Beat the Heat with Movies on Demand (giveaway ends 6/30/14)





Summer is here (although not “officially” for a few more days – June 21st). Already it’s way too hot and humid for me. I already keep the curtains closed, have the AC cranked and refuse to leave the home unless I have to. I am not a fan of the heat or humidity.

Because I don’t like to go out much during the summer months I need to find indoor things to keep me and my family entertained. I have my blog, and I like to read and occasionally do crafts or projects around our home. I also tend to watch a lot of television. Sadly all of our favorite shows are on hiatus which leaves us with repeat after repeat. This is why we end up watching a lot of movies during the summer months. It entertains us and we don’t have to be bored with the same repeats we’ve already seen a dozen times.

Thank goodness for Movies on Demand (MOD). They have a lot of great titles coming out this summer that is sure to keep both my husband and I entertained, as well as our whole family.


Movies on Demand plays a lot of current movie favorites, movies that come out the same day as they do in theaters and even movies before they come out in theaters.

Personally I think steaming movies is the way to go. It’s a lot less expensive then taking a lot of people to the theater, you don’t have to worry about standing online for tickets, wasting gas to get to/from the theater or even go outside and brave the summer heat. It’s a lot easier to order a movie to watch on your TV, gather your family around and even a few friends, make some snacks at home (the concession stand at the theater is $$$) to enjoy as you watch the movie.

To give you an example, for my family of four to go to theater it would cost $12 per person for a ticket ($48) and at least $15 per person for snacks – popcorn or candy and soda or water ($60). That means for my family of four it would cost around $100 to go see a movie in the theater, not taking into account gas and the time it take to get to/from the theater.


Don’t get me wrong. I love going to the movie theater. Sometimes there are movies that you must see on the big screen. But from a practical point of view it’s not always financially feasible to go to the theater with your family.

Most Movie on Demand movies cost between $2.99 – $5.99 depending on your local provider and the movie title. Generally these are the prices.

  • New Releases: $3.99 – $4.99
  • HD Releases: $4.99 – $5.99
  • 3D: $6.99
  • Early Screening or In Theater Titles: $6.99 and up
  • Library Titles: $1.99 – $3.99

Remember, these prices may vary depending on your provider.


Which makes better sense… Spending $100 to take my family to the theater or $4.99? I think that is a “no brainer”. Plus you don’t have to venture outside in the heat and humidity.

Movies on Demand is a great option for those days that are just too hot and humid to be outside. Plus you don’t have to worry about late fees or having to wait for a movie to arrive in the mail.

There are plenty of great titles to choose from and they are always adding to their line up. Here are just a few available titles.

Coming soon…

Movies on Demand Summer 2014

For more information about Movies on Demand visit www.RentMoviesonDemand.com. You can also find Movies on Demand on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and  YouTube.

Movies on Demand would love to give a lucky reader a prize package so that they can enjoy some great movies this summer from MOD. The prize package contains;

  • $50 Visa Gift Card
  • $20 Cable Cash to rent movies
  • Chips and Salsa
  • Candy & Popcorn
  • Drinks

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on June 30, 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 movie you would love to watch on Movies on Demand? It can be a current title or an upcoming movie.

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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*I have partnered with Movies on Demand to bring you this information and giveaway. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Movies on Demand is providing the prize package. 

Jazz up your camera with fashionable accessories from Mod


Mod Camera Straps

Not too long ago my beloved camera took it’s last picture. I’ve had it for many years and it decided it was time for me to put the lens cap on it and remove the batteries for good. She was a good old camera and is greatly missed.

I need a camera. Not only do I need a camera to take pictures of thing I blog about but I also enjoy taking pictures of my family, pets and the world around me.

I have been agonizing about which camera to buy. I wanted to go up a few notches and get a better quality camera than my previous one – one with a lot of “bells and whistles” and a camera where I can use different lenses.

I lucked out and came across a camera “kit” (camera and two lenses) that was on clearance. There was nothing wrong with it. The store just purchased too many of them for the holiday season and this was the only one left.


Nikon D3100

I ended up saving around $100 for the camera. It’s not the one I truly wanted, but it’s a start. What I bought is a good introductory level camera that will help me learn more about DSL cameras and all the different things you can do with them.

Now that I have a beautiful new camera I also needed a new camera case. My new camera is twice as big as my old one and won’t fit in the camera bag that I already had. I needed to find a new one.

I looked on Amazon (my go to shopping spot) figuring they would have a nice assortment. They had some great bags but nothing really stood out to me. I wanted something with “personality” and something other than basic black. I couldn’t find anything that I liked.

Around the same time I bought my new camera I received an e-mail from a company called Mod. Mod carries BEAUTIFUL camera straps. I really wanted a nice strap for my camera (the one that came with it was “boring”). I asked Mod if I could do a review and they said “yes”. Yeah!

