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Blog Giveaway Roundup – September 19, 2014

Blog Giveaway Roundup

Welcome to our weekly giveaway roundup! Every Friday, we offer you the chance to share your giveaways. If you love to enter giveaways, be sure to browse the selection below.

Blog Giveaway Roundup

Good luck! If you’ve had any blog giveaway wins this last week, feel free to let everyone know about them by leaving a comment below.

Mystery Thriller Gone Girl in Theaters October 3rd #GoneGirl

Gone Girl - based on the best-selling Gillian Flynn novel is hitting theaters October 3rd. #GoneGirl

I love a good mystery thriller.  Even more so if it’s smartly written with twists and turns that keep me guessing up until the end.  Gone Girl is going to be one of those movies and I can’t wait to see it.

About the movie Gone Girl

Directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn – unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

Based on the best-selling thriller by Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl features an all-star cast.  With the talents of Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tyler Perry bringing the story to life, you just know this is going to be good.

You can check out the trailer for Gone Girl here:

I hadn’t heard of the book prior to watching this trailer, but after I saw it, I wanted to know how the story plays out!  So I had to get the book for my Kindle.  Hopefully I will have time to finish it before the movie comes out.

Gone Girl - based on the best-selling Gillian Flynn novel is hitting theaters October 3rd. #GoneGirl

In the meantime, I will have to explore Amy Dunne’s Pinterest page, looking for clues.  In a clever movie tie-in, Gone Girl’s Amy Dunne has a Pinterest account you can explore.  As evidence mounts against Amy’s husband Nick and speculation rises, Amy’s past is coming into focus on Pinterest. What was she like? What were her interests? Did she leave any clues? Explore for yourself at http://bit.ly/AmyDunne

Gone Girl - based on the best-selling Gillian Flynn novel is hitting theaters October 3rd. #GoneGirl
To learn more about Gone Girl, follow the conversation using the hashtag #GoneGirl.  You can also check out the official movie website and follow the movie on the following social media channels.

Be sure to check back in a few weeks as I will have a fun giveaway to help celebrate the release of Gone Girl.  One lucky winner will receive a $25 Visa Gift Card to see the movie in the theater, as well as the movie tie-in copy of the book.

So tell me…  Have you read the book Gone Girl?  Will you be seeing it when it comes out to the theater on October 3rd?

 

 

Little Passports Helps You Raise Money for Your School

Little Passports School Fundraiser

Disclosure:  The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. That being said, as a parent of 3 school-aged children, I am happy to help spread the word about such a worthwhile fundraising opportunity for schools.

The sad state of today’s economy hasn’t just impacted families, it has also impacted schools.  I know our school has been having to cut things because there just isn’t enough money to go around.  Fortunately there is something you can do to help!  I have talked before about Little Passports and what a great educational opportunity they offer for kids.  Well now they have launched a great school fundraising program.

I don’t know about your school, but every time my kids’ schools do a fundraiser it’s for candy bars or cookie dough.  Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I find it refreshing that there is now a fundraising opportunity for schools that is for an educational product.

Little Passports School Fundraiser

Little Passports Fundraising Program For Your School!

Planning a fundraiser at your child’s school? Little Passports is the perfect partner, with an award-winning educational product that kids and parents love.

For every sale generated during your fundraiser, Little Passports will donate 15% back to your school.  They even have a flyer to help you spread the word. Get more information here: www.littlepassports.com/schools. The fundraising period is from October 21 – 28 and the deadline to sign-up is October 10th so check it out today!

I am definitely passing this information on to the PTO president at my daughter’s elementary school.  This would be an easy way for any school to earn some much needed funds.

The Best of Me Movie Trailer – In Theaters October 17th.

The Best of Me - based on the best-selling Nicholas Sparks novel is hitting theaters October 17th. #TheBestofMe

I am a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks. I think I have read all of his books and nearly every one of them has made me teary-eyed. So I was quite excited to discover that another one of his books has been made into a movie. The Best of Me will be in theaters on October 17th. I can’t wait to see it! I haven’t read the book yet, but if I know Nicholas Sparks, I better bring along some tissues :)

About the movie The Best of Me

Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.

The Best of Me - based on the best-selling Nicholas Sparks novel is hitting theaters October 17th. #TheBestofMe

The Best of Me a great cast – James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato.

Fans of the country group Lady Antebellum will be excited to learn that The Best of Me soundtrack features their new single “I Did With You”.  The song is featured in the trailer as well.  You can watch it below to learn more about this movie.  Looks like it will be a good one, doesn’t it?

The Best of Me - based on the best-selling Nicholas Sparks novel is hitting theaters October 17th. #TheBestofMe

The Best of Me is all about first loves.  Do you remember your first love?  I do – I am married to him :) If you have a first love story, I hope you will join in on #FirstLoveFriday. Every Friday, join The Best of Me in sharing your first love stories using the hashtag #FirstLoveFriday! Follow @BestofMeMovie on Twitter and share your romantic story!

