Quantcast

Strange Magic movie review, recipes, printables and more (giveaway ends 6/1/15)

 

StrangeMagicDVD copy

Now available on DVD and Digital HD is the musical adventure film, Strange Magic. The film is by George Lucas, the same man who brought us the Star Wars movies, Raiders of the Lost Ark and many, many more hit films.

George Lucas brings you the story of a music-filled fairy tale about finding love in the unlikeliest of places in Strange Magic on DVD, Digital HD/SD and On-Demand May 19th! This magical adventure features a host of colorful characters including a princess (voiced by Evan Rachel Wood) who has sworn off love, a dubious villain (voiced by Alan Cumming), a slightly nutty Sugar Plum Fairy (voiced by Kristin Chenoweth) and a knight who is no Prince Charming (voiced by Sam Palladio). Bonus features include a Musical Mash Up: Outtakes and more!

Strange Magic” is a music-filled fairy tale about finding true love in the unlikeliest of places. This magical adventure features a host of colorful characters including a princess who has sworn off love, a dubious villain, a slightly nutty Sugar Plum Fairy, a tenacious elf, a mischievous imp, and a knight who is no Prince Charming. Bring home the enchanting tale the whole family can enjoy today!

Honestly, I was very surprised that this was a George Lucas film. It seems a bit odd, but then again a lot of his movies are odd too.

The animation in this film is incredible. It’s so realistic looking. The trees, flowers and even woodland critters all look so real. I felt like I was really in a forest. Animation just keeps getting more and more amazing.

STRANGE MAGIC

As far as the story goes, it was a bit predictable. It’s not that the story has been told before, but you could sort of guess what direction the story was going to go in from the beginning.

The film stars a fairy name Marianne who is excited to be marrying the handsome Roland. That is until she finds out that Roland has not been faithful to her. Marianne calls off the wedding and vows never to fall in love again, much to the dismay of her sister Dawn.

Roland is not happy about the wedding being called off. He was planning on becoming king because Marianne is royalty. He needs to marry her in order to get the crown.

In order to win her back he comes up with a plan. He tricks an elf named Sunny (who has a huge crush on Marianne’s sister, Dawn) to go into the dark forest and steal back a magical love potion that the Bog King has after he captured the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Will Sunny be able to retrieve the love potion? Will Roland succeed in securing the crown? Will Marianne ever fall in love again? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Strange Magic, now available where movies are sold.

As I mentioned, the animation was pretty cool. I didn’t really find many of the characters necessarily “likable.” They are not really cute. The Bog King is especially grosteque looking. But then again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Strange Magic

If you are not a fan of musicals you will not like this movie at all. It was non-stop singing. I couldn’t even guess how many songs were sung in this film. Many of the songs were popular at one time or another.

The singing turned my husband off from the film. He said it was “overkill.” He lost interest after the first few songs. I kept on watching the film.

Aside from the characters not exactly cute, and the abundance of music, the film was OK. I wouldn’t necessarily consider it a “kiddie” film. After all, Roland was unfaithful to Marianne and was caught kissing another women… I mean fairy. Infidelity is not exactly a subject matter for little ones.

I have plenty of fun printables for you to download and enjoy with your family – even one that will help you host a Strange Magic party. Simply click on the images below.

Download Strange Magic Fun Games
 

Download Host A Strange Magic Party
 

Download Strange Magic Crafts & Snacks
 

If you would like to learn more about the film please visit StrangeMagicMovie.com. You can also check out the film on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr, Instagram and YouTube.

The official hashtag is #StrangeMagic.

Did you see the film? What did you think about it? Did you have a favorite character and/or song?

Here is the trailer for your enjoyment.

 

I also have a copy of the film for a lucky reader.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on June 1, 2015. 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 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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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. 

