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Gone Girl Movie Giveaway #GoneGirl

Gone Girl Movie Giveaway

 

I am so excited for the upcoming premiere of Gone Girl on October 3rd.  Since I first shared the trailer with you, I have gotten a copy of the book and found I couldn’t put it down after I started reading it.  I can’t wait to see how it is adapted on screen.

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?

Gone Girl Movie Giveaway

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.

Enter to win a Gone Girl Movie Prize Pack that includes a copy of the book and a $25 Visa Gift Card.  The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends October 9, 2014.

To help promote the the release of Gone Girl, I have a fun giveaway for you.  One lucky A Heart Full of Love reader will win a Gone Girl Movie Prize Pack that includes a copy of the book and a $25 Visa Gift Card so you can see Gone Girl in the theater.  Entry is open to US residents age 18 and older. The giveaway ends October 9th at 11:59 pm EST.

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Disclosure: I will be receiving a prize pack  from 20th Century Fox as a thank you for writing about this upcoming film.

Easy Halloween Crafts for Kids


October is fast approaching, and I am already thinking of Halloween.  Each year I like to pick out a few easy Halloween Crafts for kids to make with my daughters and a few of their friends.  We make an afternoon of it, complete with a special Halloween snack.  Afterwards, my kids always have so much fun using their new creations to decorate their rooms for Halloween.

Want some simple Halloween crafts to make with your kids this year?  Here are a few ideas to spark your imagination…

Decorate a pumpkin- no carving required

What would Halloween be without a Jack-o-lantern?  If your kids aren’t old enough to trust with pumpkin carving tools, there is a great alternative – pumpkin decorating kits.  These kits have translucent pegs (think Light Brights) that are pounded into the pumpkin with a small wooden mallet.

Kids can use the included patterns or come up with your own design.  When they are done, you put a small battery powered light inside (sometimes included with the kit) and the light shines out through the design the kids made.  They are really cool looking all lit up at night.  When my kids were younger, we did this with them every year.  They were always so proud of the pumpkins they created!


Pumpkin Masters Kid's Fright Lights
Pumpkin Masters Kid’s Fright Lights

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Halloween Shrinky Dinks

What kid doesn’t love Shrinky Dinks?  There’s something fascinating about watching your artwork grow smaller and smaller.  Did you know that you can make your own Shrinky Dinks?  You just need a clear plastic container like the ones you get at a deli or salad bar.  Just make sure that the plastic is labeled on the bottom with a #6 surrounded by recycling arrows.  Not all types of plastic will work, so make sure it has that “6”.

Cut away the sides of the container so you have some flat plastic sheets.  Now hand your kids some permanent markers and instruct them to create some Halloween pictures on the plastic sheets.  When they are done, bake on an aluminum foil covered baking sheet at 350 degrees for about 3-4 minutes.  Allow to cool completely before handling.  (Adults should handle all the tasks involving the oven, of course.)  Now you can take your miniature works of Halloween art and make them into jewelry or whatever else you desire.


Shrinky Dinks Halloween Fun
Shrinky Dinks Halloween Fun

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Halloween Clothespin Crafts

Another easy Halloween craft idea is to make Halloween clothespin dolls with your kids.  You just need a wooden clothespin for the doll body, scraps of felt for clothes, embroidery floss for accents or hair, and white glue to hold it all together. In no time, your kids can be creating all sorts of spooky Halloween characters like ghosts, witches, zombies, and more.  You might be amazed what they will come up with!


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Halloween Clothespin Craft Kit

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Halloween Foam Crafts

Halloween foam craft kits are a great idea when you want to make a craft with your kids that can be finished pretty quickly.  Halloween foam haunted houses are always a huge hit with my kids, but there are other types available as well.

Last year our youngest daughter’s Girl Scout Troop used Halloween foam frame kits at one of their meetings and they turned out so cute.  The leader took a picture of each girl in her costume to put in their frame.  My daughter put a magnet on the back of hers and we hung it on the fridge for all of October.

