, Fandango has you covered for all your movie news and needs, from the big screen to your screen!

You can learn more about the latest movie news, nominated films, awards shows, movie news, trailers and more by visiting the Fandango Movie Awards page.  I appreciate this page. It’s given me more information about the nominated films I didn’t know much about (like Fences and Moonlight). It’s a great resource for movie lovers.

You can also check out the Awards Season Gift Card, which can be found here. You can pick one up for yourself or grab a few for gifts (birthday, anniversary, Easter basket…).

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To help you catch up on some of the most talked about films of awards season, Fandango/FandangoNOW would like to give two lucky readers $25 Fandango/FandangoNOW gift cards (each winner gets one $25 gift card). The winners can use the gift cards to see movies in theaters or purchase/rent movies online.

These giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on January 28, 2017. The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me which movie you are most anxious to see (in theaters or purchase/rent online)?

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 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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A Dog’s Purpose – in theaters January 27, 2017 (giveaway ends 1/20/17)

 

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Coming to theaters across the country on January 27, 2017 is the film A Dog’s Purpose.

The film stars Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Ortiz, with Dennis Quaid and features Josh Gad voice as the dogs featured in the story.

I have a copy of the book. It’s the next book I’ll be reading as soon as I have a chance.

If you follow me on Instagram (SheScribes) you might have seen the photo of my book.

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Here is a brief synopsis of the film.

Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.  The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, Juilet Rylance, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz and Pooch Hall.

A Dog’s Purpose is produced by Gavin Polone (Zombieland, TV’s Gilmore Girls).  The film from Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media is executive produced by Alan Blomquist and Mark Sourian, and it will be distributed by Universal Pictures.

Check out the film’s trailer.

 

This film looks REALLY good. As an animal lover I want to see this film, but at the same time I think it might be sad. I’ll need to bring a box of tissues (or two) when I go and see it at our local theater.

I grew up with dogs. I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t have a dog.

My first dog was named Dutchess. She was a beautiful collie mix. You can see her laying in the background in the photo below (that is me as a little girl). I wish I had a better photo of her.

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The dog we have now is named Espn. He’s a Rat Terrier/Maltese mix (or so we were told by the shelter where we adopted him from). We jokingly refer to him as the “hairy rat dog.” LOL!

Espn (pronounced Es-pin) has long hair, but we get him groomed every other month to keep his fur trimmed. We prefer him with trimmed hair.

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Sadly, Espn has a fatal liver disease called Hepatocutaneous Syndrome. There is no cure for it. We can extend his life with expensive infusions, but we can’t afford them (nor do we have the physical time to take him to a specialist far away 2-3 times per weed). So we’ve just been doing our best to keep him as happy and healthy as possible. He’s actually lasted longer than the vet anticipated.

For this reason I think I’ll have a hard time watching A Dog’s Purpose – because I cannot imagine a life without Espn.

If you would like to learn more about the film by checking out it’s Official Website. You can also check out the film on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The official hashtag is #ADogsPurpose.

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You can even recreate the #ADogsPurpose movie poster using your dog. Your furry friend could even be featured in the film’s campaign! Get started now: http://unvrs.al/ADPPoster. Be sure to upload your dog’s poster to social media and use the hashtag #ADogsPurpose.

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I also have a giveaway for a lucky reader, compliments of Universal Pictures. The prize package includes;

  • $25 Fandango gift code to see A Dog’s Purpose in theaters January 27
  • A Dog’s Purpose Calendar, Bandana, T-Shirt, Tennis Ball Launcher, and Frisbee

The prize package is shown above. NOT PICTURED are the calendar and ball launcher. BOTH will be included in the prize package along with the $25 Fandango gift card. 

These giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on January 20, 2017. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package and/or if you plan on seeing the 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 will receive the same prize package in exchange for my participation. There is no other compensation. The prizing and samples are compliments of Universal Pictures. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Fire & Ice Book Series by an up and coming new author (giveaway ends 12/31/16)

 

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Do you have a “Bucket List?” I do. In fact, my list is probably a mile long (if not longer). There are so many things I want to experience like sky driving, going face-to-face with a Great White Shark in one of those diving cages, visiting the Pyramids of Gisa, Egypt and seeing one of my photos published in a magazine or book. Chances are 99.99% of my Bucket List items will never be completed, but it doesn’t hurt to dream.

One of my Bucket List items that has been on my list since I was in 5th grade was to be a published author. In 7th grade I wrote a great story. My teacher loved it and it won an award from my school. I still have a copy of the story some where. I have always wanted to turn it into a book for children or maybe even ‘tweens.

