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 »

Why isn’t Webcam Bingo More popular?


Online bingo is so popular that it’s almost caught up with poker as the most played online gambling game. The market in total is worth millions, and the reason that playing bingo online is now so big is that brands are constantly making the leap to have a more modern and technologically advanced game. Picture1

If you think back to a decade or so ago, when bingo halls were everywhere in large towns and cities, then the swift decline they faced when even the more technophobic people made the switch to video games, it’s a good job that bingo has made some strong foundations in the online market.

One of the things that brands are doing to make online bingo more social is by letting players add their webcams in to a chat system. Sites like www.bingocams.com have the players and even the callers’ faces in the chat section, which makes playing bingo at home feel a lot more like it used to back in the big bingo halls.

Despite this, webcam bingo is only available with a few brands. Is there a reason that webcam bingo isn’t as popular as you would expect?

What are the benefits?

While there is no way that playing via webcam will improve or decrease your chances of winning, there are many positive social aspects to this little extra perk of the game. As mentioned before, it adds a big change to people who were just playing on their won at home. This was considered to be one of the worst parts of online bingo when it first started. There was a fundamental lack of trust in who they were playing with and who was deciding the numbers. With the webcams added, players have the assurance they they’re actually facing real people and not some robots who will take your money every time you play.

Finding ways to make players feel like they’re part of a community is no mean feat. It has been widespread opinion until very recently, with many industry experts, players and filmmakers saying that bingo halls and bingo are dying, and with them, the bingo community. Any attempt to revive that once thriving culture can only be seen as a good thing and Bingocams certainly gives it a go.

How can it be improved?

There are no ways yet that we can see will improve the state of online bingo and the communities around it. There are virtual reality heads sets being developed that could see players sat in virtual bingo halls in the future, although this is still in development so even when it does come out, the price will be a high premium. It could be another ten years before things like this are readily available to the regular bingo playing public.

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September 30, 2013 – 10:58 AM - | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

WWE Night of Champions and the Samsung Galaxy Camera #WWEMoms #VZWBuzz


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When the time comes to get in the car and head to Detroit, it’s usually for one of two reasons, either a concert, or wrestling event. On September 15th it was the latter of the two, WWE was in Detroit for not only an event, but a Pay-Per-View event, Night of Champions.

I’ve been to many WWE events, but besides a Wrestlemania (or two) I’ve never been to a pay-per-view, and Night Of Champions was 2the one to be at, we would see every WWE championship defended!

Being part of the WWEMoms, I was thrilled when WWE allowed me to not only take my entire family to Night of Champions, but also bring 34 of my friends as well! Everyone who accompanied us was so excited to go, and we brought all families with us. Moms, Dads, Kids…. All families, all having an amazing time cheering on their favorite wrestlers! If you don’t believe WWE is family friendly entertainment, you’ve never been in a packed arena with tons of families and kids around you, all enjoying each others company while having a great time.

I won’t bore you with the matches, the outcomes, by now, if you’re a wrestling fan you already know what happened. When we got to the arena we walked around outside for a bit, took photos of the trucks with all of our favorite superstars plastered all over the outside, and waited to get in. Unfortunately my ritual stalking didn’t happen, it was raining, the wrestlers were not coming outside in the rain, and my youngest daughter was bored to tears just waiting in the rain for SOMEONE to come out and say hi… BUT, even waiting in the rain, I was so stoked, I would finally be able to get the t-shirt i’ve been waiting on for MONTHS!! One of my favorite tag teams right now are the Prime Time Players especially Titus O’Neil, and I was so looking forward to taking my Zack Ryder shirt off and putting a brand spanking new Prime Time Players shirt on for the event. However, my dreams were crushed… Merchandise had no Prime Time Players shirts, what?!?! They were wrestling that night, in fact they were wrestling to be the #1 contenders for the Tag Team Championship match, but no t-shirt? My oldest daughter was hoping to get a Kofi Kingston shirt, but there wasn’t one of those either. We were both heartbroken.

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So, A little note to WWE, please, carry the merchandise for those wrestlers that are actually wrestling at your event, we would love to cheer on our favorite superstars while they wrestle WITH their t-shirts on!

