Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Win a Copy of The Lego Movie! #Giveaway


Have you seen The Lego Movie?  I haven't, but I've heard great things about it.  And I've always loved Lego, so now that it's out on Blu-ray and DVD, I am going to have to check it out.

About The Lego Movie:
The LEGO® Movie, the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller is an original 3D computer animated story that follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

Chris Pratt (Moneyball) stars as the voice of Emmet. Will Ferrell (The Campaign) stars as the voice of his primary adversary, President Business, an erudite, anal-retentive CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life; while Liam Neeson (Taken) voices the president's powerful henchman, known as Bad Cop, who will stop at nothing to catch Emmet.

Starring as Emmet's fellow travelers are Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), as Vitruvius, an old mystic; Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, Emmy nominee for 30 Rock), as tough-as-nails Lucy, who mistakes Emmet for the savior of the world and guides him on his quest; Will Arnett (Emmy nominee, 30 Rock), as the mysterious Batman, a LEGO minifigure with whom Lucy shares a history; Nick Offerman (NBC's Parks and Recreation) as a craggy, swaggering pirate, obsessed with revenge on President Business; and Alison Brie (Community) as a sweet, loveable member of the team, with a powerful secret.
You have a chance to check it out, too by winning your very own copy!!  That's right, one lucky reader will win a copy of The Lego Movie on Blu-ray!

Just check out this Everything is Awesome Blog App and create a mini 6 second LEGO GIF Video! Get creative!  Videos instantly get posted to YouTube for everybody to enjoy!  Then all you have to do is leave a comment with a link to your Lego video, and you're entered to win.  How easy is that?


Once you have shared your short Lego video, you can earn extra entries by tweeting about this giveaway and using the #TheLEGOMovie hashtag.  Shares on Facebook and Google+ will be counted, too,  Just be sure to link to this giveaway and make sure I can see your post so I can count it.  You can tweet and share once per day per social network.

Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada, and all entries must be received by 11:59pm ET on June 30, 2014.  Good luck!

Each household is only eligible to win The Lego Movie Blu-Ray via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Review: David Gray Mutineers

I received a free download of the new David Gray CD Mutineers to review from One2One Network.  All opinions are mine.

David Gray is best known for his hit Babylon from the album White Ladders, which I had to look up on YouTube because I hadn't heard it. I really don't think I've heard any of David Gray's music before.  That's OK, though, because I always love discovering new music and artists, and this album is a bit different from David Gray's previous albums.  Mutineers "finds Gray steering into unfamiliar territory while cultivating a pugnacious but respectful relationship with his own history."   The album stretched David's creative boundaries as he strove to create music that he had never made before.

I've now listened to the entire CD several times, and I am really enjoying it.  Here's the official video for Back in the World, the first track on the CD.  I really like this song.  I'm not sure I understand the "naked as a tree" thing, but the song is really catchy.


Mutineers track listing:
  1. Back in the World
  2. As the Crow Flies
  3. Mutineer
  4. Beautiful Agony
  5. Last Summer
  6. Snow in Vegas
  7. Cake and Eat It
  8. Birds of the High Arctic
  9. The Incredible
  10. Girl Like You
  11. Gulls
  12. Nearly Midnight (bonus track)
I'm also really enjoying Beautiful Agony, Snow in Vegas, Gulls, and pretty much all of the tracks.  Give it a listen.  I think you'll like it, too.

Mutineers is singer/songwriter David Gray's tenth studio album, his first in four years, and it will be released in the U.S. on June 17.   You can pre-order your copy here:

 OR, buy tickets to see David Gray in person, and get a free download of the CD on June 17.
Concert goers will receive a digital download of "Mutineers" out June 17. Please note: Valid for tickets purchased online only. One download per ticket. You will receive an e-mail on June 17 with instructions on how to redeem your album. If you purchase your tickets after June 17 you will receive an e-mail within 24-48 hours after your purchase.
How cool is that?  Check the Official David Gray website for the tour schedule and for more information about David Gray and his music.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Score Big Savings on Concert Tickets and More!

