Sunday, December 29, 2013

Viva Las Vegas Giveaway!!!

Organized by Adventure Into Domesticland

Sponsored by Alice On Vacation

Giveaway Dates: Jan 1 - 31

A big thanks to the co-hosts: Deals and Giveaways and Jen's Blog of Random Thoughts!!

Deal Lovin Grandma is happy to share this incredible giveaway with her followers!!

Prize Package includes:

4 day and 3 night accommodations at a 3+ star hotel on the strip in Las Vegas, NV for 2 adults! 

(25 years or older)

• A $500 dollar Funbook! (with cash, chips, meals, tokens & show tickets!)

Giveaway ends Jan 31st at 11:59 pm PST. Open worldwide, except to residents of Nevada, USA and proof of residency is required. Must be at least 25 years old to enter. Certificate only covers hotel accommodations. Winner will be responsible for all other expenses, including without limitations: any taxes, fees, transportation, gratuities, meals and surcharges. Hotel will require that you present a major credit card to cover other possible charges. Winners are chosen at random by and will be notified via email, be given 48 hours to respond (or another winner will be chosen). To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below.

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. Deal Lovin Grandma is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. Please contact Alice Kingsleigh with questions or to see your business or blog featured on the next big event! This giveaway is no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Hasbro's Funny or Die Review and Contest!!


I had the pleasure of sharing and reviewing Hasbro's Funny or Die!! 
You also get a chance to win this awesome game!!!

I don't know about you but I entirely enjoy game night at my house!! My family and friends make it a point to get together and play games!! This encourages family time as well as just plain fun!!!

This is the first time that we played this game and have officially made it a regular. It took us forever just to get everyone settled down to learn the instructions...not because they are hard but becuase everyone thought they had to look at the cards first (the whole stack). That was just a riot in itself!! 

After we got started playing it was non stop laughing and fun!! Everyone gets a turn to use their cards to match phrases with pictures!! The person with the funniest phrase for the card wins the round!! The phrases that were connected to the pictures just were incredibly funny!! We played for hours!!!!!

Hasbro's excerpt on game:

Hasbro is joining forces with Funny or Die, the popular comedy video website, to bring you the ultimate in caption craziness with the FUNNY OR DIE game. Try to one-up your friends by matching outrageous photos and captions to create the best laugh-out-loud combo. Everybody votes on which is the funniest and which one must “die.” Players earn money for having the funniest pair and the player with the most cast at the end of the game wins. With hundreds of hilarious pictures and captions, the FUNNY OR DIE game will have players laughing till the very end.

Enter the raflecoptor below for your chance to win one of your very own Funny or Die Games!!! 
Make your house a Hasbro Game Night!!!! 

"Age: 13+; Players: 3-6; Available: Summer 2013; Approximate Retail Price: $14.99"

a Rafflecopter giveaway

18+ please! USA only! Deal Lovin Grandma is not responsible for prize shipment!!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Kids World Blogger Op!!!

Crafty Spices is hosting another event and is offering a Bloggers opp, sign up for this opportunity and grow while you help us promote this giveaway.

You get a free Twitter link with announcement. And the bloggers who brings in more referrals will get a Free Co-Host Spot. Read on to find out about the prize. 

This giveaway will begin January 06 and will end January 21. One lucky winners will be selected to receive a Kiddy World Plus Car Seat color of their choice.

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  • With announcement each blogger receives 1 free link (Twitter or Facebook)
  • Additional Links can be purchased at $3 each. These links can be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or any link as long as you provide (Social network name, user name and your direct link)
  • Co-host spots are $6 each, limited quantity available. This includes 3 links, guaranteed to be directly in the rafflecopteron, a back link to your blog on the giveaway page, 125 x125 ad space for 30 days on Crafty Spices, and It also gives you the privilege to purchase additional links for just $1 each
  • The giveaway html will be sent out at least 2 days before the giveaway goes live and you should post before midnight the day the giveaway starts. We will not be sending out reminder emails to bloggers who forget to post and report link, we will just remove from the giveaway. 
  • Payments should be made as Gift via Paypal to cj [at] craftyspices [dot] com 
If you post and you get 5 additional entries into the giveaway.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United- Review by Kids First

Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United - A New Marvel/Disney Collaboration
Iron Man and the Hulk team up in this groundbreaking Marvel CG Animation rated PG for sci-fi violence and some language. According to 11-year-old Gerry O, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, "This move has a lot to offer - comedy, thrilling scenes, adventure, suspense, action and, of course, super heroes." Gerry's full review is below.
Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United
Reviewed by Gerry Orz, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Video review available here:
Iron Man and Hulk together. When you think about it, it’s a quite strange combination. Iron Man is zap-zap tech, but Hulk is BOOM, BOOM, and BOOM! “Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United” is a unique movie all Marvel fans will adore.
This move has a lot to offer - comedy, thrilling scenes, adventure, suspense, action and, of course, super heroes.
The great story begins when Hulk is captured and well, he saves himself. Sadly, a new villain has risen and Hulk and Iron Man must work together to stop him. If you want to find out how they accomplish this you must watch the film.
As for the animation, it seems a bit outdated, but still great. It was amazing to see how producers were able to bring characters to life. The idea of the story is brilliant and the script has a bunch of action scenes. It could probably use a bit more interaction between main characters, but otherwise the story kept me at edge of my seat. The voice actors are excellent.   
My favorite scene is when Hulk and Iron Man first meet. They get into a fight and Hulk wins. This is the first scene with both of them and it’s very funny.  
This movie has a bit of action so I recommend it for ages 10 to 18. I give it 4 out of 5 stars because of the few minor items. Definitely, this is a film that is worth watching.
Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions

The Classic Tale of Walter Mitty review by Kids First

The Classic Tale of Walter Mitty Remade with A Fabulous Cast
Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job is threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. As KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. says, "It has some comedy, a few pretty cool action scenes, romance and adventures. But, if you are expecting the usual funny and light Ben Stiller movie – this is not it." See Gerry's full review below.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Reviewed by Gerry Orz, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Video review available here.
This is a very clever remake of 1947 movie and will satisfy all your expectations from a good story line to a great cast. I mean, how you can not appreciate the genius of Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig.
This movie has so many positive things to like. It has some comedy, a few pretty cool action scenes, romance and adventures. But, if you are expecting the usual funny and light Ben Stiller movie – this is not it. This film is full of mixed emotions, unfulfilled desires and is a bit philosophical.
The adventure begins with showing a guy that has been working for the same magazine for many years and dreams about traveling and experiencing different adventures. He even sometimes daydreams about being a hero or a worldly traveler. This man is Walter Mitty. He also finds a girl of his dreams and desperately tries to impress her. Then, something unexpected happens causing him to leave his comfortable life to try to save his job, his new friendship and his reputation.
My favorite scene is when Walter is traveling by foot in Afghanistan and gets a pass to a specific area of the mountains by offering local guards his mother’s cake. I just think that was the most heartfelt scene in the movie and showed how a mother’s love is truly international even when it comes in a shape of a cake.
The movie is done well. I expected it to have a bit more action scenes but there are very few. Nevertheless, all exciting moments in the film are done so well and the graphics are amazing. Since Walter Mitty demonstrates amazing talent on a skate board, I predict that sales of skate boards after the movie comes out will go up.
This movie is a bit mature and may not be too interesting for younger kids. Therefore, I recommend it for ages 10 to 8. I also easily give it 4 out of 5 stars
Gerry Orz, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

Mr Banks Review by Kids First

"Saving Mr. Banks" Reveals the Drama Behind the Making of the Film "Mary Poppins"

Disney's beloved film, "Mary Poppins" has quite a dramatic behind the scenes story that is told in this film. We get an inside look at how author P. L. Travers reflects on her difficult childhood while meeting with filmmaker Walt Disney during production for the adaptation of her novel, Mary Poppins. And, it is an interesting turn of events that eventually wins Ms. Travers over. As KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Keefer B (age 13) says, "We learn it's going to take Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) a lot of hard work to get Ms. Travers to share our favorite flying nanny, 'Marry Poppins.'” Keefer's full review is below.

Saving Mr. Banks
Reviewed by Keefer C. Blakeslee, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
Video review available here.

This is a deeply emotional and inspiring untold story of “Mary Poppins.” The premise is based on the true journey of  Pamela L. Travers (Emma Thompson), the author of  the book. We learn it's going to take Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) a lot of hard work to get Ms. Travers to share our favorite flying nanny, Mary Poppins.