Related Posts:

Clean Car Tips from Water Savers (giveaway ends 5/31/15)

 

car wash

I don’t know things are in your  part of the country, but here in New York where I live the pollen is CRAZY! I have a green car and it’s been yellow for weeks. That is due to the pollen that is finding it’s way to my car. EVERYTHING is covered in the pollen. Even when I wash the INSIDE of our condo’s windows I am finding pollen. It’s horrible! I can’t wait for it to go away.

Even our poor asthmatic cat is having a difficult time right now with all the pollen and other allergens that are floating around.

Now that spring is here many people are making sure to clean off their car. Between the pollen and the dirt and rock salt from the long winter months, the exterior of our cars are in dire need of a good scrubbing.

You could easily wash your car in your driveway, if you have one that is. The problem is that washing  your car at home wastes a tremendous amount of water. It can be wasteful. With so many parts of our country experiencing a severe (even historical) drought – such as in California – wasting water is not only wrong but it’s harmful to our environment.

The International Carwash Association (ICA) has some great tips for cleaning your car this spring.

WaterSavers2015

The International Carwash Association (ICA), through its Wash with WaterSavers consumer awareness campaign, is committed to promoting the importance of using eco-friendly carwashes that use less water and return clean water back into the environment.

Cleaning isn’t just for your home – it’s a smart thing to do for your vehicles, too. A few simple steps can help boost your vehicle’s integrity and beauty while maintaining its value, plus you might even regain that new-car smell.

Your car is a reflection of who you are
There’s no question your car is a reflection on you. Whether it’s all about horsepower, efficient gas mileage or four-wheel drive, your vehicle represents who you are, where you’ve been and where you intend to go. The design, form and function are extensions of your style and personality. So, if you haven’t given it a wash in a while, what does that say about you? You wouldn’t walk out the door without a shower, a shave and a little spruce up. (Would you?) So why shouldn’t you show that same respect for your car?

Regular car washes protect your paint job
That beautiful factory paint job will dull and begin to chip away if you don’t maintain it. Regularly washing your car and waxing it will help keep your car looking as good as it did when you pulled out of the dealer lot.

Professional car washes help maintain the value of the vehicle
You might be more inclined to spend money on engine issues than the car’s exterior, but stains and rusting can drastically decrease the value of the vehicle over time. Especially after a long winter, exposure to the elements can cause damage. Professional car washes thoroughly clean the undercarriage of your vehicle, where there may be a buildup of road salt that could cause corrosion to the car’s exhaust and muffler system.

From dirt and dust to grit and grime, give that car its reflective shine at a WaterSavers car wash. WaterSavers professional car washes use an average of 40 gallons of fresh water or less per car, according to the International Carwash Association. As a frame of reference, that 10 minute shower you took used 25 gallons of fresh water. WaterSavers washes also recycle and filter the water to prevent harmful chemicals from entering groundwater supplies that feed rivers and streams.

If you would like to find a WaterSavers car wash near you please visit WashwithWatersavers.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

WaterSavers Spring 2015 Prize Package

WaterSavers would love to give the following prize package to a lucky winner. The package consists of;

  • Auto kit with jumper cables, gloves, flash light, reflective cones and other must-have tools ($45 value)
  • Sun-shade for protecting your car from the blazing sun ($25 value)
  • $30 Visa Gift Card

Thank you WaterSavers!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 31, 2015. 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?

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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Kimberly

*I received the same prize package in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation.The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Related Posts:

Talking to your teen about underage drinking (giveaway ends 5/31/15)

 

“I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Anheuser-Busch’s Family Talk About Drinking Program. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

Underage Drinking

Being a parent is one of the toughest jobs in the world. Babies do not come with instruction manuals. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Sure, there are plenty of books about parenting, and you can also seek advice from family and friends, but what it boils down to is you have to be the best parent that you can be. And let me tell you right now there is no such thing as a “perfect parent.”

Being a parent to a teen is a whole lot harder than parenting a child. I have two teens, a son and daughter. One is 18 and the other will be 16 in a few months.

