Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Kentucky Derby T-Shirt GIVEAWAY

Kentucky Derby time is here again! 

Here in Kentuckiana, Derby season is officially underway -- two to three weeks of non-stop parties, events, and festivities -- all of which lead up to that historical Saturday in May and the world-famous Run for the Roses!

photo credit: Jeff Kubina via photopin cc 

Every year I like to share a little hometown pride and offer one of my readers a chance to win a Kentucky Derby T-shirt. 

If you would like a chance at winning, you can find the giveaway form posted below. This will be a short giveaway so that I can hurry and get the shirt mailed off to the winner right away. Winner will be able to select t-shirt size.

After you've entered the giveaway, be sure and check out my Kentucky Derby Pinterest board for all kinds of cool pins and Derby inspiration. You can also learn more about all of the Derby events by visiting the Kentucky Derby Festival website and Churchill Downs website.

*Giveaway is only open to U.S. residents who are 18 or older. Winner must respond within 48 hours or new winner will be selected. I am providing the prize.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

All Moms Are Special GIVEAWAY HOP - The Cheesecake Factory Giveaway

To help you celebrate the wonderful moms in your life (whether it be your own mom or grandmother, your friend, your sister, or even yourself) check out this fun giveaway event...

Giveaway Hop

Here's the details:

  • This giveaway hop is co-hosted by Miss Molly Says and Mom Does Reviews
  • Giveaways run from 4-25-16 til 5-4-16 
  • All giveaways have a value of $15 or more
  • Enter my giveaway using the Rafflecopter form below, then use the linky to hop around & check out the other giveaways
  • #SpecialMoms
I would like to extend a personal thanks to the co-hosts for their time and work put in to bring us all this exciting event!

My prize for the ALL MOMS ARE SPECIAL Giveaway Hop: 
$25 Gift Card to The Cheesecake Factory.

As a mom myself, there's nothing better to me than a night off from cooking. So, if you are the winner, you can treat yourself or that special mom in your life, to a dinner out! The Cheesecake Factory happens to be one of my very favorite restaurants. Their menu offers so many choices and everything I've had to eat there is fantastic.

*This giveaway is open to U.S. residents who are 18 or older. One random winner will be selected from all eligible entries. Please make sure I have valid contact information for you in case you are the winner. Winner must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. I am providing the gift card prize.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Great Deal on Kinsa Smart Themometer Plus a Swagbucks Bonus

I am sharing the following information c/o Swagbucks, where I am a long-time member. This post contains my referral link and I may earn a SB bonus for sharing this post. Any opinions expressed are my own.


If you're a parent, you know how important it is to be prepared for your kid's next fever. We try to always keep them healthy, but a sick day now and again is inevitable. Keeping a small supply of electrolyte fluids, maybe some Jell-o or Popsicles, kid-safe fever reducers, and, of course, a thermometer for the next sick day is second nature to many of us. But, while that pack of Jell-o might last forever in your cupboard, it's probably time you upgraded to a thermometer that's built for our modern lives.

Kinsa is a company that specializes in this new breed of "Smart" thermometers, that interact with your smartphone to document your child's temperature over time and help you make decisions about whether a good nights sleep and a cold towel will do, or if it's time to check in with your pediatrician.

Simply plug the Kinsa Smart Thermometer into your phone's headphone jack (either on its own or with an optional extension cord) and launch their free app to see how Kinsa will work for you. The app has interactive games for kids to stay engaged and patient while the thermometer delivers an accurate reading, and by using your smartphone, Kinsa takes advantage of 25,000X the processing power of a regular digital thermometer. Tapping into the smartphone’s power, processing and display also means there are virtually no electronics inside – and no batteries are required – so the thermometer is extremely lightweight and durable for carrying with you, and is always ready for use.

