Thursday, December 22, 2016

12/22/16: Win Tickets to an Advanced Screening of A Dog's Purpose

Sometimes there are movies that are so touching that a tear comes to your eye even when watching the trailer.  This happened to me when watching the trailer for the movie A Dog's Purpose.  We lost our Sheltie Fred back in May and this movie brings out so many emotions for me being a doggy Mom.  Our little puppy Shellie who is also a Sheltie is definitely my baby.  I have the opportunity to offer my readers passes to admit 2 people to an advanced screening of this movie on Tuesday, January 24th in Boston.
Sign up here if you would like passes to the movie.
Here is Fred who passed away in May at 15 years old.
Here is Shellie our new baby.
More about the movie:  
Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, Juilet Rylance, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz and Pooch Hall. A Dog’s Purpose is produced by Gavin Polone (Zombieland, TV’s Gilmore Girls). The film from Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media is executive produced by Alan Blomquist and Mark Sourian, and it will be distributed by Universal Pictures.
Here is the trailer:
Disclosure:  I was provided with passes for my readers for promotional purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Monday, December 19, 2016

12/19/16: Win 4 tickets to Ice Castles in Lincoln, NH

I have an amazing opportunity for my readers again!  A chance to win 4 tickets to Ice Castles in Lincoln, NH!  I have never been but I am really looking forward to taking the family to this amazing experience this year!
More about Ice Castles:
The Utah-based company creates magical winter experiences unlike any other.  Artisans spend 4,000 hours combined dripping and shaping icicles while embedding them with color-changing LED lights to create life-size fairytale playgrounds.  The breathtaking works of art have become a must-see winter attraction and social media sensation drawing more than a million people over the last five years to the company’s five locations in North America.  
Since 2011, travelers from all over the globe have flocked to Ice Castles’ locations to walk through the interactive castles.  The castles feature ice-carved tunnels, fountains, slides, frozen thrones, and towers that reach astonishing heights.  LED lights frozen inside 25 million pounds of ice twinkle to music, adding a magical ambiance to the already awe-inspiring structures.  The acre-sized ice castle in Lincoln, New Hampshire is projected to open the end of December, along with sister locations in Midway, Utah; Wisconsin Dells, WI; Edmonton, Canada; and Stillwater, Minnesota.  These magical winter wonderlands are becoming top travel destinations for the fairytale-enthused, millennials and families around the world.
Enter  below to win 4 tickets!
Disclosure:  I was provided with four tickets to Ice Castles in Lincoln, NH for my family and four tickets for giveaway for promotional purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

12/14/16: Skylanders Imaginators and Giveaway

My son loves playing video games!  We have been playing Skylanders since 2013!  When the Skylanders Imaginators starter pack showed up for review I knew he would love playing it.  Plus if you read on I am giving away Skylanders Imaginators Master Mysticat and Water Creation Crystal!
Evan really enjoyed the game play and the character in the starter pack.  He also liked using Skylanders from his previous games.  I was very happy that it also supports all 300+ Skylanders from previous games. You can create your very own Skylanders by choosing their body parts, size, catch phrase, powers, colors, theme music.  The starter pack includes two Sensei characters, one Creation Crystal, Portal of Power and game disc.

You can also create on-the-go with the free Skylanders Creator App (select iOS and Android devices), offering the same in-game character creation tools plus the option to bring creations to life as a t-shirt, 2-D playable card, or a fully playable 3-D printed Skylanders Imaginators toy!
 There is also the all new, festive Sensei toy, Jingle Bell Chompy Mage.

The game has been named to the Toys“R”Us® 2016 Hot Holiday Toy List, Amazon’s 2016 Holiday Toys List, the Toy Insider’s Hot 20 Holiday Toys List, and Parents magazine’s “2016 Best Toys.”
It is available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 1, Xbox 360 and WiiU and retails for $74.95.
Enter below to win Skylanders Imaginators Master Mysticat and Water Creation Crystal!

Disclosure:  I was provided with Skylanders Imaginators for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinion are my own. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, December 12, 2016

12/12/16: Edaville USA Festival of Lights Holiday Fun

We have an annual tradition of going to Edaville USA at the holidays since I was a kid.  This past weekend we went to Christmas Festival of Lights and had a blast.
 Edaville USA has been expanding a lot.  Each time we visit there is something new to see.  This time we experienced Dickens Village which is beautiful.

There are vendors in the buildings selling a lot of handmade items that are lovely.  There were scarves, candle holders, chocolate and many cool items to see.
 Plus I saw the biggest bunny I have ever seen!
This area also has Santa and you have to go visit him.  I love how it is painted.
There is so much to do and see with amusement rides, the train ride to see the lights, and Thomas Land!  Plus, visit between now and December 28th on Monday-Wednesday and bring a canned good to save $10 off full priced admission at the gate.
Thomas Land has been a large addition to the park with so many fun rides.

So cool seeing Tidmouth Sheds with all of Thomas's friends.
There are so many fun rides plus Thomas takes you around on the train ride.  They were running two trains the night we were there.  There was a very small wait for the train despite the crowds.  You can ride the train as many times as you want during your visit.
The kids love the train ride.  Evan especially loves it.  We usually get there early and ride the train in the light and then go again at dark.  It seems like they also improved the windows on the train as they were not all fogged up as they usually are.
 Here we are going past Thomas Land on the train.
So many beautiful lights to see.

In the building with Santa is a new Arcade that was built last year.
 The kids loved this bounce ride and went on it about 10 times in a row!
What better way than to get in the Christmas spirit?
 The kids will have a blast and so will the adults.
There are so many fun places to take pictures.
 We had so much fun with our friends!  Make sure to head to Edaville USA this holiday season and in the summer too!
Check out their website or Facebook page for times, prices and details.  It includes all of the rides and attractions, train ride and fun.
Disclosure:  Tickets were provided to me for review purposes of Edaville USA as an Edaville USA Family Ambassador.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

12/11/16: Charmingfare Farm Lighted Winter Wonderland Holiday Fun

I love going to holiday events with the family!  Last night we went to Charmingfare Farm in Candia, NH for their Lighted Winter Wonderland experience and had a blast.  It is a horse-drawn ride through light displays and ends in the North Pole.
Here you can see the horses ready to go.
The horses were so beautiful.
When you purchase your tickets they are for a certain time but that is just to control the amount of people.  Once you arrive you head to the bonfire area and wait to board.  We only had to wait for one cycle to go.  Make sure to dress warm and also bring a blanket to wear on the ride.
As you travel you see beautiful light displays.
Here we are entering the North Pole!
Here is the sign welcoming us to the North Pole.
There are many characters there to greet you!  Here are the kids with Frosty.  He was my favorite.  He was frozen in place and so cute!
Of course you need to see Rudolph!
How cute is this tall teddy bear?
I love this welcoming Santa house.  What a great place to take a picture.
There is also a bonfire there to  keep you warm.  You can also purchase stuff to make Smores.
A big Gingerbread Man!
There is even a few real reindeer.  You can purchase food for the reindeer also. 
We also checked out some of their farm animals.  Check out this awesome cow Audrey!
We also saw a cool Alpaca!
There are more details on their website for dates, hours, and pricing.  
Order your tickets to Santa's Big Party online and use promo code: santa 16 you will SAVE $5 per person.
Make sure you check out Charmingfare Farm this holiday season!
Disclosure:  I was provided with tickets to Charmingfare Farm from being in the US Family Guide Blogger Network.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.