Oh how I miss the child years! Raising teenagers is very stressful. Unlike children, teens are faced with bigger issues such as drugs, alcohol, smoking, dating, sex, graduating high school, college, getting their first job, learning to drive… the list goes on and on.

I have to admit that I was a bit of a “wild child” as a teenager. Nothing too crazy but I did attend keg parties starting when I was 15 years old – way under the drinking age. I thought I was so cool drinking when I was a minor. When I look back on it now I realize how foolish I was.

From a young age my husband and I tried to broach the subject of drinking, smoking and drugs (we save the sex stuff for a later age). My kids participated in the D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education ) program at school. They knew that I drank at a young age. In fact my daughter used that as part of her D.A.R.E essay. She won the essay contest and was asked to read her winning essay in front of the entire school, families and invited guests. That was a proud parent moment.

My daugther (left) after her D.A.R.E graduation.

My daugther (left) after her D.A.R.E graduation.

We have always been honest with our kids about things – like underage drinking – in hopes that they can learn from our mistakes. We also make it very clear what our expectations are from them in regards to things like drinking. They know we are totally against it and if they choose to make the wrong decision and engage in drinking there will be consequences.

These days it’s hard to have a deep, meaningful conversation with teens. There are so many distractions (especially from cellphones). I have found that the best conversations I have with my daughter is in the car. I pick her up from school, as well as take her to/from work and her friend’s houses. Right now she doesn’t have a car.

The trip to/from school is only a five minute drive. There have been days when it takes us an hour to get home because my daughter feels comfortable opening up to me in the car when it’s just the two of us. When she’s telling me about things, or wants to talk to me about something, I’ll just drive around while we chat. I also think she finds it more comfortable because we’re not looking at each other face to face since I’m looking at the road and my surroundings.

The talks we have in the car are by far the best, and deepest, talks we’ve ever had. Sometimes my daughter will even ask me to take her out some place just so we can have those talks.

Wine

One of our “car conversations” lead to my daughter confessing that she tried alcohol (beer) when she was hanging out with some friends in the woods by a stream. Some of the boys brought beer and everyone was grabbing one. So as not to feel awkward my daughter grabbed one too. She was going to pretend to drink some but curiosity got the best of her and she took a few sips just to try it out.

I appreciate that she felt comfortable enough telling me this. She knows how we feel about drinking and she knew she had to own up to what she did. Although she was honest and open about it (which she knows we appreciated), we had to ground her (the worst punishment of all – we took away her cellphone).

Our daughter hangs out with friends a lot and goes to a lot of parties. We know there is alcohol at these get togethers.

Senior prom and graduation are a month from now which means that there will be A LOT of alcohol readily available to these teens. Now it’s even more important than ever to make sure our daughter knows that  underage drinking is not only illegal, it’s also very dangerous. Being intoxicated can lead to other dangerous things (illegal drugs, sex, rape, drunk driving…).

We are confident that she is fully aware of what could happen if she were to get drunk. She also knows that if she goes to an after party where there is drinking involved that she needs to call us to pick her up rather than risk going home with a teen who has been drinking.

We also made it known that she’s “guilty by association.” If she’s putting herself in those kinds of situations and the Police get involved SHE is involved too whether she was drinking or not.

We are not fools. We KNOW most teens are curious about alcohol and will try it. The trick is to make it known that drinking is dangerous, unhealthy and illegal.

New-FT-Logo

Anheuser-Busch has a website to help parents bridge the subject of underage drinking with their teens (as well as younger children). Their Family Talk About Drinking (FTAD) program has been around for 2o+ years. I wish I knew about their site sooner.

Family Talk About Drinking offers parents tips on having an open conversation about drinking and alcohol with children of all ages.

Their program is broken up into the three main stages of parenting;

  • Being a Teacher (for children ages 1-7)
  • The Facilitator (for children ages 8-13)
  • The Coach (for children ages 14-21)

I’m in the “Coach” stage for both my kids.

