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Friday, February 12, 2016

Cinedigm's Valentine's Basket #Giveaway #Valentines2016

Win a Valentine’s Day Gift Basket from Cinedigm and Hallmark Channel which include the movies All Of My Heart and So You Said Yes. Released January 12th on DVD, these romantic films are sure to be enjoyed by you and the special people in your life!
A young caterer’s life suddenly changes course when she inherits a country home and learns she must share it with a career-obsessed Wall Street trader in All Of My Heart. At first, these opposites do not attract, but feelings begin to change when they find themselves having to work side-by-side to restore their newly acquired home.

In So You Said Yes, when Annabelle, the owner of a specialty bridal shop, falls for Sam, the son of her fierce bridal shop competition, she must fend off Sam's mother's attempts at sabotage to be with the man she loves. 
 
 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

AquaBall

AquaBall is available in four flavors, Fruit Punch, Orange, Berry Frost and Grape and features fan favorite characters from Disney’s Frozen, Disney Princesses, Marvel Avengers, and Disney Classic Characters.

AquaBall is the easy solution to finding a beverage that both kids and parents will love. Essential B and C Vitamins. Natural Fruit Flavors. Sweetened with Stevia. Packaged for Freshness and Safety. Found at retailers nationwide including Albertsons, Kroger, Rite Aid, Sam’s Club, and more.

Check it all out at AquaBall on Facebook.
 
 

Gnoments For #Valentines2016

Holding the title of partner, significant other, or spouse is an honor and privilege, but staying on that pedestal isn’t always an easy task. With Gnoments, there’s a fun and surprising way to enrich one’s relationship by creating special moments out of any ordinary day. From to-do lists and errands to meetings and business trips, keeping the magic alive in today’s busy world is more important than ever before. While grand is nice, it’s the little daily gestures and unexpected surprises that can put a smile on his face, a spring in her step, and an anticipatory thrill to the trek home. Gnoments are designed to bring people together, rediscovering and reveling in their love for one another. While their jolly big noses and eye-catching hats are a visual reminder to make time for one’s relationship, they’re capable of so much more. Embedded with an NFC chip, each gnome can be preprogrammed by any NFC-enabled smart phone to send text messages, maps and locations, and links to sound recordings, videos, and more. This opens up a whole new world of ways to make a connection - even on the most hectic days.
By using their Gnomifications system on their mobile friendly website Gnoments.com, it only takes seconds to send an email or text. Launching a link to “your” song, a picture of that special night in Cabo, or a sexy teaser for what’s to come, can turn a humdrum day on its head. Gnomes are keepers of treasures, and these two little tricksters are happy to do the heavy lifting. Everyone loves a surprise, and their handy pouches are the perfect place to store a secret love note or small gift. This Valentine’s Day, why not hide a scintillating treat within its confines? There’s always a new way to kindle her heart when these two show up on the scene. The Gnoments Kit includes a boy and girl gnome as well as a 32-page illustrated story book that shows how to put these fun new friends to work. Gnoments launched in October of 2015 with the mission of fostering fun, thoughtfulness, and love in relationships in light of today’s busy lives. The gnomes in the Gnoments kit encourage and remind couples young and old to enjoy the moments, while the storybook is full of ideas to help them get started.

Check it all out at Gnoments on Facebook, as well as Gnoments on Twitter.
 
 

Keep Calm And Color On

Looking for a new way to get inspired? Boost your creativity with a personalized Keep Calm and Color On coloring book! Enjoy over 60 beautifully designed patterns and discover inspiring quotes throughout. From cool little kids to artsy adults, everyone deserves a few mindful moments for themselves. Keep your creations bound in the book or decorate your space with your colorful masterpieces. The creative possibilities are endless with this hands-on way to have fun and keep calm. Personalize this intricately designed, completely calming coloring book with a name and dedication message for the creative person in your life, or gift yourself a much-needed getaway.
 
