Friday, January 22, 2016

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas For Her

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. If you need a few gift ideas for the gals on your shopping list, here are some suggestions.

1. Vitabath Fruit Fanatic Grapefruit Vanilla Bundle - pampering and yummy-smelling
2. G-Shock Watch - sporty and practical
3. Vera Bradley Tablet Sleeve - a pretty way to protect and carry your tablet
4. Spafinder Gift Card - a thoughtful and impressive gift
5. Tequila Mockingbird Book - classic literature and cocktails...need I say more?
6. bareMinerals Polished Pink Trio Limited Edition Lipsticks - perfect for the beauty junkies
7. Coral Crush Bracelet Stack from Kluster - one of my very favorite jewelry shops!
8. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera in Raspberry - fun!

What's on your Valentine's Day Wish List?~

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Movie Trailer Tuesday - Ten Thousand Saints

Welcome to "Movie Trailer Tuesday - my weekly blog feature where I share movie/dvd recommendations by posting a quick blurb and movie trailer for you to check out.

What good movies have you recently watched? Feel free to share in the comments below...


This dark, coming-of-age story is full of family dysfunction, confusing relationships, and complicated decisions. After a personal tragedy, Jude goes to live with his weed-growing father in New York City. There, he gets involved with the "Straight Edge" scene (a form of punk rock where those involved abstain from drugs, alcohol, etc). When a close friend becomes pregnant, Jude takes an active role in helping her figure things out.

The movie is full of drug use and really heavy subject matter but underneath it all, you find likable characters who try to do the right things.

Ten Thousand Saints is definitely one for the grown-ups to watch. The flawed characters and the heartbreaking themes really stick with you.

Rated R and available on Netflix.


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Monday, January 18, 2016

#PandaInsiders Activity Sheets and Giveaway

I am sharing this information as a member of the Fox Home ENT Insiders Blogging Program. In exchange for my participation in this campaign, I received a free copy of this film. As always, any opinions expressed in this post are my own.

The Hilarious Smash Hits DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2 Available Now with New Bonus Features on Digital HD and Blu-ray™ and DVD

To celebrate the upcoming release of DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3, revisit where it all began with over 80 minutes of fur-flying fun, including all–new antics! 

In DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda, Jack Black is perfect as the voice of Po, a noodleslurping dreamer who must embrace his true self – fuzzy flaws and all – in order to become the Dragon Warrior. With groundbreaking animation and high-kicking humor, the Oscar-nominated Kung Fu Panda is delightful entertainment for the whole family. 

Black reprises his role as Po in Kung Fu Panda 2, the fiercely funny Academy Awardnominated sequel. In his biggest challenge since becoming the Dragon Warrior, Po must lead his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five, on a mission of epic proportions to defeat his most threatening rival yet! 

The Kung Fu Panda franchise features the all-star voice talents of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Michelle Yeoh, Danny McBride and Jean-Claude Van Damme. 

The re-release of these films will include exciting new bonus features for the whole family to enjoy, including an all-new 22 minute animated adventure, “Secret of the Scroll,” and an exclusive sneak peek of DreamWorks Animation Kung Fu Panda 3.

This is such a fun, family-friendly series and I'm happy to once again share some really cute activity sheets and printables. Check them out and then be sure and enter my giveaway below.

One lucky Alas 3 Lads reader is going to win Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2 on DVD

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Cup of Love Giveaway Hop - Win a $15 Starbucks Gift Card #CupofLove

Just in time for Valentine's Day, I'm joining hosts Planet Weidknecht and Mom Does Reviews to bring you the Cup of Love Giveaway Hop.

This family-friendly giveaway event, features a great group of bloggers each bringing you the chance to win a gift or gift card valued at $15 or more.

This giveaway event runs from 1/18 at 1201am est and ends on 2/4 at 1159p est.

My prize is a $15 Starbucks gift card. 

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Friday, January 8, 2016

The Busy Person's Guide To Everyday Enlightenment by Janey Bowyer (with Giveaway)

I am sharing this post on behalf of the author and Promotional Book Tours. No payment was received. By sharing this post, I have a chance of winning a gift card from the author. 

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The Busy Person’s Guide to Everyday Enlightenment v2 (1)

The Busy Person’s Guide to Everyday Enlightenment is the perfect antidote to the strains of modern living.

Featuring easy-to-follow meditations, yoga sequences, techniques and holistic advice that you can apply to even the busiest of lifestyles.

What makes this book different is that it is tailored to recognise in this time of hectic living that we all have the need to nurture, care and centre ourselves, yet we don’t always have the time for long practices to achieve this. Ironically, the very thing we have convinced ourselves we don’t have time to do - looking after ourselves - is what can lead to better health and a sense of inner calm.

Within these pages, you will find easy-to-follow sequences. This book is a helping hand to those who wish to fit in some me-time self-care even into the most time-starved of lifestyles.

You can learn to… 
• Develop techniques in as little as 5 minutes a day that can help you deal with stress

• Turn everyday stressful situations into meditation just by shifting your perspective

• Nourish your body with simple yoga schedules that can help target specific areas or states of mind, no matter how busy you are

• Bring the holistic into the hectic and learn to Zen out when the rest of the world is rushing

• Improve and progress with the help of handy tips • Enjoy guilt-free self-nurturing  

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About the author: 
I grew up on a hill in the north of England. From a young age, I wanted to live in London. As a child, during the depths of night, I'd often listen to the hum of passing trains. Sometimes I'd run to my bedroom window hoping to catch a glimpse so that I could pretend that I too was travelling on one, speeding along, London bound, like the rest of the world was sleeping.

So one day in my late teens, I bought a one-way ticket and travelled to London with just £30.00 in my pocket and a bit of blind faith.

In my novel The Last Days of Lisa, (that I’m still writing), the main character Lisa mirrors how overwhelming it was for me to see London for the first time through the eyes of a teenager travelling alone….

‘London never rests, she thinks. It’s on speed. A vortex, absorbing everything. Running from its own stench but also basking in it. Seemingly superficial and plastic to those not enchanted by its ambivalent charms. London has a soul; a ravenous appetite that feeds on the egos of the thousands that flock here each day to get closer to their dreams.'

Not long after moving to London, yoga and writing graced my life. I think they both saved me. On the writing front the spark came after reading the book, Catcher in the Rye. I’d not had the opportunity to study much as a child but that didn’t matter now as this book blew me away.

"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of c—p, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.” J.D Salinger

As for yoga, another book in the form of a second-hand yoga book written back in the 1960’s made its way into my mitts via a second-hand bookstore.

As I’d said earlier, to start with I wasn’t very good at either. Dyslexia and lack of flexibility and poor posture were my obstacles. I could see beyond that though as both yoga and writing offered me hope and possibilities that before this I hadn’t ever thought possible. Before yoga and writing I believed I was useless and had nothing to offer the world. 

So I worked hard at studying for more than a decade. The author John Harding was the first teacher to believe in me. After studying writing under his inspiring tuition, I even managed to get a few novels published along the way.

On the yoga side, I studied both Hatha and later Kundalini yoga and despite not being naturally flexible nor a person who liked to sit still. It was in India back in 2004 that I had my first awakening experience.

During all this time, I also managed over the years to work my way up from an office junior job to a finally a supervisor position, having worked for most of my life in a string of unfulfilling office jobs. The good news that in October 2015 I left office work to become The Word Sprite full time!

The silver lining in all of this is through my personal experience of having to be creative with my time I came up with the concept of yoga and holistic solutions for modern day living. Hence, this is how The Word Sprite was born!

Read Janey's awesome article How to Manifest Real, Lasting Love on MindBodyGreen.  

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