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Yippee – A new streaming service for families (giveaway ends on 1/12/20)

 

The other day, my husband and I were talking about today’s technology, and how things are so much different now than they were when we were kids.

Back in day, there were only a few channels on television. The channels turned off at the end of the day too. If you wanted to watch TV late at night, you were out of luck. That was back when you have to manually change channels on the television set (there was no such thing as a remote).

When we were teenagers, we first got HBO. HBO came out in the early 70’s. My family didn’t get it until the late 70’s.

The idea of being able to watch movies on your home television was AWESOME.

Fast forward to today. Now you can watch movies and television on your telephone, that you can take with you anywhere. Movies also come out within a couple of months of leaving the movie theater, and not years late like they used to.

Streaming services are pretty amazing. I LOVE that you get a plethora of content available to you 24/7. Netflix and Hulu are certainly the most well known and popular. Disney+ is now a streaming force to reckon with too. They also have other streaming services, like Shudder, for horror movies.

There is a new streaming service available specifically geared towards families of young children. It’s called Yippee. Just the name alone makes me smile.

Yippee was kind enough to send me a code so I could try out the service for free in order to do this review (there was no compensation).

Yippee is an innovative online streaming service providing fun, family-friendly, and values-driven TV shows and movies.

One of the most popular franchises on Yippee is Veggie Tales. If you are unfamiliar with Veggie Tales, they are a group of adorable talking vegetables (animated) that go on adventures and experience a bunch of different situations. Each episode/movie teachers valuable life lessons such as honesty, love, friendship, compassion and so forth.

I believe that Veggie Tales shows/movies are a bit faith based too.

Yippee has A LOT of holiday themed programming that was available before Christmas (and some is still available now). They have a lot of Veggie Tales holiday episodes/movies such as Little Drummer Boy, The Best Christmas Gift, Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas, Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving and The Toy that Saved Christmas, to name a few (there are actually more holiday titles from Veggie Tales).

Screen shot from my phone of the YippeeTV app

If your family enjoys Veggies Tales, Yippee is a must have streaming service.

Yippee is so much more than Veggie Tales. All of their quality content is geared toward families. You will not have to worry about questionable content on the service.

On Yippee you’ll find both animated content and “live action” content.

Some of the franchises I am familiar with, like Veggie Tales, Jay Jay the Jet Plane. Yippee also features these franchises;

  • The Choo Choo Bob Show
  • Topsy Turvy
  • Come on Over
  • Wild About Animals
  • Zoo Clues
  • Paws & Tales
  • Ryan Defrates: Secret Agent
  • Yancy and Friends
  • Mickey’s Farm

These are just a few of the franchises you’ll find on Yippee.

I’ve been checking out Yippee and watching some of the programming. So far my favorites show are Owlegories (too cute), The Yippee Show (interesting facts and fun challenges), Wild About Animals (I love animals), and Theo (nice stories).

Owlegories

Most of the shows/episodes range from about 10-15 minutes, which is ideal for young children with short attention spans. Some go upwards of 20+ minutes, but nothing I have come across or watched is too long.

Overall I think this is a great streaming service for families. My kids are young adults, so they won’t watch it, but my husband and I have both enjoyed many of the shows (we’re just big kids at heart).

You can watch Yippee on your computer, or you can download the free app.

The service costs $9.99/month or $79/year (works out to about $6.53 per month). Compared to other streaming services, Yippee is no more or less, however, you can rest assure that no matter what your child watches on Yippee, the content is quality, educational, wholesome and fun.

If you are interested in learning more, download the free Yippee app or visit Watch.Yippee.TV (notice it’s not .com).

You can watch Yippee on a variety of platforms.

I have a fun Yippee prize package to give to a lucky winner. The prize package includes;

  • 3-Months of Yippee ($30 value)
  • Yippee T-shirt
  • Yippee Mug
  • Yippee Confetti Blaster

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Limited to one winner per household. The giveaway ends on January 12, 2020 at 11: 59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen and random using a random number generator. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

To enter, please comment on this post why you would like to win this prize package.

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Kimberly

*I received the same prize package in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Movie Premiere of “Christmas in Montana” on Saturday, December 14th at 9pm/8c! #MiraclesofChristmas

 

My family’s Christmas tree last year.