 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Truwhip

Truwhip is the first all natural whipped topping that is 100 percent natural, gluten-free, and uses mostly plant-based ingredients. It is free from chemicals, HFCS, hydrogenated oils, and artificial flavors. It contains ingredients such as water, tapioca syrup, cane sugar, and palm kernel oil. The Truwhip original has 30 calories and 2 grams of fat per serving, while the Truwhip skinny has 25 calories and 1.5 grams of fat per serving. “Nobody wants to give up holiday treats, but they also do want to try eating healthier and avoid weight gain,” explains Doug Sumpter, representative of Truwhip, the natural whipped cream alternative. “The good news is there are small things they can do that will make a big difference. The whipped topping they choose for their desserts is one of those small choices that can make a big difference.”
Here are 4 reasons to opt for all natural whipped topping:
1. No chemicals made in a lab. Opting for an all-natural whipped topping means that it’s free of chemicals that no person should be eating. Truwhip is made with all-natural, plant-based ingredients that you can feel good about.
2. No hydrogenated oils. Recently, the government announced it is moving forward with banning such trans fats, because they have been tied to heart disease.
3. No HFCS. Increasingly, people are moving away from eating foods that contain high fructose corn syrup. The healthier whipped topping doesn’t contain HFCS.
4. Less calories and fat than real whipped cream. Natural whipped topping provides a healthier option so that people can still have their dessert topping without having the extra calories and fat along with it.

It’s currently available in the freezer section at stores across the country, including Whole Foods, Walmart and Kroger.

Check it all out at Truwhip on Facebook, as well as Truwhip on Twitter.
 
 

Adult Coloring, The New Fad

Kick-start your creativity with these coloring books for adults! Pencils, crayons, markers, or paint - whatever medium you choose, you can illuminate a beautiful piece of art with the use of color palettes and your inner interior designer. Gorgeous vintage and "nature-inspired" patterns with swirls and angles make each page an interesting adventure. Use these designs as inspiration for stenciling, crafts, or even tattoos! Coloring can be relaxing and meditative, so get out your art supplies and enjoy!
Enter a new dimension in coloring books with 3D Coloring Books (Nature, Flowers, and Animals) inspire your inner adventurer with anaglyphic illustrations by award-winning artist Hannah Davies, or create your own 3D pictures. Hours of entertainment for young and old alike. 3-D glasses included!
Enjoy a renaissance in coloring books from the best-selling author of the 1000 Dot-to-Dot series! Unveil 20 of the world's most famous artworks within the circles, using pencils, paints, markers, or any coloring medium you choose. These classic art treasures can be removed and displayed when you're finished. Sensational, quirky coloring puzzles from the best-selling author of the 1000 Dot-to-Dot series! Reveal famous faces within the circles using pencils, paints, markers, or any coloring medium you choose. Twenty portraits of eminent icons - including John Lennon, James Dean, Princess Diana, Marilyn Monroe, Nelson Mandela, and more - can be removed and displayed Monochrome or multicolored, the concept is as easy as a child's book, but the results are nothing short of astounding!
 
 

Celebrate #Valentines2016 With The Peanuts Movie #PeanutsInsiders #Giveaway

Fans of all ages will rejoice as Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s The Peanuts Movie arrives on Digital HD Feb. 12th and Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and DVD March 8th, 2016. Every underdog has his day in this fun, family film as good ol’ Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the beloved Peanuts gang appear as you’ve never seen them before - in a brand-new feature film from the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of Ice Age.
Join everyone’s favorite eternal optimist, Charlie Brown, as he embarks on a heroic quest, while his beagle pal Snoopy takes to the skies to pursue his arch nemesis, the Red Baron. It’s a hilarious and heart-warming adventure! With the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD fans can go deeper into the world of The Peanuts Movie with these fun-filled special features! Watch all-new Snoopy Snippets, check out the delightful documentary about the film’s extraordinary journey from the comics to the big screen, learn to draw Peanuts characters, sing along to music videos, choose your favorite songs from Snoopy’s Playlist and more!

 
 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Are you looking for a piano teacher? Meet Mr. Hoffman!

Joseph Hoffman has always wanted one thing, for more people to be able to learn music and to love it while they're learning. He spent years developing his own comprehensive piano method based on research in early childhood education and great music teaching methods like Suzuki and Kodaly. After receiving his master's degree in music and founding a very successful music academy in Portland, Oregon, he wanted to find a way to teach music to children whose families might not be able to afford private music lessons, or who might live far away from a piano teacher.

Five years ago, Joseph and his wife Kelly came up with the idea to create piano video lessons and post them online, for free, so that anyone in the world could learn piano with the Hoffman Method. To support their project, they sold downloadable lesson materials, like sheet music and audio files, to accompany the video lessons. Mr. Hoffman's video lessons now have over 5 million views, with thousands of students watching lessons every day. But he's not done yet.
Right now, Mr. Hoffman has 120 piano video lessons online. He wants to double that number in the next 16 months, then continue to make more. His ultimate goal is to make Hoffman Academy a complete piano learning program, so that a student who completes all the lessons would be ready to major in music at any university and become a professional musician.

