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Spirit Riding Free Season 3 Coming to Netflix Nov 17th #Sponsored #SpiritRidingFree #holidaygiftguide

I received Spirit Riding Free toys and a promotional item from DreamWorks.  All opinions are mine.

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Season 3 of Spirit Riding Free, the hit Netflix Original series from DreamWorks Animation Television, premieres tomorrow, Nov. 17th.  And to say we are excited would be an understatement!
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My girls have fallen in love with the characters, especially Spirit! This family-friendly series has lots of great themes about friendship, getting along with others, hard work and determination. It has lots of action, adventure, and of course, beautiful horses.

Season 3 of Spirit Riding Free begins with Spirit and Lucky desperately trying to find one another and finally reunited in Miradero. Once together, the PALs and their horses set out on all-new thrilling adventures - racing to stop an oncoming train, helping a horse deliver her foal, trying to stay one step ahead of pesky Snips and cousin Julian or embarking on daring rescue missions. Amidst all the excitement, we will see the PALs exploring environs beyond Miradero, making wonderful new friends and meeting some new horses from Spirit’s herd. Join the PALs for an action-packed journey that above all celebrates the unbreakable bond between Lucky and Spirit.

Have you seen the fun Spirit Riding Free toys?  We were sent a Breyer model horse of Spirit, a Deluxe Lucky & Spirit Feeding Set, a DreamWorks tote bag, and a Deluxe Spirit and Friends Painting Kit.

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These Spirit themed toys and activities are perfect for fans of the series to let their imaginations run free!   The Deluxe Lucky & Spirit Feeding Set is my girls' favorite as you can feed Spirit carrots and hear munching noises.  These are sure to be a hit this holiday season!  

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Join us in binge-watching Season 3 of Spirit Riding Free tomorrow, Nov. 17th.   You can print out these Spirit Riding Free Activity Sheets to enjoy while you watch.

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And don't forget to check out our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!

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Cars 3 Now Available on Blu-ray #Sponsored #Cars3 #HolidayGiftGuide

I received a digital copy of CARS 3.  All opinions are mine.  This post contains affiliate links.

CARS 3 is now available on digital and Blu-ray just in time for the holidays!  My daughter has been looking forward to this release, as she and her dad and huge Cars fans!

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Disney and Pixar present CARS 3, a fast-paced new tale of Lightning McQueen, his classic CARS friends and a new spirited trainer Cruz Ramirez! Lighting finds himself pushed out of racing by a new generation of faster and younger cars and goes on a journey to discover where he belongs in this new type of high-octane competition. CARS 3- the third film in the now-iconic CARS film franchise—will cruise home Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ on Oct. 24 and Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD™ & Blu-ray™ on Nov. 7!

Race fans of all ages are invited to ride along with the “Cars 3” crew for hilarious and heartfelt extras, including an exclusive new mini-movie, “Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool,” taught by the queen of the Crazy 8; a feature detailing how real-world race training influenced filmmakers; the journey taken by voice actor Cristela Alonzo and team while shaping tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez; behind-the-scenes access to the story team who crafted Lightning McQueen’s third chapter; deleted scenes; and much more.

Cars 3” is Disney•Pixar’s first in-home title released in stunning 4K Ultra HD format, the next-generation viewing format with four times the resolution of HD and exceptional high dynamic range (HDR), resulting in brilliant highlights, vibrant colors and greater contrast on compatible displays than ever before. With 4K Ultra HD, viewers will feel like they’re at the center of the action—holding their breath during the dramatic crash that launches Lightning’s journey, feeling the pulse-pounding action at the Florida International Super Speedway, and getting down and dirty at the Crazy 8 demolition derby.