I wish I had known about this site sooner, but none the less there are plenty of great tips to be found. I especially like the section on how to talk to your college bound student on how to be responsible when they move out. Thankfully our daughter will be going to school locally for a year, so that gives me more time with her to let know how about her responsibilities as an “adult” when she if finally out on her own.

Family Talk About Drinking has tips and suggestions from a certified educator and parent coach named MJ Corcoran. Ms. Corcoran has some excellent tips that all families can put into place TODAY.

Find Windows of Opportunity to Talk – When you have a teenager, windows of opportunity to talk can open and close fast. Use prom and graduation to continue the conversation around underage drinking. Set clear boundaries and encourage good decision-making this prom and graduation season.

Connect with Your Teen – Two things you can do to connect with your teen: listen and respect their opinion. In turn, they’ll be much more likely to talk with you about the tough issues – like underage drinking.

Ask Open-Ended Questions – During prom and graduation season, be sure to ask open-ended questions to help your teen think through potential scenarios involving alcohol.

Encourage Accountability – In the busy time leading up to prom and graduation, a text is not enough. Encourage accountability and check in with a call.

I strongly encourage all parents and guardians to check out the site and get involved in your child’s life. Even if you haven’t discussed drinking yet with your child you can start doing so TODAY.

Please visit FamilyTalkAboutDrinking.com to learn more. In addition you can also check out their Facebook page.

To see what others have to say about talking to children and teens about drinking, check out the hashtag #ABFamilyTalk.

To help you spend some quality time with your child/teen to open up the discussion about drinking and alcohol I have a $25 e-gift card (sent via email) to send to a lucky reader. Use the gift card to take your child out some place special (out for ice cream, dinner at a favorite restaurant…) and take the opportunity to discuss alcohol and drinking.

Please note: Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Influence Central.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 31, 2015. 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 share with me a tip about how you talk about drinking and alcohol with your child or teen?

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).

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Kimberly

Related Posts:

  • No Related Posts

Big Tractors with Casey & Friends (giveaway ends 5/30/15)

 

A Year on the Farm-cover

Most young children are fascinated by vehicles. It’s not just a “boy thing.” Growing up I was really into trucks and cards. I LOVED my Tonka trucks back in the day when they were made out of metal.

I still remember when my kids were little. They were fascinated by things like firetrucks, Police cars, tractor trailers and farm equipment.

There is a new book available that many little boys (and girls!) might find interesting and fun. It’s called Big Tractors with Casey & Friends. It’s new from Octane Press. In fact, there are several Casey & Friends books worth noting. They offer readers a glimpse into farm life as well as machines used in modern agriculture.

Octane Press produces high-quality narrative and illustrated books for discerning enthusiast audiences. Some of the company’s best-known titles include Red Tractors 1958–2013: The Authoritative Guide to IH and Case IH Tractors and Beast: The Top Secret Ilmor-Penske Engine that Shocked the Racing World at the Indy 500. Octane Press has won several book awards, including IBPA Benjamin Franklin awards (Red Tractors 1958–2013, Forward, Adventurous Motorcyclist’s Guide to Alaska) and Independent Publisher Awards (In the Red, Red Tractors 1958–2013).

Big Tractors with Casey & Friends (ages 4-8) teaches readers about the various pieces of farm equipment and how they work, including interesting farming facts and so much more. Readers will also learn about the iconic red CASE IH tractor.

I’m an adult and I found the book interesting. I even learned a few things and I grew up around farms.

Casey & Friends is written by a “seasoned” educator and national curriculum writer Holly Dufek. Together with Cars artist Paul Nunn they are teaching children (and their parents) about the various types of farm equipment that is used to bring food to the table.

Most people don’t know just how much work is involved to harvest the foods that we eat on a daily basis. There is a lot of labor involved including heavy machinery.

casey fall

Here is some more information about the books series.

