Monday, August 18, 2014

Revisit One of Hallmark Channel’s Most Successful New Shows, "When Calls the Heart," with the DVD, "The Dance"!

One of my favorite new shows is When Calls the Heart on the Hallmark Channel. If you haven’t had a chance to watch the show yet, here’s a synopsis:

When Calls the Heart tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to high-society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coal-mining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing), who believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter. Living in a 19th-century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.

The series is inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West, and reunites Oke with Executive Producer and Director, Michael Landon, Jr.

If, like me, you’re a fan of history-based shows like Little House on the Prairie or Lark Rise to Candleford, you will love When Calls the Heart. Although the first season of the show has ended (but the series has been renewed for a second season -- hurray!), you can still watch the show on DVD! A recent release is called When Calls the Heart: The Dance, and you can see scenes from it in the video below:

About the show:
When Calls the Heart: The Dance is a feature-length film from the first two episodes of the When Calls the Heart television series. New miners arrive in Coal Valley to help with the final stages of reopening the mine and the town decides to celebrate with a dance at the end of the week. One of the new miners, Billy Hamilton, has taken a special interest in Elizabeth, and she is flattered by the attention. Meanwhile, pregnant widow Carla Noonan has moved in with Abigail and Elizabeth so the women can keep an eye on her for the remainder of her pregnancy. As Elizabeth and Billy's relationship develops, Jack becomes suspicious of Billy's motives for pursuing Elizabeth so persistently.

I loved revisiting these episodes, and I am excited to see more of When Calls the Heart when it returns to the Hallmark Channel. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this wonderful series yet, I hope you’ll pick up a copy of When Calls the Heart: The Dance on DVD and get started on the adventure!

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Giveaway for the New Book, "Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What?" with a Foreword by Miranda Lambert!

If you missed out on my recent giveaways for Chicken Soup for the Soul books, I’m pleased to announce that I have another one! I’m really excited about this book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What? because it features a foreword by one of my favorite entertainers, Miranda Lambert. In the book, she shares her memories of her very first dog, Cooter Brown, as well as an adorable photo of her as a child, singing and dancing with Cooter. Another great thing about this book is that royalties from the book help support the American Humane Association. So, I hope you’ll check out this wonderful book, and keep reading to find out how you can enter to win a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What?

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What?
101 Amazing Stories of Magical Moments, Miracles and Mayhem

What has that dog done now? You’ll recognize your own dog in this entertaining collection of stories about our canine companions, with chapters about dogs that save lives, dogs that help people heal, dogs with uncanny intuition, goofy dogs, and even bad, bad dogs!

With a special emphasis on the benefits and joys of adopting abandoned and rescue dogs, these loving stories will amaze you and put a smile on your face. Most of them will make you laugh out loud, some will make you tear up a little, and others will have you nodding your head in recognition, as you see your own dog in a new light.

Join Miranda Lambert and Chicken Soup for the Soul in supporting the American Humane Association by adding this book to your library or giving it as a gift to a fellow dog lover!


One lucky winner will receive a paperback copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What? 101 Amazing Stories of Magical Moments, Miracles and Mayhem, by Amy Newmark with a foreword by Miranda Lambert. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Monday, September 1, 2014.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (August 16, 2014)

Some of you may have noticed that there was no Super Saturday Giveaway Linky last week! I apologize. I was on vacation, and it turned out that our internet didn't work, so I wasn't able to get it posted. (I just can't blog on my phone!) So, I'm glad to announce that the linky has returned (along with me), and it's time to get back to sharing our giveaways and hoping to win some great prizes! If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, please list it in the linky below. And if you're just here hoping to learn about some fun contests, be sure to check out those in the list as well as those on my right sidebar. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

View the New Trailer for "R.L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly" Movie!


A young magician and his two otherworldly best friends do some supernatural sleuthing in R. L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? debuting on Digital HD on August 19, 2014 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with DVD, Digital HD & Ultraviolet™ on September 2, 2014 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Bella Thorne (Shake It Up!, Gook Luck Charlie), Madison Pettis (Lab Rats, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3) and Ryan Ochoa (Pair of Kings, The Perfect Game) lead an ensemble cast in this spooktacular adventure with new ghosts, new thrills, and the return of some old friends. Max (Ryan Ochoa) only has eyes for Cammy (Bella Thorne), the smart, popular redhead at school. When Max finally scores a date with Cammy on Halloween, Phears, an evil ghost with plans on taking over the world, unleashes his ghouls and things go haywire. With the help of his ghostly pals, Tara and Nicky, can Max thwart Phears’ evil plot, help reunite his ghost friends with their long-lost parents and still make his date with Cammy on Halloween? R.L. Stein's Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? is frightful family fun!


Mostly Ghostly, the second film based on the internationally beloved books series from legendary children’s writer R. L. Stine, is sure to be a must-own movie that will enchant the entire family!

Stay tuned to Susan Heim on Parenting for my upcoming review and a giveaway for R.L. Stein’s Mostly Ghostly!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I’m Back ... Stay Tuned for More Content and Contests!

Hi everyone! Yes, I know, things have been awfully quiet around here for the past week or so. I had a long-awaited vacation to beautiful northern Georgia! Despite having a little “issue” on our first night there -- I tripped over a concrete parking barrier and got a radial head fracture in my arm -- we had a wonderful time and have returned to south Florida feeling refreshed and renewed! So, give me a day or two to catch up on a few thousand emails and several loads of dirty laundry, and I’ll soon be posting many more giveaways and product reviews!