Can you believe that Christmas Eve is twelve days away? TWELVE! Are you ready for the holiday? Have you completed your Christmas shopping? Thankfully we have. I just need to wrap (I’m not a fan of wrapping).

Me and my family have been trying to squeeze in as many holiday movies as we possibly can.

Hallmark Movies and Mysteries has been airing a lot of wonderful holiday movies all season long. I love that they keep adding new movies to watch too, unlike other channels that play the same movies over and over again.

Hallmark Movies and Mysteries has added 40 new original movies to their line up. Personally, I’m impressed by that. Forty brand new movies is pretty impressive. These movies are premiering throughout the holiday season. Check out the hashtags #CountDowntoChristmas and the #MiracleOfChristmas to see what others have been saying about them.

This Saturday, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries is premiering a film called Christmas in Montana. The film stars Kelly Martin and Colin Ferguson.

Before the holidays, Sara goes to Montana to help resistant Travis save his ranch. Can time on the ranch help restore her faith in Christmas in time for a miracle?

The film premieres this Saturday (December 14, 2019) at 9:00 PM (EST) / 8:00 PM (CST).

I would love to visit some place beautiful like Montana for the holiday season. The furthest I’ve ever been for Christmas is my aunt and uncle’s house in Pennsylvania, and that was a very long time ago, when I was a young girl.

That year, everyone was at their house for the holiday, including my other aunts and uncles, all my cousins and my great-grandparents, as well as my family.

It was hard to fit everyone around the dinner table that memorable Christmas.

I miss my great-grandfather. I’m also wearing my beloved cousin’s hand-me-down pajamas. He passed away in October of this year, making this Christmas memory even more special.

Me, my great-grandfather and some of my cousins.

The house was overflowing with people. All of us kids had to sleep on the floor in one of the room’s because the adults took up all of the beds and couch. We didn’t mind. It was like having a giant sleep over. It was especially fun on Christmas morning. None of us slept that night (as you can imagine). We kept trying to sneak downstairs to see if Santa arrived, but we were chased back upstairs by one of the adults (and being constantly told to go back to bed – which was impossible!).

Christmas morning all of us kids dashed downstairs and were greeted by our exhausted parents, sitting around the tree sipping on coffee, and piles of gifts for all of us.

That Christmas was one of my most favorite Christmases ever. Oh how I wish I could go back in time, even for a day. I would re-live that day over again in a heartbeat.

 

When I think about the holiday season, I always think about my family and all those great memories. Of course, enjoying fun, holiday entertainment is always great too. I don’t think we watch much else during the holidays aside from holiday related films and television shows.

For more information about this and other delightful holiday films, please visit www.HallmarkMoviesandMysteries.com/MiraclesofChristmas.

For information about all 40 of the new holiday movies all season long on both Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, as well as the Hallmark Channel, visit the links below.

www.HallmarkMoviesandMysteries.com/MiraclesofChristmas/New-Movies-2019

www.HallmarkChannel.com/Christmas/New-Movies-Countdown-to-Christmas-2019

Be sure to check out both channels on social media, as well as follow the hashtag #MiraclesOfChristmas.

I will be hosting a wonderful giveaway this Saturday when I live-tweet along with the movie. The winner will receive an amazing gift package, consisting of the following items. 

I will be live-tweeting on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 9:00 PM (EST) / 8:00 PM (CST) until 11:00 PM (EST) / 10:00 PM (CST), during Christmas in Montana

Watch the movie and tweet along with me, using the hashtags #MiraclesofChristmas and #ChristmasinMontana, as well as tag me (@She_Scribes) and @HallmarkMovie. I will pick a random tweeter to win the above prize package. The more tweets, the more entries you have to win. 

You can also enter to win a collection of 41 Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments and beautiful Balsam Hill Christmas Tree here.

I hope to see you on Twitter this Saturday during the film.

Kimberly

Celebrate Halloween with the Addams Family (giveaway ends on 10/20/19)

 

I have been a long time fan of the Addams Family. It pains me to say it (because it gives away my age, sort of), but I used to watch the Addams Family (the original series) on television when I was a young girl.

Did you know that the Addams Family started out as a cartoon? By cartoon I mean an actual cartoon like you would see in a newspaper (not the animated kind). The Addams Family was created by Charles Addams back in 1938. The television series ran from 1964-1966. It later returned (briefly) in the 1973 as a cartoon (animated). I grew up enjoying the original series in syndication (I wasn’t born until 1968).