Meet “Casey & Friends.”
Written by Holly Dufek, Illustrated by Paul E. Nunn | Published by Octane Press
Ages 4-8 | 32 pages | 9×9-inch hardcover | $14.99 each

Follow Casey the farmer, Tillus the worm, Big Red the tractor, and a whole cast of cartoon equipment characters who teach important life lessons gleaned from the farm, like thinking ahead and working as a team. Each title is licensed by CASE IH and highlights a different aspect of farm equipment and technology with educational sidebars, picture glossaries and fun farming facts for added learning possibilities.

A Year on the Farm with Casey & Friends (Jan. 2015) introduces children to the world of modern farming by teaching them about the different jobs a farmer does each season. Casey and her team show how tractors, combines and other equipment: plant and harvest crops, work in the farmyard, and care for animals. Learn how farming involves planning for the year, reacting to the weather, and working as a team.

Big Tractors with Casey & Friends (Apr. 2015) shows how the biggest, most powerful tractors handle the demanding jobs of pulling and powering on the farm. Find out how Big Red and Sammy – the biggest tractors on the farm – use their powerful muscles to work in the field with the rest of the team. Learn about the science of farming and discover how advanced technology makes Big Red and Sammy special.

big red left facing

Combineswith Casey & Friends (June 2015) explains the step-by-step processes used to harvest crops by the most complex machines on the farm. Follow Cody and Kellie—the combines of Happy Skies Farm—as they do the work of three machines: gathering, separating, and unloading grain and corn.

Planters & Cultivators with Casey & Friends (Sept. 2015) features the specialized farm equipment used to cultivate, plant and spray crops. Learn how Tammi the Tiller, Evan the Early Riser Planter and Peter the Patriot Sprayer work together to make this year’s crop bigger than ever. Explore the science of soil and discover how Casey’s team keeps it healthy.

“Know a kid or two who thinks corn comes from the grocery’s freezer section? Put ‘em on track with A Year on the Farm with Casey & Friends….Plenty of detail combined with lots of color photos and illustrations makes this an engaging read for kids ages 4-8. A fun (and educational) read for kids and their grandparents!”

—Leslie McManus, Farm Collector Magazine

We have the book Big Tractors with Casey & Friends. I have since donated it to our classroom for other children to enjoy.

Look for these books where ever books are sold.

For more information about Octane Press visit OctanePress.com. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

BigTractors-cover

CASEIH Tractor Toy

I have a copy of this book, as well as CASE IH Magnum 370 CVT Tractor Toy (1:64 scale – MSRP $8.50 – ages 3+) to give to a lucky reader. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 30, 2015 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be notified via email. The winner has three days to respond 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 extra entries won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Kimberly

*I received a free sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Related Posts:

  • No Related Posts

Fine products from Crabtree & Evelyn (giveaway ends 5/24/15)

 

Logo

Are you familiar with the brand Crabtree & Evelyn?

Long before the ‘natural’ and ‘wellness’ movements became popular, Crabtree & Evelyn was producing ranges featuring fruit, flower and plant essences.

Crabtree & Evelyn was founded in 1972 by Cyrus Harvey. The name Crabtree & Evelyn was inspired by John Evelyn, a 17th century botanist, and the English Crabapple tree, known for its beauty and use in home apothecary.

The company offers a wide variety of products including fragrances, hand creams, body lotions and much more. They intentionally seek out ingredients inspired by nature to create the very best products. Think of them as “A blend of the very best of nature and science coupled with tradition and innovation.”

I’ve reviewed some of their products back in 2012. You can find that review here – Celebrate the holidays with Crabtree & Evelyn.

I LOVE bath and body products. I especially love things that leave behind a lovely scent.

I wash my hands dozens of times per day. I work in a childcare setting and there are plenty of little ones coughing and sneezing on the toys (which I have to clean and sanitize), plus plenty of diapers to change. I wash my hands constantly at work. At home it’s no different. Between cooking, cleaning, walking the dog and cleaning the litter box, I find the need to wash my hands at home a lot too.

