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October is Adopt a Shelter Pet Month (giveaway ends 10/31/17)

 

I cannot imagine a life without pets. My earliest memories included pets (our dog Dutchess).

Over the course of my lifetime we’ve had dogs, cats, a horse, hamster, birds, fish and Hermit Crabs.

Almost all of our pets have been adopted. The only “purchased” pets were the horse, my sister’s dog (he was a purebred), and the other little critters. The rest of our pets have been adopted from local animal shelters – including a hamster we named Lucy.

I am a die hard animal lover. It pains me to see animals living our their lives “behind bars” in animal shelters across the country. In my heart I believe that all animals, big or small, deserve a “forever home” with a family that will love and care for them.

When my husband and I got married and I moved away from home I had to leave my pets behind. Our one cat had Diabetes and my parents knew we couldn’t afford her medications. Our other cat enjoyed being outside, and living where we do she wouldn’t be able to do that (it wouldn’t be safe).

It was torturous not having a pet in my life. To make up for that I would visit the local animal shelter at least once a week to socialize with the animals. That is where I met our first adopted cat (as a married couple). He was a HUGE gray cat that the shelter named “Pixie” for some odd reason (he was HUGE and he was a HE). When I opened the cage to pet him he leap into my arms! It was love at first site.

Pixie was an older cat (the shelter believed he was around 10 years old – we believe he was older). That didn’t matter. I told my husband about him and he told me we should go adopt him – and we did.

Pixie lived several years with us until he passed away.

When we still had Pixie we felt like maybe he’d want a friend, so we adopted another cat. He was a feral kitten that our neighbor had rescued. He’s the only cat we didn’t adopt from an animal shelter. We named him Velcro because that it what it sounded like when we peeled him off the furniture. LOL!

When Pixie died we adopted another kitten to keep Velcro company. Our kids named her Kitty.

Afterwards we adopted two more cats – Padmé and Anakin. We also adopted our beloved dog, Espn, from the same shelter. Sadly, we had to put Espn to sleep earlier this year. He had an incurable liver disease.

Our last adopted four-legged family member is our cat Bella. We were originally fostering her (we’ve had her since she was one day old!). After raising her for three months we knew we couldn’t just give her back to the shelter to be adopted out again, so we formally adopted her.

We feel like were were meant to adopt Bella. She has a lot of health issues ($$$$!!!!). We feel like if we had given her back to be adopted to someone else the new family might have put her down due to her health issues, or she would have remained in the shelter for her entire life, considered “adoptable” or “special needs.” No animal should live our its life in a shelter.

It’s hard to afford Bella’s doctor’s visits and medications, but we do what we can (scrimp, save and live by a budget). We’d do anything for her and our other “furbabies.” They mean the world to us.

October is Adopt a Shelter Pet Month. Our family firmly believes that you can find that special family member in your local animal shelter. There are so many pets to choose from! Big, small, young, old, mutt, purebred – even other animals (not dogs or cats). We’ve seen goats, rabbits, hamsters (we adopted our hamster from the shelter) and other creatures.

I love this article about why adopting a dog (rather than purchase from a pet store or breeder) – 8 Reasons why adopting a dog is a wonderful thing to do.

If you have the financial means to do so, please consider a special needs pet. What you’ll get back in love and affection makes the money you spend on medications and vet bills worth it. That is how we feel about our cat Bella. It just breaks my heart knowing that animals that might not be “perfect” or have some health issues are considered hard to adopt, or unadoptable. Why? They have feelings and can give so much love just as much as any other animal.

Please consider adopting an older animal too. They can give you just as much love and affection as a puppy/kitten. Not only that, they are already housebroken. If you prefer a more mellow dog or cat (compared to an overly active puppy or kitten) an older pet is the way to go.

Here is a great article on the benefits of adoption an older pet – Adopting a Senior Pet.

Due to recent weather catastrophes (Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey), MANY animal shelter in the affected areas are in dire need of not only supplies, but also people to foster (and ideally adopt) many animals. Even your local animal shelter needs supplies and volunteers.

I used to volunteer to take photos of the available animals for adoption for PetFinder.com at our local shelter. It was a lot of fun.

