Sunny Spring Days Giveaway

Sunny Spring Days - Sunny Spring Days Giveaway

We are celebrating Spring with this fun Sunny Spring Days giveaway for families! Coordinated by Mommy Scene and sponsored by the participating brands, this fun giveaway has something for everyone! One lucky winner will receive all of these awesome prizes when the giveaway ends 4/14/17.  [Read more…]


Sing Auditions, Special Features, & a Chance to Win the Musical Comedy of the Year

My family and I saw Sing just before it left the theaters.  My kids had been begging me to take them to see it, and even though I wasn’t sure it was the kind of movie I wanted to spend crazy ticket prices for, I eventually gave in.  To be honest, it reminded me of those ridiculous reality shows that I could never stand to watch, and I was sure I’d be sitting through 2 hours of terrible, recent top 40 nonsense.  Well, let me tell you how very mistaken I was.  I came out of that movie singing as loudly as the kids did.  (Maybe more.)  We received a complimentary copy of Sing for our family movie night on Sunday, and it was even more fun the second time around.

SING Movie

For those who haven’t yet seen it yet, a quick recap:
The Sing movie is the work of Illumination Entertainment, the studio that brought us Despicable Me, Minions, and The Secret Life of Pets.  In it, we follow koala Buster Moon as he attempts to save his crumbling theater by putting on the world’s greatest singing competition.  There are some ups and downs throughout the contest, but the characters overcome every obstacle and come out stronger in the end.  You’re afforded plenty of opportunities to laugh and sing, and I especially love that the movie features songs from a wide variety of genres.  It’s full of big names, but don’t buy it because of that.  Buy Sing because it’s great family fun and the kind of movie that gets better every time you watch it.

Sing Movie Special Edition

And you can grab your own copy starting now!  The Sing Special Edition on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD was released on March 21st, and it’s packed full of extra features.  In preparation for her very own Sing audition, my daughter has watched the included lyric video for the original song “Set It All Free” about a thousand times.  She’s sure that she wants to be a singer when she grows up and is so very excited (and a little nervous) about sharing her performance with you:

 

That’s my baby!  I’m pretty proud of that cutie pie, but back to business…

There are tons of other interesting bonuses like character profiles and more music videos, but we’ve been getting the most use out of the 3 mini movies.  Whether you’re watching Eddie’s experience with his life coach, Gunter babysitting, or Miss Crawly’s adventures in online dating, you will be rolling with laughter.

Sing Mini Movies

The fun didn’t end there for us.  We were sent a Sing backdrop, and the kids have been having the best time posing with it.  It’s been kind of like a real life bonus feature.

Sing Movie Night Fun

Sing really is the musical comedy of the year!  We’ve had the DVD for a few days now, and the kids having been watching nothing but the whole movie or one of the extras.  My personal favorite is “The Best of Gunter”, and I think it’s worth owning the DVD just for that.  Piggy Power!

To learn more about Sing, visit the official website at http://www.SingMovie.com and be sure to check out their FacebookTwitter, and Instagram pages.

Ready to find the music that lives inside you?  Grab your copy of the Sing Special Edition today!
We’ve also got a chance for you to win your own copy of Sing on Blu-ray!  Just enter via the Giveaway Tools form below.  Open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 4/6/17 at 11:59 PM ET.   Good luck!
Sing Blu-ray Giveaway

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Enter to Win TWO Build-a-Bear & Cookies by Design Baskets + a $150 Visa Gift Card

In honor of the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, we’re happy to announce we have a fun giveaway for you guys.  Thanks to Cookies by Design and Conservamom, my readers have a chance to win something cute and cuddly–and a little spending money too!

Build a Bear Giveaway

Every year, Feb. 14 marks the search – or sometimes scramble – for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Whether you plan in advance or do a last-minute dash, stepping outside the traditional gift of flowers with something a little more personalized, loveable – and tasty – can go a long way toward showing your love and affection.

If you’re still on your search, Cookies by Design and Build-A-Bear Workshop can help with an easy and delicious gift idea. Hand-decorated cookie bouquets combined with huggable, adorably outfitted bears are the best of both worlds and make great presents for everyone from your longtime sweetheart or new flame to your favorite kid or kid-at-heart.

Each cookie bouquet is made-to-order and every cookie is decorated by hand – you can even have your custom love note or photo printed right on the cookies!

Build a Bear Valentine's Day

 

Last-minute gift givers can take advantage of ready-made Build-A-Bear Cookie Baskets, available at all Cookies by Design store locations with nationwide delivery, and specially customized baskets only take an additional day or two to create.

You can stop in at any Cookies by Design location or order online at: http://www.cookiesbydesign.com/build-a-bear-bouquets

Valentine’s Day isn’t the only time you can order these special bouquets, though. Cookies by Design also makes them year-round for birthday, baby, and get well gifts.

Build a Bear & Cookies by Design Gifts

Now for the fun part! Cookies by Design is offering the chance to win two special occasion baskets – one for the winner (you know you want one for yourself!) and one to give away – plus one $150 Visa gift card, which could come in handy for a cozy dinner date. Just fill out the form below for a chance to win. This giveaway is open to US only and ends on 2/9 at 11:59 PM EST. Good luck! [Read more…]


Fight Collagen Loss with mykind Organics Organic Plant Collagen Builder + Giveaway

As you might already know, collagen is the most abundant protein in our body.  It’s in our bones, muscles, skin, and tendons, and it basically holds everything together.  As we age, collagen production declines, and because it’s what gives our skin it’s strength and structure, less collagen generally means more sagging and wrinkles.