When you wash your hands as often as I do you are bound to get dry skin. For that reason I ALWAYS have hand cream or lotion on me at all times. I have to. My skin would be beyond repair if I didn’t.

I have found that some lotions and creams are far more superior than others.

Hand Lotion Gift Set

Crabtree & Evelyn was kind enough to send me some of their hand lotions to review. They sent me their BEAUTIFUL Hand Therapy Paint Tin set. This set contains a dozen tubes of their very popular hand lotions.

The tubes resemble acrylic paints, which is probably why they refer to this set as the Hand Therapy Paint Tin.

This set arrives is a beautiful tin featuring colorful plants and flowers. I look as this as two gifts in one because you can re-purpose the tin when you are done with it. I plan on using mine to house large photos that we have that don’t fit in our photo albums. It’s a very nice tin. I’m sure it can serve other purposes too.

Inside the tin you’ll find a dozen hand lotions. Considering I apply hand lotion several times a day I liked having so many to choose from. I also keep one on my desk, one in my purse, one in my car, one if my husband’s car and one at work.

Lotion

The Hand Therapy Paint Tin comes with the following hand lotions;

  • Rosewater
  • Evelyn Rose
  • Lily
  • Avocado, Olive & Basil
  • Somerset Meadow
  • Wisteria
  • Toracco Orange, Eucalyptus & Safe
  • Pomegranate, Argon & Grapeseed
  • Gardner’s
  • La Source
  • Citron, Honey & Corriander

The hardest part was trying to decide which one to try first.

As soon as I opened the package I had to smell each and every one of them. They each have their own unique fragrance. Honestly I like them all. I think my favorites so far are Lily, Somerset Meadow, Rosewater and Wisteria.

The lotions are thick, rich and creamy. A little goes a long way. The ones I have tired thus far have absorbed into my skin quickly enough. Once absorbed your skin appears a bit shiny, as if they are greasy, but they are not. They don’t feel that way. It’s as if the lotion leaves a “sheen” on your skin, which is fine with me.

Crabtree and Evelyn

They smell amazing! Their fragrances are not strong or over powering. They are light scents. The scent stays around for a good amount of time too. I hate it when scents dissipate quickly once applied to your skin. That is not the case with these lotions. The scent sticks around for a good amount of time.

My hands feel so soft, smooth and moisturized after applying the lotion. Even after I wash my hands you can feel that there is lotion still on my skin and you can still pick up the fragrance.

Not only are these great hand lotions to enjoy for yourself, they would also make a wonderful gift. These are high quality, luxury lotions. They are not your drug store variety. The beautiful fragrances along tell you that they are very well made products.

Crabtree & Evelyn has a similar tin gift set featuring a dozen of their popular soaps. I also have that set.

Unlike the hand lotions I haven’t tried all of the soaps in the set yet. I don’t have room to store several opened bars of soap in my home.

Soap

So far I have tried (and are currently using) Vetiver & Juniperberry Triple Milled Soap. It has both shea and cocoa butters, so it’s perfect for dry skin. With this being short and capris weather I want to make sure my arms and legs are moiturized. This soap adds moisture to your skin, and rinses off without leaving behind any residue.

Even the soaps smell just as wonderful as the hand lotions.

Both of these sets would make great gifts. You can also split them up and use them as individual gifts.

If you would like to learn more about Crabtree & Evelyn products, or the beautiful hand lotions and soaps, visit www.Crabtree-Evelyn.com. They also have several retail locations. There is a store finder on their site.

In addition you can find the brand on the various social media sites. All of the links are found at the bottom of their website.

Best Sellers Hand Therapy

Crabtree & Evelyn has generously offered to give a lucky reader their Best Sellers Hand Therapy Sampler ($35 value) featuring six of their popular hand lotions and scents. Thank you Crabtree & Evelyn.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 24, 2015 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be notified via email. The winner has three days to respond 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 gift set?

