Friday, October 30, 2015

MARVEL Characters Who Deserve a Movie

We've all seen awesome heroes like the Avengers, Hulk and Spiderman kick some serious evil butt, but what about all the other heroes who are equally powerful and just as cool?

They may not be quite so well known, but a little research by Morphsuits shows that there are plenty of Marvel characters out there who deserve some serious screen time of their own in a live-action film!

We picked out our Top 10 List of Marvel characters that deserve a movie and here they are.

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Turn Your Smartphone Into a Drone with the PhoneDrone

If you've watched the TV show called "Shark Tank" last week, you might have seen one about a company, xCraft, that closed a record breaking $1.5 million deal for their PhoneDrone product.

xCraft has a drone coming out called PhoneDrone. This amazing invention and technology allows you to take your smartphone on an aerial flight and capture moments from above and follow you around. Some of you might be thinking that it might not be the best idea if you are worried about your expensive smartphone flying high above the sky, but it does sounds like a cool idea. 

To send your smartphone to aerial journey all you need to do is to slot your smartphone into the PhoneDrone Ethos. The smartphone shell is also a high tech smartphone case to keep your phone safe during the flights. You can check out more info in their Kick Starter Campaign here: http://kck.st/20gnf86

  • Easy to use - No drone experience necessary.
  • Affordable -Your smartphone already has a powerful processor and multiple sensors. Why pay for all those things over again when buying a drone?
  • Familiar - Our companion app is simple and intuitive.
  • Packable- Pack PhoneDrone Ethos for next adventure. It will be ready at a moment's notice.
  • Compatible with all your devices - iOS, Android, and even Apple Watch!
  • Control and video streaming -Easily tether to another mobile device for control and video streaming.
  • Built in charger - Charge from any USB source - or swap batteries for extended flight times.
  • A camera mirror - Shoot straight down, forward, or to the side!

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Scarlet Red Kit-Cat Clock Giveaway

It's less than two months before the holidays. The Kit-Cat Clock would make the perfect holiday gift for anyone. It will brighten up your home or your office with their contagious smile and iconic swinging tail.

A while ago, I did a review on the original Kit-Cat Clock over on my other blog. We love our Kit-Cat Clock. It is still on the wall in our little one's playroom. We've had it for about 3-1/2 years now and still works great! So far, we've only changed the battery once. It doesn't use a lot of batteries. 

Now you have a chance to enter and win one of their latest edition Scarlet Red Kit-Cat.  See below for details.


Kit-Cat Clocks (www.kit-cat.com) have been around for over 80 years, becoming an indelible part of American history with their happy and catchy look. We’re dedicated to keeping this part of Americana alive by keeping the same look that’s survived since the 1950s.

Put a smile on everyone's face;
Love in everyone's heart;
And -- be a positive force in everyone's life!

Every time you look at Kit-Cat, let your smile
Come out, it's time to
Remember that you are
Special to me!

Prize: ONE (1) lucky winner will receive the latest edition Scarlet Red Kit-Cat!

Contest is open to US & Canadians, 18+ (ends November 30th, 2015 at 12am EST). All entries unless otherwise noted are optional.  Please enter the giveaway form below. Please only claim an entry if you complete it. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Please read the complete Terms and Conditions at the bottom of the giveaway entry form for details. Good luck!

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

TTPM's National Cat Day "Paw It Forward" Photo Contest #TTPMCatDay

To celebrate National Cat Day 2015 on October 29th, TTPM, the leading product review site for Toys, Tots, Pets & More, is proud to announce the 2015 TTPM Paw It Forward Photo Contest will officially launch October 29, 2015 (starting at 12pm EST) where both cat owners win great products but shelters and rescue organizations also win big.

Cat lovers can submit photos of their feline friends playing with their favorite toy or sportin' their favorite travel tote, costume or gear.

This contest is sponsored by Cat Dancer Products Inc®, Petmate®, PetSmart, Purrfect™ Cat Toys, and Worldwise

Each contest winner will receive a prize pack worth over $100 of products and a $25 PetSmart gift card. Not only will lucky winners receive over $100 in free cat toys and gift cards, but each winner also gets to select a shelter/rescue or charity of their choice for a Paw It Forward donation from the Sponsors. In addition, three $25 PetSmart gift cards will also be given to three randomly selected people who voted for their favorite finalist photo.

• The deadline for all entries is November 3rd, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.
    • Starting November 4th, 2015 at 12:00pm EST, the top 12 finalists will be selected by TTPM editorial team, and entered into a public voting system where you can vote for your favorite finalist photo (maximum of 1 vote per person per day).
      • Voting ends November 8th, 2015 at 11:59pm EST. Three lucky winners will be announced on November 9th, 2015, along with the winning rescue or shelter organizations that will also benefit from free donated cases of toys and interactive products for cats.

        To enter, please visit http://ttpm.com/contests/cat-day/.

