How Free Apps Have Grown in Popularity


As you know I love anything that has to do with WWE, but it was only recently that dawned on me that their free application is partly to be blamed for the overall rise in popularity of all free apps that are currently available in Google, Amazon and the iTunes stores. In recent times, the WWE App was used to give the WWE Universe the chance to decide the opponent of another wrestler. In fact earlier this year, due to the overwhelming demand, the WWE Universe managed to bring down the entire system.

The application, which is free to download, is available to the iPad, iPhone and all devices that support Android, making the app accessible to millions of people around the world. With a three hour show every Monday on USA Network reaching a combine total of over 10 million viewers, and a few more million watching Friday Night Smackdown on SyFy, it didn’t take long to bring an entire new generation of people, both older and younger, in front of the app craze. When you also take into account that some content is available exclusively to the WWE app, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out it will attract millions of people.

Now it has also been observed, that while the WWE Universe who attend these live events waits patiently during TV commercials, they tend to enjoy other free apps. A new obsession is a very simple word game called BingoFind: The Words, which was released by www.bingofind.com and gives everyone the chance to take a much needed breather from the heart-pounding action taking place at ringside. So next time you are at a Pay-Per-View event, like the upcoming Battleground, make sure you check to see what the guys around you are checking from their mobile application.

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October 2, 2013 – 11:56 AM - | Posted in WWE | 2 Comments »

Thermos is helping our family eat healthy lunches!


The kiddos have been back to school for over a month now, which means I’ve been packing lunches five days a week for both of the girls. It’s very rare that I’ll let them buy lunch from school, have you ever seen that stuff? Nasty processed unhealthy food. No matter how many times they try to spin it as being healthy, it’s not! There’s no freshness to it, there’s no real meat, there’s no good fruits or veggies or good carbs!

So, I choose to have both the girls pack their lunch, which also means finding good containers to put them in. Thermos sent me some of their new products to test out, and we’ve been doing that since school started.

Thermos sent us the pink FUNtainer food jar, and a really cute floral insulated lunch bag, which was great, until our dog got a hold of it and tore it to shreds.

So, no photo of the lunch bag, unless you’d like to see the torn up version. My youngest daughter loved the insulated lunch bag, it kept things cold and it was easy to fit the pink FUNtainer inside along with other containers that she would carry with her for lunch, including her drink. This bag had a ton of room in it, I’m going to be purchasing another one, and soon!

The pink FUNtainer is a hit with both of my girls, they’ve been able to store hot and cold lunches in there and have them stay that way until their lunch hour. The FUNtainer has held noodles, soup, fruit, frozen grapes and more… It’s very versitile in what it can hold, and it really does keep things warm or cold!

F3003PK6_EnlargementWe found that chilling or warming the jar before you place the food in it works even better to keep your food hot (or cold) until lunch. The pink FUNtainer food jar has Thermos® vacuum insulation technology for maximum temperature retention, hot or cold, it is made with Unbreakable stainless steel and has an extra wide mouth is easy to fill, eat from and clean. The FUNtainer has a 10oz capacity.

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My kids have various items for lunch, but the Thermos brand is by far our favorite and best held up product. We’ve had no problems so far (besides the dog tearing up the bag) and the girls just love the products.

The kids are back to school, get them eating healthy with some home made packed lunches both hot and cold with Thermos products which you can find on Amazon.com or via the Thermos website.

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September 30, 2013 – 8:34 PM - | Posted in Reviews | 4 Comments »

October Family Fun with Room On The Broom #Giveaway


Halloween is almost here, the full month of October is filled with ghosts, goblins and witches!!

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Room On the Broom is the perfect book and film to fill up one of your family nights this month. The #1 best-selling children’s picture book in America, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Sheffler (the same author and illustrator team that created The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s child) Room on The Broom is filled with humor, adventure all while teaching the importance of family, Room On The Broomfriends and teamwork!

To accompany a night of reading, why not pop in the Room on the Broom DVD from NCircle Entertainment, and watch the story come to life!!

Room On The Broom includes a witch and her cat, who fly through the sky on their broomstick, until the witch drops her hat, then her bow, then her wand! The happy witch and cat suddenly become unhappy. Luckily, three helpful animals – a dog, parrot, and frog come to their rescue and find the missing items, which they’d like to return and all they want is a ride on the broomstick. But is there room on the broom for so many new friends? The witch, as kind as she is, thinks there is to much frustration of her cat. But when disaster strikes, and the witch is about to be eaten by a fearsome dragon, she is saved by the gang of animals, all working together. The witch’s cat learns the importance of friends and family, and the witch rewards her new friends with a magnificent broom that is big enough for everyone!

Beautiful CGI animation brings the book’s drawings to life under the direction of Max Lang. Gillian Anderson (The X Files) provides the voice of the witch; while Timothy Spall of Harry Potter fame, lends his voice to the dragon. Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) narrates the story which also features the recognizable voices of Martin Clunes, Rob Brydon and David Walliams portraying the helpful animals that comprise the witch’s family. Room on the Broom is produced by Magic Light Pictures (the team behind award-winning animations The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child).

This book and DVD are a great family night collection. Great for younger kids but still keeping the interest of my 10 yer old daughter. It’s a great story and fun to watch and read.

Complete Family Movie Night by enjoying together the fun-filled activities available for FREE for download at NCircle Entertainment’s activity site, EntertainmentThatEducates.com, including a coloring page featuring all of the endearing characters from the film; the “find the…” challenge that incorporates counting skills; templates for creating your own Room on the Broom finger puppets; and the elements for creating your very own magical wand! There’s also a word search puzzle and a dizzying maze to navigate.