The Hoffman Academy team is also working on building a new, interactive, subscription-based website that will include music learning games and online progress tracking. Video lessons alone can't give personalized feedback, but the new Hoffman Academy will be able to guide students through developing their skills in rhythm, staff reading, music theory, and ear training, and make learning the piano even more fun and engaging.

In order to fund these projects, Mr. Hoffman is running a Kickstarter campaign through the month of February. Campaign backers can try out the new Hoffman Academy premium subscription for themselves at a great discount. Or, you can contribute to our campaign and fund a Hoffman Academy premium subscription scholarship for a child in need. Come on over and check it out!

Do you believe in music education for everyone? Contribute to our Kickstarter and help make it happen. Visit our Kickstarter page to learn more.
 

Monkey Up This #Valentines2016

Air Bud Entertainment proudly announces an exciting exclusive theatrical debut for the all-new family movie, Monkey Up. Proceeds from the week-long run at AMC Theaters from January 22nd to 28th, 2016, benefited Starlight Children’s Foundation, a leading global charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and health for kids and families around the world. With ticketing by Fandango, AMC Theaters showed the Dove Foundation certified Family Friendly film on 50 screens in top U.S. markets. This marked the first time Air Bud Entertainment has concurrently released a film in theaters and on home entertainment.

Monkey Up debuted on Digital HD January 19th and was released on DVD, February 2nd, 2016. A hilarious and heartwarming movie for the whole family, Monkey Up stars Crystal the adorable and multi-talented Capuchin monkey that audiences have fallen in love with in dozens of film franchises including The Hangover and Night at the Museum. The exciting new adventure introduces Crystal’s character Monty - the star of Monkey Up energy drink commercials - who dreams of breaking out of advertising to become an A list player on the Hollywood scene.

 
 

Happy Mardi Gras 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016

Simple Activities to Get Your Kids Away From the Screens and Outdoors

Nowadays, children are born inundated by technology. So it's no surprise that children are spending more hours in front of a screen at earlier ages. It's this readily available technology that makes it more important than ever to encourage your kids to put down the electronics and head outside. Here are few ways to get your kids to give their eyes a break and their lungs a dose of fresh air.

Create Relatable Hobbies

Introduce them to outdoor hobbies that they already show an interest in. If your children love the "Shaun White Skateboarding" video game, surprise them with a skateboard and a pair of skate shoes and challenge them to try some of the tricks themselves. If "Lego Marvel Super Heroes" is more their style, create a superhero obstacle course in the backyard. To get more outside time with the kids, have them help build the obstacle course with you. Then, invite some friends over to run the course.

Organize Neighborhood Adventures

Gather up some neighbors and create a monthly challenge, activity or contest. Create a scavenger hunt that takes them to different locations throughout the neighborhood and conclude with an outdoor pizza party. The losing team gets clean up duty and the winning team gets a special prize.

Have a Water Wars Party

In the hot summer months, it can be an even bigger challenge to get your children outside. This is the perfect time to have a water wars party. Set up a slip and slide, and have each kid bring an arsenal of water ammunition (water guns, water balloons, etc.). End the day with a refreshing summer picnic to give the kids time to dry off before loading up in the car.

Go Camping

Grab some tents, sleeping bags and s'mores essentials and head to a campsite outside of the city for the weekend. The only rule: no electronics allowed. Plan an action-packed weekend by selecting a campground with added experiences like zip-lining, parasailing and hiking, or opt for a secluded experience by heading off the trail. If camping is limited in your area, set up some tents in your backyard instead.

Look for Wildlife

You don't need to join an exotic safari tour to check out wildlife. Grab some binoculars and a list of common backyard birds and go bird watching in the park. If you have a chance to get to a more secluded natural habitat, expand your sighting list to fit your location.

Create a Photo Safari

Expand your wildlife watching adventures and create a photo safari excursion. Equip your wildlife watchers with disposable cameras and a list of outdoor sights to capture. Once the safari is done, have the photos developed and create a scrapbook to commemorate the experience. Make this a quarterly or annual adventure, and watch how the photos progress and change as your children grow and begin to see the world differently.

Check out the Get Outside Challenge

Need more outdoor adventure ideas? Check out the Get Outside Challenge to get inspired with creative outdoor activities. Create a monthly competition in your family to see who can check off the most things each month. Let the winner add a new item to the challenge.