Book Review: Night Night Farm

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My kids and I had so much fun reading this book. As some of you may remember, I grew up on a farm and have dreams of one day returning to farm life with horses, goats, cows, chickens, roosters, and even a burro or two(supposedly they keep the Florida Panthers away). So, with that in mind, we look at youtube videos of farm life all the time and talk about all of the different animals(the kids of course make all kinds of funny animal noises). They absolutely loved this book and reading about the cows, sheep and roosters. The book is written by Amy Parker and illustrated by Virginia Allyn. It’s beautifully designed with brightly colored illustrations and light-hearted story about telling each of the animals good night. The book does appear to be targeted towards toddlers and I have to say that both of my children loved it and have asked me to read it to them several times.

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About the author:
Amy Parker’s children’s books have sold more than 800,000 copies including two Christian Retailing’s Best award-winning books and the bestselling A Night Night Prayer. She lives outside Nashville with her husband and two children.

Want to win a copy for yourself? Comment below with your favorite farm animal. Follow the social media channels below, for an additional entry per follow. The giveaway ends September 1st at midnight.

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Coloring Sheets for Pete’s Dragon

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PETE’S DRAGON is flying into theatres everywhere next Friday (August 12th) so I wanted to share some fun coloring sheets and activity pages to help get everyone as excited about the movie as we are!
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Coloring Sheets

Activity Sheets

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You Don’t Know Me, So Let’s Fix That… #BehindTheBlogger

Things have been crazy over the last few months, but I’ve decided to jump back into blogging and I figure what better way to do it than with a #BehindTheBlogger post.

7 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me, But Should…

7. I HATE the smell of crayons. Yes, it literally makes me sick. However, I love the smell of suntan lotion like Hawaiian Tropic or something like that because it remind me of the beach.

6. I lived on a farm when I was growing up, and my dream is to one day live on a farm again and raise baby goats and donkeys.

5. I live in Florida, but I’m originally from Indiana. Since moving here I’ve done everything from manage hotels and timeshares to work at Kennedy Space Center. I’m currently working in tourism.

4. I’m overweight, very overweight to be exact but I have struggled with dieting, PCOS, and migraines for the last 6-7 years so it makes it even more difficult for me to stay on track.

3. My favorite time of year is from October 1st until January 31. The Holidays just put me in the best mood and I love everything about them.

2. I love to explore Florida and all of the unique communities that are within driving distance from my home in Central Florida. My family loves Disney World and Sea World, but we also love smaller attractions such as Gatorland and things like that.

1. The most important that you probably don’t know, but should is that I finally became a FOREVER MOM. Yes, on 2-26-16, I adopted my two little loves.

So, now that you know a little more about me, tell me something about you…
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Stay dry during hurricane season with rain coats for boys and girls.

With last weeks Tropical Storm, I decided to find some economical rain coats for the kids. I found these great rain coats for both boys and girls as well as matching rain boots. So, whether you are wanting to stay dry or play in the rain these are a great low cost option. Rain coats are just $10(they were originally $18.88!) and the rain boots are $12.46. Both are a great quality that will last quite a while. I dreaded picking the kids up at daycare, but not anymore. :)

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Frozen Party Pops That Glow In The Dark

GlowCicle™ is the only frozen party pop that glows in the dark!

This natural frozen treats get your party glowing. From birthdays to holidays…or just regular days, GlowCicle™ party pops keep kids of all ages entertained, especially when the lights go out. (This means adults too!)

They call them a Party-in-a-Box.

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GlowCicle™ is the simple way to make anytime special. Holidays come around once a year and memorable events should happen more often, so make them all spectacular with GlowCicle™ frozen treats!

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Great Deal~2 Movie Tickets + $100 Restaurant.com Card Only $30

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I have a tremendous deal for you today!!

Specials by Restaurant.com Presents Dinner & a Movie

2 Movie Tickets + $100 Restaurant.com Card ONLY $30.  Yes, that’s right.  Just $30 for all.  While supplies last, so go NOW.

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The holiday season ushers in festive foods, décor, and winter’s highly anticipated movies of 2015! Explore the galaxy, sing with the Chipmunks or solve a Sherlock mystery—and dine out with Special by Restaurant.com’s Dinner & a Movie deal. Now through December 20 for $30, you’ll receive two tickets PLUS a $100 Restaurant.com eGift card to redeem for a star-rated restaurant.

Spend family time discovering the perfect table and flick. Use your movie tickets to see any winter blockbuster hit here. Hurry – this offer ends Sunday, December 20 at 11:59 pm CT or when it’s sold out.

Restaurant.com and Specials by Restaurant.com make great gifts for everyone on your wish list. Connect with Restaurant.com on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest and never miss their next great deal!

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MINIONS BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK WITH DVD~BEING RELEASED DECEMBER 8, 2015

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I recently received an advance copy of the Minions BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK WITH DVD that is being released on December 8, 2015.  We hadn’t seen the movie yet so we were so excited to receive it and the kids love it!!  As soon as my baby girl saw it, she knew right away what it was and wanted to watch it straight away.  :)
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BRING HOME THE WORLD’S #1 COMEDY OF THE YEAR FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

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GET THREE ALL-NEW MINI-MOVIES ON BLU-RAY OR DIGITAL HD

BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK, DVD AND ON DEMAND DECEMBER 8, 2015

FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embark upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award®-winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in ‘mod’ London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind…from annihilation.

Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side, Gravity) heads up an all-star voice cast including Golden Globe and recent Emmy Award®-winner Jon Hamm (“Mad Men,” Bridesmaids), Academy Award-nominee Michael Keaton (Birdman: (Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, Toy Story 3), seven-time Emmy Award-winner Allison Janney (“The West Wing,” “Masters of Sex,” “Mom”), Academy Award-nominee Steve Coogan (Despicable Me 2, Philomena), BAFTA Award-winner Jennifer Saunders (“Absolutely Fabulous,” Shrek 2), and Academy Award-winner Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech, Pirates of the Caribbean series). The inimitable voices of the Minions are again voiced by Academy Award-nominee Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2) who co-directs with Kyle Balda (Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax). Minions is produced by Illumination Entertainment CEO and founder Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy. Brian Lynch wrote the screenplay, and Chris Renaud serves as executive producer of the film.
Minions will be available on Blu-ray™ with DIGITAL HD and UltraViolet™ and DVD on December 8th at retailers near you.

Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.

BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO BLU-RAYTM AND DIGITAL HD:

THREE ALL NEW ORIGINAL MINI-MOVIES:

Cro Minion, Competition, and Binky Nelson Unpacified as well as the Deleted Scene-Me, Myself and Stuart.

Other features include:

AROUND THE WORLD INTERACTIVE MAP – Explore the world of the Minions with this interactive map featuring a collection of games, trivia, featurettes, storyboards, and more all themed to movie locations.

JINGLE BELLS MINION STYLE – This holiday favorite is brought to life in a merry-Minion way. Now you get to sing along to the beloved video that was the most shared piece of content on Facebook in 2014.

Be sure to check out the Minions “Competition” Mini-Movie Premiere mini-movie where two Minions compete in a series of escalating games in which both are doomed to lose.    Also available at: http://www.minionsmovie.com/

Want to see photos of the Minions recent adventures. Link: http://mm.gettyimages.com/mm/nicePath/gyipa_public?nav=pr323225382   Photo Credit: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images For Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

The Minions hung out with celebrities at Homestead-Miami Speedway, including grand marshal and Today Show host Hoda Kotb, Zachary Levi (who sang the national anthem), NASCAR drivers Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Austin Dillon, Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman, Clint Boyer, Ty Dillon, Justin Allgaier and Trevor Bayne, Nickelodeon “Every Witch Way” star Elizabeth Elias and more.    Link: http://assignments.gettyimages.com/mm/nicePath/gyipa_public?nav=pr324027084
Photo Credit: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images For Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Official Website: http://www.minionsmovie.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/minions
Twitter: https://twitter.com/minions

Instagram: https://instagram.com/minionnation/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/illumination

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/minionnation/

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Hashtag: #Minions
 

Let’s Go Back #BehindTheBlogger

If someone says “Let’s Go Back”, what comes to mind? Let’s go back in time? Let’s Go Back to a favorite place? For me, there were a couple of things that came to mind but I decided to write about a favorite place. Several years ago, I represented a Hotel Management Company that I worked for at American Bus Association (ABA) Marketplace in New York City. The company paid for my travel and accommodations and ABA arranged for a number of tours for conference attendees. It was the trip of a lifetime so when I told my mom about it, we decided that she was going to fly in from Indiana and meet me in New York City. She actually met me at the airport with a winter coat because I lived in Florida and didn’t have one. :)

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We did it all: We saw the site where Twin Towers once stood(the memorial wasn’t there yet), we took a carriage ride around Central Park, toured the Plaza Hotel, ate cheesecake at the Stage Deli, went to Rockefeller Center and the Today Show, had dinner at Patsy’s Restaurant and so much more. It was amazing. So, if I ever get the chance to go again, I will definitely say to my mom “Let’s Go Back”. Another thing I would want to do is have a Grays Papaya hot dog. I’ve seen them in many of my favorite movies and I want to see what all the fuss is about. That, and go to the 9/11 memorial. One of these days I will go back.

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My only regret was that The Rockettes were on vacation, so we weren’t able to see them at Radio City Music Hall. We have always said that we wanted to go back, so when my kids get a little older I would love to be able to take them. I can just imagine their faces when they saw the New York City skyline.

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Restaurant.com Cyber Monday $3 Deals on $25 Certificates

*I received a Restaurant.com gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

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Restaurant.com Delivers the “Better than Best” Cyber Monday Sale

For families who want to avoid the hours of cooking and clean-up this holiday season, Restaurant.com delivers $3 for $25 Certificates with Promo Code: CYBER today only! Find places to meet, eat and be merry from 22,000 restaurants nationwide.

And if you’re traveling, feel free to take Restaurant.com on the road with you. Their mobile app makes a primary travel companion! Search for eateries by zip code and simply use the certificate from your phone at the restaurant.

Hurry – this “Better than Best” $3 Cyber Monday Sale won’t last. Restaurant.com is the trusted and valued source for connecting restaurants and diners nationwide. This offer ends Monday, November 30 at 11:59 pm CT.

My family loves Restaurant.com and the large selection of restaurants who honor the certificates.  To find a complete list of restaurants, just go to the website and enter your zip code in the box and click search.
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Happy Holidays Giveaway Hop~Win a $25 WalMart Gift Card

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Welcome to the 1st Annual Happy Holidays Giveaway Hop hosted by Karen’s Got Mail! I have teamed up with a fantastic group of bloggers to share some awesome giveaways with our readers. Be sure to hop around to the participating blogs listed below and enter some fabulous giveaways, all of which are worth a minimum of $25! Also, make sure to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway$50 Gift Card to Incredibundles!

MomAt40.com in conjunction with GiftSomeRevenge.com is bringing you a $25 WalMart Gift Card Giveaway.  Use it to help out with your Christmas List or for offset the cost of your holiday dinner.  However, you use it we hope that it will make your holiday a little brighter.

Disclosure: Karen’s Got Mail and the Happy Holidays Giveaway Hop participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and any other social media are not affiliated with this giveaway.