Monday, May 30, 2016

Shrek 15th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray/DVD Giveaway #Shrek15Insiders

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. 

Can you believe its been 15 years since Shrek was introduced to the world?!

The endearing ogre sparked a motion picture phenomenon and captured the world’s imagination with...the Greatest Fairy Tale Never Told! And now, in this special anniversary edition, you can relive the magic of these beloved movie characters -- Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Lord Farquaad, along with all the fairy-tale characters.

DreamWorks Animation's Shrek and the Shrek 4-Movie Collection arrive on Blu-ray & DVD June 7th.
To help celebrate DreamWorks Animation's Shrek Special Anniversary Collection, I have a Blu-ray/DVD giveaway posted below.

*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.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Welcome to the Dads, Grads, & Everyone in Between Giveaway Hop, hosted by Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro!

It’s the beginning of Summer and a time when we’re celebrating Dads and Grads, but in this Hop we’re not leaving anyone out! Hop around to all the bloggers participating in the linky at the bottom of this post to enter awesome giveaways worth at least $25 and don't miss the amazing Grand Prize worth over $475!

For my giveaway, I have something that I think dads and grads (and just about anyone) will like...a $25 Lowe's Gift Card!

Enter using the rafflecopter form below. And then, don't forget to hop around and check out all the other great giveaways.

Good luck!

*Giveaway is only open to U.S. residents who are 18 or older. One random winner will be chosen from all eligible entries. Winner must respond within 48 hours or new winner will be selected. Lowe's is not affiliated with this giveaway in any way. I am personally providing the gift card prize.

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So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, and the Dads and Grads participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Movie Trailer Tuesday - McFarland, USA

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 have you been watching lately? Feel free to share in the comments below...


McFarland, USA is a movie from Disney that created a lot of internet buzz when it came out last year. From the previews, I thought it looked like a great story and wanted to check it out, but somehow never got around to it. I finally caught it on tv the other night and watched it with my husband. It definitely did not disappoint! This movie is a moving, feel-good story that the entire family can enjoy. By the way, it is based on a true story which makes it even more inspiring.

Jim White and his family move to the small town of McFarland where he has taken a new job at the local high school. After a bumpy start, Jim starts to see some real potential in a group of Latino students and convinces the principal to let them form a cross country team - a first for their school. Through their hard work and dedication, they are able to form a bond and reach for goals they've never before thought possible.

Rated PG

Monday, May 23, 2016

Cool Finds For A Day At The Pool

It's already the latter part of May and we have not yet been able to open our pool due to so many rainy days. I'm someone who actually enjoys rainy days (most of the time) but I think I've had my fill for awhile and I'm now ready for some clear & sunny, warm days.

Our third-born, Connor, will be graduating high school at the beginning of June and we will be hosting a graduation party at our home - so we have lots of work to do to get the pool and backyard ready and in tip-top shape. Today was the first time that we had decent weather and the guys spent most of the day working outside. One step closer to some fun, family time playing in the pool!

Here are a few cool finds that are perfect for your next pool day...

1. Party Bug Beach Towel - Pottery Barn Teen $19
2. GoFloats Inflatable Palm Island 3-Pack Drink Holder - Amazon $10.29
3. Tropical Beach Tote - Target $14.99
4. Goddess Garden Organics Sport Natural Sunscreen - $3.99-14.99
5. Flonuts Pineapple Inflatable Donut - Amazon $35
6. Ombre Dot Yarn Dyed Jacquard Velour Beach Towel - Bed, Bath, and Beyond $9.99

Book Blast - Schism by Britt Holewinski

by Britt Holewinski



"Schism" is the first book in a new dystopian trilogy that tells a tale of survival, of good versus evil, and of constructing a future with only memories of childhood. A government-created virus is accidentally released before testing is complete and within weeks it kills six billion people, children are the only survivors. Andy Christensen and her two friends travel across the country searching for a safe place to live, but nowhere, it seems, is capable of resurrection. “SCHISM is an engrossing page turner that skillfully deals with dark subject matter in a compelling, through-provoking manner…The writing is crisp and clear, and the novel’s details are well-researched, down to the names of local roads and landmarks and the types of technology used by the survivors.” “This apocalyptic teen drama’s character interactions may draw readers in, but its vigorous story will keep them hooked.” - Kirkus Reviews

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"Born in Boston, Britt Holewinski lived in six different houses across the United States during her childhood, sparking her interest to write about characters who must continually adapt to new situations and locations. Early on, she dreamed of becoming an astronaut; however, shortly after completing her graduate degree, she was offered a job with the CIA. Her years working for the Agency opened her eyes to the world we live in and gave her rare glimpses of what living in a crumbling, post-apocalyptic world might be like. In her spare time, Britt loves to go hiking anywhere with a view, learn French, and visit historical Revolutionary and Civil War sites along the East Coast."

