Sunday, September 30, 2012

PartyLite with Sherri Review and Giveaway

September Spotlight Sponsor
Someone once told me how much they loved how great our house smelled when they visited. It always had a seasonal scent and they enjoyed having that greet them when they walked in the door. My candle use has cut down, having kids running around makes it a little more difficult to keep them burning, but I always make sure to have some going when we are entertaining.
I was in need of some new summer scents and what could be more summery but strawberries! As one of our fabulous Spotlight Sponsors, Sherri with PartyLite helped me out. We had a few small shipping issues and so what would have been July is now our September feature, but no fear, the smell is wonderful and waiting was worth it.
PartyLite is a Direct Sales Company, established in 1973, specializing in home fragrance products and accessories. What was established in 1973 was really a business venture that began in the early 1900's in Cape Cod and grew over time to become Colonial Candle of Cape Cod. In 1973, PartyLite was set up to sell excess inventory of the candles and provide a profit for the consultants who sold them. Today there are over 50,000 PartyLite Consultants worldwide, including our Spotlight Sponsor, Sherri Ralph.
Sherri is a wife and mother and chose to be a part of PartyLite because they were known to be a supportive company that would allow her to have fun while working and also to be part of an organization that helps raise money for the American Cancer Society which is near and dear to her heart. PartyLite, since 1997, has donated nearly $14 million to the American Cancer Society. A portion of each purchase, of a specific PartyLite product, helps fund these donations. Right now, the product of choice, is also the item Sherri sent for me to share with our readers.
My PartyLite package is here!!
After waiting for this package for just a bit, I couldn't wait to get it open and start using it!

This is not just any candle, it is a brand new candle that is one of a kind and exclusive to PartyLite. The GloLite is considered the brightest candle in the world. I love the box, even before opening it up, the gold sunburst on the front, along with the writing just totally jumps out and grabs your attention.
Our specific GloLite is the current PartyLite ACS product. For each one GloLite purchased, a portion will go to the ACS. How wonderful is that?
This GloLite comes in a clear glass jar (that can be reused once wax-free). The jar is 4" high, 3.75" diameter, which is a great size for displaying almost anywhere in our house. The wax is a light pink color that will blend in with most of our home decor without looking out of place.
 The GloLite will give an all over glow with a stronger scent, Sherri sent Strawberry Rhubarb and it is so pleasant. It is a very fresh yet gentle fragrance and you can really smell the strawberry come through.
With a double wick, you can get a more even burn. The GloLite will have a general burn time of 55-65 hours. Our GloLite is at around 10 hours and barely looks used at all.
The GloLite is very true to the brightest candle, I have no lights on in this photo other than the candle and the small lit pumpkin. The GloLite is giving off a great light that is bright and glowing. The gentle smell and glow makes this a wonderful addition to our home.
You can find all of PartyLite's GloLites here. They have a generous variety of styles and prices.

Looking for some Halloween Decor, check this out...
or some other great Halloween goodies here.
These would look great on my mantle for Fall...
Want It? Buy It!
PartyLite with Sherri is a great place to start your holiday shopping.  Check out the Outlet Shop for some great deals. Want to HOST a party or looking to start your own PartyLite business, contact Sherri to find out more. You can also find Sherri on Facebook to get special offers and deals.
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One lucky MBP reader, who has made a PartyLite purchase from Sherri, will be eligible to win a GloLite Jar. Sherri will also make a $25 donation to the American Cancer Society. Just use the Rafflecopter entry form below to enter to win. Remember- if the entry field appears in BOLD, it's mandatory. Open to US residents only.

Thank you to Sherri and PartyLite for keeping our houses smelling wonderful and for being a wonderful MBP Spotlight Sponsor---THANKS!!!

Thanks and Good Luck!

Disclosure: Other than the above mentioned products, which I received directly from this sponsor for review purposes, I was not compensated for facilitating this review. All opinions expressed are my own. Your experience may differ. Mommy's Block Party and its team members are not responsible for prize fulfillment or shipment- this is the understood responsibility of the giveaway sponsor.

Peter Pan on Blu-Ray Trailer Premier!

The Beloved Peter Pan has Returned!

Join mischievous Peter Pan, the young boy who refuses to grow up, his hot-tempered pixie pal, Tinker Bell and the Darling children as they soar away to the mysterious Never-Never land where childhood lasts forever in this magical, musical adventure!

Peter Pan: Diamond Edition will be available for a limited time on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy!