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

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Related Posts:

Origami Owl Custom Jewelry (giveaway ends 5/19/15)

 

Mothers Day

Are you ready for Mother’s Day? Have you found the perfect gift for that special lady in your life?

I can tell you that it’s easy to swing by your local department store and grab any old gift for mom. Most moms appreciate whatever they get from their child, even if it’s not something they truly wanted or needed. That is just how moms are. That is what makes us so wonderful.

I have been guilty of doing that for my mom. Many times over the years the gift I picked up for has been last minute and admittedly I didn’t put much thought into it – and it showed. My mom would never complain.

If you want to give mom (or someone else) a special gift that shows that you put a lot of time and thought into it, gift them a personalized gift. I’m not just talking about something with their name engraved on it. I’m talking about something that shows that you truly put a lot of thought into it.

Have you ever heard of Origami Owl? I know a few people who sell their products, but I have never actually seen one in person.

Logo

Origami Owl offers a beautiful piece of jewelry called a “Living Locket.” Similar to a charm bracelet, the Living Locket is filled with mini charms that represent something about you or the person who is wearing it. Origami Owl has charms for just about anything – sports, hobbies, flowers, coffee, bridal gown, initials, hearts, awareness ribbons and more.

A few weeks ago I was asked if I would like to receive an Origami Owl Living Locket necklace. I jumped at the opportunity. I have been curious about them. I have never seen one in person.

I was asked a few questions about my favorite this and that. From those answers my Living Locket was created.

I received to review a gold tone locket and chain. The locket has clear crystals surrounding it.

I am sorry for the TERRIBLE picture. My good camera is broken so I am stuck using my cellphone and it doesn’t take very good photos. The necklace and locket are lovely in person.

Living Locket

The locket it’s self is clear so that you can see the mini charms housed inside. Inside my Living Locket you can see the following charms.

  • The world Blog, because I love to blog.
  • A football, because that is my favorite sport.
  • A cup of coffee. Since I’m always drinking coffee this is the perfect charm for me.
  • A camera, because I love taking photos (not that they always turn out that good)
  • A green “emerald” colored crystal. My birthstone is emerald and my favorite color is green.
  • A little paw print. I have five cats and a dog – need I say more.

I absolutely love the idea of holding mini charms inside a lovely locket. You could swap them out as time goes on and your interests, or life, changes. You can even add more charms to it including ones that dangle.

I love this idea. Talk about a truly personalized gift for mom. It doesn’t get anymore personalized than a Living Locket from Origami Owl. It shows the recipient that you put a lot of time, thought and effort into creating the perfect gift. Each charm you selected represents the person who is wearing it.

Oragami Owl spared no expense when it came to packaging. My necklace arrived in an adorable fortune cookie shaped purse inside a mini take out box. When I am not wearing my necklace I put it back inside the little fortune cookie to protect it.

Origami Owl

I’ve received many compliments on my necklace and several people even asked me where I got it from.

Origami Owl carries several different locket designs and many charms. They also carry other products.

If you would like to learn more visit www.OrigamiOwl.com. You should also consider following them on social media (all the links are found at the bottom right of their home page) so that you can keep up to date on new product offerings.

Origami Owl is also available as a home business.  You’ll have to check out the site to learn more (I don’t know anything about that opportunity).

Giveaway necklace

Origami Owl has generously offered a beautiful necklace to give to a lucky mom. The silver tone necklace has a Living Locket with the inscription “Love You So Much” inside. It also has several tiny pink stones, a pink flower, pink ribbon, a perfume bottle charm and a charm that simply says “Mom.” It will also arrive in the cute little fortune cookie purse and take out box. Thank you Origami Owl.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 19, 2015 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be notified via email. The winner has three days to respond or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me about what kind things you are into that you would like charms for?

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

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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. 

Related Posts: