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Ice Age: Continental Drift – the Perfect Family Movie!

Ahoy, matey! Ice Age: Continental Drift recently set sail on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and is the best Ice Age title to date, in my opinion. Ice Age: Continental Drift is the perfect film for family movie night and is filled with laughs and life lessons.

Ice Age Continental Drift bluraySub-zero heroes Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon a high-seas adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they try to reunite with their herd. In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home.

Overflowing with treasure for the whole family to enjoy, Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D is filled to the bow with bonus material including an all new coloring app with enhanced Blu-ray features, interactive features such as “Party with a Pirate!” mode, sing and dance along songs, music videos, deleted scenes, exclusive featurettes, and more!

Both my boys, age 10 and 4, absolutely loved Ice Age: Continental Drift. Over the holidays, we traveled half way across the country and it was their first movie choice during the trip. I loved hearing their giggles and laughter along the way. Since then, my youngest son has watched it at least a dozen times. Ice Age: Continental Drift is definitely a hit in our household!

Ice Age: Continental Drift is available at retailers nationwide as well as online at Amazon.com.

Disclosure: Think Jam, on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox, provided me with the information for this post and free product(s) as a thank you for this post. I was not required to write a positive review. Any expressed opinion is completely my own. View my official disclosure policy.

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Giveaway: Edward’s Desserts Free Product Coupon *Ends 12/31*

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Edwards for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Keeping in touch with friends and family is a necessity over the holidays. Edward’s Desserts has created a holiday microsite where you can create and send holiday e-cards to loved ones. The best part is that there is also a free $1.00 off coupon for the sender and receiver of the e-card AND a portion of all sales of Edward’s Desserts products will be donated to Toys for Tots!

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Sending a holiday ecard is super easy! Just select your holiday e-card design, enter your information, your recipeint’s information, a message, and you’re good to go! Plus you’ll get a $1.00 off coupon when you send the card – love that! Plus, a $1 donation will be made to Toys for Tots for every Edward’s pie sold in November and December.

My family and I tried the Edward’s Reese’s Cream pie because.. well.. it’s Reese’s and I’m kindof addicted. Doesn’t it look absolutely delicious?? Check out all of the Edwards Crème pies to see which pie makes your mouth water.

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Giveaway: Yankee Candle Holiday 2012 Scents *Ends 12/15*

Yankee CandleThe Yankee Candle Holiday 2012 scents include three new fragrances for the holidays. Inspired by nostalgic family recipes, these new holiday scents reflect the traditional colors of the holiday season with a fresh approach: moss green, rich red, and icy white.

Yankee Candle Holiday 2012 Scents

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The Holiday 2012 collection features three new fragrances, inspired by nostalgic family recipes. Scents include:

  • Peppermint Bark – This irresistible blend of white peppermint, chocolate swirl and wintergreen is oh-my-yummy.
  • Red Velvet – A most decadent creation of creamy frosting atop moist cake and a touch of brown sugar. So very sweet.
  • Pinecone & Lime – Vividly fresh and cool … a surprising combination of citrus and lime, herbs and pine.

My Thoughts

Thanks to Yankee Candle, I had the opportunity to experience all three of the Yankee Candle Holiday 2012 scents first-hand. I received a large jar candle of the Red Velvet scent as well as a 3-candle Holiday Gift Set (which includes all 3 scents). The Red Velvet scent is everything I had hoped it would be. It smells absolutely wonderful. And I was pleasantly surprised by the Peppermint Bark scent. I am not a peppermint girl at all, but this Yankee-Candle-Red-Velvetcandle actually smells fantastic! The Pinecone & Lime scent also smells great and isn’t really “manly” like I thought it would be. Overall, I really enjoyed all 3 Holiday 2012 scents!

Save Big with Yankee Candle Coupons!

Now through December 24, you can save $20 off orders of $45 or more online or in-store. Just visit this link to get your coupon.

The new holiday fragrances are available for purchase now at Yankee Candle’s more than 550 retail stores, yankeecandle.com, and select specialty retailers and gift shops.

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Disclosure: 451 Marketing, on behalf of Yankee Candle, provided me with the information for this post and free product(s) as a thank you for this post. They are also offering free product(s) to give away to a reader. I was not required to write a positive review. Any expressed opinion is completely my own. View my official disclosure policy.

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Great Gift Ideas and Stocking Stuffers for Boys from Hasbro

KREO-TransformersThe holiday season is upon us, and Hasbro has some great gift ideas and stocking stuffers for boys! Rather than shopping around, I’ve got them all in one place just for you. :) From Marvel to Star Wars and Transformers, Hasbro can help check off everyone on your list, whether you’re shopping for a movie buff, a kid at heart, or a building fanatic!

Stocking Stuffers

  • MARVEL THE AVENGERS 3.75″ HEROES ASSORTMENT: The Ultimate Super Hero action collection features IRON MAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR, HULK, BLACK WIDOW and HAWKEYE. Kids and collectors will want to assemble the whole team from Hasbro’s line of THE AVENGERS 3.75″ Action Figures.
  • ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS Mystery Bags: For the ultimate Holiday surprise, pick up ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS Mystery Bags, which offer two figures from the collection in each bag.