Beverly Hills Chihuahuas 3 (Review & Giveaway)

Papi, Chole and the pups are back and more glamorous than ever in Disney's Beverly Hills Chihuahuas 3: Viva la Fiesta. Thus newly released to Blu-Ray and DVD movie has been an instant hit and quickly become a family favorite at our house!

About the movie...

Walt Disney Studios proudly unleashes Hollywood’s renowned pack of celebrity Chihuahua stars in the hilarious all-new movie “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3,” releasing on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital on September 18, 2012.

Everyone’s favorite talking Chihuahuas Papi (voice of George Lopez) and Chloe (voice of Odette Annable ) are back, joined by their five playful pups in an all-new family comedy. It’s canine chaos as Papi’s family (dog and human) move into the posh Langham Hotel, complete with a luxurious doggy spa. But there’s trouble in puppy paradise when Rosa, the littlest member of the pack, feels smaller and less special than ever. Now it’s up to Papi to help Rosa find – and celebrate – her inner strength, which turns out to be bigger than she ever dreamed and reminds humans and canines alike of the importance of family, friends and teamwork.

The canine cast features the voice talents of Miguel Ferrer (“Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” “Traffic”) as Delgado, Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo (“Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” Hispanic National Radio Morning Show DJ) as Humberto, Emily Osment (TV’s “Hannah Montana,” “Hannah Montana The Movie”) as Pep and Madison Pettis (Disney Junior’s “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” “Game Plan”) as Lala.

The film’s human stars include Marcus Coloma (TV’s “Make It or Break It,” South Beach”) and Erin Cahill (“Fast Track: No Limits”, “Boogeyman 3”) who reprise their roles from “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2” as the dog’s masters, Sam and Rachel Cortez, plus Frances Fisher (“The Lincoln Lawyer” and TV’s “Torchwood”) as travel writer Amelia Jones.

Fans who fell in love with Papi and Chloe in the box office hit “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” and their universally beloved litter of pups in “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2” (the #1 direct-to-video title of 2011*), will enjoy this exciting and playful new installment in the pedigreed franchise. The all-new “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3” is a must-own family fiesta of fun for everyone. Based on characters created by Jeff Bushell, the film is written by Dana Starfield. It is directed by Lev L. Spiro and produced by Sara E. White.
In addition to the all-new feature film, “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3” comes with a tail-wagging array of bonus features, including bloopers and an all-new music video.

Our thoughts...

Since we received this Blu-Ray Combo pack, we have watched it at least twice a day. Balian, almost 2, has been asking for 'puppy movie' non-stop. I love the heartwarming scenes, the human relationship between the masters, the sweet relationship between the dogs, and their pups. George Lopez as Papi is hilarious- I think he's super funny, and his personality shines through his role as Papi. The ornate costumes for the doggies in this film are adorable- I don't know too many people who don't enjoy seeing cute puppies dressed up!

There are so many wonderful things about the movie- the wonderful story line, the music, silly references that are clearly for the adult audience, one liners that will knock your socks off, the antics and silly scenes, etc. The main messages of the movie, though- are to never give up on your dreams, and that family matters- no matter what!

I have not seen the previous two Beverly Hills Chihuahua movies in this series, so I had nothing to compare this one to, but I can truly tell you, that even I enjoyed this movie, and I'm sure I'll be watching it many more times. The way Balian loves this movie, I have a feeling that we'll be seeking out the first two, to add to our collection! My grandmother happened to be over at our house while we were watching this, and even she sat down, and got sucked in. She loves animals, and animal-themed movies. I think this might even make a great gift for her!

Beverly Hills Chihuahuas 3 is a must-see for the whole family! We give it two paws up!

Want It? Buy It!

Look for Beverly Hills Chihuahuas 3, wherever Blu-Rays and DVDs are sold! You can catch more BHC3 fun on Facebook!

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One lucky MBP reader will win their very own copy of Beverly Hills Chihuahuas 3 Blu-Ray Combo Pack! Just use the Rafflecopter entry form below to enter for your chance to win!

Special thanks to Click Communications for making this review and giveaway possible!

Good luck!

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this Blu-Ray Combo Pack for review, free of charge from Click Communications. All thoughts shared are my own. MBP is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Cinderella Diamond Edition Activity Sheets and Coloring Pages

"But like all dreams, well, I'm afraid this can't last forever. You'll have only 'til midnight, and then…" 
-Fairy Godmother

In anticipation of the release of Cinderella: Diamond Edition on Tuesday 10/2, Disney presents Cinderella activity sheets to help princesses and princes learn how to tell time.

