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Ripley's Believe it or Not! Reality Shock #sponsored

8/31/14
Disclosure:  I received a copy of Ripley's Believe it or Not! Reality Shock! for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Ripley's Believe it or Not! annual books fascinate my teenage son.  (After all, what teenage boy doesn't enjoy a good "can't bear to look but can't look away" kind of book? Check out 2013's annual Dare to Look or 2012's Download the Weird for examples.) This year's annual Reality Shock! is no exception.

Releasing this September, Reality Shock! has some really strange stories that might just shock you.  (Or make you want to read more.)  The content in this large hard covered book ranges from cute to creepy.  You may find yourself spending a few hours browsing all 256 pages of extraordinary and bizarre things! 

Stories include:
Ripley's Believe it or Not! books

  • ANIMALS – meet real-life wolf-man Werner Freund, who lives with a pack of wolves and feeds them directly from his mouth
  • SPORTS – find out why the new British sport of bubble soccer is such a kick
  • BODY – you won’t believe how a 56-year-old grandma can function with 18-inch long fingernails; she hasn’t cut them in 20 years!
  • FEATS – Canadian Lonnie Bissonnette is like no other BASE jumper – he hurls himself off bridges in his wheelchair
  • ART – learn about one photographer’s “Snot Shots” – they certainly are something to sneeze at
  • FOOD – people at one festival dine on octopus – while it’s still alive!

I'm more a fan of the cute stories in this book. One of my personal favorites features a skateboarding mouse:







This section about near misses with cars was pretty amazing too:





These types of books are not for the faint of heart.  If you or your kids enjoy bizarre stories and relish the opportunity to gross out your friends, then you will definitely be drawn to Reality Shock!  My teen totally enjoyed sharing some gross facts with me that led to some pretty interesting conversations!  And best of all, he wasn't staring at a screen.

Ripley's Believe it or Not! annuals are a great way to get your older kids excited about reading.  It would make a great gift for birthdays, Christmas, or any special occasion.


Ripley's Believe it or Not! Reality Shock 


Where to Purchase:

Ripley's Believe it or Not! Reality Shock is available in stores and online for $28.95.  If you purchase at the previous link, for a limited time it is only $16.99 with free shipping (except Alaska, Canada, & Hawaii)!

Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 8/26

8/26/14
Tots and Me
Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me and Emily @ Emily Reviews

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways. 

Our co-hosts this week are Sue from My Photopage and Shelly from The Attic Girl.

A co-host spot has opened up with Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up. If you would like to co-host with us, we would love for you to fill out the form linked up here.

I ask that co-hosts have family friendly blogs. As co-host, you would be posting the link up every other Monday evening at 7pm EST and sharing about it on your social media, starting September 1st. You will be able to share 2-3 of your own giveaways and will have a backlink in the post. 


Now, onto this week's Link Up!

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Featured Giveaways

Back to School/5 Year Blogiversary Prize Pack-Fun Products & $30 Amazon GC/Paypal 
US only Ends 8/31


Little Tikes Fun House Bouncer Giveaway US/Canada (excluding Quebec) Ends 8/28


Kreation Krate Giveaway Continental US Ends 9/2


Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Blu-ray US only Ends 9/4
Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me & Emily @ Emily Reviews along with Sue from My Photopage and Shelly from The Attic Girl.

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Blu-ray, Activity Sheets & Giveaway #OzInsiders #ad

8/20/14
I will receive a copy of Legends of Oz as a Fox Home Insider. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. 
Fox Home Entertainment
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return is coming to Blu-ray & DVD August 26th!  I've been a fan of the Wizard of Oz since I was little and am excited to share the magic with my little girl.   We haven't seen it yet, so we've been eagerly anticipating its release for our next family movie night.


Kids of all ages will love this musical, animated journey back to the magical world of Oz that features a legendary cast, including Lea Michele from TV’s “Glee,” Dan Akroyd, Martin Short, Jim Belushi, Patrick Stewart, Kelsey Grammar and more. A devious new villain, the Jester, rules over Oz and Dorothy must return from Kansas to rescue her old friends: the Lion, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man. Set to irresistible new songs from Academy Award®-nominated singer/songwriter Bryan Adams and featuring a host of delightful new characters, this animated return to Oz is sure to be a family-favorite filled with fun and laughs for generations to come!

