October 25, 2014

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Kazaz! app - Kids don’t just read a story, they experience it! #sp

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Kazaz! Launched by American Story Channel , Kazaz! is an iPad app featuring a world of interactive, animated original stories.     This cool little app features a world of interactive, animated original stories that will challenge and ignite a child’s curiosity. Ideal for children ages 3 to 8, the digital stories combine sight, sound and touch to help maximize even the youngest child’s learning experience.

Kazaz! has a special launch promotion which makes all 3 stories available for FREE until October 26th, so you are not going to want to miss out on this iTunes download!

o   The Magic of Kazaz: Reveals the history of howt Kazaz! became a magical planet. This story will always be free.
o    I Am the Music Man: Sing along with the Music Man in this hand-clapping, toe-tapping rendition of a classic children’s melody. Free with the Kazaz! app download through October 26th, $1.99 thereafter.
o    The Story of Wooding: The tale of an adventurous young swan who sets off on an exciting journey, free with the Kazaz! app download through October 26th, $2.99 thereafter.  


If you have avid readers like me then you will  love this app.   It even allows you to  create multiple profiles (up to three), so each of your children can have an experienced tailored specifically for them! Not only does the  Kazaz! app encourage children to read, but it is secretly teaching them additional information.  Kids think they are just clicking on "gems", but these "gems" are part of the learning experience.  Each one delves deeper and allows kids to learn fun facts and more.  The learning experience doesn't stop!

I love this app and it had been great to use with my son.  It really has encouraged his reading.  I love that we can do the stories as a family too, so we can all experience it with him.  He loves being able to recognize words and read it to us as well.  Reading apps rock!


Kazaz! on the App Store from Kazaz! on Vimeo.

Stay connected:

Kazaz! will take advantage of Apple TV, so in the future the app can be enjoyed on the big screen, where the experience may be amplified with additional sights and sounds. Coming soon there will be video versions of the stories  thatwill appear on the Kazaz! Kids YouTube Channel.

Kazaz! extends the story experience with activities and information available on the Kazaz! Kids website and via Kazaz! Post, the planet’s exclusive newspaper.
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Starbucks Fall Sale - 25% off mugs, tumblers, pumpkin products and more

Shop Starbucks Fall Sale now! Save 25% off mugs, tumblers, pumpkin products and more. Valid 10/22 - 10/31.

Perfect time to pick up some mugs and coffee for gifts! These would be great for teachers even. Pair with a Starbucks gift card to complete the present!

October 24, 2014

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The Quicken Loans Arena 20th FANniversary Sweepstakes! #Ohio #TheQArena #AliveinCle

On October 17th, 1994, Billy Joel kicked off a new era of live entertainment in downtown Cleveland. In those 20 years, The Q has become a primary destination for premier sports and entertainment, hosting more than 4,000 events and over 40 million visitors in that time. To celebrate such a FANtastic milestone, Quicken Loans Arena is proud to reveal The 20th FANniversary Sweepstakes - a two-week-long promotion that will award one lucky fan with tickets to 20 events at Quicken Loans Arena throughout the 2014-15 entertainment season!

To enter, fans must complete The 20th FANniversary Sweepstakes entry form: http://www.theqarena.com/fanniversary

Entries will be collected until Friday, October 31st at 11:59 p.m. One grand prize winner will be drawn, announced and contacted on Saturday, November 1st at 12:00 p.m. and will receive tickets to the following events, as well as vouchers for FREE pizza courtesy of Georgio’s Pizza:

SPORTING EVENTS:
  • Two (2) tickets and one (1) parking pass to two (2) Mid-American Conference games at Quicken Loans Arena 
  • Two (2) tickets and one (1) parking pass to one (1) Cleveland Cavaliers regular season game at Quicken Loans Arena 
  • Four (4) tickets and one (1) parking pass to two (2) Cleveland Gladiators regular season games at Quicken Loans Arena 
  • Four (4) tickets and one (1) parking pass to two (2) Lake Erie Monsters regular season games at Quicken Loans Arena

CONCERTS:
  • Two (2) tickets and one (1) parking pass to Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Quicken Loans Arena 
  • Two (2) tickets and one (1) parking pass to WMJI’s Moondog Coronation Ball at Quicken Loans Arena 
  • PLUS two (2) tickets to three (3) concerts of their choice between November 1, 2014 and November 1, 2015.