Also available for your enjoyment, are coloring pages, recipes, and more! Just click the appropriate button below to grab activities, coloring pages, crafts, recipes and more!

Download Coloring Pages!

Download Crafts & Activities!

Download Games & Puzzlers!

Download Printable Recipes!

Check them all out at once, or save a few for a rainy day! It'll surely be magical, no matter what!

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Disclosure: This post brought to you by Click Communications, written by me. All thought and opinions shared are my own. All images are shared with permission. I was not compensated in any form for sharing this information.

Free Blogger Event: Bunzi Balance Trainer Giveaway


 Attention bloggers! Sign up's are now open for the Kate n' Kaboodle Bunzi Giveaway. 
 This is a free event to join! 
  Prize: Bunzi Balance Trainer 
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Bin There Designs (Review & Giveaway)

Part of MBP's Halloween Spooktacular

With Cameron’s 1st Halloween quickly approaching, I knew I had to do something so incredibly cute!  We knew we wanted him to be a dinosaur of course, so I found the perfect costume from Carters.  Then I began my mission to find the perfect personalized, reusable for many years, adorable dino halloween candy collector.  So etsy browsing I went.  I stumbled upon Bin There Designs.  Melanie, the owner and creator of this awesome company has been AMAZING throughout this whole process.

Bin There Designs didn’t have “exactly” what I was looking for, but was extremely accommodating and creative.  I told her what I was looking for “something boyish, but halloween, with dinosaurs” Well let me tell you, boy did she come through.

Cameron’s Personalized Halloween Bin There Designs Bucket (front)

(back) Of Cameron’s Bin There Designs Bucket

When the package came with our Bin There Designs bucket I was in total shock.  I immediately took pictures and texted them to my husband.  I was so excited.  

Cameron in his costume with his Bin There Designs bucket

This is not only a great idea, totally personal, completely reusable but the craftsmanship and customer service from Bin There Designs is unbeatable.

Bin There Designs can make you a personalized bucket, tub, tumbler, sippy cup (next on my list) or sand bucket for any occasion with any design you can think up!

Bin There Designs Sandbucket

Bin There Designs Sippy Cups

So if you need something personalized contact Bin There Designs and Melanie will take care of you!

Want it??? Buy it!!!

Look for
Bin There Designs on Etsy or Facebook and look out for new products and deals and steals!

Want it?? Win it!!

One lucky reader will win their very own Bin There Designs Personalized Halloween Bucket, just in time for the big night! Just use the handy dandy Rafflecopter entry form below to enter for your chance to win!

Good luck, and thanks!


Disclosure: I was sent the above featured item free of charge, by the sponsor, for review purposes. All thoughts expressed are my own, Your experience may differ. MBP is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.

Warner Brothers Dark Shadows App and Blu-Ray Giveaway

Part of MBP's Halloween Spooktacular

Halloween will soon be here, and to keep with the Spooktacular theme we've been celebrating this week, we're teaming up with our pals at Warner Brothers to bring our readers the chance to win a Dark Shadows Blu-Ray Combo Pack!

In this silly, spooky movie, based on the classic television series, Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) has been trapped for two centuries by an evil witch (Eva Green) who just happens to be an ex lover.  Barnabas now has to struggle with the ever changing 1970s and save his families business!  With an all star cast that includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jonny Lee Miller and more, Dark Shadows will be sure to whet your appetite for fun.

Want It? Win It!

First off, have a little bit of fun with the Dark Shadows App, then, follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below to enter to win a Dark Shadows Blu-Ray Combo Pack! 

Good luck!

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Disclosure: I have not been compensated in any form for sharing this giveaway. MBP is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.

Get Ready for Winter Weather with the Right Gear

It's still pretty warm here in North Carolina, but I am hoping and crossing my fingers, wishing that we will have a cold winter this year, into 2013! We don't usually buy winter outdoor clothing, because we generally don't have a need for it, but I long for cold days, so I can bust out a winter coat, and actually use a pair of gloves!

We're banking on a colder winter this season, though, because we've sort of had actual fall-like temperatures since early September. I would love to see some snow around the holidays, instead of having it be seventy-five degrees on Christmas Day! We've made ourselves a little Winter Checklist, to help ourselves prepare for a slightly cooler winter season.