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Walmart Summer Sale with Swagbucks Shop & Earn

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.


Loyal Swagbucks members know that Walmart is a favorite shopping destination when it comes to Swagbucks Shop & Earn. Every extra penny saved matters and it's basically impossible to beat any cash back on top of Walmart's low prices. So when I heard that Swagbucks is giving you more for every dollar you spend at Walmart, I had to share!

That's right, Swagbucks is making earning Cash Back easier and giving away $1,000 in prizes when you Shop & Earn at Walmart. 

Starting today through May 31st you’ll earn up to 7% Cash Back on your summer shopping needs at Walmart. Enjoy savings in your favorite summer categories including:

  • Home 
  • Clothing 
  • Toys 
  • Baby & Toddler 
  • Electronics 
  • Patio & Garden 
  • Sports & Outdoors 
  • Autos & Tires 
  • Cell Phones 
  • Food 

Plus, be entered into their Walmart Summer Sweeps! For every $25 you spend at Walmart from May 16th through May 31st you’ll be entered to into their $1,000 Giveaway!

  • 1 Grand Prize: $500 
  • 20 Runner Up Prizes: $25

The more you spend, the better your odds!

*All prizes to be paid out in SB

Aqua Book Blast with $100 Giveaway

I am sharing the following post c/o I Am A Reader and the author. In exchange for helping to spread the word about this book, I received a spot in the giveaway form. No compensation was received.


Aqua by Katherine Armstrong Walters 
Eighteen-year-old Marin has few clues about where she came from, outside of a recurring nightmare of a horrific boating accident. Determined to prove to the world and to herself that she can overcome her water phobia and lead a normal life, she enrolls in a summer internship at a marine research facility in California.

When a cataclysmic accident suddenly brings her drowning nightmares into reality, she learns a secret about herself that begins to unlock the mystery lurking in her hidden memories. What she discovers could be the key to her past, but opening that door forces her to choose between two worlds and two hearts, and starts a chain of events that could destroy everything and everyone she loves.

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Praise for Aqua: 
“This book grabbed me right away and never let me go! The characters were fresh and believable and immediately took you into their world. Not sure who the intended audience would be but I am 68 and enjoyed it immensely but my 16 year old granddaughter would love it too! Kathy Walters allows us to enter into the world of her imagination and escape our own for a while. I am looking forward to more from her!” ~Gerri Stephy

“Heart-stopping adventure and swoon-worthy romance that will take your breath away.” ~Heather Hepler, author of Frosted Kisses and The Cupcake Queen.


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Excerpt 1 
If she walked away, she would always know she had a limit. If she gave her fears that kind of power, would she one day be so ruled by them that she couldn’t take a bath again? Drink a glass of water? She had heard about hydrophobics that would go hysterical even if someone sprayed them with mist. She didn’t want to spend the rest of her life like that. The wind whipped her hair around her face, blinding her for a moment. She absently gathered it up and tied it in a knot above her head, sighing.

Author Katherine Armstrong Walters 
Katherine Armstrong Walters has been making up stories since she was old enough to talk. She was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, but moved to Texas where she and her husband, Kelly, have enjoyed living in the country and raising their five fabulous sons, two cats, one snake and a small herd of chickens. When she’s not writing she loves sketching, editing, painting, reading, being outdoors, remodeling, and travelling with her family. Her favorite hobbies include boating and Star Wars.

Blast Giveaway – $100 Amazon Gift Card or $100 in Paypal Cash 

Ends 6/1/16

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the participating authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

#FlippforMoms Celebrates Mom all May Long (plus SpaFinder Giveaway)

This is a sponsored post brought to you by Flipp. The opinions expressed in this post are completely my own. 

Have you heard of Flipp? It's a free location-based app that brings circulars and coupons right to your mobile device. With Flipp, you can search by brand, item, or category to easily find the best deals from your favorite stores. This helps save time and money with your shopping.

I just recently downloaded the Flipp app myself and can't wait to put it to use. I love the idea of having access to the circulars all right at my fingertips and the in-app shopping list is another great feature I will definitely use. You can also add loyalty cards from your favorite stores on to Flipp and then clip coupon deals to your card for instant savings at checkout. How cool is that?!
This month, in honor of all the moms who give so much of themselves, Flipp is celebrating with a special #FlippforMoms campaign. Throughout the month of May on its official Facebook and Twitter accounts, Flipp will host a different giveaway every week! Visit to learn more and enter for your chance to win!

Flipp has also generously offered a giveaway just for Alas 3 Lads readers. One lucky winner will receive a $100 SpaFinder e-Gift card!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below and then be sure and check out the #FlippforMoms campaign and the money-and-time-saving app Flipp, which is available on iOS and Google Play.

*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. Prize provided by Flipp.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

P!nk's Brand New Music Video from Disney's ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

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. 

ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS comes to theaters everywhere on May 27th!

 Presented in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D. 

Mark your calendars! This movie looks like it's going to be a lot of fun! In this magical, whimsical tale, we'll see Lewis Carroll's beloved characters and follow Alice as she travels back in time to Underland to save the Mad Hatter.

I'm super excited to be sharing P!nk’s brand new music video for "Just Like Fire” from Disney’s ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS! Check it out and then be sure and follow along with all things Alice via the social media channels listed below.

Visit the official website for ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
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Movie Trailer Tuesday - After Words

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. 

Have you watched any good movies lately? Feel free to share in the comments below...


After losing her job as a Los Angeles librarian, frumpy Jane decides to go on a grand adventure. She travels to Costa Rica as a kind of last hurrah to her pathetic, lonely life. While there she meets Juan, her charismatic and friendly tour guide, and slowly begins to rethink her future.

I absolutely loved this movie! The story is sad yet sweet, funny, and romantic, too. The film stars Marcia Gay Harden, as Jane, and Oscar Jaenada, as Juan. Both are brilliant at portraying their quirky and awkward characters.


Monday, May 9, 2016

$200 Target Gift Card Giveaway

Just in time for some spring & summer shopping...Don't miss out on this awesome giveaway where you have the chance to win a $200 Target gift card!


Prize: $200 Target Gift Card

Giveaway Organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck! 

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 5/23 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!

Good luck!

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Mother May I Team Challenge at Swagbucks

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


This week as you get ready to earn free gift cards on Swagbucks , you might find yourself asking 'Mother may I?' more than usual...
Mother may I take the Daily Poll? Yes, you may. 
Mother may I get a search win? Yes, you may. 
Mother may qualify for this survey? Yes, you may. 
Mother may I watch this Watch playlist? Yes, you may. 
Mother may I have a SB Swag Up Rebate? No, you may not do that, but you may join my Mother May I Team Challenge instead! 

Join a Swagbucks Mother May I Team Challenge team today!

The Soccer Moms, 9 to 5ers, and Fur Mommies are all waiting for you to make them proud in the following categories:

  • Surveys 
  • Discover 
  • Search 
  • Watch 
  • Swagstakes 
  • Shop 
  • Swag Codes 

The Mother May I Team Challenge begins Monday, May 2nd at 8:01am PDT/11:01am EDT and ends at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT on Friday, May 6th!

Join Now

All members who participate and contribute at least 300 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate! Members of the 1st place team will receive a 40 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 20 SB Swag Up Rebate, and members of the 3rd place team will receive a 10 SB Swag Up Rebate! Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Monday, May 9th and will expire on Tuesday, May 31st.

I'm a long-time member of Swagbucks and love all the fun and EASY ways they give for earning. My favorite way to cash in with Swagbucks is redeeming my SB points for Amazon gift cards. They rack up pretty quickly and I'm able to use the gift cards to help my daughter purchase some of her college textbooks. It's really a no-brainer way to earn free gift cards!

If you're not yet a member, what are you waiting for? Sign-up and start earning today.