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Jingle All The Way 2 Blu-ray, Activity Sheets, & Giveaway #holidaygiftguide #sponsored #JingleInsiders

11/30/14
I will receive a copy of Jingle All the Way 2 as a Fox Home Insider. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. 

Jingle all the Way 2 Blu-ray



Jingle All The Way 2 is coming to Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 2nd, just in time for the holidays!  I remember seeing the first movie when my son was little.  We cracked up over the lengths the dad went to finding that one important toy for his son at the last minute.  {I think we've all been there at some point}  This Holiday Gift Guide pick will make a great stocking stuffer!

Fill your stocking with a new holiday classic that will have the whole family laughing when Jingle All The Way 2 arrives on Blu-ray Combo, DVD and Digital HD December 2 from WWE Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Comedy superstar Larry the Cable Guy and WWE Superstar Santino Marella bring laughs and holiday spirit to this second installment of the successful film franchise.
 
Two desperate dads compete in a no-holds-barred battle to be the best father and make this the best Christmas ever! Fun-loving, laid-back dad Larry (Larry the Cable Guy; Cars, Tooth Fairy 2) is having a bear of a time finding the perfect Christmas gift for his eight-year-old daughter, Noel. The season’s hottest toy, The Harrison Bear, is all sold out, and Noel’s new stepfather wants to keep it that way — so he can be the one to make her holiday wish come true. When Larry learns all Noel wants for Christmas is the bear, he’ll stop at nothing to make his little girl happy and get her the toy of her dreams…Co-starring WWE Superstar Santino Marella, Jingle All The Way 2 is heartwarming and hilarious fun for the whole family!

Jingle All The Way 2 is directed by Alex Zamm (Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts, The Tooth Fairy 2) and produced by Michael Luisi (Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery, Christmas Bounty, The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown) and Vicki Sotheran (The Sandlot 2, The Sandlot: Heading Home).

The holiday cheer continues in the Blu-ray Combo and DVD bonus features including deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, a mock Public Service Announcement from Larry and Santino advising how you can stay safe while shopping this holiday plus a special Harrison the Bear TV commercial and an exclusive interview with the hottest toy of the season.

To celebrate the Blu-ray/DVD release, I have some fun printables for your kids to enjoy.  Simply right click and save to your computer to print. 

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gift guide For more holiday gift ideas, be sure to check out the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!
 








Giveaway:

One reader will receive Jingle all the Way 2 on Blu-ray {$18.99 value}

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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 12/16/14 at 1:00 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.

Black Friday 2014 Sale From Fox Connect @fheinsiders

11/26/14
No compensation was received for this post.  All info provided by Fox Home Entertainment.


Black Friday Deals



Start your Black Friday early this year with Fox Connect!  They are offering titles as low as $1.99 on select movies and new releases start at only $5.99.

Family movies or your favorite hit tv shows make great stocking stuffers!  You can save up to 87% off through Dec. 7.  Just click on the images in this post to browse the selection.

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Shop the best titles of the year including:
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • The Other Woman
  • Turbo
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Rio 2
  • Son of God
  • Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie
  • 12 Years a Slave

Fox Home EntertainmentHappy Shopping!



Chuggington Snow Rescue Coming to DVD Dec. 9th #holidaygiftguide #ad

11/24/14
I will be receiving a copy of Chuggington Snow Rescue for review purposes. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. 


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Do you have a Chuggington fan at home? Chuggington: Snow Rescue is traveling home to DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment and Ludorum on December 9th.   This all new winter collection is a must-have for your little conductor this holiday season! 

It's wintertime in Chuggington and the Chuggers are busy making preparations for the Parade of Lights Festival, adorning themselves in glowing colored lights for a special procession through Chuggington! But, when freezing fog traps Koko and a snowy avalanche derails Fletch, that’s when Wilson and the Chug Patrol team must set out on a wild winter rescue! This action-packed collection features five Chuggington specials, including the all-new Snow Rescue Special airing for the first time this fall on Disney Junior! With added bonuses including new character montages and coloring sheets, your own little Chugger will discover important lessons about safety, responsibility and teamwork. 



A colorful and contemporary CGI-animated TV show from Ludorum, “Chuggington” reinforces early social readiness skills. The series airs daily on Disney Junior and recently made its Season 4 debut with the first-ever primetime “Chuggington” special, “Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue.”


Episodes Included:

·   Snow Rescue Special

·   Iron Chuggers

·   Deputy Chug Patrollers

·   Movie Maker Brewster

·   Toot’s Tall Tale



Special Features:

·   Bonus Badge Quest Episode: Wilson Winter Feed

·   New Character Montages: Fletch, Cormac and Tyne

·   Coloring and Activity Sheets (DVD-ROM)
 

Check out these fun clips:






This will make a perfect stocking stuffer for your Chuggington fan!  Plus, download these fun coloring sheets to include with the DVD:


Chuggington Snow Rescue


 For more holiday gift ideas, be sure to check out the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!
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Lalaloopsy Diaper Surprise Doll {Holiday Gift Guide} #ad #holidaygiftguide

I received a Lalaloopsy Diaper Surprise Doll for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.

Lalaloopsy Logo It's all about Lalaloopsy at our house lately.  My daughter has watched many episodes and loves all of the Lalaloopsy characters.   We've had a lot of fun with the Lalaloopsy Tinies and Lalaloopsy Color Me Doll.  But she really loves baby dolls now that she has a little sister.  And when she saw that there was a Lalaloopsy baby doll, she couldn't wait to get one.

Just when you think you've seen it all when it comes to baby dolls, the Lalaloopsy Diaper Surprise doll takes the cake {or should I say diaper?}.

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This baby drinks water and "magically" poops charms.  Yes, you read that right.  She poops charms that your child can collect on her very own charm bracelet.  Lalaloopsy Diaper Surprise Blossom Flowerpot comes with a regular diaper, a bottle, a bowl and spoon, a cute felt hat and a pack of 3 special diapers that reveal a charm when they get wet.  When I heard about this, I knew we had to check it out!

Blossom Flower Pot

AK couldn't wait to see what happened when she fed her baby doll.   We put water in the little bottle, squeezed some in {be careful or water will come back out if you overfeed her} and pushed in her belly button a few times.  This releases the water into her diaper and then you will see the charm poop appear.  

AK's reaction was absolutely priceless.  Her exact words were "EWWWW."  The diaper feels squishy, similar to the squish you feel inside a real diaper but without the smell.  It is hilarious and entertaining {even for mom}; she had to do all 3 diapers right away to get the charm poop and put it on her bracelet {this required some help from mom}.


Blossom Flower Pot

Once the charm is out of the diaper, you'll need to wipe out the slime and let it dry to reuse as a "regular" diaper.  

Just a head's up:  your preschooler will enjoy this so much that you will have to go out and purchase extra packs of diapers {or ask Santa to bring them}.  We've already added them to our Santa wish list.

Lalaloopsy Diaper Surprise makes a fun {and squishy} gift for the Lalaloopsy fan on your list this season!


Where to Buy:

The Lalaloopsy Diaper Surprise Doll {Blossom Flowerpot or Peanut Big Top} is available at Walmart, Target and Amazon MSRP $29



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Idina Menzel's Holiday Wishes Will Get You in the Holiday Spirit #HolidayWishes #O2O #sponsored

11/20/14
I participated in the Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.

Christmas is my favorite time of the year for many reasons:  the celebration of Jesus' birth, time with family and friends, and the look of joy on my children's faces when they open up their gifts.  We usually begin our celebration right after Thanksgiving by putting up the tree and turning up the Christmas music.  There's nothing like some beautiful Christmas music to get you in the holiday spirit!

I'm very excited about Idina Menzel's new Christmas album Holiday Wishes.  If you're not familiar with Idina Menzel, she's the voice behind the hit "Let It go" from Disney's Frozen {oh and a star of Wicked, Rent, Glee and If/Then}.   That song has probably been played a bazillion times in my house, and that's not an exaggeration.  I fell in love with her voice after hearing it, and couldn't wait to sample her take on some holiday hits!




About the Album:

Holiday Wishes, a Christmas album recorded by Tony Award-winning singer/actor Idina Menzel, is out now on Warner Bros. Records.

The album was produced by Grammy Award-winner Walter Afanasieff (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey) and features such classic favorites as “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” as well as Joni Mitchell’s Christmas-themed “River,” one of Menzel’s favorites.

Another highlight is a duet with international superstar Michael BublĂ© on “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” An exclusive Target edition of Holiday Wishes features two bonus tracks, including “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”.


 Holiday Wishes Track Listing:

  1. Do You Hear What I Hear

  2. The Christmas Song

  3. Baby It’s Cold Outside (Duet with Michael Buble)

  4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

  5. All I Want For Christmas

  6. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

  7. December Prayer

  8. When You Wish Upon A Star

  9. Silent Night

  10. River

  11. Holly Jolly Christmas

  12. White Christmas


Bonus Tracks on Target Exclusive

1. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
 
2. Mothers Spiritual


Idina Menzel:


Idina’s career has traversed stage, film, television, and music. She was most recently heard as Elsa in Disney’s global box-office smash Frozen, in which she sings the film’s Oscar-winning song “Let It Go.” After her performance of the multi-platinum song at the 86th annual Academy Awards, she made history as the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting.