It was hard to narrow down which one I liked best. They are all so pretty! I eventually decided upon the Premium Strap called Kaleidoscope. I liked how colorful it was. It looks like a fun strap and I’m a fun person so I knew it would be perfect for me.


I noticed on their site that they also carry camera bags and totes. Since I was in the market for one and I have not found one I liked thus far I wanted to see what Mod had available.

Mod has what they call “drop in” camera bags. They are drawstring bags that slip over your camera. When combined with the camera strap it gives the appearance of a small purse.

I asked the kind people at Mod if I could review a camera bag too and they happily agreed. Thank you Mod! :-)!

Since I was already getting the camera strap in the Kaleidoscope design I thought it would be fitting to get the camera bag in the same design.


As you can see from the above photo from the Mod website the camera bag and strap combined give the illusion of a purse/pocketbook.

I was super excited for the strap and bag to arrive. The moment they did I put the strap on the camera and tucked it neatly inside the bag.

The strap is just as bright and colorful as it appears on the computer screen.

The underside of the strap (the part that rests on you body) is line with a super soft, plush material making it VERY comfortable to wear. Unlike leather straps which can stick and rub on your skin, this plush strap rests comfortably across your body.

You can wear it over your shoulder or across your chest (as pictured). I’m a “big girl” and I was able to wear it across my chest comfortably.

The camera bag is made of the same material both inside and out. The inside is just as soft and plush as the strap.

The drawstring is made of a ribbon. I was concerned that it might slide open but that never happened. When you pull the straps closed it stays closed until you open it up again.

Unlike bulky camera bags this bag is light weight and enjoyable to tote along with me.

I took this bag on a trip to the West coast with me. My ONLY concern with the bag is that plane rides can be very bumpy and I worried about the camera getting knocked around under the seat in front of me (I had placed it in a larger tote bag). Thankfully my camera survived the trip.

Mod Strap and Bag

If you are planning on using the overhead compartment to store your camera or checking it with your luggage you will need a sturdier case because this will not protect your camera against much abuse.

For day to day use this camera bag I perfect.

I currently keep this on my camera at all times. The only time I would swap it out is if I was going to travel again, which I rarely do.

Since the strap is on my camera it was hard to take a picture of my camera with the strap and bag so I had to use my cellphone. They pieces are much nicer in person.

I am THRILLED with the strap and the bag. I love them both and I really think they show off my personality too.

Mod carries a variety of patterns, designs and colors. They also carry other accessories like bags for camera lenses (I plan on picking up a couple to match my camera bag) and Cap Savers which help keep your lens cap safe and helps you not to lose it. I found out the hard way that you ned something like this.  My cap kept falling off and I almost lost it a few times. Mod’s Cap Savers are pretty too – kind of like jewelry for your camera.

If you are looking for a new camera strap or an easy, fashionable way to tote around your camera, look no further than Mod.

For more information or to check out the product line visit www.ModStraps.com. You can also find them on the various social networking sites.

Mod strap


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

Catch up with this year’s awards season favorites with Movies on Demand (giveaway ends 2/22/14) #MODawards


Movies on Demand

Awards season is in full swing with the “Big Night” happening on March 2, 2014. Will your favorite movie win many accolades including the coveted Best Movie of the Year award?

Some of this year’s most talked about pictures – Blue Jasmine, Captain Philips and Dallas Buyers Club I have not seen yet. I have seen Despicable Me 2 which is nominated for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year and Best Original Song, Happy by Pharrrell Williams.

The one thing that gets to me when I watch the award’s shows is that I have not yet seen the movies that are nominated for the awards. Normally I have to wait until after awards season is over before I have the opportunity to see them and see why they won the awards. Last year I lucked out because I actually did see a few of the films that were nominated but it was only recently that I saw Argo, which won Best Picture and Silver Linings Playbook which was nominated for several awards.

Did you know that with the click of a button you can catch up on this year’s favorite films with Movies on Demand? Movies on Demand (MOD) has many of this year’s most nominated films available to you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. This is a great way to catch up on movies you might have missed. That way when the big night rolls around next month you’ll have had the opportunity to check out the nominated films.

Here is a list of Awards Season nominees that are available on MOD. They are linked for your convenience.

MOD Awards

If you would like to learn more about the 2014 Awards Season nominated films, or see other films that are available, visit the special Awards Season landing page on the Movies on Demand website. You’ll find a couple of movies there that were not nominated for an award but certainly should have been, like Fruitvale Station (great movie) and The Butler.

For information about how to rent movies on Movies on Demand visit their FAQ page. You can also check out all the other great movies available for rent on the official Movies on Demand website – RentMoviesonDemand.com. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for updates and more.

