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Saturday, January 26, 2019

FUNANASUN Ice / Traction Cleats Review / Discount Code

Be sure to read to end for a 70% off discount code, valid 1/26-1/31/19.

New England recently had its first major storm of the year. The snow itself wasn't that bad, we only got six inches. What was bad was that after it snowed, the temperature was going down to nearly zero (Fahrenheit). That meant everything was going to ice up.

I was able to clear the snow with the snowblower before things iced up, but that left our driveway all iced up after the storm was over. At that temperature the ice melt only helped so much. Yes, it will melt the snow, but you have to hang around to clear it or else it will ice up again. Our problem here that I deal with for every storm is our driveway has a serious slope, so bad that when I was still driving a Ford Mustang with real wheel drive, I sometimes could not get the vehicle up the driveway to the garage.

Due to the sloped driveway, I had been eyeing getting ice cleats to put on my shoes. Basically, you wrap your own boot/shoe with the ice cleats, then you can literally walk on ice, without slipping and sliding all over the place. After taking one to many headers last snow season, I figured it was worth trying them out this season.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Friend's List Book Blast and Giveaway

You might start humming a Michael Jackson song with this thriller of a novel. Then, be sure to enter the giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card. Open worldwide, you have throught 2/23 to enter. Good luck.

Friends List
by Rob Watson
Genre: Suspense, Thriller

My friends are being slaughtered one by one. Decapitated. Burned alive. Chopped to pieces.

The hooded killer has vowed to keep murdering people I care about until they’re all dead, their profile pics on social media replaced with photos of their mutilated bodies. The police can’t catch him. They have no leads.

The horror is making the visions come back—the fire that took my parents, leaving my twin Alex and me alive, but broken.

The hooded killer won’t stop until I’m completely shattered. He’ll eat away at my mind, heart, and soul until there’s nothing left. No one left to love, no one left to trust, and nothing I can be sure is real.

Dr. Cross thinks a trip back to the place my parents died will stop the visions. Alex is afraid it’s a trap.

But I know the hooded killer won’t hurt me. That’s not his game.

His game is much deeper. Much darker.

Fairy Tale Brownies Giveaway

I've always been a big fan of food giveaways. If you win, you can get the chance to try something out that you typically havn't tried before. And... who wouldn't mind winning some brownies, anyway? Open to US residents only, you have through 2/12 to enter. Good luck.
Fairy Tale Brownies Giveaway

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Godeena Book Blast and Giveaway

Readers of sci-fi don't have to feel left out with this latest offering from author Stjepan Varesevac-Cobets. Check out book then enter the associated giveaway with four winners. Open worldwide, you have through 2/23 to enter. Good luck.

by Stjepan Varesevac-Cobets
Genre: SciFi Adventure

Major Henry Broncon miraculously survives a battle with Ansker soldiers on the planet Morad. He is found under a pile of corpses, the only survivor; his best friend and the whole of his brigade remain in the field of death. Broncon is fully acquitted, receives a medal for bravery and is promoted to the rank of Brigadier, but he cannot forgive himself and he feels responsible for falling into the Ansker trap.

Shortly after, the Anskers are beaten and the war ends. The winning terrestrial colonies receive ownership of a system called Naude, comprised of various planets including Godeena. On the surface of Godeena, there is a huge, completely preserved but uninhabited city that scientists have named the Absolute. Analysis of the city reveals no signs of life. A team of scientists is sent to investigate what has happened to the people and animals of Absolute. A few days later the team is attacked and contact with the scientists is lost. The General Staff sends two teams of Special Forces to find out what has happened to the expedition but they also disappear, leaving no trace.

The Commander of the General Staff, General Hensell, is personally involved with the mystery. He requests Brigadier Henry Broncon to gather a unit, composed of the worst inmates from the inescapable prison, Hades, to investigate what is happening on Godeena. Henry accepts this task and collects 17 prisoners, each with unique skills. Among them is Maria, who possesses enormous psychic powers and has a wicked second personality called Kir.

The unusual team of criminals, led by Broncon, travels to Godeena to discover what terrors await them there.

Let Your Child Be Your Valentine Giveaway

Here's a giveway with two winners. Open to US residents only, you have through 2/14 to enter. Good luck.
Let Your Child Be Your Valentine

Welcome to the Let Your Child Be Your Valentine Giveaway!

2 Winners

This giveaway is part of our Valentine's Day Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.

Host is Michigan Saving and More

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Uncle and Ants (Silicon Valley Mysteries) Book Blast and Giveaway

A pair of cozy mysteries to explore here from author Marc Jedel. Then, be sure to enter the associated giveaway. It is 21+ and requires a US mailing address. Good luck.

Uncle and Ants
A Silicon Valley Mystery Book 1
by Marc Jedel
Genre: Cozy Mystery 

Mysterious attacks. Mischievous nieces. Can a clueless uncle catch a tech-savvy killer … and be home before bedtime?
When a freak accident hospitalizes Marty Golden’s sister and condemns him to babysitter duty, he thinks it’s just another case of hardwired bad luck in Silicon Valley. Until a suspicious murder suggests the mishap was no mere coincidence. Something must be done.
Too bad this quirky, fashion-backward uncle isn’t exactly hero material.
Convinced his sister is in mortal danger, this amateur sleuth follows clues to an oddball array of suspects. Armed with nothing but an eye for detail and powers of self-delusion, Marty tangles with gangsters, a cantankerous school secretary, and a perplexing woman he can’t help but fall for. Glitches in his investigation seem like a piece of cake compared to dinner-prep and bedtime stories with his two precocious, pre-teen nieces.
Can Marty catch the culprit, save his sister, and get his life back in order before he gets unplugged?
Uncle and Ants is the first novel in a refreshingly modern mystery series set in Silicon Valley. If you like clever humor, sassy side characters, and average Joes facing extraordinary circumstances, then you’ll love this twisty mystery.
Buy Uncle and Ants to login to a fresh, funny mystery today!

Climbing the Stairs - Multicultural Children's Book Day Book Review #MCBD2019 #ReadYourWorld

Welcome to Multicultural Children's Book Day. This is my fifth year participating. For more information on this year's event, including a list of sponsors, see my Multicultural Children's Book Day is Here post.

My second book review for the day is the book Climbing the Stairs by author Padma Venkatraman from Penguin Random House. It is the story of an Indian teenaged girl who dreams of going to college. That doesn't sound too far-fetched today, but the book is based during World War II, when the British occupied the country, and she is forced to move in with her conservative extended family after a family tragedy. Arranged marriages was more the norm at that time.

The Grinch Blu-ray, Green Hat + Conversation Hearts Giveaway

Fans of Dr. Seuss will love this latest giveaway. Open to US residents only, you have through 2/1 to enter. Good luck.
Have you seen Universal Pictures Home Entertainment's Dr. Seuss' The Grinch? If not, you're in for a treat because it comes to digital January 22nd and to 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD February 5th.  Plus, included are three hilarious new mini-movies featuring the Minions and Max! This movie is super cute and perfect for the whole family. Learn more, watch the trailer and enter to win a copy of the Blu-ray and a green Grinch Hat below! 

About The Grinch

The new home entertainment edition contains more than 60 minutes of bonus content, including three mini-movies: “Dog Days of Winter” starring the Grinch and his heroically loyal dog Max; and “Yellow is the New Black” and “Santa’s Little Helpers,” both starring the lovable Minions. It also includes stunning featurettes, a how-to-draw tutorial and much more. Narrated by Grammy Award®winner and Oscar® nominee Pharrell Williams, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch stars Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange, “Sherlock”) as the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpit with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. The incredible voice cast includes Rashida Jones (“Parks and Recreation,” The Muppets) as Donna Who, Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”) as Bricklebaum, Cameron Seely (The Greatest Showman) as Cindy-Lou Who, and featuring legendary actress Angela Lansbury (Anastasia, Beauty and the Beast) as the mayor of Whoville. Funny, heartwarming and visually stunning, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch is a perfect night in for the whole family!

Multicultural Children's Book Day is Here

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators. 

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Onibi: Diary of a Yokai Ghost Hunter - Multicultural Children's Book Day Book Review #MCBD2019 #ReadYourWorld

Welcome to Multicultural Children's Book Day. This is my fifth year participating. For more information on this year's event, including a list of sponsors, see my Multicultural Children's Book Day is Here post. Not only is this my fifth year participating, but this is also my fifth year reviewing a book from Tuttle Publishing, as they offer many books rooted in Asian culture, language, and history.

