Friday, March 16, 2018

March into Madness Giveaway Hop - Cinemark Gift Card Giveaway

I'm participating in the March into Madness Giveaway Hop, hosted by MamatheFox . There are several blogs offering up prizes in a giveaway.  Be sure to check them all out, including mine.

For my giveaway, I am offering up a$40 Cinemark gift card.  This GC will allow you to purchase movie tickets at participating theaters.
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One person will win a $40 Cinemark gift card.

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March's Monthly Trip to Iowa

Me and Rhonda at the Chrome Horse Saloon

Alaina can't accuse me of not being a devoted friend.  Ever since she moved to Iowa last July, I've made the three hour one-way trip at least once a month to visit.

For March, we brought another couple along with us.  We've all been friends for a while, but it was the first time for the other couple to visit since Alaina moved.

our fundraiser friends

We made it up there on Saturday and spent the night.  Our first stop was the Chrome Horse Saloon for some drinks and eats.  Bar/pub food is the best.

Later that evening we attended a Pheasants Forever fundraiser.  Jason and I don't even hunt pheasant but we sure supported the club that night!  It was raining money up in there.  

fundraiser supper

If you've read my blog for the last year, you know how much I love the Stuff, Etc. store in Cedar Rapids.  I'm seriously not much of an in-store shopper but that place sucks me in.  Me, Rhonda and Alaina spent a good three hours in there Sunday.

It was Rhonda's first trip to Stuff.  We broke her in right!

I won't even begin to tell you what all I bought but it was mostly clothes.  Enough so that I had to clear out my closet to make room.  In my defense, I spent $81 on 43 items.  I found the ultimate bargains that day.

We bought so much stuff from Stuff that my Blazer was stuffed.

Until next month's Iowa adventure....

Disney•Pixar's COCO - Film Review

Film Overview:

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

Disney•Pixar's COCO is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.  There are many extras, including deleted scenes, music videos, filmmaker commentary, and trailers.  

My Review:

I can't quite remember which movie I watched in theater, but I recall seeing a preview for COCO before that film.  In all honesty, it didn't pique my interest.  When I received the film for review, I thought I'd give it a shot.  Boy, I'm glad I did!  The animation is fluent and expressive, while the story line is meaningful and flows so well.

COCO tells of a tween boy named Miguel who lives with his grandmother, Coco, and her descendants.  Miguel has dreams to become a musician but, for reasons told in the movie, there's a ban on any and all music.  This doesn't stop Miguel from rebelling and practicing music in secret.  When Miguel steals a guitar, he becomes a ghost that only the returning dead can see.  

Miguel is then taken to a place where the dead dwell but he has to hurry up and find a way to get back to the land of living before he becomes part of the dead himself.  While there, he meets some quirky characters and has to turn a wrong into a right.

This film is intended for kids but adults will delight in it as well.

I received product for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Wine Awesomeness: First Box Delivered For Only $37.50 - #wineallthetime

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Wine Awesomeness hunts down wines you wouldn't find otherwise.

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First Winners For March

A few of my giveaways have ended and the winners have been randomly drawn.

The winner of the Baby Magic giveaway is #41, nickieisis3.

The winner of the Jesus Calling Little Book of Prayers giveaway is #22, Jacquelyn Cannon.

The winner of the Yodel the Yearling children's book giveaway is #23, Cassandra D.

The winner of A Very Happy Easter Prayer children's book giveaway is #8, Edye Nicole.

The winner of the Welch's Cherry Fruit 'n Yogurt Fruit Snacks giveaway is #38, Liz.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  Be sure to enter all current active giveaways, listed at the top left hand side of my blog.  There's no limit to how many you can enter or how many you can win.

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 113

Photo by Ahna Ziegler on Unsplash

I believe in a God that hears prayers and answers them. I've witnessed the miraculous gift of answered prayer. And, I want to pray for you. I've started weekly Power of Prayer post every Thursday. We are now on week 113.  If you are needing prayer in an area of your life, please leave a comment and I'll commit to pray for your need or request. You can be as general or as specific as you like. Whether it be for healing, salvation, finances, emotions, or another area of life, I'd like to lift it up in prayer.

John 16:20-22 
Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.

So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.

Friday, March 9, 2018

A Few Of My Recent Fun Purchases

  I am a bargain hunter.  I get a natural high from finding cool things at great prices (or free!).  Here's what we've scored lately:

My oldest daughter and her husband are straight-up obsessed with Funko Pops!  They own close to 1000 of the collectibles.  I had only a couple in my possession and wasn't necessarily interested in starting a collection.  Well, I won a Dole giveaway and received ten Star Wars Funko Pops.  From there, it kind of took off.  Between me and Logan, we now own 28 of them.  That's nowhere near how many Shelby owns (and won't ever be!) but it's fun finding ones to add when they are on sale.

An older gal I go to church with makes beautiful wooden pieces and rag dolls.  When she posted this wooden sign on Facebook, I knew I had to have it.  It would have cost me $12 but I only had $9 on me at the time.  I've tried to pay her the remainder since, but she's declined.

Hy-Vee grocery store was having a great sale on Nabisco and Keebler cookies and crackers last weekend.  They were priced 5/$5.  My husband darn near pooped himself when he saw me walk in with 15 packages of snacks!

We went to the Stuff store when we were in Iowa.  Usually I go with my bestie, Alaina.  This time around, our husbands tagged along.  All was right with the world when Jason spotted a NuWave Oven, brand new in the box, for only $30.  They cost about $100 anywhere else, so it was a steal.

Boys and their toys!
Jason came home from GameMasters the other day with a Zombie Apocalypse crossbow.  He dignified the purchase by saying it was on sale.  I admit he got a pretty good deal out of it.  I suppose it'll come in handy if sh*t hits the fan and zombies take over the world.

This gun wasn't a purchase but rather a gift to my husband from a friend.  I've had a heyday with it.  The gun is designed to kill flies.   You pour table salt into the designated hole then shoot the flies by pulling the trigger.  To say I'm amused is an understatement.

Have you purchased anything fun lately?