Special Features
  • Legends of Oz: The Music of Oz
  • Legends of Oz: The Legacy of Oz
  • Sing Along the Yellow Brick Road
  • Legends of Oz: Activity Sheet
  • Theatrical Trailer

While your kids are enjoying the movie, they can enjoy these activity pages.  They are also fun for rainy days!  Just download to your computer & print at home.  

Legends of Oz Activity Sheets:

Free Activity Pages




 Free Activity Sheets, Printables

 Free Printables


Giveaway:


One reader will receive Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return on Blu-ray{$29.99 value}
Fox Home Entertainment

Just use the Rafflecopter 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 or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 9/4/14 at 12:01 AM EST.  US Residents **18 and older** only may enter. One entry per household and IP address.  Winner will be drawn using random.org 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.


Disclosure:  I will receive a copy of the movie as a Fox Home Entertainment Insider.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. Sponsor is providing the giveaway prize. For more info. see my Disclosure Policy.

When The Game Stands Tall Screening #Giveaway

8/17/14

Jim Caviezel
Are you a sports movie fan?  Then When The Game Stands Tall coming to theaters August 22nd might be right up your alley!


Rated: PG


Director: Thomas Carter
Cast: Jim Caviezel, Michael Chiklis, Alexander Ludwig, Clancy Brown and Laura Dern

Inspired by a true story, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport. 


I have passes to give away to the August 20th screening at the Cinemark Egyptian 24 theater in Arundel Mills for 5 of my readers (4 tickets per winner)!

Theater:  

Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD
7000 Arundel Mills Circle
Hanover, MD 21076
800-326-3264


Screening Date & Time: 

Wednesday 8/20/2014 at 7:30 PM


If you'd like to attend, just leave a comment telling me who you will bring with you and/or why you want to see this movie {and your email so I can contact you if you win}.   Please note that you need to arrive at the theater early; seats are not guaranteed.

Giveaway Ends 8/19/14 at 12:01 AM EST.  US Residents **18 and older** only may enter. One entry per household and IP address.  Winners will be drawn using random.org and will have **24** 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.  Winners will receive a link to a site to download their tickets; you must register with the site in order to redeem your tickets.

Disclosure:  No compensation was received for this post. 

That About Sums It Up {Wordless Wednesday}

8/13/14





For more Wordless Wednesday, visit Five Minutes For Mom.  You can also share your W/W post in the linky below.

Tuesday Giveaway Link up 8/11

8/11/14
Tots and Me
Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me and Emily @ Emily Reviews

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways. 

Our co-hosts this week are Sue from My Photopage and Shelly from The Attic Girl.

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Featured Giveaway

The Reading Game 2nd Edition (2 Winners) US only Ends 8/17






Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me & Emily @ Emily Reviews along with Sue from My Photopage and Shelly from The Attic Girl.

I See Me! Personalized Big Sister Book, Summer Reading Sweeps, & Back to School #iseemebooks #ad

I received the Super, Incredible Big Sister Book from I See Me! and stickers for the purpose of review.  All opinions are my own.



Our preschooler is incredibly excited to be a big sister!  We wanted to get her a special gift before the baby arrived.  Since she loves to be read to, I knew that I See Me! personalized books would be the perfect place to look.  (She still reads her Who Loves Me book) We picked the Super, Incredible Big Sister personalized book:
The Super, Incredible Big Sister 
The perfect gift for a new big sister! The Super, Incredible Big Sister book from I See Me! comes personalized with big sister's name and the name of the new baby. The book reassures big sister that she is loved and appreciated... and it rewards her for helping out and being a "super star" with her new sibling. It comes with a coordinating Super Incredible Big Sister award medal with a place on the back of the medal to write the proud sister's first name! Written by award-winning children's author Jennifer Dewing and Illustrated by award-winning artist Jill McDonald, this hardcover book is an adorable, whimsical and fun-filled personalized story.


What's so unique about I See Me! is that your child's name doesn't just appear on the cover or title page.  It's woven into the story line, making your child feel special and allowing them to relate more to what's happening in the story.   