Movies on Demand

MOD would like to help you get a jump start on viewing this year’s nominated films with a special giveaway. One lucky reader will receive;

  • $20 Cable Cash to order movies
  • $25 VISA gift card to buy snacks
  • MOD “Swag” (branded products)

Thank you MOD!

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on February 22, 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 which nominated film you would love to see on Movies on Demand if you were the lucky winner?

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

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*Although compensated the opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own and not influenced in any way. MOD will be providing the prize package.

Stay out of the cold and snuggle up to a great movie with Movies on Demand (giveaway ends 12/21/13) #MODHoliday


Baby it's cold outside!

Baby it’s cold outside!

I’m not sure where most of my site readers live, but chances are most readers have already experienced a winter blast this past week. BRRR!!! It’s been so cold. Winter hasn’t even officially started yet and already I’m looking forward to Spring. I don’t really mind the cold, per say, except when I have to take our dog on a long walk, deal with slippery stairs and sidewalks and shovel my car out. I rather enjoy winter from the comfort of my own home. It’s pretty to look at – it’s just not fun to be exposed to it.

Now that the cold weather is here it becomes a challenge as to what to do as a family on the weekends. It’s too cold to be outside and our teenagers wouldn’t be caught dead being seen with their parents at the mall. So what is a family to do when it’s too cold to be outside and it’s boring to be stuck inside?

One thing that we like to do as a family year round is have a Family Movie Night. Sometimes we all agree on what movie to watch together, other times it’s a bit of disagreement.

When it’s cold outside the last thing I want to do it go out to a video rental kiosk or store, rent a movie and then have to worry about getting it back the next day to avoid a late fee. It’s especially tricky in the cold weather months because weather can sometimes be a factor when you have to return a movie. If the roads are treacherous and it’s not a good idea to be driving on them, is it worth your safety to return a movie to avoid a late fee?

This is why we enjoy renting Movies on Demand (MOD). With a click of a button we can watch popular new releases in the comfort of our home. We don’t have to worry about driving to/from the rental place. We can stay snuggly and warm inside. Plus there are no worries about late fees – ever!

There are some great hit movies currently available on Movies on Demand right now including Man of Steel, Planes, We’re the Millers, Turbo, Smurfs 2 and the Fast and the Furious 6.

There are also plenty of great holiday movies to choose from including All I Want for Christmas, All is Bright (this film is rather depressing and not family friendly), Babes in Toyland, Bah Hum Duck (a Loony Tunes movie), Bad Santa, Beethoven’s Christmas (cute movie!), A Christmas Carol, A Christmas Story (classic!) and Four Christmases to name a few.

Deck the Halls

My family unanimously agreed to watch Deck the Halls staring Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick.

Matthew Broderick plays Steven Finch, a popular neighborhood eye doctor who is known for his beautiful Christmas displays and unique holiday spirit.

The Finch family get new neighbors – the Hall family. The father, Buddy, is feeling a bit down about his life. That is until he comes up with a crazy idea – he wants to decorate his house with so many lights that it can be seen from outer space.

As Buddy is trying to fulfill his goal, Steven Finch is trying everything he can to stop him. The pair themselves clashing on a lot of things, most especially Buddy’s ever increasing light display that keeps Steve up at night and fills their quiet neighborhood with bumper to bumper traffic.

Will Buddy succeed, or will Steve succeed in stopping Buddy? To find out you’ll need to rent Deck the Halls from Movies on Demand.

This is just an all around fun movie. My entire family enjoyed it. It even resulted in us having a conversation about holiday decorations and how much is too much and what it would be like if we had a house with a yard (how would we decorate it?).

You can’t have a Family Movie Night without some yummy treats, including popcorn. Since it’s cold outside nothing warms you up better than a piping hot mug full of hot chocolate – with marshmallows of course!

Movies on Demand Holiday

Movies on Demand was kind enough to send my family a special Holiday Warm & Cozy Kit featuring hot cocoa, popcorn, candy, a MOD branded mug and a MOD branded soft and fuzzy blanket to snuggle up with. They even included some candy canes! That was the perfect addition to our little pre-Christmas Holiday Movie Night. In addition they sent me Cable Cash to rent the movie. Thank you MOD!

If you would like to learn more about Movies on Demand and to check out the available holiday movies, as well as new releases, visit www.RentMoviesonDemand.com. Check them out on Facebook and Twitter too.

Movies on Demand would like to help you send a lucky reader a Holiday Warm & Cozy Kit too. The kit will include;

  • $100 Gift Card (so you can buy more goodies for your family and friends)
  • $20 Cable Cash
  • Popcorn & Candy
  • Hot Cocoa
  • MOD branded products (like a mug and blanket)

Thank you Movies on Demand!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 21, 2013 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 all-time favorite holiday movie is AND what movie you are looking forward to seeing in the new year On Demand with your family and friends?