We also donate food, old blankets, towels, accessories and anything else we can think of.

I you need more ideas, check out this article – Giving to Your Local Pet Rescue.

In honor of Adopt a Shelter Pet Month I have a wonderful giveaway for a lucky reader. The winner will receive, compliments of Petcurean, the following;

  • 25lb bag (winner’s choice of which Petcurean brand/recipe) 
  • One bag of Spike treats

You can learn more about Petcurean foods at Petcurean.com. You can also find the brand on social media.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 31, 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 about your adopted pet (past or present), or why you would (or would not) adopt a pet from a local shelter.

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 Petcurean to provide you with this information and giveaway. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Petcurean will be providing the prize package. 

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The Snowman – in theaters October 19, 2017 (exclusive giveaway ends 10/23/17)

 

I have to admit, I am a fan of watching movie trailers. Not necessarily when I am sitting in a movie theater waiting to watch a film (those trailers go on forever!), but I will watch them online when I’m at home. It’s a great way to get a “heads up” about new movies on the horizon.

A few months ago I saw a trailer for the film The Snowman. The film stars Michael Fassbender (X-Men series) and Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible -Rogue Nation). We’re fans of Fassbender. My husband LOVES the film he stared in called Frank. 

The film also stars Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence), Val Kilmer (Heat) and Academy Award® winner J.K. Simmons.

My first thought was that The Snowman was a horror movie (it sounds like it could be). It’s actually a thriller based on the book by author Jo Nesbø. The book is a global best seller.

When an elite crime squad’s lead detective, Harry Hole (Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit (Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.

Check out the film’s trailer.

 

It looks REALLY good. So much so that my husband and I are planning on seeing it when it opens in theaters on October 19, 2017. Our 21st wedding anniversary is October 18th, so the following weekend we’re going to dinner and a movie. The movie we are planning on seeing is The Snowman. It’s not exactly a romantic “date movie,” but that is OK.

I actually find series killers fascinating – NOT in a good day (I’m not weird!). I just can’t fathom what would turn a seemingly “normal” individual to do such horrific things to another human being (or beings). Growing up I wanted to be a Forensic Psychologist (in fact, I was going to school to become one). I wanted to help solve crimes by profiling the criminal.

I’ve read books on just about every serial killer out there, trying to figure out what makes their mind “tick.”

I took this quiz about serial killers and I got a near perfect score.

Did you take the test? What was your score?

If you are interested in learning more about the film you can visit the official movie website. You can also check out the film on Facebook and Twitter (@TheSnowmanMovie).

In honor of the film’s release, I have a movie themed prize package to giveaway. The prize package includes:

1 – Limited Edition Snowman Plush Doll: This limited edition Snowman plush is only available via this promotion and has a run of 200 pieces worldwide. It is a replica of the killer’s Snowman and features a detachable head and the Snowman logo on the bottom.

1 – The Snowman Official Promo Shirt – An official promo T-Shirt featuring The Snowman logo on the front and the signature design on the back.

1 – Replica Snowman Killer Letter – A replica of the Snowman killer’s note, sealed.

This giveaway is open to U.S. & Canadian residents only and will end on October 23, 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 are you planning on seeing the movie?

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 for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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My Little Pony: The Movie – Giveaway! (ends 10/2/17)

*This post is in partnership with Lionsgate. 

Making its way to a theater near you is the much anticipated (at least with the kids that I work with) film My Little Pony: The Movie. It opens nation wide on October 6, 2017.

I’m surprised that no one thought to make a major motion picture about My Little Pony sooner. It’s such a popular franchise. It’s been around since I was a young girl. I’m an adult and I still enjoy My Little Pony. In fact I have a couple of toys on my desk.

Have you seen the trailer for the film yet? I have. It not only looks really good but it looks like it’s a lot of laughs too.

 

A dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity – embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their home.

The film has an all-star voice cast including Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Liev Schreiber, Michael Peña, Sia, Taye Diggs, Uzo Aduba and Zoe Saldana. The movie features original music and songs performed by Sia, Diggs, Saldana, Chenoweth and Blunt.

Speaking of music, check out the video for the song “Rainbow” sung by Sia.