To learn more about this movie, be sure to follow the hashtag #TheBestofMe, or you can also follow through social media.

Be sure to check back in a few weeks as we will have a fun giveaway to help celebrate the theatrical release of The Best of Me. One lucky winner will receive a $25 Visa Gift Card so they can see the movie in the theaters, as well as a tote bag and a copy of the book.

So tell me… Are you a fan of Nicholas Sparks? Have you heard of the movie the Best of Me? Will you be seeing it when it comes out to theaters on October 17th?

Disclosure: I will be receiving a gift card in exchange for sharing information about this upcoming film. No other compensation will be received. All opinions stated are my own.

The Maze Runner Movie Giveaway #MazeRunner

Coming to theaters September 19th - The Maze Runner.

Are you excited for the upcoming film The Maze Runner? There’s just a little over a week until it hits theaters on September 19th. A couple of weeks ago, I shared The Maze Runner movie trailer with you. From everything I have seen, it looks like it’s going to be a huge hit!

The Maze Runner Movie

About The Maze Runner:

When Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape.

To learn more about this film, follow the hashtag #MazeRunner, and be sure to follow the movie’s social media channels.

My son has been reading the book and we are all definitely excited to see it when it comes out. Will you be seeing The Maze Runner when it hits theaters on the 19th?

Enter to win a The Maze Runner movie Prize Pack that includes a copy of the book, a Money Maze, and a $25 Visa Gift Card.  The #giveaway is open to US residents only and ends September 19, 2014.

To help promote this film, I am pleased to be able to give one lucky A Heart Full of Love reader a The Maze Runner Movie Prize Pack. The prize includes a copy of the book The Maze Runner, a Money Maze, and a $25 Visa Gift Card so you can see the movie in the theater. Entry is open to US residents age 18 and older. The giveaway ends September 19th at 11:59 pm EST.

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Disclosure: I will be receiving a prize pack from Warner Bros. Pictures as a thank you for writing about this upcoming film.

This Is Where I Leave You Movie Giveaway #TIWILY

This is Where I Leave You Movie Trailer

There’s just a little over a week until This Is Where I Leave You Movie hits theaters on September 19th. A couple of weeks ago, I shared the movie trailer with you. It looks like it would make a great date night movie.

This is where I leave you movie

About the film

When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide—driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.

To learn more about this movie, be sure to follow the hashtag #TIWILY or visit the following websites:

My husband and I have already made plans to get a sitter so we can go see this movie when it comes out.  Will you be seeing it when it hits theaters?

Enter to win a This Is Where I Leave You movie Prize Pack that includes a tote bag, a mug, and a $25 Visa Gift Card.  The #giveaway is open to US residents only and ends September 19, 2014.

To help promote this film, I am pleased to be able to give one lucky A Heart Full of Love reader a This Is Where I Leave You Movie Prize Pack.  The prize includes a mug, a tote bag, and a $25 Visa Gift Card so you can see the movie in the theater.  Entry is open to US residents age 18 and older.  The giveaway ends September 19th at 11:59 pm EST.

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Disclosure: I will be receiving a prize pack from Warner Bros. Pictures as a thank you for writing about this upcoming film.

Back to School Treats with Immaculate Baking #IBBakesWell

Immaculate Baking mixes use only wholesome, simple ingredients like you would use if you made it from scratch.  No GMO's, no artificial preservatives, and no high fructose corn syrup.

My kids went back to school this week.  I always like to do something special for them and this year was no different.  I included a little surprise treat in their lunch and then we had a special dessert after dinner while we sat around and talked about how their day went.

I usually do all my baking from scratch, because I am pretty picky about what ingredients I use.   This year I had a little bit of help from Immaculate Baking.  New Immaculate Baking mixes use only wholesome, simple ingredients like I would use if I baked from scratch.

Immaculate Baking has just come out with a new line of dry baking mixes.  They are committed to avoiding GMO’s in their products, which is something I am really passionate about, as my long-time readers may know.  If you read the ingredient list, they are all items that you can easily recognize.  No fillers, no GMO’s, no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial preservatives, and 0 grams trans-fat!  Immaculate Baking even offers all organic and gluten-free mixes.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate a company that is committed to offering only all natural ingredients in their mixes.

Immaculate Baking mixes use only wholesome, simple ingredients like you would use if you made it from scratch.  No GMO's, no artificial preservatives, and no high fructose corn syrup.

I got to try 4 different varieties of Immaculate Baking mixes.  The varieties I received were Yellow Cake, Brownies, Gluten Free Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Chocolate Cake.  I immediately made the batch of brownies and froze them for the kids’ lunches.  Of course I had to try one.  Moist and chocolatey, – just how  I like them!

