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Shaun the Sheep Movie

Shaun the Sheep Movie in Theaters August 5 | Enter to win a Shaun the Sheep Movie Prize Pack!

Shaun the Sheep Movie disclosure

If you’ve been to a movie lately you’ve seen the trailer for “Shaun the Sheep Movie.  From the creators of Chicken Run and Wallace and Gromit this movie will be a huge hit with your kids and you’ll love it too!  Landing in theatres August 5th, “Shaun the Sheep Movie is easy to follow for the youngest of viewers, even though it features zero dialogue.  Shaun is the smart one in a herd of goofy wooly stop-motion English sheep who spend their days doing typical sheep things while their caring Farmer keeps them in line with a very stringent schedule.  Shaun and his pals leave the safety of their farm and head into the netherworld of the nearby town in search of their loving, long-time farmer, who has amnesia.  This is when things, almost everything, seems to go wrong! The sheep must adopt disguises and evade the animal catcher, Trumper, in order to find their farmer in the Big City.

At just an hour and 25 minutes long, the claymation movie flies by with laughs, oohs, and ahhs.   The film geared for ages 4-10 stars the popular characters from the long-running children’s television series of the same name.   Meet the movie’s youngest character, Timmy who enjoys copying everything Shaun does in the “Meet Timmy” Featurette below.

Adults will find humor in the film through the use of dialog-free smart wisecracks, visual film puns, including a sequence satirising Silence of the Lambs.  This claymation film wasn’t quick to come to fruition.  Standing seven inches tall, Shaun’s clay model was posed, poked, and reshaped thousands of times resulting in a high quality claymation film you won’t believe isn’t computer generated.   The textures are unbelievable with Shaun’s fleece even having to be stiffened with PVA glue to stop it from catching fire!  Shaun is a true sport! 😉   Model makers crafted 157 human figures and 197 sheep puppets—including 21 for Shaun alone.  Each sheep needed to be covered with 31 inches of fleece.  The miniature environments featured in this film overflow with lovingly rendered detail.

Shaun the Sheep Movie

We’re planning to take my daughter and a friend to see Shaun the Sheep Movie when it comes out in theatres this week.  It’ll be a end-of-the-first-week-of-school celebration!

Connect with Shaun the Sheep Movie fans on Twitter and Facebook. Use the hashtag #ShauntheSheep to share what your kids think about the movie.

To help promote the movie, we partnered with Lionsgate and Influencer Central to bring you a fun giveaway of a Shaun the Sheep Movie package.  The package includes:

  • One (1) Shaun the Sheep Movie Children’s T-Shirt
  • One (1) Shaun the Sheep Movie Adult’s T-Shirt
  • One (1) Shaun the Sheep Movie Headband
  • One (1) book from the Shaun the Sheep Movie book series
  • One (1) Shaun the Sheep Movie poster
  • One (1) Serta Sheep Plush

We’re making this giveaway easy. Just enter your email address (not made public) and complete two additional tasks for extra entries if you’d like.

This giveaway is open to US residents 18+.  No PO Boxes.  Entries accepted through until 12:00 AM EST August 11, 2015.  Winners will be drawn using Rafflecopter’s Random Number Generator. All entries will be verified.  The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have 24 hours to reply before we draw a new winner. No purchase is necessary. Void where prohibited. This contest is not affiliated with Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, or Google.

Watercolor holiday cards

Beautiful Illustrated Holiday Cards by Masha D’yans Design + Giveaway {15 Winners}

Every year around the beginning of November, once Halloween has passed, I think I’ll get creative and make things to give friends and family for Christmas. This year I went as far as searching Pinterest for DIY craft ideas made out of tin cans, baby food jars, buttons, etc.. I was really in a creative mood.. in November. December is here now and I just want to do what’s easy.  What’s easy, for me, is buying gifts.  My kids like to give their teachers crafty gifts so we usually go to holiday markets and festivals where we find the most beautiful handmade items to give as gifts.

I feel so lucky to have been contacted by a lovey lady named Masha D’yans, a Los Angeles resident and incredible artist who creates greeting cards for all occasions inspired by nature, fairy tales, Japan, and her refusal to grow up.   Masha’s cards, products and picture books are found in shops around the United States and abroad.   Her illustrated greeting cards are perfect gifts to give teachers, friends, family and coworkers!

Watercolor holiday cards

Masha’s designs are a combination of whimsical and beautiful.  Her artwork appeals to children and adults alike.  Some of my favorites are Eskimo Gift, featuring the Northern Lights, Scratchy XMasTree, and Winter Trees Umbrella Walk.  The cards are $4 for one or $16 for a set of 8.   If you are absolutely in love with one particular card, by all means get a set of that card, but with the variety of designs Masha D’yans offers there’s no reason you shouldn’t get each of your child’s teachers, athletic coaches, friends, your coworkers, and family members a unique card, chosen specifically for them!