On that note, I’d also like to recommend that Stephanie McMahon and Triple H have a t-shirt available that says “Best For Business” because I’d sure as heck buy one.

WWE events are such a thrill, such an experience, even if you’re not a ‘hardcore’ WWE wrestling fan, take the step to go to a live event, it is so much fun in person, there’s so much fan interaction that if you were not a huge wrestling fan before you went to a live event, I BET you when you leave one, you will be!

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One of the other thrills of the night besides watching the amazing matches from some great seats, was the fact that I was able to take photos with the Samsung Galaxy Camera from Verizon Wireless. Verizon loaned me the camera specifically for the WWE event. I was SO excited to try this camera out, I’ve been wanting to check it out for almost a year now, when I first heard about the camera, I was excited. I’ve always wanted a DSLR but price #1 it’s way too much for me to think about spending on a camera, and #2 I could never take my DSLR into arenas and events, they’re just not allowed.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera from Verizon Wireless allows me to take high quality photos (and videos), zoom in to the ring when I’m at a wrestling event, and all in a smaller sleeker size than a large clunky DSLR. It also comes with 4G LTE data services from Verizon, so when I take photos, I can upload directly to Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram! All of the photos in this post, all taken with the Samsung Galaxy Camera.

Sharing your photos, sharing your life, has never been easier! The Samsung Galaxy Camera is like a phone, or, rather more like a tablet the way it functions because although the screen and size of the camera is like a phone, it cannot make phone calls. So why the camera instead of just using your cell phone to take photos? Here’s the difference…..

The Samsung Galaxy Camera captures images with a 16 MP camera and a very powerful 21x optical zoom. Check out the two photos I took below. #1 is a photo from our seats, without a zoom, #2 is a fully zoomed in photo… Can your cell phone camera do that? I know mine can’t!

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The amount of questions and compliments I got on my photos through the event was nuts, even strangers asked me, is that a phone or a camera? What is that? The photos your taking are amazing!! I had to take a break from photos for a few seconds to explain to the onlookers what exactly I had, and how it worked. When I was able to show them how I could instantly get on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to share them right that second, they were in awe! Not only were the photos amazing, but Verizon’s 4G LTE service worked and let me share photos instantly even when fellow fans sitting just across from me had absolutely no service on their cell phones with different carriers.

Features on the Samsung Galaxy Camera include:
– Share photos and video with friends or to social media over 4G LTE.
– 21x optical-zoom lens performs better than your average smartphone camera.
– 15 smart modes to capture the perfect photo, whether it is a person, landscape, panorama, waterfall, sunset or fireworks.
– Preserve your favorite moments in vivid detail with 16-megapixel images and 1080p HD video.
– Optical-image stabilization keeps the action in focus.
– The 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD touch screen and built-in editing tools help you put the finishing touches on your media.

Included In The Box
– Samsung Galaxy Camera™
– Wall/USB Charger
– Quick Start Guide
– Standard Lithium Ion Battery
– Product Safety & Warranty Brochure
– Quick Reference Guide
– Wrist Strap

Although the camera can be a bit overwhelming at first, which I’ll admit, only having the camera for a few days I didn’t even begin to discover all the things I could do with it, Verizon Wireless helps you out with step by step directions and helps you get to know your device. With the different modes, and settings I couldn’t get around to checking them all out just in a few days. The mode I really wanted to play with was the Food mode to help me take those new recipes pics for my blog, but I didn’t get to get that far with it.
Not only are the photos this camera takes amazing, but so are the videos as well.  You can take a look at Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan short video clip HERE.

I fell in love hard for the Samsung Galaxy Camera! So much so, that hubby has agreed to purchase one for me!

The camera itself retails for $549.99 and can be connected to WIFI, or added to your current Verizon Share Everything plan for just $5 a month, this way you always have access to the instant sharing and backup photo capabilities. Well worth it!!

If you have never checked out the Samsung Galaxy Camera, I suggest that you head to your nearest Verizon Wireless store and give it a look, the price is right for all of the camera you get!