The Attic Kid (AK) recognized her name on the cover of the book immediately.  We had her little sister's name in the book, but since we were keeping her name a secret until she was born, we called her "baby nugget."  



AK enjoyed finding her name on nearly every page and calling herself a big sister.  But what was even more special was the medal we gave her at the end of reading the book together.  She was proud to wear it and say that she's going to be an incredible big sister!




Once our little bundle of joy arrived, it was even more fun to read the book together and use our baby girl's name.  AK asks to read it over and over again! 


I love that you can virtually tour the entire book on the site so you will see exactly the way it will look before you purchase.    They make personalizing your special book very easy!




Did you know I See Me! offers a variety of personalized Back to School products too?  

They not only have great books, but cute lunch boxes, coloring books, stickers, and more.  We love these Flowers personalized stickers in different sizes; they are great for labeling books and other items that go back and forth to school.

Flowers Personalized Stickers


I See Me! has a variety of unique and personalized gifts for any occasion. 

Summer Reading Contest:

I See Me! is hosting a Summer Reading Contest!  The grand prize is a $250 Visa Gift card & 5 personalized books.  Runners up receive a personalized coloring book.  You can enter until 8/31http://services.listrak.com/iseemesweeps/


Connect with I See Me!:





For Email promos, discounts, and updates:  http://www.iseeme.com/preference-center.html 



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Ultra HD TV Events at @BestBuy #UHDatBestBuy #ad

8/7/14
The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.


 It's no secret that we are big movie buffs and t.v. show fans.  Next to the computer, I think the t.v. is the most used tech gadget in our house.  When we bought our HD TV several years ago, we were amazed at the quality of the picture.  Suddenly, our favorite shows and movies were even sharper and made you feel like you were right there.  

The newest 4K Ultra HD TV's at Best Buy are even more lifelike and higher quality.  I'm sure that my hubby will drool over these when he checks them out at the store!
Oled TV, Best Buy events
Best Buy’s 4K Ultra HD TV’s will bring you:

Stunning Resolution:
Get four times the picture resolution of Full HD 1080p.  The increased pixel allows you to sit very close for a fully immersive experience.

Experiences That Feel Real:
Experiences that feel breathtakingly lifelike with amazing level of detail

Better Picture For Everything:
4K Ultra HD improves the quality of all current move & TV shows to gorgeous nearly 4k Ultra HD quality


Plus, content is coming as Sony has introduced a 4K Ultra HD Media Player that comes loaded with free 4K content.  And you can download more than 200 4k films!  Find out more about it at Bestbuy.Com/SonyExperience.

Ultra HD TV EVENTS AT BEST BUY

From August 9-November 1st, you can experience the new Ultra HD Tv for yourself.  Participating Best Buy locations will hold events every Saturday from 11AM-3PM.  Experts from LG, Samsung and Sony will be there to demonstrate. 

And that's not all.  You can also enter to win your own 55" Ultra HD TV, including installation and Geek Squad protection!  There will be other great giveaways too at select stores including tickets and cord keepers (while supplies last).

Go to www.bestbuy/4kuhdevents to get more details and locate a participating store near you.

Our New Attic Baby {Wordless Wednesday}

8/6/14
babies, pregnancy


Our new Attic Baby arrived last week after 17 hours of labor.  She was worth every minute!

For more Wordless Wednesday, visit Five Minutes for Mom.  You can also share your post in the linky below.  Have a great week!

Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 8/1

8/1/14
Tots and Me

It's Friday, but I'm delayed in posting this because I was in the hospital having our precious little girl.  I will update more as soon as I can!  In the meantime, check out the giveaways for the week:

Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me and Emily @ Emily Reviews

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways.

Our co-hosts this week are Sue from My Photopage and Shelly from The Attic Girl.

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Featured Giveaways 

Technological Learning Prize Pack (3 Prizes/1 winner) US only Ends 8/3


$589 Dog-Themed Prize Pack including Kennel, 8 Bags of Treats, 2 Gift Cards & More Ends 8/7



Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me & Emily @ Emily Reviews along with Sue from My Photopage and Shelly from The Attic Girl.

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