For the Movie Buff

  • THE AVENGERS HERO MASKS: Every Super Hero needs an awesome mask! Now kids (and parents!) can pretend to be Earth’s Mightiest Heroes with these masks based on the blockbuster hit, The Avengers. Choose from IRON MAN, HULK, THOR AND CAPTAIN AMERICA!
  • THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN HERO FX GLOVE: Kids will feel like SPIDER-MAN when they put on this fun electronic role-play glove. Sensors in the “web shooting compartment” will sense motion and respond with web shooting sound effects.

Kid at Heart

  • TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS ACTION FIGURES: The TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS DELUXE Assortment features Transformers characters and designs from throughout the history of the TRANSFORMERS brand. The assortment includes OPTIMUS PRIME, JAZZ and SHOCKWAVE.

Building Fanatics

  • TRANSFORMERS KRE-O allows builders to construct both the robot and vehicle mode of their favorite Transformers characters with the same set of bricks!

View all of the Hasbro gift ideas for boys in their online gift guide for even more wonderful gift-giving ideas!

Disclosure: Hunter PR, on behalf of Hasbro, provided me with the information for this post and free product(s) as a thank you for this post. Any expressed opinion is completely my own. View my official disclosure policy.

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Giveaway: K’NEX Firestorm Freefall Coaster Building Set *Ends 12/8*

Get ready for the ride of your life with the Firestorm Freefall Coaster Building Set from K’NEX! This roller coaster stands over 2.5 feet tall and boasts over 18 feet of looping, diving track. The set contains over 670 K’NEX pieces including an exclusive hanging coaster car, motorized chain lift, track, and of course our famous rods and connectors. The color-coded instructions make it easy to build this exciting thrill ride before you turn on the motor and bring the whole thing to life. Instructions for a second incredible model are available for download. This product is for ages 9+.

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Thanks to K’NEX, we got to try out the Firestorm Freefall Coaster Building Set. My husband and my two boys sat down and churned this puppy out in no time. This set really does include a ton of pieces (674 to be exact) but the instructions are pretty straightforward making it a breeze to assemble (granted a child on his own may have some issues, but we did it as a family). Check out our video below!

The K’NEX Firestorm Freefall Coaster Building Set is available exclusively at Walmart (buy online now!) as well as online at Amazon.com for around $35.

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K’NEX Tinkertoy Transit Building Set (Product Review)

Tinkertoy-Transit-Building-SetThe K’NEX Tinkertoy Transit Building Set is designed to encourage young builders to play and learn. Builders ages 3+ can create a train, garage, bridge and more or accelerate their imagination with other ideas! The colorful guide provides a variety of ideas for all building skill levels and includes 15 easy-to-assemble ideas for all skill levels.

The newly redesigned Tinkertoy Transit set includes 150 durable, lightweight plastic pieces that snap together and stay together for long-lasting play. You’ll find the nostalgic Tinkertoy pieces you remember, plus unique parts such as bendable rods, wheels, and eyes, so your child can add personality to their creations along with an adorable buildable figure to encourage imaginative role play. Plus it comes in a durable box with lid for easy storage and portability.

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Thanks to K’NEX, my youngest son received a Tinkertoy Transit Building Set that he now plays with nearly every single day. His favorite thing to build is the windmill, but he also likes to build the train as well as making things with the eyes. He thought it was absolutely hilarious when he put eyes on the windmill. He’s weird (gets it from his dad). He has generally been able to play with this toy completely on his own although he has needed help a few times separating pieces. My favorite part is that it comes in a durable box!

The Tinkertoy Transit Building Set is available at retailers nationwide as well as online at Amazon.com for around $44 (you can buy it now on Amazon for only $29.99!). If you have a child who has a big imagination and loves to pretend play and build things, this toy set will not disappoint!

Disclosure: K’NEX provided me with the information for this post and free product(s) as a thank you for this post. I was not required to write a positive review. Any expressed opinion is completely my own. View my official disclosure policy.

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Micro Chargers Loop Track (Product Review)

Ready, set, race with the Micro Chargers Loop Track! Micro Chargers perform gravity-defying stunts on this track set. Challenge your friends to see whose Stunt Car is the fastest as your Micro Chargers race the stretch, tackle the loop, and then slingshot back to take on Micro-Chargers-Loop-Trackthe loop again. For ages 6 and up.

Each Micro Chargers Loop Track includes:

  • 1 Loop Stunt Track
  • 1 Quick Charge Stunt Car
  • 1 Hand Held Charger
  • 1 Stats Card

My oldest had the opportunity to try out the Micro Chargers Loop Track first-hand! And it arrived at the perfect time. We had friends over that night, so a total of 4 boys piled around the Micro Chargers Loop Track and had a blast! It only takes about 8 seconds to fully charge the stunt cars. And when you let them rip, the scaled speed is 600mph!! All of the boys took turns racing and cheering one another on. And they had so much fun doing it! (PS. In the 3rd photo below, I can’t believe I caught the picture perfectly while in motion at 600mph!!)