Idina currently stars as Elizabeth in the original Broadway production of If/Then.





Holiday Wishes has a great selection of holiday songs.  I loved her version of "Silent Night" {one of my all-time favorite Christmas carols} and the duet with Michael Buble on "Baby It's Cold Outside" is playful and jazzy{you can't go wrong with some Michael Buble!}.  You'll want to grab a cup of hot cocoa and snuggle up with someone you love while you listen.

But my absolute favorite on this album is one that Idina co-wrote:  "December prayer."  Her beautiful voice and the lyrics actually made me cry and reach for the tissues.  It was simply breathtaking! Idina has unique quality to her voice and puts so much emotion into her work.  This song is definitely going on my top holiday song play list!

If you are an Idina Menzel fan, this is one holiday album you will want to buy for yourself and pass along to your friends!


Where to Buy:

Holiday Wishes is available on iTunes & Amazon:

  * iTunes : http://bit.ly/IMHolidayWishes
  * Amazon:  http://bit.ly/IDINAHOLIDAY


Connect with Idina Menzel:

 Official Idina Menzel website: www.idinamenzel.com
 Twitter - @idinamenzel
 Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/IdinaMenzel
 YouTube - http://bit.ly/IMHWVID

Baby Face {Wordless Wednesday}

11/19/14


It's hard to believe that The Attic Baby is going to be 4 months old soon!  For more Wordless Wednesday, visit 5 Minutes for Mom.   You can share your W/W post in the linky below.

Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 11/18

11/18/14
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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.

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


Magic Moves Jammin' Gym from Educational Insights US only Ends 11/29



Robot Face Race Game from Educational Insights US only Ends 11/22


InnoTab Max from VTech US only Ends 11/21

  

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Blu-ray US only Ends 11/23



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.

LG OLED TV @BestBuy Makes a Great Family Gift! #HintingSeason {Holiday Gift Guide} #OLEDatBestBuy #ad

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. 


Are you making your holiday shopping list and checking it twice?  I know I am!  My list is probably about a mile long already and Thanksgiving isn't even here yet.  Movies, techie gear, and more...oh my!

One of my favorite places to do my holiday shopping is Best Buy.  
Best Buy is the authority and destination for all your technology gifting needs this holiday!  You'll find great gifts for nearly everyone on your list!

If a tv is one of the top items on your holiday shopping list, you will definitely want to check out the LG OLED TV at Best Buy.  

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LG's new technology features amazing picture quality including  Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color!  It delivers a greater sense of realism and depth, enhanced color range and accuracy, with a  super thin design and the intuitive webOS™Smart TV interface that lets you find content faster.


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The stunning design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21" thick at its thinnest point. The picture quality is spectacular, with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks. And, LG's exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors. 

Imagine experiencing family movie night as if you are right there in the scenes or viewing your favorite home movies in amazing clarity!  

Check out these awesome features:

  •   Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color - delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.
  • 4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.
  • Super thin design (consider how to show visually)
  •  Find content faster with webOS

Experience the LG OLED TV for yourself in stores; you won't be disappointed!  It's on sale for $3499.99 which saves you $500!  It is definitely an investment, but well worth the quality.


Find out more here: LGOLEDatBestbuy.com




Twitter Party:

Thursday December 4th at 7PM CST 

Join this party for a chance to receive Best Buy gift cards and other great prizes! Tweet #HintingSeason with your top gifts that you want this Holiday from Best Buy.

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Lalaloopsy Color Me Doll {Holiday Gift Guide} #ad #holidaygiftguide

11/16/14
I received a Lalaloopsy Color Me Doll for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.


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My daughter has been in love with all things Lalaloopsy since she saw the cartoon on Nickelodeon.  There's something about these cute dolls with button eyes; even the name is just plain fun!  

One of the latest hot toys this holiday season is the Lalaloopsy Color Me Doll.  AK was ecstatic to find that this was a Lalaloopsy doll that she could draw on {coloring with markers on a doll is not something she usually gets to do so this was definitely exciting}!

Trace E. Doodles

Before we opened Trace E. Doodles {AK loves that name!}, I had to explain to her that this is a special doll with special markers and that ONLY this doll could be drawn on.   We read about how Trace E. Doodles was made from a chalkboard drawing and that she loves to draw and paint with her pet Zebra.  And since she likes to draw and paint, Trace E. Doodles needs someone to color her and make her happy. 


 We set the doll on a piece of newspaper so we wouldn't get marker on anything else. AK had no problem getting out the markers and drawing all over her.  The markers are bright colors and can be used to color the stamps for even more decorating.  This is an almost four year old doll lover's dream!

