Snoopy & Belle in Fashion Giveaway

Snoopy has always been known for his unique sense of style (think Joe Cool, the World War I Flying Ace, and the Easter Beagle), but even Snoopy can learn a thing or two from his fashionista sister, Belle! That’s why the new fashion line, Snoopy and Belle in Fashion, has proved to be such an international phenomenon. Young fashion trendsetters from Paris to Milan to Tokyo are going crazy for the tees, dresses, leggings, and accessories that capture the wit, style, and magic of the world’s most beloved beagles.

Snoopy and Belle in Fashion is currently on an international tour and features high-end Snoopy and Belle vinyl dolls outfitted by some of the world’s most talented designers, including Anna Sui, Betsey Johnson, Calvin Klein, Christian Siriano, DKNY, Diane Von Furstenberg, Isaac Mizrahi, Isabel Marant, J.Mendel, Kenneth Cole, Lisa Perry, Zac Posen, and more.  Take a look at some of the designs they came up with:

Snoopy and Belle in Fashion

How did Snoopy and Belle get to be so fancy?  Learn all about it from excerpts from a recent interview with three of the creative geniuses behind Snoopy and Belle in Fashion:

  • Matt Murphy, designer of the SBIF exhibition
  • Cannon, acclaimed celebrity stylist who was the liaison with the designers
  • Asa Thornton, Izquierdo Studios, who produced the costumes from the designers’ sketches

Tell us about the project and the history behind it.

Matt: The project originated in the ’80s with [the late] Connie Boucher, who was the first person to reach out to the fashion community and engage them with Snoopy and Belle. That resulted in amazing designs from designers including Chanel, Hermès, Karl Lagerfeld, Issey Miyake. That exhibition started in Italy and included a wonderful host of products—everything from furniture to lamps to household products to cars. But the core was the Snoopy and Belle in Fashion exhibition, featuring plush dolls that were 14 to 18 inches tall. For this exhibition, we’re using high-end vinyl dolls that are 9 inches tall, and we engaged contemporary designers to reimagine Snoopy and Belle. That’s the exhibit that’s currently traveling the world.

Which designers from the first time around signed on for the second time?

Cannon: I think one of the most exciting for us was to have Betsey Johnson sign on again. She is such an icon of American fashion, and it warms everyone’s hearts when you talk about her. She said yes immediately, and her love for Snoopy kind of shows through. She’s a very hands-on person—when she came to the show, she was fluffing the doll to make sure it was perfect.

Regarding the designers for this latest project, what were some of their inspirations behind their designs? Can you pick a few and talk about them specifically?

Cannon: With Rodarte, they were directly inspired from their runway looks—they wanted to translate their runways to Snoopy and Belle. Betsey Johnson went for a rock ’n’ roll feel, which is very true to Betsey: She gave them tattoos and piercings, and made them extremely modern and very, very cool.

Will we be seeing any of these designs in shops for Peanuts fans to buy themselves? Or apparel inspired by these designs?

Matt: That’s something we’re working out—possibly something for 2016, but not immediately.

Which designs were the most challenging to construct and why?

Asa: They all had their own challenges, but I particularly remember Rodarte’s Snoopy outfit, a leather and denim biker jacket—multiple zippers, asymmetrical openings, studs, little pieces with topstitching. It’s quite a challenge when you’re dealing with little leather epaulets ¼-inch wide! Zac Posen’s designs for both Snoopy and Belle featured velvet and brocade, very heavy fabrics. We had to reduce the bulk and cut away some of the pleats on the dress to make it fit like a ballgown.

They’re all impressive, so I’m not sure if I can narrow it down to just one favorite, but there’s no denying that Betsey Johnson came up with a really amazing, modern look for Snoopy & Belle.  All of this exciting Snoopy fashion inspired me to get a makeover of my own–Peanuts style.

Peanutized Me

And that’s me “Peanutized”!  It’s not quite as bold as nose piercings and tattoos, but I like it.  You can join in the fun over at  I’d love to see what you come up with!

For even more Peanuts fashion fun, enter now to win a Snoopy & Belle in Fashion Prize Package!  one Snoopy & Belle Tote Bag, one Snoopy & Belle Make-Up Bag, and one Snoopy & Belle T-Shirt in size medium. (ARV $65.)

Snoopy and Belle in Fashion Giveaway

This giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 10/12/15 at 11:59 PM EST.  Good luck! [Read more…]

Hotel Transylvania 2 Prize Pack Giveaway!


Drac’s pack is back for an all-new monster comedy adventure in Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 2! Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania… Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire.


So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny – and in for a major cultural shock of her own – “Vampa” Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp. But little do they know that Drac’s grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad is about to pay a family visit to the hotel. And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood – and humans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania – things are going to get batty!

Check out the fun trailer!