Cards are available for all occasions including Christmas, Halloween, wedding, baby, birthday, thank you, sympathy, Valentine’s, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and more!  Take a look at the full selection on Masha D’yans website.

Masha D’yans Design uses soy-based inks on recycled paper and the cards are assembled here in the U.S.

There’s still time to order Masha D’yans Design’s holiday cards!

Your purchase will arrive a few days after placing your order.

Win Masha D'yans watercolor greeting cards

Win a set of 5 Masha D’yans watercolor cards!

Use the form below to enter to win a set of 5 cards from Masha D’yans!  Entries accepted through 1pm December 18, 2014 and open to U.S. residents 18+. No P.O. Boxes.  All entries are optional.  Your information will not be shared with anyone.  This contest is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.  The winner will be contacted by email December 19th and must respond within 24 hours in order to claim the prize. Shopping App

Download the Walmart App to Save Time & Money on Everyday Household Shopping! + Win a $25 Walmart Gift Card!

Walmart app

I’ve been doing most of my household shopping online for the past few years.  I buy everything from paper towels and schools supplies to cleaners and pet supplies online.  I usually go to a store’s website on my laptop and often use a store’s app on my Android phone or iPhone to catch up on shopping while sitting outside or in the carpool line.  I use an app because for some reason I feel guilty if I shop online during work hours even though I work from home.  It’s when I sneak outside to get some fresh air (aka away from the kids) that I launch a shopping app and order the things we need that I don’t want to go to the store for.

If you like shopping from the comfort of your home as much as I do, you’ll love Walmart’s shopping app!  Walmart has a smartphone app for Android and iOS and it just might be my new best friend.  By shopping for household items on or by using the Walmart smartphone app, you are giving yourself the option to shop wherever and whenever you want – at your own convenience. 

Walmart iOS App
Walmart ios app


Convenience and Low Prices

I’ll be honest, I am not a fan of going to big stores to shop.  I’d rather pay a little extra and have stuff delivered to my house – than sit in traffic, take the kids, wander around the store aimlessly looking for stuff, and then wait in line to check-out.   Some things that I buy online 80%+ of the time are paper towels, toilet paper, detergents, cleaning supplies, pet supplies, office supplies, staple clothing for the kids like socks, and beauty supplies.   It’s well known that Walmart almost always has the best price on everything, so why not take advantage of the low prices and not have to go into the store?!  It’s a win/win! Shopping App offers the great variety and savings on everyday low prices that you’ve come to love at your local Walmart, especially on your favorite P&G products.  We have P&G products in almost every room of our house and you probably do too.  A few P&G products we use every that are available at at low prices are Tide 2x Ultra For High Efficiency Machines Liquid Laundry DetergentBounty Select-A-Size Paper Towels, and Charmin Ultra Soft Toilet Paper Mega Rolls. When you select an item in the Walmart app you will see the item’s price, ratings and reviews for the item, store availability, an ‘add to cart’ button, ‘save for later’ button, product description, and related products.

Walmart Android app
Walmart android app


About the Walmart App

Always visible at the top of the app in Android is the search function, share function, and your cart so you can see how many items you’ve added to your cart.  Always visible in the iPhone app is a ‘List’ button, ‘Store’ button, and your shopping cart.  Searching for products is not quite as easy in the iPhone app as it is in the Android app. Once you finish selecting items and putting them in your cart, simply click the shopping cart icon to check out.

You can choose to have your purchases delivered to your Walmart store for free delivery or shipped to your house free with orders over $50.  If easy, at-home shopping and low prices isn’t enough to convince you to download the free Walmart app, the app recognizes when you’re in a Walmart store and provides easy access to the weekly ad, store information, new items, Rollbacks and more.

By using the Walmart smartphone app, you can easily build a shopping list by scanning all the products you’re ready to purchase again.   This is great for things like my son’s body wash which he is really picky about and if I don’t get the right thing he’ll all but refuse to use it.  I can just scan it and know I am adding the right product to my shopping list!  

The Walmart app is free to download and will save you time and money on your favorite household products including P&G products!

We are giving a lucky reader a $25 Walmart gift card!

Enter using the form below.  Entries accepted through August 18th, 2014.  Winner will be contacted by August 20th. Entrants must reside in the U.S. and be 18 years or older.


Bahama Breeze is the summer destination for good times! + A chance to win a $25 gift card!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bahama Breeze. All opinions are 100% mine.

There is nothing better than after a long day of work to go out to dinner at Bahama Breeze with your husband or some friends, Just sit on the patio, listen to some live music with a cool drink in your hand. That is why Bahama Breeze is the summer destination for good times!