As the white parent of an Asian child, my wife and I have learned the importance of being able to see yourself in the stories you read. So, we've always been on the lookout for books where everyone isn't my skin color. Thanks to efforts like the Multicultural Children's Book Day, that task has gotten much easier as these books are more readily available, where you don't have to hunt them out or hear about them through word of mouth.

The Seidr Cycle Book Blast and Giveaway

Two prizes, one winner in this high epic fantasy adventure book announcement. Two books highlighted here, not just one. Giveaway is open worldwide, through 2/21. Good luck.

Dolor and Shadow
The Seidr Cycle Book 1
by Angela B. Chrysler
Genre: High Epic Fantasy

A great power has awakened within Princess Kallan.
To keep the princess hidden, she is taken to Alfheim; her abilities suppressed and her memory erased.
Years later, Kallan inherits her father’s war, and vows revenge on the one man she believes is responsible: Rune, King of Gunir. But soon, a twist of fate puts Kallan in protection of the man she has sworn to kill, and Rune in possession of powers he does not understand.
Lost in the world of Men, the two must form an unlikely alliance to make their way home and solve the mystery of their past - and of the Shadow that hunts them both.

Praise for Dolor and Shadow:
"...a sweeping, epic novel... highly recommend it to all fantasy lovers." - Erin S. Riley, author of Odin's Shadow
"Angela B. Chrysler has brought world building to breathtaking heights with ‘Dolor and Shadow’" - Jay Norry, Amazon Review
"This is book one in a set that has the potential to become timeless" - Timothy Bateson, Amazon Review

Tree Hut Giveaway

As the weather chills, skin starts to get dry and needs a pick-me-up! To keep skin smooth and glowing all season long, Tree Hut is giving away their greatest scrubs and body butters along with a $250 Ulta Gift Card. They’ve even included Ellen’s fave in the bunch – Almond & Honey – which she uses to get super, soft skin.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

TVStoreOnline FORTNITE T-Shirt Giveaway

Have a kid who you can't get away from playing Fortnite? Perhaps getting them a t-shirt related to the game might help. I'm thinking my son would like all the different dance moves shirts as I frequently seeing him doing them at random times when he's walking. Giveaway is US only and you have through 2/13 to enter. Good luck.
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1 Lucky Winner will receive their choice of 1 officially-licensed Fortnite T-Shirt from the website!

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Broad Street Roasters Guatemala Coffee Giveaway

Running low on K-cups? Here's the chance to win another 40 pack. Open to US residents only, you have through 2/20 to enter. Good luck.

Calling All Coffee Connoisseurs! You've got to try Broad Street Roasters Guatemala #Coffee TODAY! #CoffeeBroad #BroadStreetCoffee #Guatemala

WIN a Box of This Delicious Coffee and Enjoy Some of the Most Sought After Coffee In Your Cup!

This single sourced Broad Street Roasters Guatemalan roast is harvested from Finca San Diego Buena Vista, owned by the Bock family for 3 generations. The Acatenango Valley’s rich soil in which this coffee is grown is replenished by Volcan del Fuego, a nearby active volcano. It is full bodied, yet light with a juicy citrus acidity and finishes with notes of dark chocolate, grapefruit, and fig.
Find out what I thought of this Variety Box!

The Dragon's Harvest Book Blast and Giveaway

We have the second book of a space opera trilogy here. Some interesting creatures on the book cover there. Check out the book then the giveaway and enter to win through 2/21. Open worldwide. Good luck.

The Dragon's Harvest
The Dragon Trilogy Book 2
by Jason F. Boggs
Genre: Space Opera, SciFi

Join Nelson Jones on a journey of horrifying discovery as an expedition to uncover the mystery of the sun gates leads to a terrible secret. This time, the Humans and the Aesini are fighting for their very lives as Nelson's nemesis, Ira Bilis, finds a terrifying ally in her quest to restore the New Era to its former glory. Nelson and his friends must now race against the clock to defeat this new threat - a power beyond imagination! Author Jason F Boggs continues the journey into a fascinating universe full of complex characters where what it means to be human and the line that separates right from wrong is explored on an epic scale.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Red Apple Presents the 2019 Fireworks Festival

Each year, the Shoot Site in Pahrump, Nevada, hosts an incredible fireworks demo from Red Apple Fireworks. Every year promises to be more amazing than its predecessors, and 2019 is no exception. This year, Red Apple presents the 2019 Fireworks Festival: The Greatest Fireworks Demo in Pahrump!