This film is totally character driven. Tom Hanks is the first actor to portray Walt in a mainstream film.  Tom trained for this by visiting “The Walt Disney Family Museum” and talking with Disney's former employees including his daughter Diane Disney Miller. Tom is Walt!  He captures the dream, drive, and love for life that Walt believed in and you buy every word he says. They also respect Walt's wishes of never showing him with a lit cigarette. Of course, any leading man has a leading lady and we have a phenomenal portrayal of Ms. Travers by Emma Thompson. Emma trained, like Tom, by listening to the recording of the script read-through and practicing the way Pamela spoke. What adds up is a fantastic performance. You feel her emotion and why she is a stick-in-the-mud. This film's cinematography is spot on. It takes place over time from 1906, with vintage clothing and horse carts, to1961, with old cars and urban settings. The way they shift from time period to time period is flawless.  

My favorite scene is when Mrs. Travers observes the film for the first time. You see all of the emotional scarring that she has kept inside her whole life, come out. I can say that Emma's performs this amazingly well.

Honestly, it's hard to pick my favorite character. Surprisingly I choose Ralph (Paul Giamatti), Mrs. Travers' chauffeur. He's the first person who Pamela likes and once you see this film you'll understand how big of an achievement that is. Paul's warm and humble performance has an affect on me that is unexplainable.

The moral of the story is, don't let the past rule your present. Pamela has a hard time giving “Mary Poppins” up and, with her sad childhood, you can see why. However, she needs to understand that it's time to let it all go.

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to12-18 year olds. This film is little more emotionally heavy than the trailer shows. It's a lighthearted film, but sensitive kids may have difficulty with some scenes. This is playing in theaters now.

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions

The Hobbit Review by Kids First

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Rings True to the Book

The second installment from the Tolkien novel, The Hobbit, released recently features the dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, as they continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Raven D. has this to say about the film, The stunning 3D visuals really bring the work of Tolkien to life and, I think the darkness of this film fits a lot better with the “Lord of the Rings” series than the first film did." Raven's full review is below.

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
Reviewed by Raven D., age 16, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

“The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” is the second installment of the three part series adapted from the best selling novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. A prequel to the epic trilogy “Lord of the Rings,” “The Hobbit” follows young Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, as he accompanies Gandalf and the Dwarves on a quest to rid their home of the evil dragon Smaug. In “The Desolation of Smaug,” the Dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf find themselves not only having to face the evil dragon that destroyed the Dwarf Kingdom, but they also have to deal with the threat of the Orcs, the Elves and the Necromancer. Thorin, the exiled Dwarf King is desperately trying to free his people of the dreaded Smaug, but greed begins to overtake him when he starts to focus his attention on a precious stone that is being guarded by the dragon. Will the Dwarves and Bilbo be triumphant in their epic quest, or will they awaken a power greater and more evil than they could have ever imagined.

I really enjoyed this movie. I wasn’t very impressed by the first Hobbit film that was released in 2012, but “Desolation of Smaug” is incredible. The stunning 3D visuals really bring the work of Tolkien to life and, I think the darkness of this film fits a lot better with the “Lord of the Rings” series than the first film did. I really like the fact that they are making three movies off of the one book because I think if they tried to cram everything into one movie it would be way too much. I love the soundtrack in this film. The film has some really beautiful visuals and they are capture the original feel of the Tolkien series while also throwing in some really fun and upbeat tunes.

My favorite character is Bilbo Baggins because I absolutely adore Martin Freeman. He is such a versatile actor and can play very serious roles while also bringing in playful and comedic qualities. Martin also plays Watson in the BBC series “Sherlock” which is one of my favorite TV shows and I just love everything he’s in. He really embodies the character Bilbo and it’s very interesting to see the way Bilbo changes from the last film. His character development is great and Martin Freeman does a phenomenal job taking on that role.

My favorite scene is when Bilbo encounters Smaug for the first time. The exchange between the two characters is very interesting because Smaug seems very curious about Bilbo and doesn’t immediately attack like you expect and Bilbo does everything he can to distract Smaug by complimenting him and talking circles around him. The whole scene has a lot of suspense but it’s also very playful. I also love the look of Smaug and the CGI for him is incredible. They capture his features in such a wonderful way. You can really tell what he’s feeling by the faces he makes and the very human expressions he has.

I recommend this film for ages 13+ because there is a lot of action, violence and suspenseful situations. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and it is definitely a must see if you are a fan of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. So be sure to catch “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” in a theater near you!

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions