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Gone too soon… Celebrate the life of Aaliyah on November 15, 2014 ($150 gift card giveaway ends 10/31/14)

 

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Life is full of surprises. You never know from one day to the next what might happen to you.

Throughout history many wonderful people, both famous and non-famous, had had their lives end tragically. It’s always a sad thing but I think it’s even sadder when it’s a young life so full of hope and promise.

Some people who come to mind are Paul Walker, Cory Monteith, Brittany Murphy, Cory Haim, Heath Ledger, Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopez, John F. Kennedy Jr., River Phoenix and Chris Farley to name a few. Of course there have been many more. These are just a few that come to mind.

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Another life that tragically ended too soon was R&B artist Aaliyah. She was killed on August 25, 2001, when a small passenger plane carrying her and her video crew crashed after takeoff from Abaco Island in the Bahamas. She was only 22 years old.

Coming to Lifetime television on November 15, 2014 is much anticipated original movie Aaliyah, The Princess of R&B.

The two-hour movie, executively produced by Howard Braunstein, Debra Martin Chase and Wendy Williams and staring the multi-talented actress and singer/songwriter Alexandra Shipp, follows the beautiful and talented performer’s inspirational journey.  From her debut on Star Search at the age of ten, the challenges she faced during her rise to become the Princess of R&B and the legacy she left behind, Aaliyah continues to be one of the most successful artists in the recording industry and was named Billboard’s tenth most famous R&B artists of the past 25 years.

Check out the film’s trailer.

 

I think they did a wonderful job casting Alexandra Shipp in the lead role of Aaliyah. She does bare a strong resemblance to the beautiful singer.

Alexandra has been seen in shows such as Days of Our Lives, Awkward, House of Anubis, Victorious and Switched at Birth.

Aaliyah had a promising career ahead of her. Aside from her successful music career, Aaliyah was also making a name for herself in the movie industry too, especially her role in the film Romeo Must Die opposite martial arts star Jet Li. She also won her second Grammy nomination and two MTV Music Video Awards for Best Female Video and Best Video From a Film for her hit single “Try Again” which was featured in the film.

If you would like to learn more about this film please visit the Lifetime website – Aaliyah, The Princess of R&B.

Will you be tuning in? I hope so. I’ll also be live tweeting during the movie in case anyone would like to tweet along with me using #AaliyahMovie. I’ll have more information about that soon.

Mark your calendars for November 15, 2014 to watch Aaliyah, The Princess of R&B at 8:00 PM (EST/PST). Please check with your local television provider for the channel.

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To get you excited about the film I have a special giveaway for a lucky reader. One lucky reader will win a $150 Visa gift card by sharing your favorite Aaliyah song and why you connect to it!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 31, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me what your favorite Aaliyah song is and why you connect with it?

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

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Kimberly

*I will be compensated for my participation however the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Earth to Echo Movie Giveaway (ends 10/31/14)

 

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Coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on October 21, 2014 is the sci-fi family film Earth to Echo.

I did not see the film in the theater so I am looking forward to receiving a copy of the film to enjoy with my family.

This wonderful journey, “full of adventure, bravery, excitement, and friendship…has something for audiences of all ages” (Claudia Puig, USA Today). The “lively and likable” (Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times) tale is told through the eyes of Tuck, Munch and Alex, a trio of pals who make an out-of-this-world discovery. After receiving signals on their phones, they meet Echo, a small, but amazingly energetic, alien trying to make his way back to his home planet. As they race to help their new friend, the boys will discover that little Echo has touched their hearts in unexpected ways and changed their lives forever.

Here is a trailer for the film. PLEASE NOTE that the film is no longer in theaters.

 

It looks cute. I think it might be a modern day version of E.T. I think Echo is adorable too.

Here is an interesting article that gives you suggestions on how your family can have their own “Earthly Adventures”.

Earth to Echo is a tale told through the eyes of Tuck, Munch and Alex, a trio of pals who make an out-of-this-world discovery. The best friends venture out of their neighborhood to find the true meaning of friendship. After receiving signals on their phones, they meet Echo, a small, but amazingly energetic, alien trying to make his way back to his home planet. As they race to help their new friend, the boys will discover that little Echo has touched their hearts in unexpected ways and changed their lives forever. To prepare you for this adventurous, exciting and heart warming film, we have compiled a list of the best ways to spend time with your friends- outside and away from your cell phones!