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Enter the LD Products Back to School Giveaway for the Chance to Win a MacBook Air and Prize-Filled Backpack!

It’s back-to-school time, and that means that LD Products is hosting their Second Annual Back to School Giveaway! Check out some of the amazing prizes they’re offering!

LD Products’ Back to School Giveaway ends on August 20, 2014. You could be the grand prize winner or one of the 4 additional winners!

Experience Your Favorite University with Masik Collegiate Fragrances! (GIVEAWAY)

I have such fond memories of being in college. In fact, when my two oldest sons headed off to college, I was actually a little jealous! We live in a college town, and I love to drive through the campus to enjoy the sights and sounds. It really takes me back to my own years of university life, hanging out with friends, going to class, and enjoying the ambience of the campus. That’s why I was really excited to hear about Masik Collegiate Fragrances. They have actually designed men’s and women’s fragrances that evoke the experience of being at many universities in the country. Check out the video below to see how this is done:

Masik Collegiate Fragrances - Intro Video from Masik Collegiate Fragrances on Vimeo.

One of my sons attends Florida State University, so I was thrilled to see that Masik Collegiate Fragrances makes scents for those who attend or love FSU! They sent me samples of both the men’s and women’s fragrances, and they smell wonderful. Don’t tell my son, but he and his girlfriend will be getting these fragrances for Christmas! I love the uniqueness of this gift. My son already has plenty of FSU shirts, ornaments and other items, but the Masik cologne is definitely a one-of-a-kind gift that he will love! Visit to see if Masik makes a fragrance for your favorite university!

I hope you’ll visit to learn more about their wonderful college-inspired fragrances. They make fantastic gifts for students, alumni, and fans for birthdays, holidays or just for fun. And pick up a bottle for yourself and your partner, too! Learn more about Masik fragrances through the links below.

• The Masik website
• The Masik Facebook
• The Masik Twitter


One lucky winner will receive a Masik Collegiate Fragrance of their choice (Men’s or Women’s and school preference). This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Monday, August 18, 2014. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Product Review: NewAir Water Dispenser WCD-210BK

It’s been a hot summer here in Florida, and our family knows how important it is to stay well-hydrated after we’ve been working or playing outside. However, it’s not healthy to drink a lot of soda or sweet drinks all day long. To encourage everyone to drink more water, consider getting a NewAir water dispenser! Kids love to push the buttons on the dispenser to serve their own drinks, and the dispenser helps to keep the water refreshingly cold.

NewAir was kind enough to send me their WCD-210BK water dispenser for review. My grown son and his co-workers wanted to try it out at their office first, so we set it up over there. I made the following video to share my thoughts on this product!

As you saw in the video, this water dispenser is great because it not only gives you cold water, but heats water, too! So, if you’re in the mood for a cup of tea, hot chocolate or instant coffee, you can make it in seconds with this water dispenser. The nearby grocery store carries the water bottles we need and has a filling station so we can fill up the bottle again when it’s empty. It’s compatible with 2-, 3- and 5-gallon bottles. And I love the compact size of the WCD-210BK as it can fit in a small corner of a kitchen or office break room.

If you’d like to get your family to drink more healthy water instead of sugary alternatives, check out the many water dispenser models at You’ll be happy that your kids can serve themselves and will be drinking a beverage that’s good for them. You’ll love it for yourself, too!

INTO THE WOODS Opens in Theaters Everywhere on December 25th ~ See the New Trailer! #IntoTheWoods

One of the movies that I am really looking forward to seeing this year is Disney’s Into the Woods. With singing, a fairytale storyline and an all-star cast, it’s sure to be lots of fun!

About the movie:
Into the Woods is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) -- all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.

Rob Marshall, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical Chicago and Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, directs the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics. Produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, Wicked producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, Into the Woods will be released in theaters Dec. 25, 2014.

Check out the trailer!

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Winners for the Week of July 27, 2014

Lucas Mackenzie Cover Reveal: $10 Amazon Gift Card & eBook

Congratulations to the winner: Jeann W.!

Unleashed, by Emily Kimelman: Paperback, Audiobook & $20 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

Congratulations to the winner: Barbara M., Kelly M., and Sara Z.!

Kindle Fire HDX or $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 PayPal Cash

Congratulations to the winner: Laura!

Western Roundup Giveaway Hop: Journey to Riverbend, by Henry McLaughlin

Congratulations to the winner: Ed (theyyyguy)!

Christmas in July Giveaway Hop: A Christmas Gift for Rose, by Tricia Goyer

Congratulations to the winner: Sarah Jo B.!

Summer Beach Reading Party – Multiple eBooks

Congratulations to the winner: Lauryn R., Laura L., Julia G., Mary B., Wanda D., Sophia L., Eg K., Jane T., Liz L., and Claire R.!

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Friendship Day Special: Unlimited Free Digital Cards from Treat ~ 2 Days Only!

Unlimited Free Digital Cards from Treat - 24 hours only!
When: August 3 through August 4, 2014 at 11:59pm PT
  • Available to new and existing customers
  • Create and send as many digital cards as you want during this period, as well as use the "schedule ahead" feature
  • There is no promo code! All digital cards will be priced at $0!