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Tuesday #Giveaway Linky 7/31

7/31/17
contests, 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.

Hope you're having a good start to your week! 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! 

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.

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Sunny Day Nickeolodeon's New Preschool Series Premieres August 21 #SunnyDay #Nickelodeon

I received episode screeners from Nickelodeon; no compensation was received.  All opinions are mine.

My two girls are excited about the premiere of a new preschool series on Nickelodeon coming this August called Sunny Day.  We watched the first two episodes and they were completely hooked on these fun girls with great style and and streaked hair!

Sunny Day has everything my girls could want in a show; glam, friendship, adventure, and an adorable dog mascot!   The music is catchy, the animation is colorful, and the episodes we have seen have been engaging.  We can't wait to watch more episodes and play with the new app too!


Nickelodeon, Preschool cartoon series

More about Sunny Day:


Preschoolers will be smiling and styling with Sunny and her friends in Nickelodeon’s brand-new animated series, Sunny Day, premiering Monday, Aug. 21.  The series (40 episodes) centers on Sunny, a 10-year-old master hairstylist and entrepreneur who uses creative problem-solving to tackle any dilemma that arises in her seaside town of Friendly Falls.  

The characters in the series celebrate individuality and self-expression, while the show's social-emotional curriculum highlights leadership, innovative thinking and teamwork.  Sunny Day is developed and produced by Silvergate Media (Peter Rabbit).  
 
Nickelodeon Series, cartoons for kids, preschool series
Sunny Day / Viacom Inc. Nickelodeon 



Sunny (Lilla Crawford) is a confident and creative natural leader who runs her own hair salon in the town of Friendly Falls. When adventure calls, Sunny sets out to save the day with her can-do attitude, salon-on-the-go Glam Van, best friends and colleagues, Rox (Elan Luz Rivera) and Blair (Taylor Louderman), and her dog Doodle (Rob Morrison).  
Sunny Day / Viacom Inc. Nickelodeon 

Each episode of Sunny Day features a unique digital extension on Nickjr.com and the Nick Jr. App where kids and their parents can watch fun, live-action hairstyle tutorials that are tied directly to each storyline and narrated by Sunny.

The first season of Sunny Day will feature celebrity guest stars including Ashley Parker Angel (O-Town), Lance Bass (NSYNC), Kether Donohue (Grease Live, Pitch Perfect movies), Christopher Fitzgerald (Waitress), Adam Jacobs (Aladdin) and Shanice Williams (The Wiz Live!).
 
Sunny Day / Viacom Inc. Nickelodeon 
Leading up to the linear series premiere of Sunny Day, NickJr.com and the Nick Jr. App will roll out all-new full-length episodes and short-form content beginning Monday, June 5.   

Additionally, preschoolers can help Sunny, Rox and Blair with fun makeovers in the brand-new game, “Smiling and Styling with Sunny!,” available Friday, Aug. 4, on NickJr.com and the Nick Jr. App.  Preschoolers can style and color hair, plus paint and decorate nails, for the residents in Friendly Falls as they get ready for their events.


You can check out two full episodes, theme song, and hair style tips at http://www.nickjr.com/sunny-day/



Nick Jr, Nickelodeon programming, preschool series


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2017 PAW Patrol Roll Patrol Road Tour Coming to Pennsylvania #RollPatrolTour

7/28/17
My two girls couldn't be more excited that the third national PAW Patrol Roll Patrol Road Tour is coming to our area of Pennsylvania in 2017!
Spin Master, Pennsylvania Events, things to do with kids, PAW Patrol

This event is FREE to the public and will make stops at select Walmart, Toys"R"Us and Target locations.  Kids will be able to explore the inside of the life-size PAW Patroller, meet their favorite PAW Patrol characters for photo ops, and reenact their own rescue missions!   Plus there will be limited edition giveaways!

There will also be a dedicated area showcasing Rusty Rivets where kids can combine, design and "rustify" inside Rusty's life-size rivet Lab.  Kids will be able to meet the heroes, Rusty and Ruby from the show, play with kinetic sand, and experience soaking surprises with Soggy Doggy, Spin Master's newest game.

More about the tour from Spin Master:

Produced by Spin Master Entertainment, PAW Patrol is a CG-animated, action-adventure preschool series starring a pack of eight heroic puppies led by a tech-savvy 10-year-old boy named Ryder. The series' unique blend of problem-solving skills, cool vehicles and cute doggy humor has propelled it to become TV's number-one preschool series. 

PAW Patrol made its U.S. debut on Nickelodeon in August 2013 and has been picked up for a fifth season during which the heroic pack of pups – Chase, Marshall, Rubble, Skye, Rocky, Zuma, Everest and Tracker – will take to the high seas for Sea Patrol adventures where they’ll meet a scallywag of a pirate and his dachshund pup pal. 

Elements of the fifth season will be incorporated heavily throughout the 2017 PAW Patrol Roll Patrol Tour, including an immersive Sea Patrol experience, the Roll Patrol themed track, consumer generated photo opportunities, character appearances, Lookout Tower and HQ experience, interactive displays, product play area and much more.


2017 Roll Patrol Tour schedule*: 
DatesStateFriday LocationSaturday/Sunday Location
July 28-30North Carolina2628 S. Main St., High Point,/t NC 272633738 Battleground Ave., Greensboro, NC 27410
Aug. 4-6Tennessee2232 Gallatin Pike N., Madison, TN 371155824 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211
Aug. 11-13Arkansas2110 W. Walnut St., Rogers, AR 72756406 S. Walton Blvd., Bentonville, AR 72712
Aug. 18-20Pennsylvania1570 Chester Pike, Eddystone, PA 19022275 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406
Sept. 1-3New Jersey409 Almonesson Rd., Depford, NJ 080964475 E. Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Sept. 8-10New York4135 Transit Rd., Williamsville, NY 142213463 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg, NY 14075
Sept. 22-24Illinois9200 W. North Ave., Melrose Park, IL 601601500 75th St., Downers Grove, IL 60516
Sept. 29- Oct. 1Ohio4822 Whipple Ave NW, Canton, OH 44718590 Howe Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
Oct. 6-8GeorgiaAtlanta MetroAtlanta Metro
Oct. 13-15FloridaMiami MetroMiami Metro
Oct. 20-22TexasHouston MetroHouston Metro
Oct. 27-29CaliforniaLos Angeles MetroLos Angeles Metro

*Canadian dates to be released at a later date.
*All Roll Patrol Tour stops subject to change. Visit 
www.pawpatrol.com/tour for the most up-to-date schedule.





Visit www.pawpatrol.com/tour to pre-register near you!

This is not a compensated post and all info. has been provided by Spin Master.


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Back to School Shopping with Groupon @usfg #Sponsored #BacktoSchool

7/27/17
This is a sponsored post with Groupon and US Family Guide.  All opinions are mine.


Can you believe that it's time to start thinking about Back to School shopping?  If you have a large shopping list and multiple children, you know how important it is to get those deals while you can! I'm all about saving money!

Back to School savings, back to school deals



Have you heard of Groupon? This  website offers 70,000 deals on over 9,000 retailers! Anytime I have online shopping to do, I check Groupon. Checking out deals online is a great time saver too.
Back to school shopping, back to school sales, back to school deals, Groupon
One of my favorite stores to look for back to school deals is Target.  From clothing to school supplies, Target has just about everything you need.  (Just ask my husband how much I love shopping at Target!)  Right now there are 63 coupons and deals for Target on the Groupon site!    

You can save 10% on back to school shopping, no coupon required.  You can also save $5 off a $50 purchase with free shipping through July 31 (make sure you check out the terms/restrictions).  

Whenever I can find a great deal with free shipping, I am so there! It's a huge time saver when you have a long back to school list.

Have someone in the family headed off to college?  They can get a 15% off coupon and free shipping on orders of $25+ by starting a Target college registry (see the site for details).

While you're on the Groupon site, be sure to check out all of the other retailers for back to school deals and coupons like JC Penney's, Macy's, Famous Footwear, Amazon, and more. Groupon has all of your back to school shopping needs covered!
Back to school shopping deals, back to school, coupons for back to school

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What's on your Back to School shopping list?  Have you checked out Groupon lately?

Tuesday #Giveaway Linky 7/25

7/25/17
contests

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.

How is your week going so far?  So glad you could join us!

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! 

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.

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Adult Fan of LEGO Night @LDCPhiladelphia This Thursday! #LDCPhiladelphia #sponsored

7/18/17
As a LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia Ambassador, I received annual passes for my family to attend events and share updates with my readers.  All opinions are mine and come from a LEGO® loving family.

Adult nights at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia

This Thursday evening (July 20), LEGOLAND®  Discovery Center Philadelphia will be holding its very first Adult Fan of LEGO®  Night from 7:30-9:30PM!  

These events are specifically for adults 18 and over who wish to visit the Center without a child present in an "adults only" atmosphere.  No kids allowed, only kids at heart!  This will be the first of many Adult Nights, occurring the third Thursday of each month from here on.

The theme this month is Beach Party.  There will be a LEGO®  prize for the best-dressed costume for the night!

There will be opportunities to take part in building challenges and competitions hosted by the Master Model Builder.  

You will also be able to purchase food and beverages from the Coffee Shop and Cafe until 8:30PM.  Enjoy an exclusive offer in the LEGO®  Shop:  FREE small pick-a-brick up with a $75 min. purchase as well as enter the raffle to win great LEGO®  prizes

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia

Tickets are $19 if purchased online or $24 walk up price.  To find out more visit:  https://philadelphia.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/whats-inside/events/adult-fan-of-lego-nights/

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Tuesday #Giveaway Linky

7/17/17
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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.

It's been a crazy weekend.  If you've stopped at the blog, you may have seen that Photobucket was scrawled across my entire blog.  Photobucket has decided to charge for third party hosting and has blacked out many people's blog designs, and photos hosted on their site.
I finally had to install a new template to get The Attic Girl back up and running.  I will be working on finding old images as well to see if I can recover them.

Let me know how you like the new look!

So glad you could join us!  

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! 

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.

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Smurfs: The Lost Village now on 4K, Blu-ray & DVD #SmurfsMovie #sponsored

7/13/17
I will receive a copy of Smurfs: The Lost Village for review.  All opinions are mine.


Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, movie reviews

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!
Directed by Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2) from a screenplay by Stacey Harman (“The Goldbergs”) and Pamela Ribon (Moana) and based on the characters and works of Peyo, SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE is produced by Jordan Kerner and Mary Ellen Bauder Andrews; with Raja Gosnell and Ben Waisbren serving as executive producers.  Based on the characters and works of Peyo.  Music by Christopher Lennertz.  Imagery and Animation by Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.

Smurfs: The Lost Village features an all-star voice cast, including platinum-selling recording artist Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Rainn Wilson as Gargamel, Joe Manganiello as Hefty Smurf, Jack McBrayer as Clumsy Smurf, Danny Pudi as Brainy Smurf, Michelle Rodriguez as SmurfStorm, Ellie Kemper as SmurfBlossom, Ariel Winter as SmurfLily, with Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf and Julia Roberts as SmurfWillow.

“Kids at Heart! The Making of Smurfs: The Lost Village
Making an animated movie is no easy task, but in this exclusive clip you’ll get a lighthearted look at how the film was made with both interviews from the cast and animators as well as silly re-enactments featuring adorable kid versions of the talented team. 


DVD and Digital Bonus Materials Include:
§  Filmmaker Commentary
§  Meghan Trainor “I'm A Lady” Music Video
§  The Emoji Movie Sneak Peek
§  Featurettes:
  • “Kids at Heart! The Making of  Smurfs: The Lost Village
  •  “Demi Lovato Meets Smurfette”
  • “Lost Village Dance Along”
  • “Smurfify Your Nails”
  • “Baker Smurf's Mini Kitchen”
  • Meghan Trainor “I'm A Lady” Music Video
  • “How To Draw Smurfette”
  • “How To Draw Brainy”
  • “How To Draw Clumsy”
  •  “Making The Song ‘You Will Always Find Me In Your Heart’"
  • “The Sound Of The Smurfs”

Review:

Smurfs: The Lost Village is definitely one of our favorite movies of the year!   I love that this film is all about girl power; it focuses on Smurfette and how she stumbles upon a new smurf she has never seen before.  This leads her to a fun discovery of adventure and a feeling of belonging in a way she has never experienced.   (Can you imagine being the only girl in your tribe?)

There are some great themes for kids about growing up, accepting who you are, and understanding that we are all unique and embracing the things that make us "different."

My two girls loved every heart warming minute of it from the catchy songs to the funny moments like when Julia Roberts as SmurfWillow says "Whatever you say, Papa thing."




This is one DVD I know we will be watching over and over again! (can you say Meghan Trainor on repeat?)



#Smurftastic:

For more Smurftastic fun, check out these Smurfs: The Lost Village Activity Sheets.

Try making this Smurfs Muddy Buddies Recipe at home for your next movie night!


Recipes, movies, entertainment, The Lost Village
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Tuesday #Giveaway Linky 7/10

7/10/17
contests, 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.

Did you have an enjoyable 4th of July holiday weekend? We sure did!
 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! 

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.

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The Queen is Coming To Tea Book Tour & Giveaway

7/8/17
I received a copy of The Queen is Coming to Tea for review.  All opinions are mine.

My girls and I love to have tea parties.  We play dress-up, set up our tea set, and enjoy a snack to go along with our tea (they usually substitute juice as they are not quite tea connoisseurs).  It provides many opportunities to use their imaginations, sparks fun conversations, and hopefully makes good deposits in their memory banks.

Many times we'll also enjoy a story about tea parties.  Our latest new book discovery is The Queen is Coming to Tea by Linda Ravin Lodding.


Linda Ravin Lodding, book reviews, tea parties, kids books, books about tea parties


About the Book:


Can Ellie and her furry friends get everything ready in time for tea with the Queen?

One day there was a knock at Ellie’s door. There stood the Queen’s Footman.
“A message from Her Royal Highness.” He offered Ellie a note on a silver tray.
May I please come for tea?
Sincerely yours,
The Queen Herself
Book tour, book review

When Ellie finds out the Queen is coming to tea, she snaps to attention! With her best friend, Langley the Elephant, Ellie travels to Paris, China, Italy, and New York to make sure they have everything they need for tea with the Queen. But will the Queen patiently wait? And what exactly will be waiting for the Queen?


About the Author and Illustrator:

LINDA LODDING is originally from New York, but has spent the past fifteen years in Austria, the Netherlands, and now lives in Sigtuna, Sweden. Visit her at www.lindalodding.com.

After finishing her studies, CONSTANZE VON KITZING worked in the cover department at Der Spiegel. She now works as a freelance illustrator, teaches, and runs an art shop in Cologne, Germany, where she lives with her family.


The Queen is Coming to Tea whisks your child away on an imaginative journey around several major cities in the world. The illustrations are beautiful pastels that are appealing and perfect for the tea party theme. My girls enjoyed learning a bit about other places they aren't familiar with, especially China. They especially loved the tea leaves in the shape of a dragon's tongue! And the surprise at the end was special!



Want to enjoy a tea party at home? Try this yummy tea recipe:

Peach Mango White Iced Tea Recipe

Ingredients:
4 Cups Water
3 White Tea Bags
1 Peach
½ Cup Chopped Frozen Mango
1 tbsp sugar plus Sugar to Taste

Instructions:
  • Boil the 6 cups of water; remove from heat
  • Steep the tea bags about 5 minutes; remove bags and allow tea to cool to room temperature
  • Add chopped peaches and mango to a mixing bowl and mix with sugar; let fruit soften
  • Place fruit in pitcher and pour cooled tea on top; add sugar to taste and stir
  • Chill and serve



Giveaway:

Sourcebooks is hosting a giveaway for two copies of the book and two ceramic tea sets  {US/Canada 18+ only}

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