I don’t know if I have what it takes to be a published author. I wouldn’t know the first place to go or how to begin. It seems like a difficult road to travel – taking a book from an idea to seeing it on a bookshelf, and I’m an adult. So imagine how incredibly impressive it is when a teenage can accomplish that very same thing.

Erin Forbes, a young lady who lives in upstate New York, has published her first book in a planned series of books at the “ripe old age” of 17. That is am impressive feat if you ask me. I’m a forth-something-year-old and I wouldn’t even know how to psyche myself up to sit down and get started, let alone already have a book published.

Erin discovered her love of writing at a very early age. Her Fire & Ice book series has been in the works for some time now.

The first book in the series, Fire & Ice: The Elementals, is available at a book store near you, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Fire & Ice: The Elementals, would probably be considered fantasy for young adults. I’m an older adult and I found the book to be entertaining and engrossing, so slapping a YA (Young Adult) label on it might not be appropriate.

Here is the official book synopsis;

Welcome to Aisling, an enchanted realm where each individual is born with a unique and magical Gift. For centuries this realm has been slowly crumbling due to an ancient curse set on the land. However, the moment that Alice and Emery Hanley step into the Academy for Gifted Youth, their lives are forever changed. Amidst the disappearance of a fellow student, the twin sisters discover a prophecy that could save the realm of Aisling from destruction.

The description alone I found to be intriguing. It brought to mind other stories like Percy Jackson and Harry Potter. There are people with magical gifts, fairies, evil being (unseen “beasts”) and more.

First and foremost I found Erin’s use of descriptions amazing. She is very descriptive in her book, so much so that she vividly paints a picture for you in your head based on the words you read on the pages of the book. It’s like watching a movie of the book as you are reading it in your head. She describes every nuance and every vivid detail from people’s hair is to the way the sunlight reflects off of something. Everything is described in great detail.

The descriptions also stem from the main character (Alice) being very observant about her surroundings. She is very in tune with everything around her.

Both girls are “gifted,” as are their classmates at the academy. It’s hard enough being a teenager and learning your way through the world. To add a “gift” on top of that, makes things a bit more interesting. For that reason I think this book has a lot to do with growing up, accepting yourself and your abilities and coming to understand and appreciate who you are, which is a powerful and important message for any young adult (or even adult for that matter). It also has a lot to do with friendship and family.

At the academy the girls learn about a curse that threatens the magical realm they inhabit. Unlike similar fantasy novels, I don’t consider it “dark” or scary like Lord Voldemort and his “death eaters,” in the Harry Potter series.

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It’s hard to put into words. I’m not as descriptive as Miss Forbes. This is an adventure story, with its twists and turns, but it’s done in a more “gentle way,” for lack of a better description. Hopefully that makes sense.

The “beasts” in this book are unseen, which could be pretty scary when you think about it.

The characters in this book are not only likable, I find them easy to relate too. I also think that the girls in this book are positive role models for young girls who might be reading the book. Girls can be heroes just as much as boys can be.

This is the type of book you could probably finish reading in a day or two. Sadly, I don’t have the time to sit and read like I’d like to. I have piles of magazines in my living room waiting to be read (and those articles are just a page or two). This book took me about a month to read ONLY BECAUSE I don’t have the physical time to read most books, except for a chapter here and there if I’m lucky.

For her very first book, Erin comes off as a professional writer – meaning – you would think she had been writing for many years. It’s hard to believe such a young lady can write such a well written, incredibly detailed, enchanted story like Fire & Ice: The Elementals.

I like how the story ends off too. You could read just this one book and feel “satisfied.” Or you can wait for the next book in the series. The ending can go either way (complete the story or segue into the next volume). The book left me wanting more – which is exactly what you want in the first book of a series.

I am a big fan of gifting books for the holiday season. Books make great stocking stuffers too. If you have a young adult in your life, a book like Fire & Ice: The Elementals would be a great gift option. Or if you just want to “gift” yourself a great read for a chilly winter night, this book is a great option for you as well.

If you would like to learn more about Fire & Ice: The Elementals, visit the official website, www.FireandIceBookSeries.com. You can also find the book series on social media. All of the links are found on the top of the website.

Be sure to check out Erin’s blog for new illustrations, updates, events, and even contests. If you live in upstate New York you may even be able to attend a book signing.

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Speaking of book signings, I have an autographed copy of the book, Fire & Ice: The Elementals, and some fun buttons, to give to a lucky reader. 

These giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 31, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win a copy of this book and/or who the book would be for (you or someone else).