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“Cars 3” features Owen Wilson (“The Royal Tenenbaums,” upcoming “Wonder”) as the voice of Lightning McQueen. Cristela Alonzo (“The Angry Birds Movie”) voices tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez, who tries to help #95 return to greatness, and Armie Hammer (“The Birth of a Nation”) lends his voice to next-gen racer Jackson Storm, whose high-tech speed leaves Lightning McQueen behind. Kerry Washington (ABC’s “Scandal,” HBO’s “Confirmation”) was called on to voice statistical analyst Natalie Certain, Nathan Fillion (ABC’s “Castle,” ABC’s “Modern Family”) provides the voice of brilliant businesscar Sterling, Lea DeLaria (Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black”) lends her voice to formidable school bus Miss Fritter, and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton helps bring voice command assistant Hamilton to life.

The third chapter of Lightning’s story pays homage to NASCAR with four characters based on real-life stock car racing legends. Chris Cooper (“Adaptation,” “American Beauty”) voices Doc Hudson’s crew chief Smokey; team owner and NASCAR racing legend Junior Johnson lends his voice to Junior “Midnight” Moon; three-time Emmy® winner Margo Martindale (FX’s “The Americans,” FX’s “Justified,” Amazon’s “Sneaky Pete”) provides the voice of Louise “Barnstormer” Nash; and Isiah Whitlock Jr. (HBO’s “The Wire,” “Cedar Rapids,” HBO’s “Veep”) is the voice of River Scott. The film also features NASCAR drivers and the voices behind the sport, as well as a host of returning characters from Radiator Springs and the “Cars” racing world.

Directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist “Cars,” “Cars 2“), produced by Kevin Reher (“A Bug’s Life,” “La Luna” short) and co-produced by Andrea Warren (“LAVA” short), “Cars 3” is executive produced by John Lasseter, who directed the first two films in the franchise. 

With a story by Fee, Ben Queen (TV’s “Powerless”), Eyal Podell (actor “Code Black”) & Jonathon E. Stewart (“Doing Time” short), the screenplay was penned by Kiel Murray (“Cars”), Bob Peterson (“Up,” “Finding Nemo”) and Mike Rich (“Secretariat,” “The Rookie”). The film features a score by Oscar®-winning composer Randy Newman (“Toy Story 3,” “Cars”), instrumental cues composed by Brad Paisley, and original songs by ZZ Ward and Grammy® winner Dan Auerbach.

Bonus Features*

Blu-ray & Digital:
  • Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool (Exclusive new mini-movie) – Enjoy blindsided testimonials from the Crazy 8’s, touting the transformative impact Miss Fritter’s Racing School has had in reshaping the direction of their lives
  • Theatrical Short: “Lou” – When a toy-stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box.
  • Let’s. Get. Crazy. – Get schooled in the world of demolition derby, the “rules” of figure 8 racing, and how Pixar puts the crazy in the Thunder Hollow Crazy 8 race. This piece is hosted by Lea DeLaria.
  • Legendary – a close, historical look at the racing legends Wendell Scott and Louise Smith, whose tenacity and perseverance got them into the race even when they weren’t invited.
  • Ready for the Race – Disney Channel’s Olivia Rodrigo and NASCAR Racer William Byron check out the Hendrick Motorsports campus to showcase how real-world race training influenced the filmmakers.
  • World’s Fastest Billboard – Blink and you will miss all of the graphics and “car-ified” advertisements created by Pixar’s Art team to make the ”Cars 3” world as believable as possible.
  • Cruz Ramirez: The Yellow Car That Could – Join Cristela Alonzo and the filmmakers on their journey to create a race-car trainer turned champion racer.
  • Generations: The Story of “Cars 3” – For the story team, creating Lightning McQueen’s next chapter didn’t involve just a tune-up, but a complete overhaul. 
  • My First Car – A collection of illustrated first-car stories as narrated by members of the “Cars 3” cast and crew. “A Green Car on the Red Carpet with Kerry Washington,” “Old Blue,” and “Still in the Family.”
  • 5 Deleted Scenes – Each deleted scene is set up with an introduction as to why it was removed from the film. Deleted scenes include “The Boogie Woogie,” “The Jars of Dirt,” “Lugnut,” “The Bolt,” and “More Than New Paint.”
  • Cars To Die(cast) For – Take a look at the phenomenon of die-cast toy collecting and the more than 1,000 unique designs that exist in the Cars universe.
  • Commentary – Brian Fee (Director), Kevin Reher (Producer), Andrea Warren (Co-Producer) and Jay Ward (Creative Director)
  • And more…

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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.