All those who wish to attend need to register online as soon as possible. The Pahrump Shoot Site has limited space, and the Red Apple fireworks demo has proven to be extremely popular each year! Within this registration, you can not only inform Red Apple of how many people in your party wish to attend, but also what each person would like to eat! Yes, Red Apple is truly going all-out by providing meals for all those in attendance with choices of delicious local BBQ or fun street tacos! Drinks are free too, ensuring the 2019 Fireworks Festival really will be awesome!

Plus, on top of all of this, Red Apple has partnered up with the local Holiday Inn to give those coming from out of town the opportunity to book their rooms at a 10% discounted rate! They instruct visitors to simply call the hotel at (775) 727-9100 and tell the hotel that Red Apple sent them, or book online using the coupon code IEZ7R. Red Apple is making it easy for everyone to come and watch The Greatest Fireworks Demo in Pahrump in 2019!

Scenes of Mild Peril Book Blast and Giveaway

Another multi-winner giveaway to go along with this book of short stories. Definitely an intertesting book cover. Open worldwide, you have through 2/17 to enter. Good luck.

Scenes of Mild Peril
by David Court
Genre: Horror / Sci-fi / Satire , Short Stories

Across thirty disquieting stories, we'll encounter such tales as, "Sovereign's Last Hurrah", featuring a team of retired super-powered villains embarking on one last caper with their legendary super-hero rival.

"A Comedian Walks into a Bar", in which a hungry and ambitious amateur learns that the fabled secret of comedy may come at too high a cost. "83", where the interview for a dream job becomes a nightmare, and "In Vino Veritas, In Vino Mors", where a dying wine collector takes part in a very special tasting session, courtesy of a very special visitor.

You'll encounter possessed little fingers, magic swords, sanity-defying factories, stranded astronauts, lovecraftian librarians, virulent plagues, and pork scratchings ... all with a twist in the tale, courtesy of the equally twisted mind of David Court.

Zales for Valentine's Day Giveaway #ZalesForVDay

Enter to win one of five $100 Zales e-gift cards so you can get a great gift for Valentine's Day!  Enter the giveaway by heading to the Zales page on and submitting your email address on the form at the top of the page. Open to US entrants only and this ends on 1/31. Good luck.

The Post Book Blast and Giveaway

The dictionary defines dystopian as :relating to or denoting an imagined state or society where there is great suffering or injustice." So, check out the dystopian thriller and be sure to enter the giveaway with two winners including one for an Amazon gift card. Open worldwide through 2/14. Good luck.

The Post
by Kevin A. Munoz
Genre: Dystopian Thriller

Ten years after the world’s oil went sour and a pandemic killed most of the population, Sam Edison is the chief of police of The Little Five, a walled-in community near Atlanta, Georgia. Those who survived share the world with what are known as hollow-heads: creatures who are no longer fully human.

A man and a pregnant teenager arrive at the gate and are welcomed into the town. They begin to settle in when suddenly both are murdered by an unknown assailant. In the course of investigation, Chief Edison discovers that the girl was fleeing a life of sexual slavery, and that some members of the Atlanta community were complicit in the human trafficking network that had ensnared her.

In retaliation for Edison’s discoveries, agents of the network abduct the stepdaughter of the town’s mayor. Chief Edison and three companions track the kidnappers to Athens, Georgia, where they discover that the entire city is engaged in human trafficking. By the time Edison has recovered the kidnapped girl, the other three rescuers have been killed, leaving Edison alone to bring the mayor’s stepdaughter home while evading both human and non-human monsters. Against such great odds, will Sam ever make it to Little Five alive?

Prodigy Book Blast and Giveaway

Here's the latest book in The Giver of Life trilogy targeting the young adult paranormal book love. Then, be sure to scroll down to bottom to enter the Amazon gift card giveaway. Open worldwide, you have through 2/15 to enter. Good luck.