I recently received an email asking me if I had ever tried ScoreBig.  I replied that I had not, but I would be happy to check it out, see how it worked, and share my experience.  I was provided with a coupon code to use toward the concert or event of my choice.  The experience and all opinions are mine.

You may not have heard of ScoreBig.  I hadn't.  To tell you the truth, we don't really attend many concerts, shows, or sporting events, so I'd only heard of the main ticket outlets like Tickemaster and LiveNation.  And, to tell you even more truth - we don't attend many events because it just plain costs so much!  That's why I was quite interested in ScoreBig because they promise you can save up to 60% on sports, concerts, and theatre tickets.  I love saving money!  Don't you?
Quick Facts about ScoreBig:

  • You are guaranteed to save on each and every ticket on ScoreBig.com
  • Tickets for sports, concerts, theater, Broadway, family shows, and attractions
  • No fees – free delivery
  • Choose Your Seating Area – all seats ordered together will be next to each other
  • Tell us what you want to pay – you have all the control, it’s thrilling!
  • Get an instant answer – you find out right away if your offer has been accepted

The way ScoreBig works is that you find the event you want to attend, choose your seating area (by choosing a seating area rather than an exact seat, you're giving the ticket providers the flexibility they need to give you great deals), and then make an offer for how much you want to pay for those seats.  They tell you how much full-price tickets in that seating area are, and give you an indicator of your offer's potential for success.  It's all up to you - offer what you want to pay. You'll know immediately whether or not your offer has been accepted.  If your offer is declined, you may not be able to make another offer on the same seat rating for 24 hours. You can still make an offer on a different seat rating, if available for that event, or you just wait and see if you'll have better luck the next day.

I decided to make an offer on some tickets for a Brad Paisley concert, which is coming up really soon.  (We haven't seen Brad since the Walworth County Fair way back in, well, a number of years ago.  Anyone remember when the Mud on the Tires tour was?)  My first offer was not accepted, but they gave me another chance - so I did not have to wait 24 hours.  That offer was not accepted either because I intentionally went in with another low offer, though it was higher than the first one, to see just how much I could save.  When that second offer was declined, ScoreBig told me I could still get those tickets and made me a counter offer.  While the price they quoted me was below full price, the savings weren't significant, so I decided to pass on those seats and try a different seating area.   I went from what they call the 5-star seating area (closer seats, highlighted in purple on the seat map) to a 3-star seating area (either sections E or G on the seat map).  My offer on those was declined, too, but I decided to go ahead and grab the tickets for the counter-offer quote ScoreBig gave me.  Full-price tickets in both areas cost exactly the same if you go to Ticketmaster or LiveNation (yes, I checked),  but the ScoreBig savings on the 3-star seating area were much better.  Instead of saving almost $5 on each seat, which is what they offered me on the 5-star seats, I saved almost $20 on each seat.  My husband said I should have grabbed the better seats, because with the coupon code ScoreBig gave me, the actual cost to us wasn't much.  But I was doing this to test the site and see how much I could save.  Once my order was confirmed and my tickets ready to ship, I found that our tickets are only 6 rows back in Section E, so I think I did pretty good!
 
Less than 30 minutes after I placed my order, I had a FedEx Shipment Notification in my email, and my tickets were delivered 5 days later. It probably would have been quicker, but there was a holiday weekend in there.  Note: your tickets may or may not come via FedEx.  ScoreBig will decide the best way to get your tickets to you, whether shipping them to you, providing e-tickets, or having them for you at Will Call, they will be sure you have them in plenty of time for your event.  And did I mention that there are no fees, and shipping is free?

So, if you're looking to score some big savings on tickets to events in your area, be sure to check out ScoreBig.  It's fun, and you could just be seeing some great concerts, or sporting events, or theatre, for a lot less than the people sitting all around you! I know I'll be checking it for future concerts I want to see.