FAMILY SHOWS:
  • Two (2) tickets and one (1) parking pass to WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs Pay-Per-View at Quicken Loans Arena 
  • Two (2) tickets and one (1) parking pass to Marvel Universe Live at Quicken Loans Arena 
  • Two (2) tickets and one (1) parking pass to An Evening with Scott Hamilton & Friends at Quicken Loans Arena 
  • Four (4) Tickets and one (1) parking pass to Harlem Globetrotters at Quicken Loans Arena 
  • Four (4) Tickets and one (1) parking pass to Disney on Ice presents Frozen at Quicken Loans Arena 
  • Four (4) Tickets and one (1) parking pass to Monster Jam at Quicken Loans Arena 
  • Four (4) Tickets and one (1) parking pass to Disney Live! presents Pirate and Princess Adventure at Quicken Loans Arena
 
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Reminder: How To Train Your Dragon 2 Twitter Party October 24th #DragonsInsiders #HTTYD2 #DragonsDay

Digital HD Twitter Party - Oct. 24
To celebrate the Digital release of Dragons Fox Home Entertainment is hosting a Twitter party with DreamWorks Animation! 
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Disney Unveils "Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast"



DisneyToon Studios is pleased to announce that Ginnifer Goodwin ("Once Upon a Time") will voice the character Fawn in the new Disney Fairies adventure, “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast”.   

“Fawn is a character who loves all animals unconditionally,” said director Steve Loter. "She will help any animal that needs her, but sometimes Fawn thinks too impulsively, when she should be thinking with her head, as well as her heart.”

Loter says there’s a lot of Goodwin in the character. “Fawn was inspired by my daughter and her unconditional love of animals,” he said. “But Ginnifer had a very strong hand in crafting the character. Her sense of fun and her wondrous view of the world gave Fawn direction. You can hear the smile in Ginnifer’s voice—this is a character that loves life and lives it to its fullest.”

Meet the NeverBeast (“Gruff”) in this new clip!


About ‘“Gruff”: 
The heartwarming story explores the ancient myth of a mysterious creature whose distant roar sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell’s friend Fawn, an animal fairy who’s not afraid to break the rules to rescue the NeverBeast before time runs out.   The fairies meet Gruff who is a massive creature and the subject of an ancient Pixie Hollow myth. Hidden in a dark lair on the fringes of the fairies’ beloved home, Gruff is discovered by curious and empathetic animal fairy Fawn, who sees something special in his glowing green eyes. His penchant for stacking rocks mystifies Fawn and her friends—but Gruff’s true purpose is the real surprise.

The film, releasing in-home March 3, 2015, also features the voices of Mae Whitman (Tinker Bell), Megan Hilty (Rosetta), Lucy Liu (Silvermist), Raven Symone (Iridessa), Anjelica Huston (Queen Clarion) and is directed by Steve Loter (“Kim Possible”) and produced by Makul Wigert (“Secret of the Wings”).
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Cents of Style: 5.95 Clearance Sale, Plus 10% off

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October 23, 2014

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#LoveDaytonaBeach - Perfect place for a family vacation. #sp

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
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Are you looking for a great place for a family vacation? Then look no further then the east coast of Florida. It holds one of the most popular beaches you can visit, Daytona Beach. Daytona Beach offers something for everyone Kid friendly options , great dining, a nice sandy beach, and fun adult activities too!

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Imagine yourself and your family enjoying the gorgeous white sandy beaches, you relaxing while the kids building sandcastles. Don't worry about walking far, there are a ton of hotels, motels, condo rentals, bed and breakfast inns, vacation rentals and camping grounds close to the beach. Spend a lazy day at the beach soaking up the sun, go deep-sea fishing, rent water sport equipment, enjoy some outdoor fun, fly a kite, go shopping, site see at some of Daytona’s historical sites. It is your vacation, make the most of it with your family and make some memories.

With us deep into fall, now is the time to visit Daytona Beach and check out some of their great Fall Festivals. They are the Festival Capital of Florida. The Halifax art festival and the Daytona Beach’s film festival are the two that intrigue me the most. I can only imagine all the great artwork that is on display and films being shown. It is a great way to immerse yourself into the culture and life of the city and soak up some great films and artwork.

Whether you are looking for a place to bring the whole family, or the perfect spot for a romantic getaway, Daytona Beach has lots of great options for your perfect vacation.

Don't worry, the trip doesn't have to break the bank, there are ton ofFree Things to Do in Daytona Beach.

The beach awaits. So don't keep it waiting for long!

I can't wait to hear about your Daytona Beach experience. Where did you go, what did you do and much fun did you have?