 

The song is featured on the My Little Pony: The Movie Official Soundtrack on iTunes and Amazon.

I’m looking forward to seeing the film. I already told my husband it’s going to be a “date night” movie. He’s totally on board with it (he’s like me – a big kid at heart). Even my 20 year old daughter wants to see the film with her friends.

If you would like to learn more about the film you can visit the Official Site. In addition you can “like” the film on Facebook and follow the film on Twitter and Instagram.

You can also check out the hashtag #MyLittlePonyMovie on social media.

To get you excited about the film’s release, I have a fun prize package for a lucky winner, compliments of Lionsgate. The winner will receive:

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 2, 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?

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 from Lionsgate. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Warner Bros. Pictures’ The LEGO NINJAGO Movie, now in theaters (giveaway ends 9/30/17)

 

*I have partnered with Warner Bros. Pictures to bring you this giveaway. 

Are you looking for an action packed, fun, family movie to see this weekend (or next weekend)? If so, you might want to check out the new movie from Warner Bros. Pictures – The LEGO NINJAGO Movie. It’s now playing in theaters across the country.

The film features the voice talents of  Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods, and the legendary Jackie Chan.

In this big-screen NINJAGO adventure, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu.

Check out the film’s trailer.

 

It looks really funny. If it’s anything like the other LEGO movies, I’m sure it is.

The “LaLoyd” part crack me up (It’s Lloyd).

I’ve seen the other LEGO major motion picture and they have all been fun and entertaining. For some reason this film looks especially funny. When I first heart of about the film I was like “meh.” I wasn’t overly thrilled. After seeing the trailer I have changed my mind BIG TIME. The film looks great and I can’t wait to see it next weekend with my family.

I did receive some fun LEGO NINJAGO branded products (backpack, water bottle, notebook…). Look for my photos coming soon on my social media channels.

If you would like to learn more about The LEGO NINJAGO Movie you can check out the film’s social media sites –FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Be sure to check out the hashtag #LEGONINJAGOMovie too!

Warner Bros. Pictures would like to give a lucky reader a $50 Fandango Gift Card. The winner can use the gift card to take their family out to see The LEGO NINJAGO Movie (if they wish to do that).

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on September 30, 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?

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 from Warner Bros. Pictures. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Despicable Me 3 – in theaters June 30, 2017 (fun giveaway ends on July 7, 2017)

*This post is in partnership with Universal Pictures.

The Minions are coming! The Minions are coming!

Coming to theaters on June 30, 2017 is the latest addition to the popular Despicable Me franchise, simply entitled Despicable Me 3.

In the new film all of our favorite characters return – Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes, Gru’s new wife Lucy and of course everyone’s favorite – the Minions!

A new character will be introduced in this film, Gru’s long lost brother Dru.

Illumination, who brought moviegoers Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the story of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3.

After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis.  But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother—a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps—one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.

Check out the film’s trailer.

 

It look like a lot of fun. I cannot wait to see it in the theater with my family.

If you would like to learn more about the film you can visit the Official Website. In addition you can “like” the film on Facebook and follow the film on Twitter and Instagram. You can even check out GruTube.

The official film hashtag is #DespicableMe3.

In honor of the film’s release, a company called Thinkway Toys has released super adorable mini Minions that sign, dance and talk. They are called Mini Music-Mates.

They talk! They dance! They are Despicable Me 3 Mini Music-Mates! Each Minion comes with 3 different song clips with original voice and sound effects. Press the button on the base and watch it go! All Mini Music-Mates come with colorful backdrops. Connect multiple bases together and they dance in perfect unison! It’s a Minions dance party! The assortment includes Dave, Stuart, Tim, Carl and Mel! Even Gru and Agnes. Add to the fun with Jail Time versions of Tom, Tim and Carl. Each sold separately.

I was sent one of the Minion Mini Music-Mates to try out for myself. I received to review “Dave” to review.

There is nothing you need to do to enjoy playing around with this toy. It comes with batteries. You just have to press the button for a few seconds to move it from test mode to full play mode.

The toy talks, sings and dances, just like in the description. As he move his eyes move too, so it looks like he’s looking around as he’s talking, singing and dancing.