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Monday, June 02, 2014

Win a Prize Pack from The American Bible Challenge

Do you watch The American Bible Challenge on Game Show Network?  How do you think you'd do if you were on the show?  It would be fun to get the chance to try, wouldn't it?  If you're not familiar with The American Bible Challenge, it's a game show that celebrates the Bible and its place in American culture. Bible enthusiasts from all across the country compete in a variety of challenges that put their knowledge of the Good Book to the test.


5 Things you didn’t know about The American Bible Challenge:
  1. All the money won in every single episode is donated to charities
  2. All of the questions come from the Old and New Testament
  3. Your Bible knowledge will be tested in physical challenges as well
  4. The American Bible Challenge is the highest rated TV program in Game Show Network history
  5. It is nominated for two daytime emmy awards: Outstanding Game Show, and Outstanding Game Show Host Jeff Foxworthy
Or did you know?  For even more information, be sure to keep up with The American Bible Challenge on Twitter & Facebook.

I didn't know any of those things, though I was hoping that #2 was true! What I do know is how you can win a great Prize Pack from Game Show Network and The American Bible Challenge.  It includes:
  • 1 official “The American Bible Challenge” Tee-shirt 
  • 1 11x17 official Season 3 poster 

To Enter:
  • Leave a comment!  Tell me what your favorite Bible verse is or which charity you'd play for if you could be on The American Bible Challenge.
  • Extra entries:
    - Tweet about this giveaway with a link to this post and the hashtag #BIBLECHALLENGE
    - Share on Google+ and/or Facebook
    Leave a comment for each entry with a link to your tweet, post, or status update (once per day per social network) and be sure I can see your post, otherwise I cannot count it.
Giveaway is open to U.S. residents, and all entries must be received by 11:59pm ET on Tuesday June 10, 2014.  Good luck!

This post is sponsored by Game Show Network & The American Bible Challenge.
Each household is only eligible to win One (1) The American Bible Challenge Prize Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Remember


Thank you to all those who have served and all those who have waited at home.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Free Audiobooks All Summer Long

Once again SYNC is offering two free audiobooks - a current Young Adult title paired thematically with a Classic or Required Summer Reading title - each week all summer long.

It begins the week of May 15 – May 21 with
  • WARP: THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN by Eoin Colfer, Narrated by Maxwell Caulfield (Listening Library) and
  • THE TIME MACHINE by H.G. Wells, Narrated by Derek Jacobi (Listening Library)
and continues through the week of August 7- August 13.  Here's the entire Summer 2014 Sync title list.  There are some I'm really looking forward to!

Be sure to sign up for email and/or text alerts to get reminders when the new titles are available.  Just enter your email address on the site or text syncya to 25827.

Please Note: Signing up for the alerts will not send you the titles.  The alerts will simply tell you when and where the title is available to download.

Download Details
• Downloads are in MP3 format, hosted by OverDrive, and are Mac and Windows compatible.
• Downloads will operate through OverDrive’s Media Console.
• Most listening devices are supported.
• Each SYNC audiobook will be available for download for a period of 7 days (only).
• Titles, once downloaded, are yours to keep.


I'm currently listening to one of the books I got from SYNC last year, but I can't wait to download some new ones this summer.  How about you?

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Monday, April 28, 2014

You Need to See This!

My son Cory says that I should probably change the name of my blog since I never seem to talk about either of my kids anymore.  I guess that's what happens when they grow up and we move away.  They aren't part of our daily lives, and I don't really have much to share about what they're doing.  They're the ones who need to share with me!

There is one big thing (or two) coming up:


Cory will be performing in Romeo & Juliet in his last show at UW-Whitewater.  The show opens tomorrow night and runs through Saturday night, so if you're in the area - Eagle, Palmyra, anywhere in Wisconsin - you will definitely want to call that number and get your tickets.  I know it's going to be a great show.