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Pick Up Games

There is nothing like starting a sports pickup game with all your neighborhood friends. Between sitting in class all day and coming home to do homework, a quick game, whether it is hockey, baseball, basketball or soccer, will let you use up some of that energy you’ve been storing! Not only this, but this is an awesome way to make new friends.

Bike Rides

With your parents permission of course, take a cruise around the neighborhood with your friends! Also, make sure you wear a helmet. You can use your imagination and make fun adventures out of your journey!

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Hide N’ Seek

A neighborhood game of Hide N’ Seek is the ultimate outside activity. With permission from your parents, and of course, using the buddy system when it comes to hiding, Hide N’ Seek is sure to be an awesome time.

Backyard Campout

Ask your mom and dad to set up a backyard camp out for you and your friends! Start by setting up a tent and marking your territory with your sleeping bag! You can spend the night telling scary stories and eating S’mores!

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Chalk

The most underrated outside activity has to be chalk! It is so much fun to create fun pictures and even games with all your friends. You can play hopscotch or tic-tac-toe or use your imagination to draw wonderful pictures!

I agree about chalk. Chalk is A LOT of fun.

Growing up I was never home. I was always off on adventures with my cousins. I miss those days!

Look for Earth to Echo where ever movies are sold on October 21, 2014.

You can find the film on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram too.

Have you seen the film? What did you think about it?

I have a copy of the film I can give away to a lucky reader.  

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 31, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this giveaway.

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

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Kimberly

*I will be receiving a free copy of the film in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Scare up some Halloween fun with Netflix

 

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I remember years ago that there used to be a lot of scary (and not so scary) Halloween movies, televisions shows and specials on TV. These days we can hardly find anything good on to watch to get us into the Halloween mood. I have yet to even see the Halloween movies on television. What is up with that?

Thankfully we have a lot of Halloween and scary movies on Blu-ray and DVD that we can pop in. We also have Netflix and Netflix has a lot of great movies to get you in the Halloween spirit. They even have a special section of movies they think will help get you and your family ready for the holiday. Don’t worry – not all the suggestions are scary. They have plenty of movies you can watch and enjoy with even the youngest family member.

Here are some of the suggestions from Netflix.

Children

For the family

DreamWorks Spooky Stories 

DreamWorks Spooky Stories 2

DreamWorks Shrek’s Swap Stories

Disney’s Spooky Buddies

Casper’s Scare School

Fred 2: Night of the Fred

Teen

For older kids/teens

Supernatural

Vampire Diaries

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Haunted Mansion

Scream

Odd Thomas

Adult

For the horror movie fan

You’re Next

Texas Chainsaw

The Possession

Hannibal

Fight Night

Hellraiser

Candyman

I’ve seen most of these movies. :-)

Netflix also has The Walking Dead which you can watch to catch up on any episodes you might have missed or watch the series from the beginning.

There are even a couple of Halloween movies (the ones with Michael Meyers) available on Netflix.

I came across a few I have never heard of or seen before that look cute for little ones – Curious George’s Halloween Boo-fest and Barney’s Halloween Party.

Personally I enjoy watching horror movies, but I will admit that sometimes my husband and I will watch “kiddie” shows too because they are so cute. Sometimes they are even more entertaining then the horror movies. LOL! (most horror movies these days are just ridiculous and not scary or entertaining).

How do you and your family get into the Halloween spirit? You have a favorite family tradition? Do you enjoy watching Halloween shows, specials and/or movies to get you ready for the big night? Feel free to share your stories.

For more information about Netflix visit Netflix.com.

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Kimberly

*I am a member of the Netflix Steamteam. I received a free membership and other goodies in exchange for my participation. There is no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Celebrate Halloween with DreamWorks

 

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Are you looking for some fun costume ideas for Halloween? DreamWorks has some great ideas that I thought readers might be interested in.

Get inspired this Halloween season with this hilarious comedy-adventure. Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) is an inventor, scientist and genius who just happens to be a dog. With his son Sherman, he will embark on the most extraordinary adventure imaginable as they race against time to repair history and save the future. Mr. Peabody & Sherman features hilarious performances from an incredible voice cast of popular stars including Ty Burrell, Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Max Charles, Patrick Warburton and Allison Janney.

To help you prepare for Halloween this year, we’ll take you back in time through Mr. Peabody & Sherman’s adventures – a surefire list of original and inspired costume ideas for children and parents alike! 

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Ancient Egypt

This Halloween will have everyone walking like an Egyptian. The ideas are endless dressed as Cleopatra, King Tut and Anubis, or keep things under wraps with a Halloween classic – a mummy! 

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Ancient Greece

Take a page from the history books as an ethereal Greek God or Goddess. You can also put those old sheets to good use with a characteristic toga or bring history to life as a Spartan warrior! 

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Renaissance Italy

A nod to the rebirth of culture, the renaissance was marked by some of the greatest poets, philosophers, sculptors, artists, architects and musicians. While the possibilities are infinite, some original costume ideas include the Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci or medieval gowns and robes paired with wigs and jewelry.  

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French Revolution

“Let them eat cake.” Whether you’ll be enjoying cake or candy this Halloween, the French Revolution is chock-full of fashion and extravagance – marked by gowns, jackets, headgear, stockings and quirky accessories.  

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Present Day

What better way to pay homage to Mr. Peabody himself than an adorable bow tie accompanied by black retro round frames? Add a little black face paint to the nose and some floppy white ears and you’ll have to do a double take! Of course some of those round frames, freckles and a pair of white sneakers would also make for a great Sherman.

In addition here are some great Halloween recipes, masks and pumpkin stencils from DreamWorks How to Train Your Dragon 2. Please click on the image for a larger image that you can save and print out.

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Here are even more ideas (click on the link to bring up the .PDF file) – More great ideas from DreamWorks How to Train Your Dragon 2

If you use any of these ideas, recipes or crafts I’d love to hear about it. Feel free to share in the comments section. :-)

PHOTO CREDIT: DreamWorks

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. 

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman DVD Giveaway & FREE Activity sheets and more! (ends 10/28/14)

 

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The fun family film, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, is now available on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, Digital HD and DVD.

Did you see the film in theaters? I didn’t but it looked really cute. Thankfully I have a copy of the film that I am planning on watching this weekend with my family.

Here is a little information about the film in case you are unfamiliar with this delightful animated film.

Unleash the fun at home with the hilarious comedy-adventure, DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman!  Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) is an inventor, scientist and genius who just happens to be a dog. With his son Sherman, he will embark on the most extraordinary adventure imaginable as they race against time to repair history and save the future. “Heartfelt and snappy” (Jessica Herndon, Associated Press), Mr. Peabody & Sherman has been hailed by critics as “a great adventure for the entire family” (Mike Wilbur, NBC Newschannel), receiving outstanding audience reaction and a coveted “A” CinemaScore®.

Directed by Rob Minkoff (The Lion King, Stuart Little) and from the team behind family favorite franchises The Croods and How to Train Your Dragon, Mr. Peabody & Sherman is “fun” and “fast moving” (A.O. Scott, The New York Times) and features hilarious performances from an incredible voice cast of popular stars including Ty Burrell, Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Max Charles, Patrick Warburton and Allison Janney.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman is based upon the beloved characters that first appeared in in the late 1950s and early 1960s animated television series “Rocky and His Friends” and “The Bullwinkle Show,” produced by Jay Ward.

There are A LOT of great bonus features that come with the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy Deluxe Edition.