Immaculate Baking mixes use only wholesome, simple ingredients like you would use if you made it from scratch.  No GMO's, no artificial preservatives, and no high fructose corn syrup.

For our special back to school dessert, I made cupcakes with the Immaculate Baking Chocolate Cake Mix.  I topped them with peanut butter frosting and made special back to school cupcake toppers to finish them off.

Here is the peanut butter frosting recipe I made.

Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (I use natural peanut butter with no added sugar.)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar (I use organic.)
  • 1/4 cup milk

Mix the softened butter and peanut butter with an electric mixer. Gradually mix in the sugar.   Add the milk, one tablespoon at a time,  until all of the sugar is mixed in and the frosting is spreadable.

Immaculate Baking mixes use only wholesome, simple ingredients like you would use if you made it from scratch.  No GMO's, no artificial preservatives, and no high fructose corn syrup.

The cupcakes were a big hit.  They had a rich chocolate flavor.  They stayed moist even several days after I made them.

I was definitely impressed with the Immaculate Baking mixes I tried.  I will definitely be looking for them in the future for those times when I don’t have time to bake from scratch.

Want to try new Immaculate Baking mixes for yourself?  They are now available in the grocery section at Target.  You can find them in the baking aisle.

You can learn more about this wonderful company at ImmaculateBaking.com.  Also, be sure to like Immaculate Baking on Facebook.

Disclosure: The information and samples have been provided by Immaculate Baking through Platefull Co-Op in order to facilitate this review.

Hormel Ready-To-Go Proteins Help You Get Dinner on the Table Fast! #newfromhormel #CollectiveBias #shop

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

Get dinner on the table fast with #newfromhormel Everyday Scratch and Hot Sandwich Meals. #collectivebias #shop

My kids headed back to school this week. The lazy days of summer are over and it’s right back into a very busy schedule with marching band practice, scout meetings, and all the kids’ other activities. In spite of how hectic life can be at times, I still like to have a home-cooked meal on the table every night for my family. Fortunately for me, there is help!  With new Hormel Everyday Scratch and Hot Sandwich Meats I can get a delicious homemade meal on the table in no time at all.  With Hormel’s ready-to-go proteins, I can whip up my favorite casserole and get it in the oven in a jiffy.  Which leaves me more time for other things – like helping with homework, and playing taxi driver to my kids :)

I recently had the opportunity to try varieties of both of the #newfromhormel products – Everyday Scratch and Hot Sandwich Meats.  I picked them up from Kroger on the way home from an open house. By the time I got home, it was already late and the kids were hungry.  So I was extremely grateful that the Hormel Hot Sandwich Meats are heat and serve.

Get dinner on the table fast with #newfromhormel Everyday Scratch and Hot Sandwich Meals. #collectivebias #shop

I warmed the Hormel Philly Style Steak on the stove top while I prepared a veggie and heated some twice baked potatoes I had made earlier.  I was able to get dinner on the table in just 20 minutes – much to the delight of my kids who claimed they were starving!

Each tub of Hormel Hot Sandwich Meats makes 4 generous sandwiches.  They are fully cooked already, so you just need to heat them on the stove until they are piping hot.  To make things even quicker, you can also microwave them.

Get dinner on the table fast with #newfromhormel Everyday Scratch and Hot Sandwich Meals. #collectivebias #shop

We served our Philly Style Steak on crusty french bread and topped it with muenster cheese.  The Philly Style Steak Hot Sandwich Meat includes sauteed peppers and onions in a flavorful sauce.  I wasn’t quite sure about the sauce, but it adds so much flavor and helps keep everything moist.  It made for a quick meal that was both delicious and quite filling.

In the future, I definitely want to try Hormel’s other varieties of Hot Sandwich Meat when I literally have no time to cook.  Also available are

  • Buffalo Style Chicken
  • Tequila Lime Chicken
  • Tequila Lime Steak

Today, I had a little more time to prepare our meal, but with it being the kids’ first day of school, I didn’t want to spend all afternoon in the kitchen getting dinner together.  So I used Hormel’s Everyday Scratch Rotisserie Style Chicken to help me quickly put together one of our family’s favorite casseroles – Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Bake.  Here’s the recipe…

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Bake Recipe

  • 4 cups prepared rice (I use quick cooking brown rice)
  • 1 bag frozen broccoli
  • 1 package of Hormel Everyday Scratch Rotisserie Style Chicken, diced
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 8 oz of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Get dinner on the table fast with #newfromhormel Everyday Scratch and Hot Sandwich Meals. #collectivebias #shop

In a 9×13 inch baking dish sprayed with non-stick spray, layer the rice, broccoli, and chicken.  In a small bowl, mix the cream of chicken soup with the milk and pour over the top of the casserole.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Sprinkle with the shredded cheddar and return to the oven for 3-4 minutes to melt the cheese.