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The Micro Chargers Loop Track is available at retail stores nationwide as well as online at Amazon.com for about $20. It’s quality fun at a great price!

Disclosure: Litzky PR provided me with the information for this post and free product(s) as a thank you for this post. I was not required to write a positive review. Any expressed opinion is completely my own. View my official disclosure policy.

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LEGO Monster Fighters: The Vampyre Hearse (Product Review)

Lego-Vampyre-HearseIntroducing a scary new line of LEGO building sets featured in Kmart’s Fab 15 holiday toy list! LEGO Monster Fighters: The Vampyre Hearse (item 9464) is a LEGO set like never before. In this 314-piece kit, you must stop the hearse and retrieve the Vampyre’s moonstone! The Vampyre and his faithful servant the zombie driver have the moonstone and are making a getaway in the black hearse. Can Dr. Rodney Rathbone catch them on his motorcycle and steal the moonstone? Or will Vampyre launch a surprise coffin attack and send the doctor spinning out of control? You decide!

The LEGO Monster Fighters: The Vampyre Hearse includes:

  • 3 minifigures: Dr. Rodney Rathbone, Vampyre, and the zombie driver
  • 2 vehicles: the Vampyre’s Hearse and Dr. Rodney Rathbone’s motorcycle
  • The Vampyre’s Hearse has a coffin with catapult function
  • Also includes moonstone and 4 weapons

When my son saw the box for this LEGO kit, the first word out of his mouth was “aweeeesome!” And then he didn’t say another word until the kit was complete. Check out the completed pictures below:

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The LEGO Monster Fighters: The Vampyre Hearse is for ages 8-14 and can be purchased for $34.99 as one of Kmart’s Fab 15 toys this holiday season.

Disclosure: Zeno Group, on behalf of Kmart, provided me with the information for this post and free product(s) as a thank you for this post. I was not required to write a positive review. Any expressed opinion is completely my own. View my official disclosure policy.

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Giveaway: SpongeBob SquarePants: It’s a SpongeBob Christmas! DVD *Ends 12/1*

its-a-spongebob-christmasJingle the bells, put up some mistletoe and make a cup of cocoa because the Christmas season starts early with the DVD debut of Nickelodeon’s first-ever full-length stop-animation special, SpongeBob SquarePants: It’s a SpongeBob Christmas! This new holiday classic is inspired by the traditional Rankin/Bass specials like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. This perfect holiday gift includes two MP3 compatible downloadable songs from the episode (“Santa’s Eyes” and “Hot Fruitcake”) and the exclusive Behind the Scenes Featurette. So there’s plenty to rejoice for both new and old SpongeBob fans this holiday season!

In SpongeBob SquarePants: It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!, Plankton vows to get his Christmas wish – the Krabby Patty formula – by turning everyone in Bikini Bottom bad by feeding them his special jerktonium-laced fruitcake. John Goodman guest stars as Santa Claus. Don’t miss the popular SpongeBob SquarePants song, “Don’t Be a Jerk, It’s Christmas,” written by Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob) and Andy Paley. Get this special and more of SpongeBob SquarePants on iTunes at iTunes.com/SpongeBob.

Available for digital download via online music retailers, Nickelodeon released the It’s A SpongeBob Christmas! album. Featuring 11 all new songs and the timeless Bikini Bottom classic, “Don’t Be a Jerk” (It’s Christmas), the album is available now and retails for $9.99.

Rounding out the holiday cheer, Nickelodeon will release the Don’t Be a Jerk — It’s Christmas e-book on Nov. 15, with a limited quantity of special edition hard copies available for sale exclusively on www.NickShop.com. Additionally, a limited-edition SpongeBob stop-motion holiday-themed t-shirt will be available for purchase in 900 The Children’s Place stores across the country Nov. 26 – Dec. 3.

Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment, and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, SpongeBob SquarePants: It’s a SpongeBob Christmas! is available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $14.99 at retailers nationwide as well as online at Amazon.com.

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Disclosure: The Karpel Group, on behalf of Nickelodeon, provided me with the information for this post and free product(s) as a thank you for this post. They are also offering free product(s) to give away to a reader. I was not required to write a positive review. Any expressed opinion is completely my own. View my official disclosure policy.

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Giveaway: Kung Fu Panda Holiday Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack *Ends 12/1*

Kung-Fu-Panda-HolidayKung Fu Panda fans rejoice! Kung Fu Panda Holiday has released on Blu-Ray and DVD just in time for the holidays. In this hilarious action adventure, Master Shifu calls on Po to host the year’s biggest event – the Winter Feast, a special time of the year to celebrate family, tradition and the awesomeness of Kung Fu! Po and the Furious Five must team up to throw the best celebration the Valley of Peace has ever seen. Can Po pull off the perfect party, impress his heroes, and discover the true meaning of the Winter Feast?

From DreamWorks Animation and Paramount Home Media Distribution, Kung Fu Panda Holiday is now available on Blu-ray and DVD for around $19 at retail stores nationwide as well as online at Amazon.com.

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