The Giver of Life Trilogy Book 3
by Kristy Centeno
Genre: YA Paranormal 

Leah Parker’s fate had always been controlled by others—who she loved and who she lost. Five years after the tragic murder of her daughter’s father, she’s done everything in her power to protect her little girl from the outside world. But she’s rebelled against fate in the past and no act of defiance goes unpunished in the Enchanter community.
The ultimate power wants to correct the damage done by Jae and the only way they can do that is by getting rid of her special child—a child destined to replace all branches of Enchanter magic one day.
But, Leah isn’t willing to go down without a fight. She will do anything to save what Jae died to protect, even if she must turn against the Circle of Elders. But when her first love, Brandon Morris walks back into her life, Leah knows nothing will ever be the same again.
Leah must confront her past, before she and her daughter are erased from her family line. She must get over her guilt and rely on Brandon to ensure her daughter’s survival. But will the pain from their past destroy their friendship forever? Or will their old bond hold them together and carry them through what’s ahead?

Sydney to the Max Prize Pack Giveaway

Looking for a new show for your pre-teens or teenagers? Sydney to the Max is a new daughter/father sitcom (plus grandma) that will premiere on Disney Channel on January 25th. I'm excited to share some awesome details about this sitcom, a trailer and details. Plus, there's an awesome giveaway so scroll down to enter to win! The giveaway is US only and ends on 1/29. Good luck.


"Sydney to the Max," a sitcom introducing 13 year-old actress/musical artist Ruth Righi (Broadway's "School of Rock The Musical") in her first leading role, is set to premiere FRIDAY, JANUARY 25 (8:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW.  Created by Mark Reisman ("Frasier," "Wings," "The Exes"), the series is geared for kids ages 6-14 and families.  It also stars Ian Reed Kesler ("Suits"), Caroline Rhea ("Sabrina the Teenage Witch," "Phineas and Ferb"), Jackson Dollinger (“Puppy Dog Pals”), Ava Kolker ("Girl Meets World") and Christian J. Simon (“The Amazing World of Gumball”).

 Set in the present day with flashbacks to the 1990s, the comedy revolves around outgoing middle schooler Sydney Reynolds who lives with her single dad Max in the house he grew up in, along with her progressive grandmother Judy -- three generations under one roof.  As Sydney's preteen pursuits begin to expand with unexpected and funny twists, Max tries to get a better sense of the guidance, perspective and support she needs. Grandma, full of both parental wisdom and wisecracks, has a razor-sharp memory that proves Max's own teenage antics parallel Sydney's.  Flashback scenes to a young Max and his best friend Leo juxtapose the funny predicaments invented by Sydney and her vivacious friend Olive.

The Top Five Most Fashionable Movie Characters of All Time

The media plays a huge role in our culture, from dictating beauty standards to giving us a joke or “meme” to laugh at around the world. Movies, TV shows, music videos, magazines – all of it works towards creating and reflecting our society.

That being said, there are certainly some fictional characters out there that get a standing ovation from the fashion community. These women are the ones who truly stand out, who are icons, who have inspired their own cult in fashion circles. Without further ado, here is a roundup of the top five most fashionable movie characters of all time:

The Most Fashionable Movie Characters of All Time

Monday, January 21, 2019

Diary of a Sorceress Book Blast and Giveaway

I can see myself possibly writing dark poetry, I'm not so sure about the reading side. Check out the book then be sure to enter the giveaway with a pair of prizes. Open worldwide through 2/18. Good luck.

Diary of a Sorceress
by Ashley Dioses
Genre: Dark Poetry

The young poet Ashley Dioses has already established herself as a leading voice in contemporary weird poetry. Known for her meticulous use of rhyme and meter, her deft melding of the strange and the erotic, and her novel treatments of such age-old themes as the vampire, the witch, and the ghoul, Dioses now gathers the best of her recent poetry into her first collection—a scintillating assemblage of nearly 100 poems short and long, published and unpublished.

With this single volume, Ashley Dioses takes her place as a worthy successor to the long line of California Romantics, beginning with Ambrose Bierce, Clark Ashton Smith, and Nora May French, and carrying on with Donald Sidney-Fryer and K. A. Opperman (The Crimson Tome), with whom she has worked closely.

Goosebumps2 DVD Giveaway

Did you or your child see the first Goosebumps movie? Well, here's a chance to win the second. Open to US residents only, you have through 2/9 to enter. Good luck.
Goosebumps2 DVD Giveaway

Welcome to the Goosebumps2 DVD Giveaway!

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This giveaway is part of our Valentine's Day Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.

Host that put together this giveaway is SaraLee’s Deals, Steals, and Giveaways

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