#1- Switch out seasonal clothing.
#2- Start cooking- Bake a few meals, breads, quick breads, etc that can be stored in the freezer.
#3- Slowly, start stocking the pantry with winter essentials like soups, baking needs, etc.
#4- Get Organized- Go through the house and make a clean sweep!
#5- Get plenty of rest, and take care of ourselves!
#6- Spend more time together as a family.
#7- Get the inside of the house ready for winter and make a winter emergency kit.
#8- Get the outside of the house ready for winter- pack away all summer decor and tools.
#9- Prep the cars for winter weather.
#10- Get into the holiday spirit! Christmas is around the corner... start planning!

As far as being prepared for winter, outdoor clothing wise, I have some light jackets, but I really don't have a true coat, and if it's going to turn cold, everyone in the family will need the proper winter clothing, and accessories, too!

The North Face Boys' Evolution TriClimate Jacket AW11 Drummer Blue d
Boys Evolution TriClimate Jacket from The North Face

I trust The North Face most, when it comes to winter coats. All of my friends had The North Face jackets and coats while I was growing up, and I always wanted one. I would love an excuse to get one, now! Balian will definitely need a winter coat, because he will want to be outside, playing in the rain, the snow, or the winter sunshine. The North Face has great styles of coats and jackets for boys, girls, men and women!

Berghaus Derwent 3 In 1 Jacket Porter Green - Highland Green d
Berghaur Derwent 3-in-1 Jacket (This color is so Sacha!)

My husband is not the biggest fan of those jackets I love so dearly, so he'll probably want something more along the lines of a coat or jacket from Berghaus. He'll want a durable, quality coat that will stand up against the elements, and essentially be the last jacket he'll ever have to buy. He's super picky about brands and quality, so once he finds a men's coat he loves, he'll stick with it forever!

As for me, I'm not as picky as my husband. I just want to be sure that whatever I'm wearing, will keep me warm against the wind and the cold... oh, and I want it all- scarves, gloves, hats, coats, jackets, and more! Hey, a girl's gotta accessorize, right? I'll probably need outdoor clothing for warmer days, and the very chilly days- as I pretty much have nothing left in my closet that fits accordingly. I've lost a little weight, which has left my jackets and coats way too big. I've definitely got a new winter coat on my Christmas list this year!

We're slowly, but surely getting ourselves ready for winter weather. Are you ready for winter?

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Happy Little Tree Gallery (Review & Giveaway)

October is almost here, and I can finally pull out my Halloween decorations! Though I love to decorate for Halloween, I do most of my home decorating inside of the house. I have very little outdoor decor for Halloween, because I'm pretty picky about what I'll display outside, and I have a hard time finding things that I don't think are tacky. So, when I decided to put together a little fun Halloween series of reviews and giveaways, I was being sort of particular about who I decided to contact for this event.

When I came across the Etsy Shop, Happyliltree, owned by Tracy Parsons, I fell in love with her style. I browsed a fantastic selection of gorgeous art- paintings on canvas, garden decor and note cards. Tracy is a self-taught artist, and all it takes is a glance at her work to find that tid-bit absolutely amazing! Tracy hails from Ohio, and loves to create items that everyone can enjoy.

Tracy does have a few seasonal items listed in her shop, and I was drawn to her Halloween Path Light Stakes.Tracy very warmly agreed to send me my very own set of six path light candle decorations, and I couldn't wait for them to arrive!

Tracy took great care to be sure to package the glass votive holders in a way that they would not end up broken or damaged. I love our mail carrier- but the mail in general, is sometimes rough on packages. Each path light stake from Tracy was well-wrapped in thick paper, and placed into a box for mailing. When  unwrapped the stakes, each one was in tact, and I was so happy about that, because they are glass.

My path light votive holder stakes from Happyliltree...

As I looked the votives on the stakes over, I got so excited for Halloween! I think I've mentioned that it's one of my favorite holidays to decorate for. I laid them all out on the table, so I could see them all in a row, along with my other goodies from Tracy- a set of six battery operated tea lights, and a handwritten note with adorable Halloween icons on it!

These votive holders are spookily cute, and so pretty!

Each stake was made by Tracy- she painted each of the glass votive holders, added the cute Halloween bat or spider to each one, by stencil, and coated with clear glittery specs. Each votive holder is attached to a wooden base, attached to a painted wooden rod, creating the stake.

Of course, I couldn't wait until October first to see what these looked like set up outside, so I took them out the my front yard, and carefully placed them, lining my front walk. I had to take a little care to be very gentle when putting the wooden stakes into the ground. The ground is sort of hard due to the lack of rain, and I didn't want to end up with a broken stake! I stepped back and took a few pictures. They looked great! I couldn't wait to see what they looked like at night time, all lit up- so I waited, and then snapped a picture while it was dark outside. The wooden path light decorations are a great way to decorate for Halloween and light the way for eager little goblins, looking for candy and other treats on All Hallow's Eve. I can't wait to hear remarks from parents and kiddos in the neighborhood when they swing by our house on Halloween. I imagine that the folks driving by in the meantime, will get a kick out of them, too!