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 a free copy of this book for review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Celebrate the 12 Days of Beauty with an awesome giveaway (ends 12/12/16)

 

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Oh my! It’s December already. Where did the time go? My husband and I were just talking about sitting on our balcony watching the Fourth of July fireworks display at a local baseball park (we have a great view of their fireworks). Now it’s almost the end of the year. How did that happen?

We’re still shopping for the holiday season – for gifts and for stocking stuffers.

My kids are much older now (19 and 17). Long gone are the days when a new box of crayons and small toys would excite them when found in their stockings. As they have grown, the stocking stuffers have changed. These days I stuff them with gift cards to their favorite stores (small denominations – nothing crazy), beauty products (for our daughter), cologne for son and similar items.

Our daughter goes crazy over beauty products, as most young girls do. Facial care products, make up, perfume, hair care products… she loves them all. Our son… not so much. All he uses to wash his face is soap and water.

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Thankfully our son was blessed with good skin. He barely ever pimples, even when he was younger. Our daughter suffered from bad acne and had to see a Dermatologist on a regular basis for it.

Men’s skin is just like women’s skin. It’s no different. It’s made the same way. For that reason I don’t understand why men don’t use facial products like facial washes and lotions. It’s not “unmanly” to care for your skin. In fact, it’s the right thing to do.

Neutrogena has several products made especially for men. In fact, I was sent some to review by the brand. I gave some to my husband to try. The rest I’ll put in my son’s stocking (along with the usual goodies he gets). I figure if he saw his father using the products he’d be more likely to use them too.

I was sent the following products.

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Neutrogena Men Triple Protect Face Lotion with sunscreen SPF 20

I think this was the biggest challenge to get my husband to try. He didn’t feel like he needed lotion. I reminded him that winter is coming and his skin does get a bit a bit chaffed when he’s out in the cold. He also wears sunscreen when he knows he’s going to be outside for a while. Sunscreen, even made for the face, can be heavy and clog pores. I told him that with this lotion he’s not only keeping his skin hydrated and mositurized, it also has a built in SPF whihc won’t leave his skin feeling heavy or greasy.

He tried it, and he likes it. He keeps forgetting to put it on, but once I remind him he applies some.

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Neutrogena Men Invigorating Face Wash

I grew up washing my face with just regular soap and water. It does get the job done, but it also dries out your skin and doesn’t really have any benefits to it.

My husband uses this twice a day – once in the morning (unless he shower, then he still uses just soap) and agan at night. Again, I have to remind him sometimes because he’s not used to using product, but he doesn’t seem to mind

He admits that he likes this face wash compared to soap. He likes that his skin doesn’t feel as “tight” as it does with regular soap. He also said his face feels cleaner.

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Neutrogena Men Razor Defense Face Scrub

My husband didn’t know why this was necessary. I told him it’s because we need to rid our skin and pores of dried skin cells and “gunk” that gets trapped in our pores.

This product is also made to help with shaving. He hasn’t noticed a difference as of yet, but he has tried it twice so far and he said he likes how his skin feels afterwards (“super clean” to quote him).

My son is gradually warming up to the idea. I asked him if he would use the products. He said he would try them. That’s good to know because I’ll be putting them in his stocking this year.

For more information about these and other Neutrogena products visit Neutrogena.com. The brand is also on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

I am participating in a “12 Day of Beauty” with Neutrogena and other bloggers. Each day for 12 days another blogger will showcase other Neutogena products. The great news is that you can not only enter giveaways on all the blogger’s sites, but you can also win the products they showcase.

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The next blogger participation is Tammy over at A Mom in Red High Heels. Visit her blog tomorrow to see what items she’s showcasing, as well as for a chance to win those products. You can also check her out on Twitter (@AMominRed) and on Instagram (@AMominRed).

Speaking of winning – I have two giveaways for readers. One involves winning ALL Of the products showcased in the 12 Days of Beauty – and let me tell you, it’s A LOT of products!

Giveaway #1 – Comment on this post (see below) and use the Rafflecopter widget to win all of the men’s products showcased in this post. There will be TWO winners.

Giveaway #2 – Comment on any of my social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google+ in regards to Neutrogena’s 12 Days of Beauty for your chance to win ALL of the products showcased during the promotion (it’s A LOT of products!). All of my social media accounts are linked (above). You can comment on one account or all four. Only one comment per social media page. That gives you four chances to win. Look for the post tagged with @Neutrogena and @CleanandClear.

These giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 12, 2016. The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter the giveaway for the Men’s products, please comment on this post and tell me which product you think the man in your life would enjoy the most?

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 have partnered with the brands to bring you this information. I received free products to review as well as compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. The brand will be providing the prize packages. 

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