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Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 6/27

6/27/16
Tuesday Giveaway Linky

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.

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

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

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

Kung Fu Panda 3 Bluray US only Ends 7/3


Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily ReviewsShelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.


The BFG Free Printables #TheBFG #Disneysmmoms

6/24/16
Disney The BFG


It's been a long time since I was in elementary school, but I remember reading Roald Dahl's The BFG and finding it absolutely magical!  As a teacher, Roald Dahl's books were at the top of my reading list for my students. I am so excited that Disney has brought his book to life on the big screen!  

The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. 

Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions. The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams. 

Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows. But Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Says Spielberg, “It’s a story about friendship, it’s a story about loyalty and protecting your friends and it’s a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems.”

 Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Rebecca Hall), that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all. 

The BFG Steven Spielburg
THE BFG / Disney© 2016

Directed by three-time Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg (“Bridge of Spies,” “Schindler’s List,” ”Saving Private Ryan”) from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison (“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “The Black Stallion”) based on the best-selling novel by Roald Dahl, “The BFG” stars three-time Tony Award® and two-time Olivier Award winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Wolf Hall”), newcomer Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Downton Abbey”), Jemaine Clement (“Rio 2,” “The Flight of the Conchords”), Rebecca Hall (“The Gift,” “Iron Man 3”), Rafe Spall (“The Big Short,” “Prometheus”) and Bill Hader (“Inside Out,” “Trainwreck”). 

Steven Spielburg The BFG
THE BFG / Disney© 2016

The film is produced by Spielberg, Frank Marshall (“Jurassic World,” “The Bourne Ultimatum”) and Sam Mercer (“Snow White and the Huntsman,” “The Sixth Sense”) with Kathleen Kennedy (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Lincoln”), John Madden (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Shakespeare in Love”), Kristie Macosko Krieger (“Bridge of Spies,” “Lincoln”), Michael Siegel (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Rise of the Guardians”), Frank Smith and Naia Cucukov serving as executive producers.


The BFG will be in theaters July 1st.  In the meantime, you can check out this featurette from Director Steven Spielburg discussing what drew him to direct this great story. 






Download these fun The BFG printables at home!


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The BFG  Dream Sweepstakes:

The BFG
THE BFG / Disney© 2016


You can enter for a chance to win a trip for four to England & France from Adventures by Disney! There are 2 easy ways to enter:
 
Facebook: *To enter the sweepstakes on Facebook, fans need to leave a comment in the post sharing their dreams.

Twitter: *To enter the sweepstakes on Twitter, fans need to comment in the post with #TheBFGDreamSweepstakes
 




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Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 6/21 #giveaway #linky

6/21/16
Tuesday Giveaway Link up

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.

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

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

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
Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily ReviewsShelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.


Kung Fu Panda 3 Awesome Edition Blu-ray #PandaInsiders #Giveaway #sponsored

6/19/16
I will receive a copy of Kung Fu Panda 3 as a Fox Insider.  All opinions are my own.

My kids are big fans of the Kung Fu Panda movies, as you can see from our Kung Fu Panda Party post this past winter.  They love Po and are so excited for Kung Fu Panda 3 arriving on DVD & Blu-ray June 28th


Kung Fu Panda 3 Awesome Edition
Prepare for a pand-tastic summer adventure as Po – reunited with his long-lost father – journeys to a secret village and meets countless panda friends and family! But when the supernatural villain Kai challenges all the Kung Fu masters across China, Po must discover the teacher within himself and train his clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu PandasKUNG FU PANDA 3 AWESOME EDITION arrives on Blu-ray™, DVD & Digital HD June 28th.
Kung Fu Panda 3 Awesome Edition

Everyone’s favorite wise-cracking, dumpling-snacking hero is back in “the best Kung Fu Panda yet,” proclaims Pete Hammond of Deadline.com. A hit with audiences and critics alike, the film received an outstanding audience reaction with a coveted “A” CinemaScore and Certified Fresh on RottenTomatoes.com.

After reuniting with his long-lost father, Po travels to a secret village and meets tons of hilarious new panda friends and family members. But when the supernatural villain Kai challenges all the Kung Fu masters across China, Po must discover the teacher within himself and train his clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!
Kung Fu Panda 3

KUNG FU PANDA 3 Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD includes:


  • Everybody Loves a Panda Party – Join Po and the entire cast of lovable pandas to sing-along and learn why everybody loves a panda party in this all-new presentation.
  • Po’s Posters of Awesomeness – Po leads a deeper exploration of the awesome art in Mr. Ping’s hut as the posters come to life and illustrate his hilarious stories.
  • Panda Paws – Watch the enormously talented panda ribbon dancer Mei Mei starring with Bao in an exclusive animated tale.
  • Make a Panda Party Paper Pal – Learn the mystic art of paper folding and create a village of panda pals as Po hosts this fun and entertaining tutorial.
  • Play Like a Panda – Adorable overload! Learn all about real baby pandas, their amazing lives, and their remarkable playful ways.
  • The Origin of “Skadoosh” – For the first time ever, Po reveals the extra-super-secret origin of his world-famous catchphrase.
  • Faux Paws Deleted Scenes – Discover fascinating story insights with this revealing collection of deleted footage you couldn’t see in theaters!





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Giveaway:

One reader will win Kung Fu Panda 3 on Blu-ray


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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 7//16 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 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.  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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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.

Our Shrek #Swampathon Family Movie Night @fheinsiders #Shrek15Insiders #sponsored

6/17/16
I received Shrek party items and movies for family movie night.  All opinions and love for Shrek are mine.
Shrek Swampthon
We celebrated 15 years of Shrek with a #Swampathon marathon of all 4 Shrek movies this past weekend thanks to Fox Home Entertainment.  And I have to say it was Shrektastic!

The folks at Fox sent us an amazing party kit including Swampcorn, gingerbread cookie cutters, Shrek headbands, face paint sticks, Pin the Tail on Donkey game, Shrek figures, freezable mugs, and the Shrek 4 movie Collection on Blu-ray.

Shrek Swampathon Movie Marathon




Food


For dinner, we had Pigs-in-a-blanket.  They were easy peasy to make and a big hit!  We used turkey hot dogs and Pillsbury crescent rolls. 

Shrek Pigs in a Blanket

Part of our party was supposed to include some gingerbread cookie baking.  However, our plan to get pre-made cookie dough and cut them out in the shape of Gingy failed.  The attic guy couldn't find several supplies at our local grocery store (apparently baking gingerbread in June isn't wildly popular here).  So we settled for our mint chocolate chip Ogre cookies.  And they were pretty ogre-iffic!

Shrek Ogre Cookies


We also made Swampnilla pudding, which was so yummy I admit I ate more of it than my dinner.


How to make Swampnilla Pudding:

Swampnilla Pudding Recipe




print recipe

Swampnilla Pudding
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 1 box Instant vanilla Pudding
  • 1 shaker Wilton dark green sugar sprinkles
  • 1 box Vanilla wafer cookies
Instructions
Make your instant vanilla pudding according to the box instructions. We used Jello instant pudding which requires 2 cups of milk in the bowl, add mix, and whisk by hand or hand-mixer for a few minutes until thick. Put in the fridge for about ten minutes to get cold. Add to small cups. Sprinkle the top with Wilton dark green sugar sprinkles. Add a vanilla wafer to each cup.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 servings





Swampjuice went well with our Swampcorn, though I think the girls would have liked Hawaiian green punch better.  (again, hubby couldn't find in our local store)

The frosty mugs were great for keeping our drinks nice and cold!

Shrek Swampjuice & Swampcorn



Fun & Games

I turned my family into ogres (note that I am missing because I was the one coordinating all of this and there was no time for mama to get painted up! Well, that's my excuse anyway).  


Shrek Swampathon Party

Shrek Swampathon Party


We played fun games during our Swampathon too.  It was the first time AK tried Pin-The-Tail on Donkey and she loved it so much she asked to do it over and over again.

Shrek Operation got a lot of laughs!  I bought this game ages ago when my son was little.  It's fun to try to take out parts like toe jam and pain in the butt without making Shrek's nose buzz in anger.

Shrek Party Games


It was so fun to watch all four movies and celebrate Shrek's 15th anniversary with an epic Swampathon!  

If you're looking for more ideas for a Shrek themed party or movie night, check out these posts from other #FHEInsiders:

Gingerbread Man Root Beer Floats Photo
Gingy Gingerbread Man Root Beer Floats from Fun Learning Life
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Swamp Nachos from A New Dawnn
Shrek Swamp Milkshakes
Shrek Swamp Milk Shakes from A New Dawnn
SHREK Dirt & Gingy Cookies
Shrek DIRT from Adventures with Daddy

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I received Shrek party items and movies for family movie night. All opinions and love for Shrek are mine.

Geosafari Jr. My First Telescope from Educational Insights #sponsored #GoPlay

6/16/16



I received a Geosafari Jr. My First Telescope from Educational Insights in exchange for my honest review.

My five year old daughter asks a lot of questions every day.  She is eager to learn and find out the "why" and "how" of things.  It's important to me that she has toys that are educational and foster that sense of curiosity. 

Geosafari Jr. My First Telescope


She was incredibly excited when the Geosafari Jr. My First Telescope from Educational Insights came to our house!   We've read books about space, the moon, stars, and planets, and she couldn't wait to bring the telescope outside. 

It only took a minute or two to set up. We took the two pieces out of the box and attached the telescope part to the tripod.  Easy peasy!   I love a toy that doesn't require much work to put together!

Geosafari Jr My First Telescope

Looking into the scope is more like looking into a pair of soft binoculars.   There's no need to turn anything to focus or squint one eye through a lens.   The lens cap goes on and off very easily. 


Educational Insights Geosafari Jr. My First Telescope

The tripod has short legs and is intended for tabletop viewing.  This is one feature that may be a little frustrating for your child.  Trying to line up objects in your line of view is not as easy on the table as it would be if it had extended legs on the ground.  However, it is very portable and light, making it easy to walk around.

Geosafari Jr. My First Telescope


Features:
  • Focus-free, easy-setup telescope designed specifically for young scientists
  • 10x Magnification with wide field of vision, built-in diagonal mirror, and lens cap
  • Two large eyepieces with comfy goggle and nose cut-out guide for perfect eye placement
  • Adjustable tripod for tabletop viewing (collapsible for easy storage)
  • Multilingual instructional guide showcasing the phases of the moon

We explained the very important safety warning:  do not look directly at the sun or you will hurt your eyes.   I told her that the sun is hot and bright and just like you can get a sunburn on your skin, your eyes can get a sunburn too.  She understood this as she's had sun burns in the past and remembered the sting.   

Geosafari Jr. My First Telescope

And then AK was able to explore on her own and view golfers near our back yard, people walking on the community trail, as well as a bird house.  (I'm sure that it will come in handy for deer watching as the sun goes down too!)  She was very good about turning away from the sun.
  

Her daddy brought her out again that evening to look at the sky.  The magnification isn't large enough to see stars in detail as a larger more expensive scope, but it is a good starter telescope for ages 4-6.  I'm sure as she gets older, she will be even more excited to upgrade to more magnification.  But in the meantime, this is good practice for her to line up the moon and stars in her sight line and use the chart to check out various phases.


Where to Buy:   

The Geosafari Jr. My First Telescope is available at Amazon & Educational Insights for $29.99


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Disney's Moana Trailer {In Theaters Nov. 23, 2016} #Moana

6/14/16
This is an exciting year for Disney movies!  Not only am I looking forward to seeing Finding Dory {out this weekend}, they have released a teaser trailer and poster for the upcoming film Moana releasing Nov. 23, 2016.  

Disney's Moana


Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why.


Disney's Moana
MOANA / Disney© 2016

 
From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. 

Moana
MOANA / Disney© 2016



Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”) and produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.



Did you ever think you'd see The Rock, Dwayne Johnson, as a Hawaiian demi-god?  I didn't.  But Disney is cool like that.

