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Tuesday #Giveaway Link Up 6/19

Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

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Put Me in The Story Summer Reading Giveaway @PutMeinTheStory #sponsored #SummerReading

I received two books from Put Me in the Story in exchange for sharing this Summer Reading list and giveaway.  All opinions are mine.

School is out and we are in summer fun mode!  Along with all of the outdoor activities, swimming, and camp, we are also working on our Summer Reading to prevent the dreaded summer learning loss.  AK grew so much over kindergarten this year, and we want her to be well prepared for first grade.

One of our favorite companies, Put Me in the Story, wants to help bring a healthy dose of learning to your family's summer routine!  

Put Me In The Story creates personalized books starring your child in beloved books and alongside their favorite characters to help them stay engaged in the story and foster a love of reading!

Check out some of Put Me In The Story’s favorite books to add to your child's Summer Reading List below:

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$34.99 personalized book

Pete the Cat is having one of those days—the kind where nothing is going his way. But when Grumpy Toad lends Pete a pair of cool, blue, magic sunglasses, that gloomy, dreary day turns itself around!

This personalized book about learning to see the world in a whole new way features your child’s name and photo along with an encouraging dedication message from you. Your child plays a special part in the story—they are the one to let Grumpy Toad borrow the magic sunglasses in the first place!

As Pete the Cat travels through town, he meets friends that could use a little bit of magic. A hungry squirrel, a tipped-over turtle, and a lonely alligator all get a boost of positive vibes from the magic sunglasses. But what happens when those magic sunglasses break?

Teach your child to find the good in every day with the help of this rockin’ story. Any day can go from gloomy to groovy—all it takes is a little magic from within!

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$34.99 personalized book

Now your little girl can dream bigger and reach higher than ever before with her very own personalized edition of Isabella: Girl in Charge!

Your child steps into the story as a spunky, purple-haired girl on a journey to the White House. Along the way, she learns about some of the amazing women who came before her. These doers, dreamers, lawmakers, and trailblazers helped create the world we live in today—a world where your little girl can be anything that she wants!

Put your girl in charge with her very own copy of Isabella: Girl in Charge. Include her name and photo along with a special message from you. And at the end of the book, she’ll be surprised to see her face appear next to some of the nation’s greatest leaders! How’s that for big dreams?!

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$34.99 personalized book

Take a trip back in time with this personalized guide through the prehistoric world! With full-color illustrations, quick facts, and pronunciation guides, National Geographic Little Kids Book of Dinosaurs has plenty of information to captivate your paleontologist-in-training.

This kid-friendly reference book includes dinosaurs of all kinds: big and small, scaled and feathered, meat-eating and plant-eating. Your kiddo will learn fun facts about each dinosaur and answer questions like, “How many plates do you see on the Stegosaurus?”

Personalized with your child’s name, photo, and special dedication message, National Geographic Little Kids Book of Dinosaurs will become a favorite read. On the final pages, your child can mark the dinosaur qualities they like best, then draw themselves as a dinosaur!

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$34.99 personalized book

Fancy Nancy, hostess extraordinaire, can’t wait to share her party-planning expertise with your little one! From recipes and crafts to etiquette tips and French lessons, this precious personalized book contains everything your child needs to throw the perfect tea party. A personalized letter from Nancy herself to your fancy kiddo? Oui! Plus, your child’s name is worked into the text and adorable illustrations throughout the book. Wrap up with a set of recipe cards from the Kitchen of Fancy Nancy, and best of all, cut out and frame the certificate declaring your child a graduate of Fancy Nancy’s Tea Party Course! Que magnifique!

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$34.99 personalized book

Arrr, matey! Pirate Pete is ready to search for buried treasure, and he wants YOU to come along! Set sail with the goofy, gold-loving captain in the personalized edition of Pirate Pete.

As the scallywag’s first mate, your child tries to keep Pete on course to Mermaid Island, but it’s not easy! The captain wants to check every island for treasure. There might be doubloons hidden among the tasty treats on Candy Island. Or perhaps you and Pirate Pete can persuade a leprechaun on Clover Island to give up a pot of gold!

Personalize this high seas adventure with your little buccaneer’s name, photo, and dedication message. On the final pages, your child will find a personalized Pirate Pledge to cut out and display so that everyone will know they’re a true swashbuckler!
 Put Me in the Story, personalized books, Summer REading list, summer reading
$34.99 personalized book

Reach for the stars with the National Geographic Little Kids Book of Space! This personalized guide takes your child on a journey through our galaxy and beyond. Packed with fun facts and out-of-this-world illustrations, this book will spark your child's interest in the wonders of the universe.

As your kiddo flips through this book, they will encounter thoughtful questions addressed to them by name, such as "How many times have you been all the way around the sun?" On the final pages, your child can name their own comet and draw the night sky!

Personalized with your little one's name, photo, and special dedication message, this interactive book will show your junior space explorer that they live in a universe of infinite possibilities!

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$34.99 personalized book

Just how big can YOUR kid dream? In My Name Is Not Alexander, your son becomes the star of an entertaining exploration through history while learning about the great men that helped shape America. This adventure will become a fast favorite! Kickstart your son’s imagination and celebrate his opportunities ahead. Personalize the story with your child’s name and create a special dedication page with a photo and message from you.

Put Me in the Story

To help one family start their very own library, Put Me In The Story is hosting a HUGE Summer Reading Giveaway to one lucky winner!