I think the Addams Family (and the Munsters) inspired my love of horror movies and scary things. After all, both families had to do with monsters and creepy things.

The Addams family stars Gomez and his wife Morticia. They have two children, Wednesday (I’ve always loved that name) and Pugsley. There is also Uncle Fester and Grandmama. Their butler’s name is Lyrch and they have a cousin It and a disembodied hand named Thing.

A new animated film, The Addams Family, is now playing in theaters. It’s an animated film and it looks really funny. I have not seen it yet, but I am hoping to see it this weekend with my husband (dinner and a movie for our anniversary).

The Addams Family are no strangers to being seen on the big screen in theaters. The Addams Family has been in two major motion pictures, both of which are available on Blu-ray and DVD. Both films are also available together on Blu-ray and DVD. I was sent one of the two-movie Blu-rays to review.

I have seen bits and pieces of The Addams Family, but not Addams Family Values.

Here are brief synopsis of both films.

The Addams Family (1991)

When long-lost Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) reappears after 25 years in the Bermuda Triangle, Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Anjelica Huston) plan a celebration to wake the dead.  But Wednesday (Christina Ricci) barely has time to warm up her electric chair before Thing points out Fester’s uncommonly “normal” behavior. Could this Fester be a fake, part of an evil scheme to raid the Addams fortune?

Addams Family Values (1993)

It’s love at first fright when Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Anjelica Huston) welcome a new addition to the Addams household — Pubert, their soft, cuddly, mustachioed baby boy. As Fester (Christopher Lloyd) falls hard for voluptuous nanny Debbie Jilinksy (Joan Cusack), Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) discover she’s a black-widow murderess who plans to add Fester to her collection of dead husbands. Addams Family Values is debuting on Blu-ray for the first time.

The casting for these films is brilliant. Each actor WAS their character, both in looks and the way you’d expect the characters to behave. I honestly couldn’t come up with better actors to fill these roles. Raul Julia is the perfect, quirky Gomez Addams, right down to his cheesy moustache. Angelica Houston has a spookiness about her (the way they light her in the films adds to that). Christina Ricci has the perfect, emotionless, almost evil look about her. And Jimmy Workman’s adorable little face is the ideal Pugsley.

I’m glad I got to see the original film all the way through. I am also happy to finally see Addams Family Values.

What I love about these films are that they are “family friendly.” They are not scary at all, not even for young family members. They are both rated PG-13.

Both films are very funny. There are things in each film that children will laugh more than adults, and things adults will laugh at more than children. Of course there are things all ages will laugh about too.

With this being Halloween season, it’s a great time to catch up with the live action Addams Family before you head out to the movie theater to watch their animated counterparts.

Look for the special 2-movie collection, The Addams Family and Addams Family Values, where ever movies are sold.

Be sure to check out the new Addams Family movie on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The official hashtag is #MeettheAddams.

In honor of the new film’s release, I have a fun Addams Family “kit” to giveaway to a lucky winner, compliments of Paramount. The kit contains the following items.

  • The two-movie Blu-ray collection
  • Bald Cap
  • Black and white face paint
  • Red lipstick and nail polish
  • Finger trap
  • Child/Baby paste-on mustache

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 12:00 AM. The winner will be contact via email and have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter, please comment on this post who is your favorite Addams Family character and why?

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Kimberly

*I received the 2-movie collection to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Enter to win a Toy Story 4 Blu-ray Combo Pack (giveaway ends on 10/12/19)

 

Are you a fan of the Toy Story movie franchise? Me and my family are. In fact, the very first movie my husband and I saw when we started dating was the first Toy Story film. I think that is part of the reason why we love the franchise so much, the other part being that the characters are endearing and the movies are a lot of fun.

We’ve seen the first film and the third film in the movie theater. The second film we didn’t get a chance to see until it came on television. So far the first film is my all time favorite, followed closely by the third film. The second film is my least favorite of the three.

Sadly, we never had the opportunity to see Toy Story 4 when it came out in the theater. We had every intention of going, but it never worked out. Thankfully, Toy Story 4 will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and I believe 4K, on October 8, 2019 (that’s next Tuesday!). The film is already available on digital.

Here is your theatrical trailer for your enjoyment. The film is no longer in theaters.