Giant Haunted House Halloween Foam Activity
Giant Haunted House Halloween Foam Activity


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Create a Halloween Mask

Another great Halloween craft idea is to let your kids make masks.  This is a super easy craft to get ready.  All you need are plain white paper plates, scissors, markers, and ribbons.  Start by cutting eye holes in a paper plates.  Older children can do this themselves, but if you are dealing with preschoolers or toddlers, you might want to do this ahead of time.

Let the kids go wild decorating their masks with markers.  You can also supply glitter, glue, and crafty odds and ends like feathers if you want. After the kids have decorated their masks, attach a ribbon at each side so the kids can wear them.


Animal Paper Masks Kit
Animal Paper Mask Kit


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For even more easy Halloween crafts for kids, be sure to check out this video.

So tell me…  What sorts of easy Halloween crafts for kids is your family making this year?

The Best of Me Movie Giveaway #TheBestofMe

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

Are you excited for the upcoming film The Best of Me? There’s just a couple of weeks until it hits theaters on October 17th. If you are a Nicholas Sparks fan, it’s going to be a must-see!

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
To learn more about this movie, be sure to follow the hashtag #TheBestofMe, or follow on the following social media channels:

After I first shared the trailer with you, I went out and got the book so I could read it. Now I am ever more excited to see this movie! Will you be seeing The Best of Me in the theater?

Enter to win a The Best of Me Movie Prize Pack including a copy of the book and a $25 Visa Gift Card.  The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends October 9, 2014.

To help promote this film, I am pleased to be able to give one lucky A Heart Full of Love reader a The Best of Me Movie Prize Pack. The prize includes a $25 Visa Gift Card so the winner can see the movie in the theaters, as well as a tote bag and a copy of the book. Entry is open to US residents age 18 and older. The giveaway ends October 9th at 11:59 pm EST.

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

Blog Giveaway Roundup – September 26, 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.

5 Fun Things to Do With Halloween Washi Tape

Addicted to #washitape?  Here are 5 Fun Things to do with #Halloween Washi Tape - from party decor, to favors, and more!  #crafting

Halloween will be here before we know it.  So naturally, my mind has been turning to Halloween crafting.  My latest crafting addiction is washi tape.  I have been busy adding new Halloween washi tape assortments to my Etsy shop, so I thought I would share with you some fun ideas for using it for Halloween party treats, favors, and decor.

#1.  Use Halloween Washi Tape to decorate tea lights.

Candles can be a great way to set the perfect mood for your Halloween party.  If you use tea lights on your table, you can easily customize them to fit any theme by running some washi tape around the little metal cups.  Since washi tape is removeable, you can use the tea lights for something else after the party is over.

#2 Jazz up plastic utensils with washi tape.

I want clean up to be quick and easy after a party, so I nearly always use plastic silverware.  However, plain white plastic utensils can be so boring!  I love to decorate the handles with a bit of washi tape.

#3 Make quick and easy Halloween cupcake toppers with washi tape.

Simply take a 4 inch piece of Halloween washi tape and fold it in half over a toothpick or lollipop stick.  Take a hexagon or square punch to make a “V” on the end so it looks like a pennant.

Stampin Up Witches Brew Washi TapeWitches Brew Washi Tape

Add a spooky flair to your crafting projects with this 3 roll set of Halloween washi tape.

The set contains 5 yards each of the following designs of washi tape – Skulls, Orange Chevron, and Spooky Text. Just perfect for cardmaking, scrapbooking, and more.

#4  Use washi tape to decorate clothespins for treat bags.

Clothespins are a cute and decorative way to keep treat bags closed.  It is so easy to dress them up by running some washi tape down one of the sides.

# 5 Use washi tape to decorate mason jar lids for party favors.

I love to use pint sized mason jars filled with candy as party favors.  It is quick and easy to make them to match your party them if you run a bit of washi tape around the lid.

For more ideas, be sure to check out our Halloween Crafts and Recipes or visit our Halloween Pinterest Board.

So tell me…  What are your favorite ways to use Halloween washi tape?

Happy Crafting!

 

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.