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.

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!

Where to Buy:

Cars 3 is available on Amazon for $19.99

Don't forget to download these free Cars 3 activity pages!

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World Vision Gift Catalog 2017 Plus Giveaway @worldvision #Sponsored #HolidayGiftGuide #WVGiftCatalog

This is a sponsored post with World Vision.  All opinions are my own.

The holiday season is full of activity, from shopping trips, and seasonal activities, to family gatherings.  It's important to stop and take a minute to truly think about the spirit of the season:  giving back in whatever way we can, and showing love to others.

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Why not consider giving a gift that is unique and gives back from the 2017 World Vision Gift Catalog

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You can choose a gift that not only puts a smile on someone's face, but truly makes a difference in someone's life.

We have pooled our resources with extended family in the past to buy a gift from the catalog.  It's a great way to teach our kids that Christmas isn't just about receiving, but also about giving to those who are less fortunate than they are.
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The 22nd annual edition of the 2017 World Vision Gift Catalog contains 100 meaningful gifts and more than 250 items online raging in price.        More than 30 gifts in the catalog are $40 or less, including items like chickens, job training or school supplies.

World Vision provides assistance to people in nearly 100 countries. The World Vision Gift Catalog is one of many programs designed to help eradicate poverty and provide hope around the world.

·       In 2017, more than 144,000 people donated more than 301,000 items from the Gift Catalog that helped people around the world raising over $28 million.

     The money raised from your purchase of these handcrafted gifts goes to the Where Most Needed fund, which supports a variety of World Vision’s programs.

Want to see where your money goes? Check out this video from World Vision to learn more: 

We received a sample box of beautifully hand-crafted items from the catalog including jewelry and accessories.  Each is a lovely quality piece, many of which will be a beautiful addition to any wardrobe!  And I love the soapstone box from Africa; it's pretty, delicate (though heavier than it looks) and perfect for storing earrings, small hair accessories or other little keepsakes.

The Heaton Hope Bracelet ($100) – This year, everyone’s favorite TV mom, Patricia Heaton, has partnered with World Vision to design the Patricia Heaton Hope Bracelet. The name was purposely chosen to encourage people to feel hopeful about our world and to give hope, through generosity, to those in need.

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Vietnamese Tote ($100) – Disabled Vietnamese women gain independence by creating these beautiful hand-embroidered purses.

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African Soapstone Box ($85) – Talented artisans bring raw stone to life with etched designs and hand dyed finishes that showcase modern African creativity and provide a sustainable way out of poverty. 

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Charm Necklace($100)– Made by a gold and silver plating specialist in India, the unique and elegant charms make this necklace a subtle statement piece. 

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Infinity Scarf ($75) – This fashion-forward accessory is made by artisans in India who are trained in the loom industry to attain skills and a sustainable livelihood.

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Wraparound Ring ($55) – A vibrant, adjustable ring with aqua and blue chalcedony stones set in metal, made by female artisans in India. Many of these items can be used as hostess gifts at parties, teacher gifts, or for family and friends.

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There are so many ways that you can make a difference this holiday season.   Consider impacting a life by choosing a gift from the 2017 World Vision Gift Catalog.  

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Giveaway:  One reader will win a prize pack from World Vision's Gift Catalog

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Just use the Giveaway Tools 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, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 11/30/17 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 **48 hrs** 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.  Prize may take 6-12 weeks to ship from the sponsor. By entering the giveaway, you agree to the Giveaway terms/rules.

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L.O.L. Surprise! Pets, Lil Sisters & Charm Fizz Prize Pack Giveaway! #HolidayGiftGuide #Giveaway


Have you started your holiday shopping yet?  If you have L.O.L Surprise! on your shopping list, you will be excited about this giveaway!  It makes a perfect stocking stuffer and is one of the hot holiday toys this year.

Sponsored & Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

Winner will receive: 

An L.O.L. Surprise! Pets (Series 3), Lil Sisters (Series 2), & Charm Fizz (Series 2) Prize Pack!