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

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*I received a similar prize package (minus the gift card) in exchange for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influceced in any way. MOD will be providing the prize package.

New Releases availble on Movies on Demand #MODHoliday


Winter driving

The weather outside can be “frightful” this time of year, especially if you live in the Midwest or Northeast. We’ve already seen our first snowflakes last week here in NY.

When the weather is cold and miserable, and the roads are covered in snow and ice, the last thing we want to do is head out to our local movie rental place to pick out a movie or two and/or return them. We’d rather stay home where we’re safe and sound, warm and cozy.

Movies on Demand is a great resource for new releases. You can rent movies in the comfort of your own home and it won’t “break the bank” like it does taking your family to the movie theater.

Check out some new releases, or soon to be released films, available at Movies on Demand. A few titles are not available yet but will be in the next week or so.


A look at the New York City punk-rock scene and the venerable nightclub, CBGB, which gave a chance to such bands as Blondie, Television, Ramones, Talking Heads, Dead Boys and The Police.


The cast from Grown Ups returns! After moving his family to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids, Lenny finds that sometimes crazy follows you.


Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson team up to crash the digital world in this comedy that clicks! To reboot their careers, Billy and Nick talk their way into a prestigious internship program at Google!


Ashton Kutcher is Steve Jobs, the Apple innovator. This film chronicles Jobs’ days as a college dropout to his rise as the co-founder of Apple Computer Inc.


A boy learns he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a man, when the world is threatened, he emerges as a hero and the symbol of hope for mankind.


Turbo is a high-velocity comedy about a snail who dares to dream big – and fast. After a freak accident gives him super-speed, Turbo embarks on a journey to win the Indianapolis 500!


A small-time pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a drug shipment from Mexico to clear his debts.


A cool adventure to warm your heart! Tim Allen narrates this triumphant, comic, coming-of-age tale of Penguin King Rex and his epic Antarctic adventures.


A single mother (Penelope Cruz) brings her teenage son to Sarajevo to learn the truth about his father’s death during the Bosnian conflict years ago.

I linked up each title with the movie poster. To learn more simply click on the movie image.

You can also check out what movies will soon be available on Movies on Demand (MOD) including Elysium, 2 Guns, Fast and the Furious 6, Lone Ranger, City of Bones and Smurfs 2.

If you would like to check out what other titles are currently available (or soon will be) visit www.RentMoviesonDemand.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

Do you ever use Movies on Demand? Is there a title that you are excited to see? Feel free to share your thoughts/comments.

Keep an eye out for an upcoming Movies on Demand giveaway!

Movies on Demand


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

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Diversity on Demand (Giveaway ends 9/30/13)


Hispanic Month MOD

Did you know that it’s Hispanic Heritage Month? It runs from September 15, 2013 – October 15, 2013.

I visited the National Hispanic Heritage Month website, set up by the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and U.S. National Archives and Records Administration to learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month. I am not Hispanic, but I am interested in other cultures and customs.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

Diversity on Demand, one of the nation’s top cable companies, has partnered with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by paying tribute to the powerful and positive influence of Hispanics in America.

Hispanic Heritage Month on Movies on Demand

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, consumers are encouraged to visit the Diversity On Demand’s Facebook app, Nada or Aficionado? where they can enter for a chance to win a 32″ smart HDTV and other prizes.

To enter all you need to do is take the fun Hispanic entertainment challenge and see where you stand on a scale of nada to aficionado. It’s really easy. You don’t have to be an expert.

In addition to the contest, cable is shining a spotlight on compelling Hispanic figures and events on cable’s On Demand service. The Hispanic-themed programming represents a broad industry effort to provide digital cable customers convenient access to relevant, factual and entertaining Hispanic and Latino television shows and movies – On Demand all month long.

If you would like more information please visit www.Facebook.com/DiversityonDemand.

MOD Hispanic Month

To help you celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month I have a special giveaway for a lucky reader. The prize package includes;

(1) $25 Visa Gift Card

Sweeps Prize Packs include:

•  Tostitos Sales Verde by Sabritas

•  Pulparindo Assorted Hard Candy Lollipops

•  Sabritas Salt & Lime Peanuts

•  Bimbunuelos Crispy Wheels Pastry

•  Movie Theater Butter Popcorn bags

•  Diversity On Demand Chip Clip

•  Diversity On Demand koozie

•  Diversity On Demand Plastic Cup

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on September 30, 2013 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 movie you would like to see if/when it’s available on Movies on Demand?

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

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*I have partnered with Movies on Demand to bring you this giveaway. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.