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Saturday, February 06, 2016

Since the day full of hearts, xoxo's and giant plush teddy bears is coming up I thought that I would share this simple Valentine's Day word search that I made. Last year my son really got into doing them which I think is his Nana's influence and at being 6 years old now I think they are a great learning tool for him. 

If you have any little's in your life or a Nana like I do that would enjoy this, be sure to click the link below to print out as many copies as you would like and happy word hunting. 

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Friday, February 05, 2016

How cute is our littler caterpillar dude? I think I shall call him Marvin. Ya know, like Marvin the Martian from The Looney Tunes. Ethan and I had so much fun making him and it was super easy. I can never pass up any bonding time with my little guy especially when it involves arts & crafts.

All we used to make him were:
egg carton (obviously lol)
acrylic paint in color of choice
1 pipe cleaner in coordinating color
Piece of another pipe cleaner for antennae
glue stick
googly eyes
single hole punch

After Ethan painted all of one side I measured the coordinating color pipe cleaner to see how many egg cups (what are they really called? I have no clue). Found out we only needed all of one side so then I cut it out down the middle and trimmed it up a bit to make it look more rounded  and caterpillar like.

After that I cut all the little cups so they would be separated and individual. This also helped with the next step. Which is to take the single hole punch and punch a hole in the cups where they had been connected because this is where you're going to feed the pipe cleaner through. Once I fed the pipe cleaner through all of them I lightly connected the pipe cleaner to itself so they wouldn't come apart. Be sure to leave some slack in the middle so you can bend the cleaner and the caterpillar doesn't just stick straight and can curve.

Last two steps were easy and quick. Just pop two holes in the top of the front cup for the antenna pipe cleaner and to get it to stay up just wrap it around itself one time. Swipe the gluestick over the egg carton cup to get enough glue on it to hold the googly eyes and then place the eyes on.

Simple, easy and a great way to spend some time with the kiddo.

Have you made anything out of an egg carton before?
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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

A good movie to go check out if you win this giveaway would be Disney's new film "The Finest Hours" which I got to preview and review. If you're interested in it, be sure to check out my review here!

Welcome to the Movie Madness Giveaway Event!

It's time for the Movie Madness Giveaway Event! With so many amazing movies out right now - We couldn't pick a better prize! This giveaway will offer 2 great gift card prizes. 

The Giveaway!
The first winner chosen will receive a $25 AMC gift card. 
The second winner chosen will receive a $15 Fandango gift card. 
Entering to win this giveaway is very easy, with the GiveawayTools form, below:


Disclosure: The bloggers involved in this giveaway were not compensated, and are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Your Strong Tower will be sending the prize out. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter this giveaway. This giveaway starts February 1st, 2016, and will end on February 25th, 2016 at 11:59 pm. The winner will be emailed, and have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen. Once a winner is drawn and confirmed, the name will be announced on the GiveawayTools form. Open to US residents only.
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Friday, January 29, 2016

I was provided with 2 free press passes to view this movie for review purposes.
My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Images are provided by the movie company.

When I walked into the theater to watch this movie all I knew about it was that it was set in the 1950's, the two main stars of the film were Chris Pine and Casey Affleck and that most of the films setting was in the water. I was prepared to be bored during the film but once I got past the slow beginning I actually found the film riveting and it had my attention.

Like I mentioned before, I thought the film started out a bit slow. I was wanting to get to all of the action but the beginning started out with the love story between Chris Pine and Holliday Grainger characters. Personally I do not think that the romance in the film was necessary for it to be entertaining and I am not sure if there was a romantic line to the true history that the film is based on. It might have just been added to the story so it wouldn't be strictly an action flick for the enthusiasts but also something for the romantic heart.

The film does go back and forth between the three different story lines of Chris Pine, Casey Affleck and Holliday Grainger's characters. So you definitely have to pay attention to know what is going on in the movie on both sides. I made the mistake of using the restroom at a point that was apparently intense. Casey Affleck's story line I found to be more riveting and interesting for what was going on in the ship as opposed to the others.