Countless beauty products have been developed that claim to boost collagen and make your skin look younger and healthier, but they fall flat on their promises.  If you’re lucky, what you end up with instead is a good (and probably very expensive) moisturizer.  Collagen molecules are simply too large to be absorbed by the skin, so topical application is not the way to go.

mykind Organics Collagen Builder

At this point, supplements might be the first solution that pops into your head.  You’re on the right track, but you might be surprised to learn that whole collagen supplements aren’t absorbed.  Like any other protein, collagen that you ingest gets broken down during the digestive process.  What’s reassembled and put back into your bloodstream is not adequate to keep up with collagen loss.

Your best bet is to follow a diet full of healthy foods like dark, leafy greens and berries that will increase collagen production.  Bone broth will do the trick too, but if you’re vegan, that one poses a bit of a problem.  The key is to get enough of the co-nutrients you need to build collagen.  We don’t always get enough of them in our diets, and that’s where supplements come in.  (I highly suggest cutting out the sugar too.)

Certified Organic Food Blend

mykind Organics Organic Plant Collagen Builder is Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, made only from organic plant foods, and can boost your body’s own natural production of collagen.  Made from over 30 real, nutritious organic, family-farmed whole foods, their Organic Plant Collagen Builder helps restore not only collagen, but keratin and elastin as well.  That’s a magical trio that will lead you down the path to beautiful hair, skin, and nails.

Garden of Life Organic Plant Collagen Builder

Don’t give in to those lines and wrinkles that you see creeping up.  Fight back by getting your body all the nutrients it needs to maintain more youthful skin.  You can find this and other mykind products at stores like Whole Foods and Vitamin Shoppe.  I get mine at Vitacost because they usually have the best price, and they always have excellent customer service.

You could win a bottle of mykind Organics Organic Plant Collagen Builder from Garden of life.  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends.  Good luck!

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Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament + NJ Giveaway

Does anyone else feel like their time in the kitchen increases exponentially between Thanksgiving and Christmas? I’m pretty sure mine does. I like cooking for the family, and I really enjoy whipping up cookies and cakes and holiday treats, but sometimes I just need to catch a break.

I recently baked about a million cookies and decided to load my family into the car for dinner rather than stand over that stove another minute. Since it was a Sunday afternoon, instead of shuffling everyone into the nearest restaurant we decided to mix things up and add a little entertainment to our meal. We went straight to the Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, NJ!

Medieval Times Knights

If you’re not familiar with Medieval Times, it’s a fun, family-friendly dinner attraction based on 11th century feasts and tournaments. Guests at the event are offered a delicious four-course banquet and are treated to a jousting tournament between six knights on horses (each seating area cheers for a different knight). The dinner and event last an exciting two hours.

Medieval Times King and Princess

I had been to Medieval Times in the past, but this is the first time I took my children, and it really was an awesome experience for all of us. They loved the meal, but they were completely transfixed with the show. It was the first time they had seen jousting and sword fighting in person, and they were pretty much in heaven. We even bought them some glow swords, and they haven’t stopped playing with them yet. (In fact, I saw a little crossover fight between a sword and a lightsaber yesterday. I love my kids so much). The show even includes live falcons, which is pretty amazing. Honestly, Medieval Times is a great time whether or not you bring the kids. One of my previous visits was for a friend’s birthday party, and she was turning 29. It really is fun for any age or occasion!

Horses at Medieval Times

We had The Royalty Package, which includes tickets to the show, preferred seating, VIP lanyards, a cheering banner, and a knight’s rally towel for each member of our party. These tickets are an extra $12.00 each, but between the great seats and extra goodies, they’re so worth it.

As for the meal, oh my goodness. It truly is a feast! You’ll get a giant serving of roasted chicken (wing, breast, and drumstick), sweet buttered corn on the cob, tomato bisque soup, garlic bread, herb-basted potatoes, pastries, coffee, and two rounds of beverages. All the food is delicious, but I’ll admit we didn’t love the pound cake. By the time dessert was served, though, we were already stuffed anyway.

Medieval Times Dinner

Just a quick note and a mini rant: the experience is set up like an authentic feast in the 11th century, so the meal isn’t served with silverware, which I think is fun. Some people sneak in plastic forks, but I think that kind of ruins things. Enjoy eating chicken with your hands like the rest of the crowd; I mean, how often can you dig into dinner with such reckless abandon? 🙂

The whole family had a blast at Medieval Times, and the kids are already requesting a return visit, so I know we’ll be going back for more food and fun. Hope to see you there!

The Red & Yellow Knight at Medieval Times

Oh, one more thing: right now, Game on Mom readers can grab Medieval Times tickets for a special price! With code MT3629 you can buy adult tickets for $36.95 and children’s tickets (12 and under) for just $29.95. This code is valid through 2/28/2017, so don’t miss your chance to snag this discount. Visit MedievalTimes.com to purchase today.

Enter now to win a 4 pack of tickets to the Lyndhurst, NJ Medieval Times!  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 1/5/17 at 11:59 PM ET.  Good luck!

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