Get dinner on the table fast with #newfromhormel Everyday Scratch and Hot Sandwich Meals. #collectivebias #shop

The nice thing about this simple recipe is that you can use it as a template and mix things up a bit.   I switch things up from time to time, substituting a different vegetable, cheese, or cream soup.  It’s delicious no matter how you make it.  In the past, I normally just use leftover chicken to make this recipe, but I have to say that the seasoning on the rotisserie chicken lends a nice flavor to this recipe.  So I think I am going to use it from now on when I make this recipe.

In addition to the Rotisserie Chicken, there are five other Hormel Everyday Scratch varieties that can help you get a head start with your favorite recipes.

  • Flame Seared Carnitas – I am thinking of using these for taco night!
  • Flame Seared Chicken Breast – would be great for any casserole or recipe where you need cooked chicken
  • Fusilli Pomodoro with Grilled Chicken – for all your favorite Italian dishes
  • 6-Cheese Macaroni with Grilled Chicken
  • Roasted Garlic Cheese Risotto with Grilled Chicken

Although the main benefit of these products are that they can help you get a meal on on the table quickly, I think you will also appreciate that these refrigerated entrees contain no preservatives and have 0 grams of trans fat.  As a mom who tries to feed her family wholesome, nutritious meals, I can definitely appreciate that.

New from Hormel at Kroger

Want to try new Hormel Everyday Scratch or Hot Sandwich Meats for  yourself?  Both can be found in the refrigerated entrees section at your local Kroger.  At the Kroger Marketplace here in town, the refrigerated entrees are found on an island (or at least that’s what I call it!) in front of the meat counter.

Money Saving Coupons

What’s even better than Hormel’s delicious new Everyday Scratch and Hot Sandwich Meats saving you time in the kitchen?  Saving time and money of course!   Here are two coupons you will want to print before heading off to the store. (Both coupons expire 30 days after you print them and they are available until 10/31/14.)

So that’s twice in the past few days that Hormel has helped me get dinner on the table quickly – first with their Hot Sandwich Meats and then again with their Everyday Scratch ready-to-go protein.  I am definitely going to keep a couple of varieties of these on hand for those nights when I just don’t have much time to cook. We busy moms can use all the help we can get!  So tell me…  Which of Hormel’s new varieties are you most interested in trying?

This is Where I Leave You – Coming to Theaters September 19th

Coming to theaters September 19th, This is Where I Leave You is based on the hilarious and poignant best-selling novel by Jonathan Tropper and features an ensemble cast including Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda.

Most of the time, we go to the movies as a family.  Every once in awhile though, my husband and I enjoy a date night by ourselves.  We usually grab dinner and head to the theater to watch a movie.  One of the movies we want to see on an upcoming date night is This is Where I Leave You.  It is based on the best-selling novel by Jonathan Tropper,  and will be hitting theaters on September 19th.

About This is Where I Leave You

When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide—driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.

 

Coming to theaters September 19th, This is Where I Leave You is based on the hilarious and poignant best-selling novel by Jonathan Tropper and features an ensemble cast including Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda.

This Is Where I Leave You Stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard and Jane Fonda.  It was directed by Shawn Levy and was produced by Paula Weinstein, Shawn Levy, Jeffrey Levine; Executive Producers Mary McLaglen, Jonathan Tropper.  This dramatic comedy is rated R, so you will want to save this one for a date night when you have a sitter for the kids.

Be sure to check out the movie trailer for This is Where I Leave You

Join the Book Club!

Coming to theaters September 19th, This is Where I Leave You is based on the hilarious and poignant best-selling novel by Jonathan Tropper and features an ensemble cast including Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda.

I don’t know about you, but whenever a movie comes out that is based on a book, I always like to read the book first. If you are going to be reading This is Where I Leave You before you see it in the theater, be sure to join Warner Bros. Pictures’ #TIWILY book discussion on the film’s Facebook page each Wednesday, and take part in the conversation for a chance to win signed movie posters and a trip to the premiere in Hollywood!

To learn more about this movie, be sure to follow the hashtag #TIWILY or visit the following websites:

Be sure to check back in a few weeks as we will have a fun giveaway to help celebrate the release of this film.  One lucky winner will receive a $25 Visa Gift Card so they can see the movie in the theaters, as well as a tote bag and mug.

So tell me…  Have you heard of the movie This is Where I Leave You?  Will you be seeing it when it comes out to theaters on September 19th?

Disclosure:  I will be receiving a gift card in exchange for sharing information about this upcoming film.  No other compensation will be received.  All opinions stated are my own.