One lucky winner will receive:
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·         10 personalized books from Put Me In The Story
·         A beach bag
·         2 children’s beach towels
·         2 inner tubes
·         2 pairs of children’s sunglasses
·         1 beach ball

Enter now through July 5th, 2017 for a chance to win!

*Open to U.S. residents only, see full Terms & Conditions here.


Cars 3 Now In Theaters Review {No Spoilers} & New Clips #Cars 3

I attended a free screening for Cars 3.  All information provided by Walt Disney Studios and opinions are my own.

Disney Pixar

Many times the third movie in a trilogy is a mistake or a disappointment.  However, Cars 3 is anything but a disappointment in my opinion. As Lightning McQueen finds himself aging in the Rusteeze franchise, he begins to encounter challenges trying to keep up with the high-tech rookies of the Piston Cup.

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CARS 3 / Disney/ Pixar© 2017

After experiencing a possible career-ending crash, Lightning McQueen now must face the reality of retirement or finding a way to compete with these rookies.

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CARS 3 / Disney/ Pixar© 2017

While he's training for a possible comeback, he meets a girl named Cruise who becomes his trainer.  The rest of the movie is filled with willpower and determination to overcome obstacles while offering plenty of laughter to audiences of all ages.

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CARS 3 / Disney/ Pixar© 2017

Don't worry, while there are several new characters, you'll still see many of your favorite ones such as Guido, Tow Mater, Sally Carrera, and Chick Hicks.

Cars 3 movie review
CARS 3 / Disney/ Pixar© 2017

Though I like many of today's modern conveniences and technological toys, the film showed the  value of how experience, hard-work and determination can triumph over modern advances. Sometimes old-school smarts beats new-school technology.

If you're a Cars fan, this movie will have you on the edge of your seat!  It has good messages for both boys and girls; my six-year-old daughter loved it!

This review was written by The Attic Guy.  

New Clips:


Don't forget to download these free Cars 3 activity pages before heading out to see it in theaters.

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CARS 3 / Disney/ Pixar© 2017

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No compensation was received for this post.  All photos and info. provided by Walt Disney Studios and used with permission.


Smurfs: The Lost Village Color Run Philadelphia Giveaway

Smurfs: The Lost Village character appearance
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On Sunday, June 25 The Color Run will be hosting SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia to celebrate the home entertainment release of the film.

What is The Color Run?

The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5K on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, and individuality.  Now the largest running series in the world, The Color Run has been experienced by over 6 million runners worldwide in 35+ countries.

The Color Run Dream Tour, presented by Lays®, is coming to Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park with an all new Lays® Poppables Foam Zone, Unicorn Medal, inspirational dream wall, giant inflatable unicorns, and Purple Color Zone.

It's sure to be a Smurfin' good time with character meet and greets, NailSnap manicures for kids and adults, games and other fun activities from 9-11:30 AM!


Want to join in on this fun fitness activity for the whole family? Find out more and register for The Color Run today.


One reader will win 2 tickets by digital code to The Color Run
5 readers will win a Smurfs: The Lost Village lunchbox


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Just use the Giveaway Tools form below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  You must complete each task entirely or your entries will not count.  

This giveaway is not in any way associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 6/21/17 at  11:59 PM EST.  US Residents **18 and older** only may enter. One entry per household and IP address.  Winner will be drawn using and will have **24hrs** to respond to email or another winner will be chosen. Entries are verified.  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  The Attic Girl is not responsible/liable for prize delivery.  Prizes will be sent by the sponsor and may take 6-8 weeks for shipment if applicable. By entering the giveaway, you agree to the Giveaway terms/rules.

Disclosure:  No compensation has been received for sharing this event.  AlliedIM is providing the giveaway prizes. For more info. see my Disclosure Policy.


Owen Asztalos from Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul {Interview}

This past weekend, we had the opportunity to meet Owen Asztalos, an eleven-year-old actor from Wyomissing, PA, who plays Rowley in the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul movie. 

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About Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul:

In DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, based on the record-breaking book series, a family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course--thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to (finally!) become famous.

We are fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and were excited to meet one of the actors from the new film!

Our plan was to visit Wellington Square Bookshop in Exton for the Meet and Greet and have AK's book signed in the morning.

{Little did I know that my girls would be so excited to meet Owen, that they would beg their dad to go to Monkey Fish Toys for a Meet and Greet and LEGO build with him in the afternoon.}

AK brought her author signed copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.   We arrived early, so I ended up waiting in line while my husband took the girls over to a festival nearby in the square for a few minutes.

We posed for photos and asked Owen to sign her book.   His manager, Sarah Freymoyer, and her daughter Vivian (who is also an actor) passed out bracelets and business cards for autographs in case fans didn't bring a book.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul movie, Rowley

Owen Asztalos, Rowley

I did something my usual introverted self wouldn't do.  I asked Owen if he would mind giving a little shout out for my blog. He graciously agreed.   

After we returned home for a bit, AK asked if she could go to the second Meet and Greet at Monkey Fish Toys.  She really wanted to stay for the LEGO build, so her dad agreed to bring her and AB.  It was a super hot day and the air quality was a Code Orange, so I decided to stay home because of my asthma.  

My girls posed for photos together this time (AB was too restless at the book store).  They really enjoyed hanging out with Owen and Vivian and building LEGO bricks.

Owen Asztalos interview, Rowley

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul movie

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

My husband was even able to ask Owen a few questions on camera, which was a neat surprise!

It was a great experience for all of us! My girls are even more excited about watching Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul now playing in theaters!

Be sure to follow Owen Asztalos on his social media channels for more Diary of a Wimpy Kid news:

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