The volume is decent too. It’s not too loud or too low (there is not a volume control).

Each one comes with a different backdrop. Mine came with Dave in various dancing positions. You can choose to use it or not. You could even make your own backdrop.

Check out this video of my Dave Minion Mini Music-Mate toy.

 

It’s super cute.

These retail for $19.99 each. They are made for children ages 4+ up (or “big kids” like me).

If you would like more information about these toys please visit ThinkwayToys. You can also check out the hashtag #ThinkwayToys on social media.

I have a fun prize package for a lucky winner. The winner will receive:

  • $15 iTunes gift card to purchase the new Despicable Me 3 soundtrack
  • Despicable Me 3 Mini Music-Mate

The prizing is compliments of Universal Pictures and Thinkway Toys.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 7, 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 if you are planning to go and see Despicable Me 3 – OR – who is your favorite character from the franchise?

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 the same prize package, compliments of Universal Pictures and Thinkway Toys. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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The House – coming to a theater near you on June 30th (giveaway ends 6/25/17)

*This post is written in a partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures.

It’s summer time! That means a lot of wonderful movies are making their way to a theater near you. Have you had the opportunity to catch a movie lately?

Coming to a theater near you on June 30, 2017 is a new comedy from Warner Bros Pictures called The House.

The House stars comedy geniuses Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler.

My husband and I were at the movie theater yesterday afternoon and we had the opportunity to see the trailer for this film.

Check out the trailer for yourself.

 

After Scott and Kate Johansen (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) lose their daughter Alex’s college fund, they become desperate to earn it back so she can pursue her dream of attending a university.  With the help of their neighbor Frank (Jason Mantzoukas), they decide to start an illegal casino in his house.

The comedy “The House” also stars Nick Kroll (“Vacation,” TV’s “Kroll Show”), Allison Tolman (TV’s “Fargo”), Michaela Watkins (TV’s “Transparent”), Ryan Simpkins (“Arcadia”), Jessie Ennis (TV’s “Veep” and “Better Call Saul”), Rob Huebel (“Horrible Bosses 2,” TV’s “Transparent”), Cedric Yarbrough (TV’s “Reno 911!”) and Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Town,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Arrival”).

As a parent to TWO children in college (one currently in college, the other one starts in the fall), I can totally relate to the overwhelming expense.

We live in a tiny condo, so opening up our own casino is not feasible (ha ha).

As a parent, I try and do all I can for my children, most especially when it comes to helping them reach their dreams. Take for example our daughter. When she was only six years old she declared that she wanted to be a fashion designer and attend school at F.I.T (Fashion Institute of Technology) in New York City. At such a young age she had a clear vision of what she wanted to do. I was especially impressed with her idea to open a store where EVERY article of clothing came in EVERY size – meaning a woman who was a size zero and a woman who was a size 4X could both wear the same blouse. I loved that idea!

To help develop her love of fashion we purchased a sewing machine, I picked up a lot of fabrics and books about fashion design. Even an elderly neighbor provided her with patterns to make her own clothing. I even purchased sketch books, colored pencils and people “figures” to help cultivate he desire to be a fashion designer.

This went on for many years until she was around 15 years old. For some odd reason she changed her mind and no longer had interest in being a fashion designer.

Currently she’s in college studying to be a Neuropsychologist (A neuropsychologist is a psychologist who specializes in understanding the relationship between the physical brain and behavior). That couldn’t be any further from a fashion designer.

We ended up giving away and donating all of her fashion designing supplies.

Anyway…

This film looks funny. Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler are always a joy to watch on the big screen.

If you would like to learn more about the film you can visit the Official Website. In addition, you can “like” the film on Facebook  and follow the film on Twitter and Instagram.

The official hashtag is #TheHouseMovie.

Warner Bros Pictures would like to give a lucky reader a $50 Visa gift card to go and enjoy the film and have a “wild parents night out at the movies,” night. As a parent I can say that I can certainly enjoy a fun night out.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on June 10, 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 if you are planning to go and see The House and/or what you would consider doing to have a “wild parents night out?”

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 Warner Bros Picture to bring you this information. Warner Bros Pictures is providing the prize as well as sending me 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. 

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