Trace E. Doodles

You're probably wondering how messy this is...yes the markers did get on her hands.  It's a bit messy, but the markers washed off her hands no problem {just be careful of clothing, the instructions say that it may not wash off}.    You also need to be careful once your child has drawn on the doll.  When picking up the doll, the marker rubbed off the doll and onto her hands again.  {I'm not sure if that's because it hadn't dried long enough or not} 

The best part is that you can wash the doll with water and the included small sponge {it may require a bit of scrubbing depending on how long you've left the marker on} and start all over again!  

The Lalaloopsy Color Me Doll will bring out the artistic side of your little Lalaloopsy fan.  It makes a great gift for ages 4+.


Crafts/Coloring Pages:

Print out fun coloring pages & more at http://www.lalaloopsy.com/en-us/section/crafts/ 



Where to Buy:

The Lalaloopsy Color Me Doll {Trace E. Doodles or Squiggles & Shapes} is available at Walmart, Target and Amazon MSRP $29



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Lalaloopsy Tinies: Stocking Stuffer Idea {Holiday Gift Guide} #ad #holidaygiftguide

11/15/14
I received a pack of Lalaloopsy Tinies for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.



Lalaloopsy Tinies

If you have a Lalaloopsy doll fan at home, a pack or two of Lalaloopsy Tinies make a great stocking stuffer idea! 

Lalaloopsy Tinies are your child's favorite Lalaloopsy characters only button sized.  There are over 100 available to collect and they are available in packs of 3 or 10.   They are "sew" tiny they literally fit in the palm of one hand!


There are multiple ways to play with these.  You can buy one of the houses available for imaginative play and storage.  The Sew Royal Castle is on my preschooler's wish list.



 
Or your older child can create their own wearable jewelry and accessories since these have holes in the top of them and can be strung.  


Lalaloopsy

AK loves all things Lalaloopsy and enjoys using these in her doll house as her larger doll's little friends.  They are lots of fun and make a great gift for ages 4+.



Crafts/Coloring Pages:

Print out fun coloring pages & more at http://www.lalaloopsy.com/en-us/section/crafts/ 

Where to Buy:

Lalaloopsy Tinies are available in packs of 3 for $3.99 or 10 for $10.99 {MSRP}  at Amazon, Target, KMart, Toys R Us, and Walmart



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When Calls the Heart: Second Chances Giveaway #sponsored #Hearties #FCBlogger

11/11/14
Thank you to Family Christian Stores for giving me a review copy of When Calls the Heart: Second Chances.  This post contains affiliate links.

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Are you a fan of the series on the Hallmark Channel called When Calls the Heart?    In case you need to catch up, here are episodes so far:

When Calls the Heart (debut movie)
When Calls the Heart:  Lost & Found
When Calls the Heart: A Telling Silence
When Calls the Heart:  The Dance
When Calls the Heart: Second Chances
When Calls the Heart: Change of Heart
When Calls the Heart: Rules of Engagement 

Synopsis:

As Elizabeth and Jack fight to restore their relationship, she searches for ways to help one of her older students learn how to read. Meanwhile, Adam Miller struggles to adjust to his new disability. With so many difficult changes affecting the community, can Elizabeth create a Founder's Day play that will spark hope in everybody's hearts?

The When Calls the Heart television series debuted on the Hallmark Channel to more than 3 million viewers, making it the No. 2 for the night on all of cable for the primary telecast at 9 p.m and No. 3 overall in households.   Distributed by Word Entertainment, previous DVD’s are available to purchase in Christian Retail.




 


In Second Chances, Jack & Elizabeth are trying to get back to their relationship after Elizabeth was duped by Billy.  Their relationship is one of friendship but also budding romance that is trying to get past their disagreements.  I think that the actors have wonderful chemistry and they hook you into their romance.

The aftershocks of the mining accident are still being felt in Coal Valley.  You meet a father who survived the accident and has been hiding his injury from his family.  And you also see how Abigail is struggling to keep her row home and the memories of her family who was lost in the accident.  Abigail & Elizabeth's friendship is further developed through this.


The story line is compelling and the plot has a great pace And yes, it is more of a "chick flick" type series, but one that you don't have to worry about content around your kids with good "old fashioned" values.  There's action, some clean romance, and great life lessons about faith, truthfulness, friendship, and family. 

I have truly loved every minute of this series!

And did you hear? They renewed the series for a second season.  If you're a fan, follow #hearties on twitter for all the latest buzz!


Where to Buy:



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Giveaway: 

One reader will win a copy of When Calls the Heart: Second Chances on DVD 
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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 11/26/14 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.

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