I've always wanted to go to Hawaii!  I've seen other people's vacation photos and it truly is a spectacular place.  The animation in this movie looks gorgeous too, and seems to bring the spirit of Hawaii to life!  I have a feeling that many people, like me, are going to want to see Hawaii for themselves even more after this movie releases. 





What do you think about the Moana trailer?


Disney Moana

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Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 6/14 #giveaway #linky

Tuesday Giveaway Link up

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.

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

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

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

Eddie The Eagle Bluray US only Ends 6/26

Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily ReviewsShelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.


Samsung's Gear VR for Father's Day @bestbuy @samsungmobileUS #GearVR #ad

6/13/16
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.


Technology is truly amazing.   Remember watching the Jetsons as a kid?  I remember thinking there was no way that kind of technology was possible.  Flying cars, food at the push of a button, virtual reality....only in cartoons or movies on t.v.

But we've come a long way since I was a kid.  Cell phones in particular have really changed the way we live our lives, making the impossible possible. 

Father's Day is almost here and it's not too late to find him a great gift! Your tech loving dads are going to flip out over Samsung's Gear VR that brings virtual reality home with the ease of snapping it into your Galaxy smartphone!

Samsung Gear VR from Best Buy


Mobile virtual reality has finally arrived. Be at the center of exciting games, watch the best of Hollywood in your own private cinema, socialize with friends, and so much more. The Samsung Gear VR drops you right in the action — and it's only from Samsung and Oculus.


Imagine being in the middle of the action of your favorite movie or game!  Or trying out Netflix and feeling like you are inside your favorite episodes.   The Samsung Gear VR gives you access to hundreds of full length Hollywood movies and TV Shows plus more than 1 million Vimeo videos and Twitch!


Samsung Gear VR at Best Buy

Specs


Color: Frost White

Weight: .68 lb.
Product Dimensions: 7.95″W x 4.58″H x 3.65″D
Compatible Devices: Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+
Connectivity: MicroUSB connection to the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+
Sensor Type: Accelerometer, Gyrometer, Proximity (Mount/Unmount Detection)
 
Learn more about Samsung Gear VR
 
Best Buy has a great offer only 6/5-6/18:

Free Samsung Gear VR, plus $50 of Virtual Reality content with purchase, or lease, and activation of select Samsung Smartphones online or in Best Buy Stores.

 Cell phones, virtual reality headset, Verizon, A T and T, Sprint

So, what are you waiting for?  Buy that special guy a Father's Day gift that will blow his mind.  (you know you're probably going to "borrow" it from him anyway, so win win!)

Take advantage of Best Buy's limited time offer today!

Eddie the Eagle Coming to Blu-ray June 14 #EddieInsiders #sponsored

6/12/16
I will receive a copy of Eddie The Eagle as a Fox Insider.  All opinions are my own.

Eddie the Eagle Bluray

 I enjoy watching movies that are true stories about people who are determined and inspiring.  And with the Olympics coming up, Eddie The Eagle releasing on Blu-ray June 14th, is timely.  I have heard a lot of buzz about this movie and am eager to watch it!


Taron Egerton co-stars alongside ACADEMY AWARD® Nominee Hugh Jackman* in this high-flying, feel-good story inspired by true events. Egerton plays Eddie The Eagle Edwards, an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (Jackman), the lovable underdog wins the hearts of fans around the world by making an unforgettable showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.




I think I was about 12 during the Calgary Winter Olympics and watched a lot of figure skating.  I may have watched some of the ski jumping as well but I don't remember.    I have always been amazed by the strength and determination of the athletes as they compete.  And though I have always stood by team USA, I love how we can get behind all of the athletes and cheer on the underdogs as well.  The Olympics is a chance for everyone to shine and support each other.


Eddie the Eagle Bluray

 If you like a feel-good movie based on real people, you'll want to watch Eddie The Eagle!


Eddie The Eagle

 

Giveaway:

One reader will win Eddie The Eagle on Blu-ray

Eddie The Eagle bluray

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 6/26/16 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 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.  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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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.

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