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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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*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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Celebrate the season with the 12 Days of Bonefish Grill Daily Deals (awesome giveaway ends 12/12/16)

 

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Are you a fan of Bonefish Grill? I am. So is the rest of my family. I am obsessed with their pumpkin ravioli and calamari appetizer. Sadly, the pumpkin ravioli is only a seasonal offering. For that reason I always make sure to visit Bonefish Grill at least once (if not more) when the pumpkin ravioli is available.

Just recently I was introduced to Bonefish Grill’s calamari appetizer. I don’t normally get appetizers (they tend to fill me up before my main meal) but our son requested it. Since I love calamari I had to try it. Oh my goodness!!! It was THE BEST calamari I have ever had. The tangy dipping sauce that came with it only made them taste even better. Now I’m totally hooked on them. I can’t wait to get back to Bonefish Grill so I can order it again – next time for myself. LOL!

If you follow my blog regularly you might recall that last year I posted about Bonefish Grill’s 12 Days of Bonefish Grill Daily Deals. In case you are not familiar with the promotion, each day for twelve days, Bonefish Grill offers a special ONE DAY ONLY deal. The daily deals help you to save big on the foods you love. It’s also a great time to try something new.

I would recommend checking the site daily to see what the day’s deal is. Once the day is over, so is that deal for the day. The deals can be found at 12Days.BonefishGrill.com. Bookmark the site so you can remind yourself to check it daily.

You are unable to see the daily deal until that day. That is why I recommend that you check the website every day (I do it first thing in the morning when I log on my computer while enjoying my morning coffee).

If you need to find a Bonefish Grill location near you, visit BonefishGrill.com. They are also found on social media (all of their links are found on the bottom right of their website). Also, check out the hashtag #BFG12Days on social media to see what others are saying about the 12 Days of Bonefish Grill Daily Deals.

Be sure to follow me on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Google+) where I’ll be sharing information about the daily deals each day.

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To get you excited about this years 12 Days of Bonefish Grill Daily Deals, I have an awesome giveaway for FIVE (5) lucky winners. Each winner will receive $50 in Bonefish Grill gift cards, compliments of Bonefish Grill.

This 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 please comment on this post and tell me what your favorite Bonefish Grill menu item is?

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 Bonefish Grill to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Dry Skin Solutions for Women Over 40 (giveaway ends 12/12/16)

*This is a sponsored post.

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Do you suffer from dry skin? I do. I never used to. I don’t recall dealing with dry skin when I was younger. It seems like in the past 15 years (give or take) my skin has had issues being dry. It’s made even worse in during the winter months. I also wash my hands many times per day, which makes my hands really dry.

I use moisturizer. I keep it everywhere I am – my desk, the bathroom, in my car, in my husband’s car, at work… I apply it frequently throughout the day. I also make sure to apply moisturizer to my body in the AM after my shower and in the PM before I go to bed.

It’s not easy to keep my skin moisturized. I think age has a lot to do with it.

According to data from a 2015 national online survey of over one thousand U.S. women over the age of 18:

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. women report that the older they get, the more difficult it is to keep their skin moisturized.

U.S. women feel an average of six years older when their skin is dry and dull.

56% of women report being just as concerned about the signs of aging from the neck down as they are about the signs of aging on the face.

As you age your skin’s natural renewal cycle slows down. This causes dead skin cells to build up on your skin’s surface making your skin look dull and feel rough. Gross!

In addition, as you age, your oil glands also become less active, making it harder to retain moisture in the skin.

Dull, dry, rough skin can really zap your confidence too. Personally I am ashamed to have people see my hands and feet, which are really dry and horrible looking.

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Are you familiar with the brand AmLactin? AmLactin is the #1 moisturizer brand recommended by dermatologists for rough, dry skin.

What makes AmLactin different than other brands on the market is their unique combination of exfoliating alpha-hydroxy acids and hydrating humectants. AmLactin moisturizers help to smooth away roughness and leave you with soft, smooth and healthy-looking skin.

AmLactin has several products that address some major issues that people over 40 deal with. I say “people” because AmLactin products work great for both women and men.

I was sent to review several AmLactin products. I have actually used a few of them in the past (and even currently used one of the products). I have always had positive experiences with the brand, which is why they are one of my “go-to” products.

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AmLactin® Moisturizing Body Lotion Go beyond everyday lotions with our powerful alpha-hydroxy therapy. Clinically proven 12% lactic acid, pH-balanced for the skin, boosts the skin’s natural renewal process through gentle exfoliation and deeply moisturizes. Reveals softer, smoother skin.

I have been using this every day when I step out of the shower in the morning, and again at night. It’s really been a great help with my legs most especially. Shaving tends to dry the skin on my legs. Using this lotion after I shower, and most especially after I shave, has helped to keep my legs feeling and looking smooth and soft.

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AmLactin® Ultra Hydrating Body Cream Say goodbye to those dry, pesky areas! Our patented ULTRAPLEX® formula gently exfoliates and is clinically proven to deeply hydrate. Helps smooth rough, dry, bumpy skin—including dry skin associated with Keratosis Pilaris (“KP”).

I keep this tube in my purse so I have it with me where ever I go. I have noticed that I do suffer from weird little bumps on my hands, most especially my wrists. I thought it was a rash or something. I never thought it had to do with extremely dry skin. I’ve even noticed a few spots on my legs.

I apply this cream many times throughout the day. It’s helped with really dry patches on my hands and body.