Room on the Broom Books and DVDs can be found on Amazon.com as well as various other retailers.

One lucky reader will win a copy of Room on the Broom book as well as the DVD. All you have to do is follow the directions in the giveaway widget below, and make sure that you complete the mandatory entry, otherwise other entries will not be valid.

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September 30, 2013 – 2:14 PM - | Posted in Giveaways, Reviews | 70 Comments »

Rise Above Cancer with the #WWEMoms, WWE & Susan G. Komen Foundation #RiseAboveCancer #TwitterParty


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WWE has always been a huge supporter of fighting breast cancer and the Susan G. Komen foundation.S00059

Starting October 1st, WWE will be raising awareness with their “Rise Above Cancer” campaign. October is breast cancer awareness month, and although I have been fortunate enough not to have any experience with my friends, family or even myself, as a woman, I highly support this foundation. We never know when someone we know, or even ourselves may be stricken with breast cancer.

With John Cena out on injury this year, he won’t be an outward supporter every week, but we all know where his heart is on this campaign. Because of his lack of absence all of the other WWE Superstars want YOU to know that they want everyone to “Rise Above Cancer” as they all support the cause wearing pink wrestling gear in the ring for the month of October.

Check out some of the Diva’s that hit the pavement for the 2013 Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure.  Additionally you can also purchase special “Pink” merchandise on wweshop.com from your favorite superstars such as R-Truth, Zack Ryder, Fandango, Prime Time Players and more… Check out some of the amazing merchandise.

To help celebrate WWE and the Susan G. Komen “Rise Above Cancer” campaign the WWEMoms will be hosting a twitter party October 1, 2013 at 7:00pm ET.

GET THE GEAR, JOIN THE FIGHT!

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When:   Tuesday, October 1, 20137 – 8 pm ET4 – 5 pm PT  #riseabovecancer #WWEMoms

RSVP and join the Twitter chat for a chance to win a Samsung HMX-200 HD Camcorder, an iPod, or a Longchamp bag!

(Click here to learn more about our Twitter chats. You must RSVP and attend the chat to be eligible for a prize.)

To RSVP:
Email:  WWE@theonlinemom.com with the subject line: riseabovecancer
Spread the word and RT this post!
Join us on TweetDeck or HootSuite (#riseabovecancer)this Tuesday between 7 and 8pm ET

Tell your Twitter followers!

Photos: WWE.com – I have been compensated for this post and participating in the WWEmoms campaign by The Online Mom – all opinions expressed here are my own.
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September 30, 2013 – 1:25 PM - | Posted in #WWEMoms, twitter party, WWE | 4 Comments »

Disney The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition – #Giveaway


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Disney has always been a favorite of mine! Even as an adult, some of my favorite movies that I can watch over and over again are Disney movies. The Lion King, Dumbo, Fox and the Hound…And of course, The Little mermaid are just a few of my favorites.

A lot of my Disney movies are on VHS still, so when something gets unlocked and taken out of the Disney vault, I jump on the opportunity to purchase it in a newer format so I can still enjoy my favorites with my kids.

Just in time for the holiday season, Disney has let The Little Mermaid out of the vault, and I’m so excited to share MY excitement about it with my readers! mermaid

All-new bonus treasures Include “Part of Your World” music video Performed by Carly Rae Jepsen, deleted character: Harold The Merman, Disney Intermission (Crab-E-Oke Sing Along), and more! The Diamond Edition contains digitally restored picture and sound, a digital copy of the film.

Disney is also releasing a Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack that allows families to experience Ariel’s underwater adventures like never before in wondrously immersive 3-D. This combo pack includes the Blu-ray 3D, a Blu-ray, a DVD, a Digital Copy, plus a 10 Music Track Download.

“The Little Mermaid” is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale about a beautiful mermaid princess who dreams of becoming human. It was directed by John Musker and Ron Clements (“Aladdin”) and features the voice talents of Jodi Benson (“Toy Story 2,” “Toy Story 3”) as Ariel, Pat Carroll (“Laverne & Shirley”) as Ursula, Samuel E. Wright (Broadway’s “The Lion King”) as Sebastian, Christopher Daniel Barnes (“The Brady Bunch Movie”) as Eric, Kenneth Mars (“Young Frankenstein”) as Triton, Buddy Hackett (“The Music Man”) as Scuttle, Jason Marin (“Back to the Future”) as Flounder and René Auberjonois (“The Patriot”) as Chef Louis.

Film synopsis:Ariel is a free-spirited mermaid, who is off on the adventure of a lifetime with her best friend, the adorable Flounder, and the reggae-singing Caribbean crab Sebastian at her side. But it will take all of her courage and determination to make her dreams come true—and save her father’s beloved kingdom from the sneaky sea witch Ursula.

If you’re a fan of The Little Mermaid as much as my daughters and I are, you can visit the official The Little Mermaid website for more details as well as find some fun activities you can do together!

Visit the official The Little Mermaid website for more fun activities and details.  You can also pre-order your copy today from Amazon.com.

Here’s where you can get in on the excitement…. To celebrate the release of this Disney classic, one lucky reader will win a copy of The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray and DVD combo pack with Digital Copy.

To enter, just follow the instructions below in the giveaway widget, be sure to do the mandatory entry or your other entries will not be valid.

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September 30, 2013 – 11:38 AM - | Posted in Giveaways | 186 Comments »

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