Blu-ray Exclusive Special Features:

  • Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends Show – See the premiere episode of the original 1959 television show.
  • Peabody & Sherman Segments – Watch five segments from the original television series including “Robin Hood,” “Leonardo Da Vinci,” “Louis XVI,” “William Shakespeare,” and “Ludwig Van Beethoven.”
  • DreamWorks Presents: Mr. Peabody & Sherman, A Journey WABAC
  • History’s Greatest Mysteries – A Dog and his Boy
  • Peabody’s Paw Print on History – We take part in the excitement as Mr. Peabody gets his pawprints in cement at the TCL Chinese Theatre. Cast members Ty Burrell (voice of “Mr. Peabody”) and Max Charles (voice of “Sherman”), join filmmakers Rob Minkoff (director), Alex Schwartz (producer) and Tiffany Ward (executive producer) for the festivities.  Also on hand (or paw?) are some of Mr. Peabody’s very famous furry friends, including Lassie, Beethoven, Rin Tin Tin, and a very adorable dog named George Clooney.
  • Time Travel Memory Match game
  • The WABAC Jigsaw Puzzle game

Additional Special Features:

  • Tour of the WABAC Machine – Peabody, himself, takes us on an in-depth tour of the WABAC machine. He explains what many of the WABAC’s knobs, buttons, and gizmos do.  Exactly what is a Pneumatic Dressilator?  A hemidemisemiquavatron?  And, those windshield wiper controls…how exactly do they help while speeding through the space-time continuum?  Mr. Peabody explains it all!
  • Time Travel: Mad Science – We talk to real physicists Kenneth Wharton and Anthony Aguirre to find out if there is any possibility of time travel, and if so, how it would work. We explore the two time travel theories of the Block Universe and the Multi-Verse.  We also learn why scientists think only forward time travel is possible, and how Einstein’s Theory of Relativity still determines how scientists imagine the possibilities of time travel.
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • World of DreamWorks Animation – Music videos from your favorite DreamWorks Animation feature films
  • Holiday Favorites – Sneak Peeks

I tend to watch the bonus features when I watch movies. With all the great bonus features with this film I might need a whole other night just to watch them all. 

To help celebrate the film’s release I have a lot of fun FREE downloads for you to enjoy with your family. Simply click on the pictures to pull up a larger image that you can download and/or print out and enjoy.

There are bookmarks, activities, coloring pages and even fun math problems to challenge you and your family with.

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I also have a Blu-ray copy of Peabody & Sherman to give to a lucky reader. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 28, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this giveaway?

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

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Care Bears Belly Badge Rock DVD & Plush Giveaway (ends 10/28/14)

 

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I think its wonderful when things I grew up with are either still around, or have made a return. It’s great to see my favorite toys as a child come alive again.

One of my favorite things growing up where Care Bears. I collected stuffed animals (much to the dismay of my parents – I had A LOT of them). I loved the Care Bears because I thought they were adorable. I loved to collect them too because they came in different colors and with different belly badges.

I don’t remember their names but I had one with a moon and star on it’s belly, one with flowers and one with a rainbow. I wanted the one with a heart on it’s belly but I never received one.

Care Bears are still around today. In fact you can watch them on TV on The Hub channel (check your local TV Guide for channel).

Care Bears has a new DVD coming out on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and VOD on October 28, 2014 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. It’s called Care Bears: Belly Badge Rock. Featured on this DVD are four stories about friendship and harmony.

It’s all music and cheer until Harmony Bear loses her voice before the big show, and Kaylee, a Care-a-Lot visitor, stops playing her instrument because of a bully. Perhaps a bit of Care Bears courage will save the day? Then, when Funshine Bear and Grumpy Bear realize they have a wild child on the loose, and Wonderheart Bear tells a few little lies, the bears discover how important it is to have good manners and always tell the truth!

The episodes included in the DVD are;

  • Show of Shyness
  • Bully Exposed
  • Over-Bearing
  • Untruths and Consequences

In addition to the new DVD the brand will be re-launching Care Bears plush toys.

Now your family can sing along with the characters we all know and love with Care Bears: Belly Badge Rock!

The DVD has a suggested retail price of $14.98.

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment has generously offered to give FOUR (4) lucky readers a copy of the new DVD, Care Bears: Belly Badge Rock and an adorable and snugly plush Care Bear*! Thank you Lionsgate!

*Please note the Care Bear plush sent to the winners will be random. Each winner will received (1) DVD and (1) plush. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 28, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this giveaway and/or which is your favorite Care Bear?

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

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I am posting this for the enjoyment of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

 

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