If you’d like to see more of the videos and photos I ended up taking with the Samsung Galaxy Camera, feel free to view the over 600 photos I took – Night Of Champions Album.

I have been compensated for this post and participating in the WWEmoms campaign by The Online Mom – additionally I was provided with no compensation for the Galaxy Camera from Verizon – all opinions expressed here are my own.
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September 25, 2013 – 11:38 PM - | Posted in #WWEMoms, Reviews, technology, Wrestling, WWE | 9 Comments »

Women’s Perfume – Is there an age appropriate one?


Ever get a wiff of someone’s perfume and think to yourself “Yuck, that smells like an old person’s perfume”! Maybe you can think of thatperfume fragrance your grandmother wore, and when she gave you the same fragrance for Christmas you kept it in in the box for years, unopened because you were just too ‘young’ to smell like that.

Thing is, as we get older things change, our looks, our style, and that includes the fragrance we wear. Let’s face it, remember that perfume you swore you’d wear forever because it smelled just AMAZING when you were 16? Are you wearing that same perfume now? Let’s face it, that cheap perfume we wore then, isn’t nearly the same scent as the one we’re wearing today.

There is the right perfume for your age, read below to find out what you should be wearing and which perfume scent is the right one for you.

TEENS
Young, free, and full of life! Teens are one in their own, they want to express themselves and be fun. For teens, something light, airy and fruity is the best way to go. A lot of the celebrity or name brand perfumes fit teens very well. Britney Spears, Juicy Couture, these are teen types of perfumes.

YOUNG ADULTS
You’ve stepped into you own, you’re on your way to adult hood and are getting rid of that ‘teen style’. Try alluring, fresh fragrances. They still give you that young, youthful feeling, but with a hint of maturity.

MIDDLE AGE
Your style has evolved, your tastes have evolved, so why not evolve your scent. You need something a little more than just airy and fruity, something with more maturity but a little less than what your grandmother would be wearing. Burberry is a great example of a women’s perfume for the 30s, 40s and 50s age group.

GOLDEN YEARS
Ladies in their 60s and up, love to have a fragrance that gives them class, style, and sophistication. They lean more towards floral scents, which can be timeless and have been a favorite of many woman from years past, and for years to come. Fragrances such as Tabu and Sung are a great choice.

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September 18, 2013 – 10:20 PM - | Posted in beauty | No Comments »

I’m With Otis! WWE & Pearson Foundation Reading Celebration #WWEMoms


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Walmart graciously helped bring reading to the students of this school along with We Give Books, Pearson Foundation and the WWE by donating over 500 copies of Otis to Dresden Elementary in Sterling Heights Michigan.

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Yesterday some lucky first graders from the school had the amazing opportunity to have a story read to them by WWE Superstars Hornswoggle and Brodus Clay. The story they read was Otis….

It was great to see the kids excited not only about the WWE Superstars, but about the story and activities as well! Children’s Literacy is just one of the other things that the WWE and their superstars are passionate about. Throughout the year the WWE works with We Give Books and the Pearson Foundation to travel to schools and visit with kids to get them excited about reading, along with a super reading challenge during Wrestlemania time!PicMonkey Collage33

During the month of October, you and your kids can join in the fun and read Otis with the WWE Superstars and children and parents from around the world! We Give Books and the world are coming together to show their support for early childhood literacy.

How would you and your children like to help set a record by joining in on the Otis Book Parade?

The Otis Book Parade is a free digital book club for kids, leading up to Read for the Record on October 3rd. Each week there will be special books featured on the We Give Book’s library, along with activities that highlight the values exemplified by Otis. When children join the club and say “I’m with Otis” they are learning the value of being friendly, helpful, hard working and thoughtful to others.Help support Jumpstart’s work to ensure that children across the county enter school prepared to succeed… Click here to join the Otis Book Parade today and don’t forget to read Loren Long’s Otis with us on October 3, 2013!

I asked both Hornswoggle and Brodus Clay about why they think it’s important to give back to the younger fans and take part in programs like the Reading Celebration and Be A Star.

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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 17, 2013 – 3:53 PM - | Posted in #WWEMoms, WWE | 2 Comments »
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