Now, I get it, we don't use thermometers every day, and $24.99 is a lot to pay for something that will mostly just sit in your medicine cabinet. But I found this great deal on Swagbucks where you can quite literally get the Kinsa Smart Thermometer for absolutely FREE. Here's how it works:

  • If you don't have one already, sign up for a free Swagbucks account here
  • Next, follow this link to get $5 off the Kinsa Smart Thermometer - $19.99 instead of it's regular price of $24.99. Don't worry, shipping is completely free within the US and there are no reoccurring payments. As I mentioned earlier, the associated Kinsa App is also free. 
  • Once you complete your purchase, Swagbucks will give you 2000 SB, enough for a $20 PayPal gift card and only 200 SB shy of a $25 Amazon card. 

That's a pretty good deal, right? Buy a $20 Smart Thermometer and get a $20 in PayPal cash. It gets even better for those of you new to Swagbucks. Earning 2000 SB in one go is more than enough for you to get a 300 SB April Three Pour All Bonus (awarded on May 5th), netting you 2300 SB, worth a $25 Amazon or Target gift card and only 200 SB short of $25 PayPal cash.

All that bonus might make you forget you're getting a state-of-the-art Smart Thermometer in the process!

Friday, April 15, 2016

THE JUNGLE BOOK In Theaters Now - "The Voices" Featurette Video

I am sharing the following information courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. No compensation was received for this post and all opinions expressed are my own.

The highly anticipated THE JUNGLE BOOK is now playing in theaters everywhere in 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D. 

This movie has received amazing reviews and I'm so excited to see it with my family. I remember seeing the original animated THE JUNGLE BOOK as a kid (and loving it!). It will be so fun to share this new version with my teenagers -- I think it will be the perfect movie for all of us to enjoy.

With an incredible cast of actors providing the voices in THE JUNGLE BOOK, I wanted to share this featurette video showcasing just how they brought this story to life.

Enjoy and check your local listings for movie times and tickets.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Fun Fashion & Accessory Finds For Rainy Days

April Rain Song by Langston Hughes 

Let the rain kiss you 
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops 
Let the rain sing you a lullaby 
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk 
The rain makes running pools in the gutter 
The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night
And I love the rain.

It's that time of year when "April showers bring May flowers" as the saying goes. I happen to love rainy days. I know I'm probably in the minority on this but I truly feel happy and content on grey, rainy days.

For those of you who don't feel quite the same, here are some cute fashion and accessory finds that might just brighten you up on a rainy day (and they're all $40 or less)...

1. Rain Book/Shopping Tote from Etsy seller sealmaiden $14.99 - Made from certified organic cotton; also available in black; simple yet very cute and very practical.

2. Tretorn Wings Lag Vinter Yellow Rainboot at Walmart.com 23.99 - The bright yellow color just screams spring and I love that they are ankle height.

3. Novel Dot Rainboots at Target.com 34.99 - I just can't get enough of yellow rain boots! This pair has fun polka-dots and is available in a few different colors (I'm also swooning over the grey pair).

4.Waterproof Case 4-pack at Amazon 12.99 - Transparent case holds a variety of phone models; handy storage for your phone if you are out and about on a rainy day or participating in water activities (fishing, boating, etc.)

5. totes ISOTONER Classic Clear Dome Polka Dot Bubble Umbrella at Walmart.com 18.95 - Everyone needs a good umbrella (or 2 or 3). This dome shaped umbrella gives lots of protection from the rain at a great price.

6. Merona Rain Anorak Jacket at Target.com 39.99 - The subtle sky blue pattern is so pretty and this looks lightweight and comfy.

7. Thunder & Lightening Bolt Earrings from Etsy seller redtruckdesigns 24.99 - These silver and gold toned earrings are adorable! The mismatched pair, while tiny, makes such a cute and cheery statement.

8. Monogrammed Pullover Rain Jacket at Marleylilly.com 37.99 - Wind and water-resistant with a flannel lining; the pullover style is a nice change of pace from the usual zip or button-up raincoat.