And that other big thing coming up?  My boy will be graduating from college next month.  Wasn't it just yesterday we were moving him into the dorm for the first time?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Living Room and Dining Room

OK, I lied.  It really has been two weeks since I showed you our gorgeous floors in the dining room and living room, and I promised to post some pictures of how it looks with the furniture moved back in.  But seriously, how does time go by so fast

Better late than never, right?  Here's what it looks like now.  Looking from the doorway into the living room:


Looking around the corner into the dining room.  Instead of putting the china cabinet back along the wall, we put it in the corner, and the shelf with the cookbooks too.  It works really well and leaves more room to move around the table.  Now we just need to find some artwork for that wall.  The roses we had on the wall in our old house are a bit faded.  They were on the wall for a long time, and I just didn't notice until we pulled them out here.  So, we're looking, but that can wait.  Also, Jeffrey just hung the new curtains on Friday, and I haven't taken a picture yet. 


The library area.  I think the books can stay now.  I unpacked them, organized them on the shelves, and then had to move them when Jeffrey painted.  They got put back on the shelves, though not organized in any way, and then moved again when we did the floor.  Now, to find time to read them...


Looking toward the dining room.  The kitchen is through that doorway.


It does look a bit different than it did before:





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Friday, March 21, 2014

American Dream Builders Lowe's Gift Card Giveaway

 #DreamBuilders - What could you do around your house to make it the American Dream Home? If you've been reading my posts, you see we've been doing a bit around here, and, let me tell you, the cost of home improvement can really add up!  American Dream Builders, a new show premiering this Sunday on NBC, and Lowe's home improvement warehouse want to help someone create the home of their dreams by giving  them $100,000 in products and services from Lowe’s and a consultation with the winner of the show.  I know I'm entering!  Enter for your own chance to win your dream renovation at www.nbc.com/lowes - one entry per day per person.   Starting March 23rd you will also be able to earn 5 bonus entries when you “Dream It Yourself”! Upload a photo or video and description of a home project you are working on and EARN 5 BONUS SWEEPSTAKES ENTRIES.  I've got a picture or two to share, how about you?

(Learn how you can enter to win a $50 Lowe's gift card at the end of this post)

About the show:  
Hosted by famed interior designer and best-selling author, Nate Berkus, AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS follows the nation’s top 12 designers and home builders as they compete to be crowned the Ultimate Dream Builder and take home a $250,000 cash prize. It’s the home competition that will change everything!

Get an extended look at American Dream Builders, the new makeover competition show hosted by Nate Berkus and premiering March 23 on NBC, and follow the show on Facebook and Twitter for a chance to win more prizes from American Dream Builders and Lowe’s!

For even more fun, you'll be able to live tweet along with the judges and Nate Berkus during the show.  Nate will be live tweeting all season long


Giveaway:
One reader will receive a $50 gift card from Lowe's (not the $100,000 big prize; you'll have to enter that HERE)  Entering is simple.  Just leave me a comment telling me what home improvement project(s) you'd do if you won the big prize.
Additional entries: (once per day on each site)

  • tweet about this giveaway with a link to this post and the hashtag #DreamBuilders
  • Share on Facebook and/or Google+
Giveaway is open to U.S. residents, and all entries must be received by 11:59pm Eastern on March 31, 2014.  Good luck!

Each household is only eligible to win One (1) $50 Lowe's Gift Card via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one winner per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Look What We Did!

I know, it has taken me forever (2 weeks) to show you the rest of the updates we've made to the house.  You've been hanging on the edges of your seats, right?  OK, maybe not, but you do want to see, don't you?

After the dining room and living room were painted, we took out the carpeting,


and started putting down new wood flooring.



 We started in the dining room and then, when that was done, we moved the furniture from the living room into the dining room, and we did the living room.  We had never done anything like this before, so it was an adventure and really quite fun.  It's kinda like putting together a puzzle, and kind of addictive as you start to see things coming together.  Not quite so much fun spending a couple hours one afternoon taking up about 19 rows and putting them back down again because I noticed an extra-wide gap right there in the walkway between the dining room and the living room.  (But I had to get it done so we could continue that evening when Jeffrey got home from work.)



Now, we have this gorgeous hardwood floor in there.  And, yes, I still go in there - often - and say, "Look what we did!"   Or just look at it and enjoy it.


Pictures of all the furniture moved back into place coming next!  (I promise not to wait two weeks.  Really)

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