Bahama Breeze Summer Beach Bash

This summer Bahama Breeze is having a new event called Summer Beach Bash.It features live music that brings the sounds of the Islands to the patio plus a new signature cocktail, called Bahama Breeze Ultimate Pineapple! So grab some friends and check out Summer Beach Bash where you can enjoy your favorite cocktail or try the new Ultimate Pineapple drink: the must have frozen drink of the summer served in a fresh cut pineapple! Plus on Saturday nights they turn up the live music and bring out a mojito bar where you can choose your fruit, your rum, and watch the bartenders muddle the perfect summer cocktail just for you!

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The Summer Beach Bash will run from June 23rd to August 3rd, so make sure you don’t wait too long to head on over!
If you go to Bahama Breeze Summer Beach Bash, you can participate in the “Instagram Selfie Contest”! All you have to do is share a creative selfie of yourself and your friends enjoying your time at the Summer Beach Bash and use the hashtag #MyBBSelfie and you will be entered for a chance to win a $25 Bahama Breeze gift card!

To view Bahama Breeze’s fabulous menu of drinks, including my favorite the Dark and Stormy Bermuda, and food, or for a location near you click here. Don’t forget to visit them before the Bahama Breeze Summer Beach Bash ends on August 3rd!


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Food Review + Giveaway: Fisher ‘Nut Exactly’ Dark Chocolate Dipped Snack Bites + $50 Costco Gift Card Giveaway!

Every school day when the kids come home they run straight to the kitchen to grab a snack.  My daughter will usually pick an orange or strawberries but my son prefers something crunchy which is mostly potato chips or those mixed snacks bags.   I have been going over the labels on his snacks with him for the last few months and we both find the sodium and fat content in most of the salty snacks kids eat, alarming, not to mention the artificial flavors and ingredients.  Yikes!  One of his snacks has 230mg of sodium in one serving which is just 1/2 of a cup!

Fisher Nut Exactly Dark Chocolate Dipped Snack Bites

We were very happy to see that a new snack in our house, Fisher® Nut Exactly, has only 140mg of sodium and a serving is 10 big crunchy pieces!  Having something substantial to eat, something that you don’t have to have a handful of to put in your mouth (like smaller snacks), allows you to feel like you’re really eating something, not just shoving a snack in your mouth.

This is Sebastian sitting down so share a bowl of Nut Exactly with his sister. 🙂

He thought he was really funny when Madelyn asked “can I have some?” to which he replied “nut exactly”.. and she was very confused.

At Fisher, they live for the little joyful moments in life that are about taking a break and sharing a bite. They love dreaming up and creating flavor combinations with a fresh twist. We live for morsels, nibbles, things that crunch.  This is all right up my son’s ally.  Except Fisher has done the work for my son and put an incredible combination of goodness together in one bite size snack, for him!

Fisher Nut Exactly popcorn almond chocolate snack

Each of the ingredients you see above make the delicious snack balls taste divine.  My kids love popcorn, almonds, and chocolate so there wasn’t a chance in the world that they wouldn’t like Nut Exactly as you can see in the photo of my daughter devouring a Nut Exactly before I could get a good shot, below.

Fisher Nut Exactly at Costco

Fisher® thought long and hard about what makes the perfect snack. A satisfying crunch, a sweet yet savory taste and unlimited poppablitity. It’s not exactly almonds. It’s not exactly popcorn. It’s not exactly dark chocolate. It’s Nut Exactly. Every bite should leave you coming back for more.  With NO artificial ingredients,  Fisher Nut Exactly is a flavorful, sweet & savory snack that you  can feel good about enjoying.

Fisher Nut Exactly at Costco

The best part? More doesn’t feel like too much. It feels like just right. It’s a snack you can feel good about enjoying.  It’s a good thing my mom shops at Costco once a week and is kind enough to ask if the kids and I need anything while she’s there.  I’ve been saying no for a few years since I discovered online ordering of paper towels, etc.. but now we’re saying yes please, Nut Exactly!

Costco stores throughout the Southeast will also have sampling of Fisher Nut Exactly on April 26th so be sure to drive to your nearest Costco and have  a try!

Fisher Nut Exactly will be available at select Costco locations for a limited time beginning April 6, 2014, for $6.99 (15 ounce package).

Fisher Nut Exactly prize pack

Win A Fisher Nut Exactly Prize Pack Complete With A $50 Costco Gift Card

One lucky reader of The Mommy Insider will win a Fisher Nut Exactly prize pack that includes:

  • Fisher Nut Exactly
  • $50 Costco Gift Card

It is not mandatory to leave a comment to enter this contest but it will get you 10 extra entries!

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Entries accepted through 11am EST May 9th, 2014. Contest open to U.S. residents ages 18+ only. No P.O. Boxes. The Mommy Insider is not responsible for prize fulfillment and shipping.