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AmLactin® Cerapeutic® Restoring Body Lotion Instantly transform your skin with this unique moisturizer. It’s the only formula to combine clinically proven, patented ULTRAPLEX® and three essential ceramides to relieve extreme dryness for 24 hours. Uncover visibly soft, silky, youthful-looking skin.

I use the Moisturizing Body Lotion on my body in the AM and PM. I use this lotion on my hands at night. As odd as it sounds it almost feels like this lotion puts a “glove” on your hands. You can feel that it’s leaving a subtle “layer” to your skin which I’m assuming is helping to lock moisture in your skin.

I keep this on our sink so the rest of my family can use it too. I know my husband and son have used it (not sure about my daughter).

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AmLactin® Foot Cream Kick dry skin for good with daily use of healing foot therapy. Our patented ULTRAPLEX® formula gently exfoliates and is clinically proven to intensely hydrate. Helps prevent splits and cracks while smoothing calluses. Experience touchable, soft feet from heel to toe.

Dry, cracked heels and feet are THE WORSE! I hate it when that happens. This time of year it happens all the time.

Exfoliating the skin on your feet and heels (either with a pumice stone or a device like a Amoped), then applying a generous amount of this cream on your feet literally transforms your feet. You’ll see and feel a difference the very first time you do it. The key is to maintain it. Apply this moisturizer daily (I do it before bed so I now I’m not going to walk on my feet) and exfoliate once a week to keep your feet looking beautiful all year long.

My feet used to be an embarrassment to me – even when it comes to my husband. I didn’t want him to see gross, dry, cracked feet. I want him to see pretty and smooth feet.

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Having smooth, soft feet always means that I enjoy more foot massages from my hubby without the embarrassment of having him touch and feel the way my feet were before.

Uncover smooth, radiant skin with AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Skin Care. Its unique exfoliating and hydrating alpha-hydroxy therapy gently removes dead skin cells to reveal soft, hydrated skin. It’s the difference between skin care and skin therapy. AmLactin moisturizers are available on Amazon.com and at your local Target, CVS, Walgreens, Costco, Walmart and Rite Aid.

To check out all of the AmLactin products, visit the brand’s Amazon page.

You can also check out the brand on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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How you would you like to win $100 in AmLactin skin care products?

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 12, 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 visit AmLactin’s website and look at each product (Amazon.com/AmLactin).Then comment on this post and tell me how your skin has changed over the years AND provide a link to the product you’d most like to try.

Kimberly

*I have partnered with AmLactin and Tap Influence to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. AmLactin Skin Care is providing the prize package and shipping.

Uncover smooth, radiant skin with AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Skin Care. Its unique exfoliating and hydrating alpha-hydroxy therapy gently removes dead skin cells to reveal soft, hydrated skin. It’s the difference between skin care and skin therapy. AmLactin moisturizers are available on Amazon.com and at your local Target, CVS, Walgreens, Costco, Walmart and Rite Aid.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of AmLactin Skin Care. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Get ready to Sing – in theaters December 21, 2016 (giveaway ends 12/10/16)

 

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Get your singing voice ready for a new animated feature film called Sing. Sing is coming to theaters on December 21, 2016. 

The film features the voice talents of Academy Award® winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon. Sing also stars the voice talents of Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Grammy Award-nominated Tori Kelly.

Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history.  Following the release of this summer’s comedy blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets, Illumination presents Sing this holiday season.

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (McConaughey), a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times.  Buster is an eternal—some might even say delusional—optimist who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it.  Now faced with the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.

Five lead contestants emerge: Mike (MacFarlane), a mouse who croons as smoothly as he cons; Meena (Kelly), a timid teenage elephant with an enormous case of stage fright; Rosita (Witherspoon), an overtaxed mother run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets; Johnny (Egerton), a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies; and Ash (Johansson), a punk-rock porcupine struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo.

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Each arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life.  And as Buster coaches each of his contestants closer and closer to the grand finale, he starts to learn that maybe the theater isn’t the only thing that is in need of saving.

Featuring more than 65 hit songs, Sing is produced by Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy.  Together, they have produced all of Illumination’s films since the studio’s inception.  Released by Universal Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters on December 21, 2016. www.SingMovie.com

I can’t believe the film has 65 songs in it. Of course it’s not the full version of the songs, but none the less, it will be fun to listen to them and try to remember the song titles and the artists who sang them. It would be like playing the game “Name That Tune.”

Below is the film’s trailer. It also includes a special message from Grammy Award-nominated Tori Kelly.

 

I think the film is about not letting fear stand in the way of something that you love. I think that is an important message for people – young and old – to take to heart.

To learn more about the film you can check out the Official Website. You can also “like” the film on Facebook and follow the film on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr. You can also check out the official hashtag #SingMovie.

You can order your tickets today on Fandango. I use Fandango all the time to buy movie tickets. It saves so much time and I like being able to pick out our seats ahead of time (the reserved seating feature might not be available in all theaters).

You can also download some FREE movie themed activity sheet and coloring pages at  www.SingMovie.com/Printables.

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I have a special Sing giveaway for a lucky winner, courtesy of Universal Pictures. The prize package includes;

  • $25 Fandango gift card to see the film in theaters with your family
  • Stationary Set & Pencil with Topper

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 10, 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 this prize package and 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 be receiving the same prize package in exchange for my participation. There is no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own. Prizes and samples provided by Universal Pictures. 

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