View from my front porch...

View from the sidewalk...

A closer look...

A super close look! Look at that sparkly spider!

Just a little word of caution from Tracy to parents: While these are fun and festive, they are still GLASS, so be sure to watch your little ones around them, and if you do decide to use real tea lights, instead of battery operated ones, watch little ones who walk up your path to collect their Halloween tricks or treats!

Tracy has so many wonderful decor items and pieces of art available in her shop. You all know how hard it is for me to pick and choose favorite pieces to feature within a review post, but here are the ones at the top of my list, made by Tracy...

Fall Leaf Coasters Set of 4
Fall Leaf Coasters, Set of Four (So gorgeous- look at those colors!)

Original Abstract Floral Miniature
Original Abstract Floral Miniature

Hanging Bird Feeder and Bath: 2 in 1
2-in-1 Hanging Bird Feeder and Bath (This would be perfect for my yard!)

Tracy is so talented, and it truly shows through the diversity of items available in her shop. Of course, there are many more stunning pieces available than I can show you here, and you simply must see them. Tracy's paintings are just incredible. You've got to see the bridal portrait painting- gorgeous! So many of Tracy's creations over at Happyliltree Gallery would make wonderful gifts for the upcoming holiday season! If you or someone you know loves art, do direct them to Happy Little Tree Gallery!

Want It? Buy It!

Head to Happy Little Tree Gallery or 'Happyliltree' on Etsy, to view Tracy's spectacular work, and be sure to favorite her shop on Etsy, so you'll know where to find it, and you can easily return again and again! Happy Little Tree Gallery is also on Facebook, so give it a 'like' and never miss out on new items or updates from Tracy!

Halloween Path Light Candle Holder Decorations

Want It? Win It!

Tracy is very generously offering our readers a chance to win their very own set of Six Halloween Path Light Stakes, just like the set I received for review! Just follow the instructions, and use the Rafflecopter form below to enter for your chance to win!

Special thanks to Tracy Parsons from Happy Little Tree Gallery for allowing me to showcase her work, and for offering this super fun giveaway for our wonderful readers!

Good luck to you!

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Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product, free of charge for review purposes, directly from the sponsor. All opinions shared are my own. Your experience may differ. MBP is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. Winner will be announced on the MBP blog and notified via e-mail.

Falling In Love With Baby Event (Giveaway)

Beautifully BellaFaith, An Ordinary Housewife, Mommies with Cents and The Birth of a Mother are hosting a fabulous event named Falling in Love with Baby. This giveaway event features products specifically for babies, toddlers and expecting mommies! The majority {if not all} of the participants of this event are mothers, and we know how stressing it might be to get EVERYTHING needed for baby. We decided to make it easier on one special mommy {or mommy-to-be}! One LUCKY winner will receive ALL of the following:

Three onesies from Hank Player {ARV: $72}

Shampoo and Baby Lotion from Sum-Bo-Shine {ARV:24}

One DVD from Little Pim {ARV:$17.95}

$25 Gift Card to Taylor Joelle Designs

Two canisters of Boogie Wipes {ARV:$18}

BellyBuds {ARV:$50}

The Mommy Hook {ARV: $10}

Glodose {ARV: $7.99}

Blankie Buddy Set from Vitamins Baby

Tubby Time Set from My True Nature

GoGreen Champ 3 Cloth Diaper {ARV: $17.95}

Two Christmas hats from Tweetlebug Boutique {ARV: $40}

Take Your Pix Board Book Album {ARV: $25}

Monogrammed Juppy Baby Walker {ARV:$50}

Newborn Necessities by Jennifer Cigale {ARV: $9}

Binky Spritz {ARV: $6}

3 winners = Preggie Pops, Preggie Drops and Queasy Kids {ARV: $14 per winner}

Want It? Win It!

Doesn't this look like an AMAZING prize pack to win?! I think so! Enter below using the Rafflecopter widget. The giveaway will end November 3rd 11:59PM EST. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before another will be chosen. You do not have to be a blogger to enter or win! 

Disclosure: Beautifully BellaFaith, Mommy's Block Party, co-hosts and participants are not responsible for prizes that are lost, damaged or stolen. 

Good luck!

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