Oct
16

The Mentalist: The Complete Sixth Season DVD {Giveaway}

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This post is Sponsored by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group but my opinions are 100% my own!

If you are a fan of The Mentalist, then you will love this giveaway for the The Mentalist: The Complete Sixth Season DVD.  Emmy® and Golden Globe nominee Simon Baker returns for Season Six of The Mentalist, which was released on DVD September 30, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. The DVD release includes all 22 one-hour episodes from the sixth season, plus an all-new never-before-seen featurette.

And then there were seven!  CBI criminal consultant and former sham psychic Patrick Jane is closing in on the elusive serial killer Red John – who murdered Jane’s family years before.  Armed with a list of seven suspects (confirmed by the diabolical killer himself), Jane and the CBI team – including Teresa Lisbon, Kimball Cho, Wayne Rigsby and Grace Van Pelt – will narrow down the list in Season Six, while simultaneously solving the state’s most serious crimes.  Could Red John be cult leader Bret Stiles?  The super-suspicious Bob Kirkland? Ghoulish forensic analyst Brett Partfidge? Law officials Ray Haffner, Reede Smith or Sheriff McAllister?  Or the director of the CBI himself?  The chase is on!

The Mentalist: The Complete Sixth Season is priced to own at $59.98.

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Oct
14

Lalaloopsy Babies First Steps DVD {Giveaway}

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This post is Sponsored by Lionsgate Home Entertainment but my opinions are 100% my own!

You will Go Gaga For A Sew Cute Movie Adventure Based On The New Lalaloopsy Babies Doll Line Available On DVD, Digital HD And Video On Demand October 14 From Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Before they were Lalaloopsy, they were Lalaloopsy Babies! (of course!) Experience the magical beginnings of the beloved friends when Lalaloopsy Babies: First Steps! arrives on DVD, Digital HD and Video on Demand October 14 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Based on the soft line of the hugely popular Lalaloopsy dolls, the fourth movie in the top-selling franchise explores the adorable beginnings of the “sew” cute cast of Lalaloopsy characters.

You all know how much we love the Lalaloopsy gang!

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About Lalaloopsy Babies First Steps DVD

Join the Lalaloopsy friends for this sweet movie about their first adventures together! After they discover an old scrapbook filled with photos and mementos from when they were babies, the friends reminisce about their nursery days where they found their special bond and first met their adorable pets. They realize how those early adventures helped to shape their personalities, and reminisce about becoming stitched together, friends forever in this delightful, fun-filled movie that Lalaloopsy fans will treasure!

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Featured on “The Talk” host Julie Chen’s top toy list, the Lalaloopsy collection continues to be one of the fastest selling toy brands. The Lalaloopsy Babies: First Steps! DVD features bonus material including two Lalaloopsy Mini Adventures and a Pet n’ Seek! Interactive Maze, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98. Also now available in stores is the latest in the Lalaloopsy Babies doll line — Lalaloopsy Babies Diaper Surprise. Lalaloopsy Babies Diaper Surprise dolls are available at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

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DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Lalaloopsy Mini Adventures
    • Apple Pickle Pie
    • Timber
  • Lalaloopsy Babies: Pet n’ Seek! Interactive Maze

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Oct
07

Tips for Surviving The Back To School Season {$25 Arch Card Giveaway} #HappyBalance #McDGoesB2S #Spon #Paid

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We have been back to school for a month now and we are pretty much back into a routine. A busy routine, but a routine at least! I live for our routine as it makes my days easier. That being said, even though we are into our school routine, we have sports that change throughout the year. So some months are busy than others. Right now we are in a busy month with both girls playing softball, but not on the same team or league.

I know you are just as busy if not even more busy than me, so I want to share with you my top tips to get you through the crazy Back To School season of running your kids back and forth.

Tips for Surviving The Back To School Season

Make A Family Calendar

My Calender is my life. And the more I talk to friends, the more I find so many people use one to keep track of everyone’s events. I like to use the calendar on my phone. I make a calendar for each family member and give them each a different color. Then I either pull up an individual calendar, or see them together. I can even share one if I need help. Months when my husband has a lot of appointments I need to attend with him and I need help with child care, I can share his calendar with friends to see who can help out. I couldn’t live without my calendar!

Carpool with Friends

At least one other friend has the same activity as my girls so whenever possible, the girls carpool with other friends to after school activities. This is especially handy when we have more than one thing going on a day. It can get crazy trying to juggle getting both my kids to different places at the same time. I may feel like supermom some days, but I certainly can’t fly or perform magic. At least not yet!

Grab a Quick Wholesome Meal at Home or on the Go!

By the time I get to dinner, I’m either exhausted or out of ideas. So on the weekends I like to put together a few quick meals I can cook in a flash. I also turn leftovers into a meal and freeze it. Once we have enough for everyone, I heat those up for dinner one night and everyone gets something different. And it’s like a FREE meal. And of course we sometimes pick up something on the go!

My youngest has softball practice on Tuesday nights, my oldest has Girl Scouts on Wednesday and then she has softball practice on Friday nights. And on Saturday they each have two games so that’s four games in all. Needless to say, I’m running around 3 nights a week and then all day on Saturday. So guess what I do? I stop at McDonald’s and grab them a Happy Meal!

Did you know that you can grab a McDonald’s Happy Meal for as low as $2.99? McDonald’s Happy Meal is the perfect option when you are too busy to cook and on the go. Plus it’s a simple lunch or dinner and the kids will love you for it.

Happy Meal’s can be a great option for your kids because it provides wholesome side dish options with Apple Slices and Go-GURT Low-Fat Strawberry yogurt.

Plus they can get 1% low-fat while milk, fat-free chocolate milk or 100% apple juice. My kids are always excited to get apple juice with their Happy Meal and I don’t mind since it’s 100% juice.

And I just found out that they are adding something new to their Happy Meals this fall – Cuties clementines from Sun Pacific! My kids L-O-V-E cuties and this will be a nice surprise for them. Shhh! Don’t tell them!

And of course we have to make an “Apple Smiley Face”!

My kids are so much fun!

I love that McDonald’s is making an effort to make the Happy Meal a great option for my kids. Honestly my girls don’t care if they are getting fries or cookies – they are just happy to have a Happy Meal so these delicious options work for us!

McDonald’s Happy Meal reminds families of the fun and happiness of the menu offering, while reaffirming that McDonald’s is a brand that cares about children’s well-being through the food they serve. And I love that!

(1) Koupon Karen reader will win a $25 McDonald’s Arch Gift Card!

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By submitting an entry to this giveaway you agree to the following Terms & Conditions: Giveaway ends 10/13/14 at 11:59 pm EST. US Residents Only. Must be 18 years or older to enter.

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Oct
06

Red Zone Electric Football Games {Giveaway}

This post is Sponsored by Tudor Games but my opinions are 100% my own!

Tudor Games, makers of Classic Electric Football®, bring young boys and dads (who all remember playing this game as a kid) an all new and improved game. Newest features include speed turf field, remote control which gives you the ability to control the speed whereas you didn’t have the option before, and invisibase cleat technology to give you full control of player routes.

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Boys and girls can challenge their friends or even mom & dad in a game! If your kids are always playing on their tablet, ipod or xbox, this will encourage learning and fun through strategic game play.

We received the Red Zone Electric Football™ 9071 and my girls were just as excited to set it up as my husband was!   It has a lot of small pieces so we had to be careful the dog didn’t get any of them, so if you have small kids or animals, I highly recommend you find somewhere to set it up where they won’t get it.    But once it was all set up they played for a while with my husband and he loved it.

Tudor Games is also launching with the NFL licensed Electric Football version at ToysRUs.com, Dicks.com, Amazon.com, Target.com and several other retailers this fall with NFL action figure team logos and more!  This would make a GREAT holiday gift and with NFL just starting, I’m sure they will go fast so hurry and get one.

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About Red Zone Electric Football™ 9071

With SpeedTurf™ Field and PlayAction™ Remote Control

Twenty-two 3D football action figures move independently on a fully detailed scale model SpeedTurf™ football field. Compete head to head or play solo in America’s favorite tabletop football game. Offense runs plays, throws passes and kicks using quarterback figures. PlayAction™ remote gives precise control over speed of play and new INVISIBASE™ Cleat technology gives complete control of player routesThis sells for $49.95.

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 About NFL Electric Football™ 9072

With all 32 NFL team logos and PlayAction™ Remote Control, powered by variable speed handheld, the all-time, best-selling favorite is back and it’s better than ever! Play fun and competitive NFL Electric Football on a whisper-quiet SpeedTurf™ playing field. Includes a complete set of NFL team stickers to customize your game. New INVISIBASE™ Cleat technology is translucent in color and gives complete control of player routes. Three playing field sizes: NFL Electric Football sells for $59.95, NFL Deluxe Electric Football sells for $89.95, and NFL Pro Bowl Electric Football sells for $129.95.

For more information visit:

Tudor Games website
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Sep
30

Interview with Sally Dryer the voice of Violet in A Charlie Brown Christmas {Giveaway}

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Disclosure: I am Peanuts Ambassador.  I received products to facilitate my review but my opinions are 100% my own!

As I mentioned last month, I’m a Peanuts Ambassador and as part of this program, we get to interview people involved with the Peanuts series.  Last month we interviewed Jill Schultz and this month was Sally Dryer the voice of Violet in A Charlie Brown Christmas..

What was it like for you to to do this as your first job?

Yes, my first job at age 8! It was unknown at that point, an experiment. Lee Mendelson had approached Charles Schulz for years to do an animated special, and Schulz always said no. Finally, he said, “I’ll do it, but it has to be real kids’ voices.” For me, it was a fun way to get out of school. We didn’t know what it become, for sure!