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Dreamworks Movies only $9.99 for Blu-ray/DVD, Digital Copy + $7.50 Movie Cash #Madagascar #Croods #Turbo #KungFuPanda

Head over to Best Buy online and score Turbo (Blu-ray/DVD)(Digital Copy)(with Penguins of Madagascar Movie Money) for $9.99 (reg. $24.99!).   You get the Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital copy and  $7.50 Movie Cash to see the movie Penguins of Madagascar for $9.99!!!

other Dreamwork movies included in this deal:
I think they were more Dreamwork films, more Kung Fu Panda, Madagascars, How to train your Dragon, etc.  but I only highlighted a few above.

Shipping is $2.99 or free on an order of $35 and more
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Own Earth to Echo on Blu-ray - a must see family movie #EarthToEcho #EchoInsiders

Earth to Echo
This wonderful journey, “full of adventure, bravery, excitement, and friendship…has something for audiences of all ages” (Claudia Puig, USA Today). The “lively and likable” (Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times) tale is told through the eyes of Tuck, Munch and Alex, a trio of pals who make an out-of-this-world discovery. After receiving signals on their phones, they meet Echo, a small, but amazingly energetic, alien trying to make his way back to his home planet. As they race to help their new friend, the boys will discover that little Echo has touched their hearts in unexpected ways and changed their lives forever.

We just had movie night on Tuesday instead of Friday night this week.  My daughter is in some big soccer tournaments this weekend and did not want her to stay up late, but also we did not want to miss out on movie night.  It was perfect timing as Earth to Echo came out on Tuesday!   This movie reminded me a combo of Blair Witch (filming style w/video camera), E.T.,  Flight of the Navigator and the Goonies (fighting to save their homes).

I as well as the kids had been anxiously awaiting this release, we missed it over the summer while at theaters.  I figured it would be goo, but was completely blown away by how good it was!   It is like a treasure of a movie that people do not know about.  You really get attached to the characters and their plight.  It also has a little bit of mystery and suspense involved as it is not predictable and you don't know what is coming next.

While the film focuses on three friends who make a  discovery of an alien and all they go through to help him build his ship and get back home, there is another storyline going on... one of friendship.  The friendship piece hit me hard, it was so great to see these kids having each other's backs no matter what. Friendship lasts no matter where you are in life, no matter how far apart you get.  I honestly loved seeing at the end the three boys and girl getting back together a year later...and it was truly a year later (I learned from the special features).

If you are looking for a phenomenal family film, then look no further than Earth to Echo!

Make sure to enter my Earth to Echo Blu-ray #Giveaway #EchoInsiders -10/30

Purchase the Earth to Echo DVD on Amazon for $14.96 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35and the Blu-ray for $19.96 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™ and Digital HD™. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. 
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Target.com: Up to 40% Off Halloween Costumes + Free Shipping

If you’re still looking for the perfect Halloween costume, then you will want to check out Target.  Save up to 40% on costumes at Target until 10/25/14, plus score free shipping!!!

October 22, 2014

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 #Giveaway #DragonsInsiders #HTTYD2 (#DragonsDay is coming)

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, ONE OF THE BEST REVIEWED AND HIGHEST GROSSING FILMS OF THE YEAR, ARRIVES ON DIGITAL HD OCT. 21 AND BLU-RAY™ & DVD NOV. 11

  Soaring past the $500 million mark at the global box office, DreamWorks Animation’s HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 is not only one of the best reviewed films of the year, but also 2014’s highest grossing animated film to-date and one of the top ten grossing films of the year in any genre.

The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases DreamWorks Animation’s critically acclaimed HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 on Digital HD October 21 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD November 11.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, the next chapter to the Academy Award® nominated film released in 2010, is “sensational…an instant animated classic,” proclaims Access Hollywood. A hit with audiences and critics alike, the film received an outstanding audience reaction with a coveted “A” CinemaScore® and certified 92% fresh on RottenTomatoes.com. Variety’s Peter Debruge declares the film is “Braver than ‘Brave,’ more fun than ‘Frozen’…Dragon delivers.” It’s a must-own title for the whole family!

Fans will get even more excitement, adventure and, of course, more dragons when DreamWorks Animation releases DRAGONS: DAWN OF THE DRAGON RACERS, an all-new animated adventure featuring the original voice cast. A hunt for lost sheep soon turns into a high-flying sprint in the all-new epic adventure as Hiccup and friends battle to become the first Dragon Racing Champion of Berk! DRAGONS: DAWN OF THE DRAGON RACERS will be available exclusively on the Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD double pack and Digital HD.