 

I can’t wait to see it! I’m especially looking forward to “meeting” Forky. I’ve already seen kids at school make Forky out of plastic forks and Play Doh. Too cute! He’s pictured in the top photo, as well as in the trailer. 

Check out Toy Story on Facebook and Twitter. They are also on Instagram.

In honor of the film’s release on Blu-ray and DVD, I have a Blu-ray combo pack to give away to a lucky reader. The combo pack includes a Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy of the film, so you can watch it where ever and when ever you want.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 12, 2019. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen.

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

For extra entries, please refer to the giveaway widget.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated in any way for this post. The opinions expressed are my own. The sponsor will be providing the prize package.

National Geographic Kids Books new book series – So Cool! So Cute! (giveaway ends 10/12/19)

 

I’ve always been an avid reader. Sadly, I have been too busy over the years to read as much as I’d like to. I have a nice collection of books I’ve been meaning to get to. Someday…

As a child, I would read all kinds of books. I especially loved books that were educational. Yes… it’s true. I would read educational books. I would grab an encyclopedia (remember those?) and literally read through it from beginning to end. How nerdy was that? It’s true. I think that is why I am so good at answering questions on Jeopardy. I love it when “I” know the answer and the smart people on the show don’t.

I loved reading books about animals, ancient Egypt (I loved to learn about mummies), and other far away places.

If your child/grandchild love animals, and they love to read up about the various species, you should check out a new book series from National Geographic Kids Books called So Cool! So Cute!

So Cool! So Cute! books are filled with fun facts about the specific species. Each page features beautiful, colorful, photography of the species to help bring it all alive.

The first two books in the series are So Cool! Sharks and So Cute! Pandas. I was sent both books to review, along with adorable plush animals.

These books are geared towards kids 3-7 year olds (preschool to second grade). I’m an adult and I think these books are great. I even learned a thing or two that I didn’t know about sharks and pandas.

So Cool! Sharks

Sharks are among the world’s top predators, but that’s just ONE reason why they are SO COOL. So who wouldn’t want to hang out with them to learn more! These books blend awesome animal photos with silly quips and info that will delight young readers and animal enthusiasts. For example, kids can catch the hunting habits of a great white shark while learning that its true nature is as chill as a frozen fish stick. This is the perfect little reader to get their brain buzzing and keep them laughing during downtime, bedtime, or anytime.

I have always found sharks to be fascinating creatures. One of the things on my “Bucket List” is to cage dive off the Australian coast and see a Great White shark up close. I know, I know… sounds crazy. But I am really interested in doing something like that. I know it will never happen (we don’t have that kind of money), but it’s fun to dream about it at least.

I know a lot of people are into sharks. That is why “Shark Week” has become so popular over the years. Admittedly I watch some of the programs that come on that week. That’s because I find sharks so cool, just like the books.

This book is a great starter book for young children to learn about these fascinating creatures. You can read it to them, or they could read it themselves. These are easy readers.

The other book in the series has to do with Pandas. Who doesn’t love Pandas? They are SO CUTE! I especially love how they act. They are very silly. I love how they roll around.

I first fell in love with pandas when I saw the famous Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., when I was a young girl. It was back in the late 70’s or early 80’s if I recall correctly. Sadly, those Pandas died many years ago.

I also received the So Cute! Pandas book as well as an adorable plush panda.

So Cute! Pandas

Get ready for cute overload, panda style. And the funny thing is, this panda isn’t just cute. It’s got attitude! You’ll flip over the adorable photos and be equally charmed by what this sassy little panda is thinking on every page. Introducing the brand-new series from National Geographic Kids that combines two wonderful things: super cute photos of all your favorite fluffy animals and silly text that will have the whole family laughing. Add to that some great nonfiction content that gets kids learning, and, what can we say? This series is just so cute!

Admittedly, I didn’t know as much about pandas as I did sharks. That is because there is no such thing as “Panda Week” on television. There should be. Pandas are fascinating creatures too.

Both of these books would make a great addition to any family library.

If you are interested in learning more about these and other National Geographic Kids Books, visit the National Geographic store (linked here).

I have both books and the plush animals to give to a lucky reader.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 12, 2019. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen.

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

For extra entries, please refer to the giveaway widget.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. The sponsor will be providing the prize package. 

NEW! Limited Edition Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Churro Muffins (Giveaway ends 2/14/19)

 

Churros

Like many people, I always start the new year with healthier goals for myself. I have learned never to label them as “resolutions,” because I feel like that sets me up to fail right away. I prefer to use the term “goals.”