Can you describe the process of how they recorded your voices?

There were a group of kids in Southern California: the boy who played Linus, Peter Robbins [Charlie Brown], and the original Lucy were in Los Angeles, where they recorded with Bill Melendez. Lee Mendelson recorded with us in San Francisco at a studio on Van Ness Ave.

They’d record us one at a time: Lee Mendelson would say a line to us, and we’d repeat it. We’d try to repeat with inflections he gave us. Sometimes we’d hit it on the first try, and other times we’d have to go over and over and over again.

I remember when we were recording the Great Pumpkin, the girl who played Sally spent hours trying to say “You owe me restitution!”

The miracle was done with editing. They’d use the lines they wanted and assemble it all.

I think we went to studio 3 or 4 times. There were some group lines, like “You blockhead, Charlie Brown,” that we did as a group. We’d have to make 3 or 4 attempts.

Were you excited to be cast as Lucy?

It was a good thing. I had no idea how bratty my voice was, but all my neighbors were like, “Oh yeah, she’s Lucy all right!”  The neighborhood knew before I did!

Lucy was more fun to play. You get to say what you think!  She’s such a smart aleck. You get to really embrace that crabby person within you and it’s okay.

Do you have any favorite anecdotes from the recording sessions?

I suppose one of my favorites was when we were all sitting as a group, having lunch at The Hippo, which was a hamburger joint. They were trying to figure out who to cast as Peppermint Patty. One of the daughters of a producer spoke up and said, “Please pass the salt.” Lee Mendelson said, “That’s it!” She had a wonderfully raspy voice. That’s about how free-form it was.

My sister worked for Lee Mendelson, and one Christmas he called the house and said, “I’m here with Lee Guaraldi and we’re trying to write the lyrics for ‘Christmastime Is Here.’ What represents Christmas to you?” We were all sitting around the table offering ideas: happiness, cheer, fun for all. So I feel that in some ways my family contributed to the creation of that song.

Jefferson Airplane was recording in the studio when we were, and they were more excited to meet us than we were to meet them! But I think we were pretty tickled.

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What did you think of finished shows?

It was pretty abstract. I remember my sister worked so hard in helping to produce them, I think we critiqued them more based on that.  Hearing your voice, you think, “I don’t sound like that.” I was disconnected to it, really.

What did you get paid?

I got paid a whopping $100 per show!  It was the 60s and an unknown thing. My mother’s philosophy was, “Whatever—just have fun.” That’s what it was about. I occasionally get residuals, sometimes 9 dollars and 33 cents, sometimes a couple hundred dollars.  I had to put it in a college fund. Fortunately, I went to a state school in California!

Were you a celebrity among your friends?

I think so, but it was so short-lived. As teens, we didn’t watch it at all. I was kind of mortified to be that cranky girl. But I don’t have that problem anymore.  Now I love it.

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Did you ever meet Sparky?

Yes, I met him at least 4 times. We went up to Santa Rosa to do a photo shoot for a book called Charlie Brown and Charles Schulz. He was working on a strip at his drafting table, and he explained to me that he felt he had to do a term paper every day. He was a kind and gentle and soft-spoken, very impressive guy.

Do you watch the specials?

I watch occasionally if I happen to be home when they air.  It is funny – several years ago there were “Get Met” commercials, and I heard Lucy’s voice and thought, “That sounds a lot like me.” There was a period after our voices changed that the cast didn’t sound like the originals, and they had to get new actors to correct that.

Were you a fan of Peanuts before doing the series?

No, I didn’t know very much about it at all.  My mother read the comic strip in the San Francisco Chronicle, but I wasn’t familiar with it at all.

Do you have any insider info on the new movie?

No, I don’t know anything about it!  I guess I need to fish around a little bit.

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Is Lucy your favorite character?

Snoopy’s got to be my favorite character, really. I love Lucy’s frankness and willingness to say anything, but Snoopy’s the most entertaining thing ever.

Do you have any Peanuts memorabilia that’s special to you?

I have a whole display case of things that people have given me over the years and some cels that Charles Schulz signed to me.

Tell us about your store.

My partner and I live in Jerome, AZ, and run a store called Nellie Bly, selling art kaleidoscopes and art glass. We also sell the making-of A Charlie Brown Christmas and Great Pumpkin books in the store. The lady who runs the Christmas store down the street also sells the book, and she will say, “Hey, we’ve got Lucy right down the street!”  I’ll be in the middle of something completely normal, and then get a call that someone wants my autograph!

Do you ever find yourself using the dialogue in your real life?

Oh, absolutely—all the time! I work as a volunteer dog technician in an animal clinic, and I always say “Dog lips are not poison! No iodine! No ‘blecch’!”  I’ll find myself saying, “I got a rock!”  It’s always right there.

 

Charlie Brown Giveaway

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