What Chris Pine's character did was no easy feet or a waste of screen time and definitely needed to be told because without him no one would have survived that night. But most of his screen time was spent on the water sailing through the rough seas with three other men on a tiny boat that could only fit a total of twelve people. If those guys never got sick filming those scenes getting drenched all of the time I would be surprised.

Most CGI in movies is very noticeable yet the waves that they sailed through and the scenes with the ship were so realistic looking. There were times when they were going through the waves that it seemed like they were just surfing through them. We watched the film in 3D which made the rain and every water scene come to life that much more. It's definitely a movie worth seeing and enjoying maybe for a date night.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Good morning everyone! For those of you that live here in Las Vegas, NV I have something special for you. How would you like to go see a free advance screening of the new Lions Gate Film "The Choice" starring Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer? If so, then keep on reading and find out how to get your tickets.

The Giveaway:

There are a total of 10 pairs, 20 seats available so grab your girlfriend, mom, sister, significant other or whomever and make a night of it. The screening is going to be at:


AM Town Square
Tuesday, February 2 @ 7 PM

Movie Synopsis:

When feisty medical student Gabby Holland moves in next door to perennial ladies’ man Travis Shaw, they embark on a surprising romantic journey neither imagined possible. Travis has always believed a serious relationship would cramp his easygoing lifestyle, while Gabby is preparing to settle down with her long-term boyfriend—until an irresistible attraction between the unlikely couple upends both of their well-planned lives. Spanning a decade and tracing the evolution of a love affair that is ultimately tested by life's most defining events, this story features a memorable ensemble of friends and family in Sparks's beloved North Carolina setting, culminating with the question that every couple must ask themselves:  how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Fresh Face Giveaway
I've joined in with the host of this giveaway along with other bloggers to help promote this and bring it to all of you as a fun opportunity to try to win something. 

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SIX Lucky Winners will receive (ARV $50 each)
  Facentials Cleanser

A special shout out to my awesome Co-Hosts 

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Thanks you to all of the bloggers promoting this giveaway. All of our giveaways are so much fun when we do it all together.

Now for the fun stuff. This giveaway is open to US. There are daily bonus entries for sharing this giveaway on your social media channels. It's okay to share it with your family and friends, they'll want to enter to win too!!

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None of the Bloggers promoting this giveaway are responsible for shipping the prizes or compensated for promotion. If you have any questions about this giveaway or the prizes please feel free to email Amy & Aron's Real Life Reviews at
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Friday, January 22, 2016

Welcome To The Sometimes... Book Giveaway

Hosted By:

My Silly Little Gang

Sponsored By:

PR By The Book

Canter Press

Andres and Clara's lives are about to change. Will their determination be powerful enough to help them through what lies ahead? Will they discover that their hopes are only illusions or will they find that dreams really do come true....sometimes. Grades 4-8 / Middle School picture book. 

One lucky reader will receive their very own copy of Sometimes... written by: 
Hugo Ibarra & John Seidlitz.

  • This giveaway will run through 2/5/16 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time 
  • Open to US residents ages 18+. 
  • Chances of winning depend on entries received. 
  • Winner is subject to eligibility verification and will have 24 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. 
  • For any questions or concerns please email (please consider adding this email to your “Safe List” as the winning email notification will be sent from this email.) Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools form. 
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Thank You & Good Luck!

Disclosure: My Silly Little Gang did not receive any form of compensation for this giveaway. No other blog associated with this giveaway is responsible for the product shipment. PR By The Book will be providing the prize above to the winner. Thank You for stopping by!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

There's a ranch here in Las Vegas that is open all year round and will let you come and feed their animals but during the holidays they decorate it and make the experience more special with the the things that they add. Last year we went to it during Halloween which you can see that post here. This year they added Christmas time to their ranch and while it didn't really have a huge Christmas feel to it like it does when they do Halloween, it was still a fun time for all of us. 

This is one of those pictures that says a million things and looking at it now all I can do is laugh. 

The smiling horse was my absolute favorite. I have a couple pictures of him posing for the camera and it was the greatest thing and awesome how interactive he was compared to the others. I love this ranch and how you can just stop by any day of the year and enjoy the animals. My son loves feeding them, especially carrots to the horses and the donkey. Reminds me of when I was little and would feed the horses at my moms work all of the time.
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