When it comes to my health, I refrain from using the world “diet.” I hate that word. Whenever I would tell someone I was on a “diet” they would scrutinize every tiny morsel I would put in my mouth. I can’t live that way.

When I say I am making healthier choices for myself I mean that I am trying to control portion sizes, make better food choices (baked fries instead of fried fries, zucchini “zoodles” instead of pasta…), and cut down on snacking. I never said I was going to give up snacking all together. I just mean that I would find better options to snack on.

This doesn’t mean that I don’t indulge in a sweet treat often. I do. If not, I would “snap” and eat everything I can find in my kitchen. I find that if I allow myself a treat everyday, I am more likely to stick to healthier eating throughout the day. This is why I love Entenmann’s® Little Bites® muffins. I love that they come in individual packages that are portioned controlled. That way I can enjoy something sweet and yummy without risking over indulging. I’m sure people can relate to that. How many times have you opened up a bag of chips and told yourself you’ll only take a handful or two and end up eating half the bag (if not more), or telling yourself you’ll take only two cookies, but end up taking six? This is why I appreciate snack size packages that are portioned controlled.

Entenmann’s® Little Bites® has a new, limited edition, flavor that is currently available – Churro Muffins!

I LOVE churros! I can never shop at COSTCO without stopping by their food section (where you buy ready to eat hot dogs, pizza and so forth) without getting a churro. I love cinnamon and sugar, and churros are oh-so-soft and chewy. Mmm… just thinking about them makes me want one right now.

Now, for a limited time, the same churro flavor you love can be found in new Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Churro Muffins. They are the newest flavor to be added to the Seasonal Favorites® line. Another favorite of mine from their seasonal flavors is pumpkin.

Churro Muffins are made with real cinnamon and sugar, with the sweet crunch you’d expect from a churro.

Entenmann’s® Little Bites® products are made using real ingredients. They have zero (0) trans fat per serving. They also don’t contain any high fructose corn syrup.

I was thrilled to find these at a local grocery store.

Each package (on serving size) of Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Churro Muffins contains 180 calories.  Just one milk chocolate bar has more calories, and a tremendous amount of fat grams, compared to a package of Entenmann’s® Little Bites®.

Sometimes it’s hard for me to find special and limit edition Entenmann’s® Little Bites® products in my local area (except the pumpkin muffins, when they are in season). I was pleasantly surprised to find the churro muffins. I’m glad I did. They are SO GOOD! They are sweetened perfectly with the cinnamon and sugar. They are not too sweet.

Each little muffin is the perfect mouthful, although I tend to bite them in half to savor the experience a bit longer. I could easily “inhale” these because they are so delicious.

I WISH Entenmann’s would consider offering these year round. I would buy these all the time.

Each individual package contains four yummy churro muffins.  I love how easy these packages are to take with you “on-the-go.” My husband tosses one in his lunch bag in the morning. I toss one in my tote that I take to work with me. I don’t eat lunch at work (I eat lunch at home), but I like having something to snack on while I’m at work. Especially because we serve snacks to our students, and sometimes I’m craving what they are being served. Knowing I have these sweet, tasty churros waiting for me in my tote back stops me from craving what the kids are having.

A typical snack for work – coffee, fruit and a “sweet treat,” like the new Churro Muffins.

My kids love the churros too. So much so I had to hide the box from them, otherwise they would eat them all up on me.

If you are a fan of churros, you are going to want to try the new limited edition Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Churro Muffins. Look for them where ever Entenmann’s® Little Bites® are sold.

You can also locate your nearest store carrying this delicious flavor by clicking here.

For more information about Churro Muffins, or other Entenmann’s® Little Bites® products, visit LittleBites.com.

You can also find the brand on social media – FacebookInstagram, and YouTube.

Entenmann’s® Little Bites® would like to give a lucky reader a $25 Visa DIGITAL gift card and three (3) $5.00 off coupons to purchase the new Churro Muffins and/or your favorite Entenmann’s® Little Bites® product. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on February 14, 2019. 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 (3) 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 want to win this prize package and/or your favorite Entenmann’s® Little Bites® product.

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 received free product coupons in order to do this review, in addition to a gift card for my participation. Although compensated, the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. The sponsor will be providing the prize package.