Hotel Transylvania 2 has been rated PG by the MPAA for the following reasons:  some scary images, action, and rude humor.

Staring: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade
Directed by: Genndy Tartakovsky

This is definitely a movie to enjoy with the entire family.  Keep the fun going after the movie with this family discussion guide to encourage a lively conversation on the movie’s themes.

Visit all the Hotel Transylvania 2 Sites!

Enter now to win a Hotel Transylvania 2 Prize Pack!  One lucky Game On Mom reader will win 1 Cape, 1 Stationary Set, 1 Vampire Fangs, 1 Blobby Putty, and 1 Activity Book.  Open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 10/2/15.  Good luck!
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Modern Table Meal Kits for a Healthy, Modern Life + Giveaway

Back to School Giveaway Hop 2015Welcome to the “Back 2 School” Giveaway Hop! The host of this event, The Review Wire, will be offering 4 prizes! Three winners will each receive a Student All Star Set and 1 Grand Prize winner will receive a mix of products worth over $50.00 from TreeSmart. Make sure to swing over and enter to win! Don’t forget to visit the other participating bloggers for more great giveaways, but first, I’d like to tell you all about my sponsor Modern Table.

You already know how difficult it can be to juggle all the things life throws at you on a daily basis.  Taking care of the kids, housework, work work, doctor’s appointments, soccer games, birthday parties, dinner with the family…I could go on, but you know how it is.

Sometimes the idea of cooking a meal is just so daunting, isn’t it?  I don’t want to sacrifice good ingredients and healthy food just to speed things up or make a quick meal.  Products that meet all those requirements can be few and far between, but Modern Table has delicious kits that make dinner a breeze, and a healthy one at that.

Modern Table Meals

Modern Table is a line of healthy, tasty, and speedy meal kits featuring bean-based pasta.  All their kits are non-GMO, free of artificial colors and preservatives, and with the exception of one flavor, they’re also gluten free.  I don’t know about you, but this is exactly what I need for busy school nights.  Since school started up, we’ve been eating a lot of their kits, and they’ve all been big successes.

Modern Table Homestyle Mac & Cheese

The Homestyle Mac & Cheese has a bean rotini pasta base (that means lentil-based flours), carrots, peas, and a creamy white cheddar sauce.  I added some no-sugar-added turkey bacon, and the kids ate it right up.  They didn’t even realize it wasn’t their “normal” mac and cheese, and I love being able to sneak some lentils into their diets!

Modern Table Mac & Cheese

The Mediterranean meal also has a bean-based lentil rotini along with leeks, red bell peppers, a garlic herb sauce, and Mediterranean citrus seasoning.  I added chicken breast to this one, and it was perfect.

Modern Table Mediterranean

The nice thing about the seasoning packet being separate is that I can adjust how much seasoning each person gets.  It’s a great way to make sure my own dish is swimming in flavor while preventing the kids from getting overwhelmed with too much seasoning.

Modern Table is Yummy

We added a little parmesan cheese to that one, and it was amazing.  My favorite Modern Table Meal Kit, however, is the Southwest.  It’s so flavorful and fun to eat–especially topped with some shredded cheddar cheese.  I’m making myself hungry just thinking about it.

I find myself giving the kids pasta quite often.  It’s easy and they love it, but it’s not always the healthiest choice.  With Modern Table, I have the perfect alternative to “regular” pasta, and the kids can’t even tell that there is a difference.  Anything I can do to incorporate healthier components in my meals, I’m game.  They’re great to serve as-is because each kit is complete with protein, vegetables, fiber, and vitamins, but it’s super easy to go above and beyond by adding extra protein or veggies.  The back of the packages give you delicious ideas for that.

If I had to talk about one thing I don’t love, it’s the sugar in some of their sauces.  I try so hard to keep the kids’ sugar consumption low, and it’s hard to do when it’s lurking in just about everything you find.  I just wanted to make a note of that, in case sugar is a big deal in your house.

To learn more about Modern Table and to check out all their yummy products, visit  You can also stay up to date by following their Facebook or Twitter pages.

Modern Table is offering Game On Mom readers a chance to win the same package I received, which includes 6 Modern Table Kits, a wooden spoon, and an oven mitt!  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and over.  Ends 9/30/15.  Good luck! [Read more…]

Win Fast with Fast Play from the NJ Lottery

If you’ve ever played the lottery, whether it was a nationwide drawing or a scratch-off ticket, you know that little thrill you get when you purchase a ticket and find out if you’ve won something.   Well the New Jersey Lottery is rolling out a new instant win game that makes it even easier and more fun to play!


This new game series is easy to play and win, and the name says it all:  Fast Play!  Fast Play games are quick-play style and they’re printed on demand from a Lottery terminal. You don’t have to choose numbers, wait for a drawing, or even scratch off symbols on a ticket.  Just ask for Fast Play, name your game, and then collect your prizes quickly.