Love, Mrs. Mommy is hosting and sponsoring this years hottest holiday toys as a giveaway! Included in this prize pack is the BRAND NEW (just released!), L.O.L. Surprise! Pets (Series 3)! WOW!  Everyone wants L.O.L. Surprise! goodies and stores can't keep them on the shelves (I know, as it took me forever to get some for my daughter!), so I decided to share the love! :) Good luck everyone!
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Giveaway Dates ~ 11/13 9:00 AM EST through 12/4 11:59PM EST

Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You Now Avail on Blu-ray Plus Giveaway #Sponsored #AllIWantMovie

I received Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You for review.  All opinions are mine.  This post contains affiliate links.

It just wouldn't feel like the holidays without your favorite Christmas carols and movies. This holiday season, one of my favorite Christmas songs by Mariah Carey, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is now available as a children's movie with a companion book and soundtrack.  This is sure to put you and your family in the holiday spirit!

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The new film MARIAH CAREY’S ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU debuts on Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital and On Demand on November 14, 2017 from Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. 

Narrated and executive produced by Mariah Carey, the animated family film follows little Mariah as she chases her dream of having a puppy of her very own, making her ultimate wish for Christmas come true! This new film features an original song written just for the release and also includes 3 of her Christmas Classics!

Carey originally released the single “All I Want for Christmas is You” in 1994 and it has sold more than 14 million copies! In 2016, more than two decades later, it was the year’s most streamed holiday single and dominated at #1 on Billboard’s Holiday 100 for four consecutive weeks. Carey’s critically acclaimed picture book of the same name was published in 2015. And now comes the new Holiday film, sure to be an instant classic with kids and parents alike!

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Joining Mariah Carey is an extraordinarily talented, dynamic and lovable voice cast including Breanna Yde (“School of Rock,” “The Haunted Hathaways”) as little Mariah; Henry Winkler (“Happy Days,” “Royal Pains”) as Grandpa Bill; Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls, “Party of Five”) as Mariah’s mother Penelope; and Phil Morris (“Smallville,” “Seinfeld”) as Mariah’s father Bud; along with Laya Hayes (“Doc McStuffins,” Sister Code) as Mariah’s friend Vicky and Keiko Agena (“Gilmore Girls,” Transformers: Dark of the Moon) as the pet adoption facilitator Emiko. 

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When Little Mariah (Yde) sees a darling little puppy named “Princess” at the pet store, she suddenly knows exactly what she wants for Christmas. Before her Christmas wish can come true, she must prove that she can dog-sit her uncle’s dog, Jack, a scraggly rascal; in fact, the worst dog in the county! Jack turns Mariah and her family’s perfect holiday preparations upside down in hilarious ways. It wasn’t exactly the Christmas she wished for…it was more than she ever wanted. Based on the iconic Christmas song and popular illustrated book of the same name, Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You featuring Mariah’s music and narration will be a family favorite for years to come.

Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You is executive produced by Mariah Carey and 
Stella Bulochnikov for Magic Carpet Productions (A Christmas Melody, “Mariah’s World”) in partnership with producer Mike Young and Splash Entertainment (“Kulipari,” “Norm of the North”). It is directed by Guy Vasilovich (Lego Star Wars) from a script by Temple Mathews (Return To Neverland, The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea).


  • A Wish Come True: Making Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You – Stars, Mariah Carey and Breanna Yde discuss their roles in the film, their love for dogs, and their favorite things about Christmastime

This is such a sweet holiday movie that you can watch with the whole family!   My two girls, ages six and three, loved the story and all of the fun songs.  I mean, who doesn't want an adorable puppy for Christmas?

Kids will not only enjoy the catchy songs and adorable puppies, but they will also learn about the responsibility of taking care of a pet and that it's okay to make mistakes.  Plus they will see that Christmas isn't just about receiving, but also giving.

All I Want For Christmas Is You is sure to be a holiday favorite!

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One Reader will win All I Want For Christmas Is You on Blu-ray and the soundtrack

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