The all-star film talent features Jay Baruchel (This Is The End), two-time Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen), Craig Ferguson (“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”), America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”), Academy Award® nominee Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Neighbors), T.J. Miller (“Silicon Valley”) and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids).  The film also adds the voice talent of Academy Award® nominee Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) and Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”).

The Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD feature hours of bonus materials that explore the world of dragons and more. Furthermore, the Blu-ray™ and Digital HD contain four exclusive featurettes, deleted scenes and a 60-minute behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the film, shot and created by the film’s writer and director Dean DeBlois. 
Digital HD Twitter Party - Oct. 24  
To celebrate the Digital release of Dragons Fox Home Entertainment is hosting a Twitter party with DreamWorks Animation! 
 
Here are some fun activities:
Click for Dragon Stationary and a Hiccup cut-out!

One lucky reader (US only please) will win a copy on Blu-ray!  Please wait for the Rafflecopter to load:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 
 

ABOUT DREAMWORKS ANIMATION
DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE® Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2013, DreamWorks Animation ranked #12 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation’s feature films are produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 29 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Puss In Boots, and The Croods.

ABOUT TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™ and DigitalHD™. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.
 
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How To Train Your Dragon 2 Twitter Party October 24th #DragonsInsiders #HTTYD2 #DragonsDay

Digital HD Twitter Party - Oct. 24
To celebrate the Digital release of Dragons Fox Home Entertainment is hosting a Twitter party with DreamWorks Animation! 
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DOLPHIN TALE 2 out on Blu-Ray Combo pack, DVD and Digital HD December 9th!

WINTER’S AMAZING TRUE STORY NOW HAS HOPE WHEN
ARRIVES ONTO BLU-RAY COMBO PACK, DVD and DIGITAL HD ON DECEMBER 9 FROM
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Blu-ray and Digital HD include
home-entertainment exclusive "Dolphin Tale 2: Underwater Magic," other cool featurettes and a hilarious blooper reel

 Believe in the spirit of friendship, the strength of family and the power of hope when Dolphin Tale 2” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on December 9 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Charles Martin Smith, who directed “Dolphin Tale,” wrote and directed the sequel that was inspired by another true story about the world’s most extraordinary dolphin Winter. 

Dolphin Tale 2” reunites the entire main cast, led by Harry Connick, Jr. as Dr. Clay Haskett; Nathan Gamble as Sawyer Nelson; Ashley Judd as Sawyer’s mom, Lorraine; Kris Kristofferson as Clay’s father, Reed; Cozi Zuehlsdorff as Clay’s teenage daughter, Hazel; Austin Stowell as Sawyer’s cousin, Kyle; Austin Highsmith as Winter’s lead trainer, Phoebe; and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) as Dr. Cameron McCarthy. The film also features Bethany Hamilton as herself.

Dolphin Tale 2” is produced by Oscar® nominees Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson (“The Blind Side”), together with Alcon President of Worldwide Marketing, Richard Ingber, and Steven P. Wegner. David Yates and Robert Engelman served as executive producers.

Dolphin Tale 2” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and includes the film in high definition on Blu-ray disc, a DVD, and a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet. Fans can also own Dolphin Tale 2” via purchase from digital retailers.


SYNOPSIS

The inspiring true story of Winter isn’t over. Several years after receiving a prosthetic tail, Winter loses her surrogate mother, leaving her alone, grieving and unwilling to engage with anyone, even her best human friend, Sawyer. Worse, she may have to be moved from her home at the aquarium due to regulations requiring dolphins to be paired. When Dr. Clay Haskett and his dedicated team can’t find her a companion, it looks like they may lose their beloved Winter...until an unexpected turn of events brings them Hope.
           
BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

“Dolphin Tale 2” Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:
·         Dolphin Tale 2: Underwater Magic Dolphin Tale 2: True Story
·         Look Who's Running The Show
·         Bethany Hamilton Meets Winter
·         Dolphin Tale 2: The Mission
·         Cozi Zuehlsdorff - "Brave Souls"
·         Gavin DeGraw - "You Got Me"
·         Blooper Reel

“Dolphin Tale 2” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:
·         Dolphin Tale 2: True Story
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Starbucks Fall Sale - 25% off mugs, tumblers, pumpkin products and more

Shop Starbucks Fall Sale now! Save 25% off mugs, tumblers, pumpkin products and more. Valid 10/22 - 10/31.

Perfect time to pick up some mugs and coffee for gifts! These would be great for teachers even. Pair with a Starbucks gift card to complete the present!