I tried Fast Play for myself, and I want to share the fun experience with you:

I hopped over to my nearest 7-11 to play, but you can try Fast Play at any brick-and-mortar location that sells lottery tickets.  Here are my friendly 7-11 cashiers, ready to watch me (hopefully) win!


There are several different options and price points for the Fast Play games, ranging from $1 to $10 per ticket (the $10 games haven’t been released just yet, but will be soon).   The games currently available are:

  • Fast Cash – $1 (win up to $500, overall odds 1 in 4)
  • Red Hot Numbers – $1 (win up to $1,000, overall odds 1 in 3.9)
  • Slots of Fun – $2 (win up to $5,000, overall odds 1 in 3.8)
  • Bling Bling Bucks – $5 (win up to $25,000, overall odds 1 in 3.2)


As for me, I got 2 Bling Bling Bucks, 1 Slots of Fun, 2 Red Hot Numbers, and 1 Fast Cash.  When you get a ticket, you have the option of letting the cashier check to see if you’ve won, or you can do it yourself at a self-service scanner.  Personally I think it’s fun to scan your ticket, but either way is equally fast and easy!


So I went to the kiosk, crossed my fingers, and got busy scanning.  And…I won $17.00!


Just look at it:  cold, hard cash in my hand!  I might have done the Snoopy happy dance, but I will neither confirm nor deny it.  I’ll be saving this money and tucking it into my piggy bank to use on a cruise we have planned in March!



By the way, I’m not the only lucky winner from my 7-11.  Check out all these recent winning tickets from the Fast Play game.  That’s a lot of cash in a lot of people’s hands!


I had so much fun with this, and I think you will, too!  Fast Play is only available through the New Jersey Lottery; this game isn’t available in New York or Pennsylvania, which means you have better odds for winning!  Good odds, no waiting, no scratching – it’s easy than ever to play and win!  The Fast Play games will also be refreshed and changed every few months, so there will constantly be something new and fun to try!  If you’re ready to try Fast Play for yourself, stop by your nearest Lottery retailer, grab some tickets, and prepare to win!

For more information about Fast Play and other lottery games, visit the New Jersey Lottery website.

Disclaimer:  You must be 18 or older to buy a lottery ticket.  The New Jersey Lottery reminds players, it’s only a game…remember to play responsibly.  If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call 1-800-GAMBLER.


The Doga Towel is Possibly the Finest Towel in the World + Giveaway

Falling for Prizes Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Falling for Prizes Giveaway Hop, hosted by LeahSays’ Views and Planet Weidknecht!  We have a lot of great blogs with a lot of great prizes participating in this event, so after you’re done here, have fun hopping!



I don’t have time to go the spa, do you?  I could make time, I guess, but there are just more important things to do with my family and our schedules are tight.  Not to mention the cost: spas are expensive!

Since I don’t find myself at a spa very often, I do my best to create a spa-like atmosphere for myself at home.  You know, on those rare occasions when I can lock myself in the bathroom with dim lights and flickering candles, a glass of wine, some lavender in the tub, cucumbers on my eyes… sorry, I got distracted there for a second.

The Doga Towel

You know what I mean, though.  It’s important to find some peace and quiet in your home, and to have some “me time” in a relaxing and inviting atmosphere.  Part of that environment, for me, is a super nice towel.  I know that may seem trivial, but have you ever felt the bath linens at a spa?  They make me instantly feel more pampered!  Now thanks to The Doga Towel, I can bring some of that pampering home.

The Doga, described as “possibly the finest towel in the world”, really is fantastic.  The Doga is engineered in the United States, and woven with love in Turkey.  It’s made of an organic cotton and bamboo blend, and words can’t describe how soft it is.

The Doga Towel

When I opened my Doga towel package, I was skeptical.  It’s so thin and light, I was convinced it couldn’t possibly work well.  I was wrong!  It’s surprisingly absorbent and it dries very quickly.  It’s a big towel, which I love, but when it’s folded it takes up very little space, so it’s perfect for travel.  And that cotton/bamboo blend – wow!  It could not be any softer.  I really wish I could just wrap myself in this fabric all day, every day.  I want a whole Doga wardrobe.  So does my son.  When I let him try the towel, the first words out of his mouth were, “Ooh.  It’s so soft!”

Doga Towels

I have to admit the Doga towel is a luxury item, which may be off-putting at first.  But when you consider the cost of a single spa visit, the Doga is practically a bargain if you want a permanent spa-like environment at your own home.  The towel is $65.00, or 2 towels for $100.  It’s an investment, but it’s so worth it.

To learn more about the Doga experience and start creating your own at-home spa environment, have a look at  You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Enter now to win a luxurious Doga towel of your very own!  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 9/30/15.  Good luck!

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