        About TTPM

        TTPM is a leading product review site for Toys, Tots, Pets & More. With more than 10 million monthly views of its comprehensive video reviews, TTPM is the number one resource for consumers seeking the best in toys, baby gear, pet toys, kids electronics, and sporting goods. In addition to more than 5,000 independent reviews created annually by its expert team, TTPM provides one-click access to the best online prices and purchasing from major retailers. For mobile users, the free Shop for Kids app by TTPM delivers the site’s full reviews as well as its proprietary pricing tool, offering consumers potential for immediate savings while they shop online or in stores. Shop for Kids is #1 rated app in Apple App in its category. The TTPM team can be found on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.

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        Wednesday, October 28, 2015

        Neighbourhood Small Grants: East Van Apple Press Fest [Recap]

        On Sunday, October 25th, I attended an event called East Vancouver Apple Press Fest that was held at Vancouver Technical Secondary School (at the garden near the tennis courts). This free event was part of the Neighbourhood Small Grants Project and was funded by the Vancouver Foundation.

        The Apple Press Fest is where people in the neighborhood gather together to experience crushing apples and making sweet cider using old-fashioned equipment. I have heard about this event since I started as resident committee for the Neighborhood Small Grants last year. I went there during the mid-afternoon. This was actually my first time joining this event and I really enjoyed it.


        People had a chance to help out by cutting up the apples, crushing them, and pressing the juices out. Quite a fun hands-on experience, especially for the kids.


        There was also live music, which was really nice. We listened to the band while lining up for a cup of hot apple cider made from the fresh crushed apples. I met up with a few friends, hung around, and chatted with them. It was just a relaxing afternoon.

        We brought our own jar to fill and take home. We loved it and Little one wanted more to drink.

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        Tuesday, October 27, 2015

        Vancouver's Sweetest Festival Returns to Yaletown

        The city's sweetest festival is returning to Yaletown this fall in anticipation of the coming holiday season.

        Seasonal Revellers Can Satisfy Their Sweet Tooth at CandyTown on November 21st!

        On Saturday, November 21, 2015, the fourth annual CandyTown festival will celebrate the season right in the heart of Yaletown. As downtown Vancouver's only free outdoor Christmas bash, the festival is once again expected to draw crowds of thousands of revellers - last year's visitor numbers exceeded 15,000.

        The annual street celebration is hosted and produced by the generous merchants of Yaletown through the Yaletown Business Improvement Association, and numerous ways for visitors of all ages to catch the holiday spirit. With a sweet candy theme for this year's event, everyone can enjoy this free festival as this heritage neighbourhood is transformed into a winter wonderland.

        Tiny tykes eager to see the man in red can sit on Santa's knee and visit the Ice Queen herself at the North Pole (more commonly known as Bill Curtis Square). Father Christmas will be on site for photo opportunities and the Ice Queen will be entertaining kiddies throughout the day. For a romantic roam around the area, take a horse-drawn carriage ride starting at Salsa and Agave and circulating Pacific, Davie and Hamilton streets for a magical, 15-minute cruise for a suggested donation of $2 to the BC Children's Hospital.

        Kids can participate in a variety of craftmaking, face painting and balloon twisting happening at the Starlight Children's Foundation tent. Or visitors can simply go for a stroll to take in all the tempting treats, handmade gifts on offer and holiday-themed activities to delight and entertain guests. A live ice sculpture - always a big crowd pleaser - will be created on Helmcken St. from 1-5pm. Pick out the perfect tree from Yaletown Rotary Club's Christmas Tree Lot, or sate that sweet tooth with free candy making at the Candy Hut. Savour a piñata lunch from 12:30-1pm. on Helmcken, or pick a delectable dish from the smorgasbord of food trucks on site (including favourites like Big Red's Poutine, Cloud Nine Cotton Candy Co., Meet 2 Eat, Mollie's Minis and Beavertails). Other food vendors serving up seasonal treats at the Christmas Street Market include Bluebird Cakery, Damien's Belgian Waffles, Half Baked Cookie Co. and Ganong Chocolates.

        "We're happy to see downtown Vancouver's only free Christmas festival return in its fourth year, with even more winter-themed fun for everyone," says Annette O'Shea, executive director of the Yaletown BIA. "It's a great way to kick off the holiday season, and support charities that really need our help around Christmas. Where else can you enjoy a CandyTown cocktail and a free horse-drawn carriage ride?"

        Attendees are also encouraged to get in the giving spirit by bringing donations for the BC Children's Hospital and Starlight Children's Foundation (donations will be accepted prior to carriage rides and where visitors meet Santa and the Ice Queen).

        CandyTown will take place on Saturday, November 21st, 2015 from 12-7pm. on Mainland Street in the heart of Yaletown. This outdoor Christmas festival is free, open to the public and promises to ignite the Christmas spirit in guests of all ages. Visit the YBIA website for a full schedule of activities.


        Yaletown is Vancouver's trendy and upscale renovated warehouse district. This fresh urban neighbourhood is just an easy walk from the centre of downtown Vancouver or a quick ferry ride from Granville Island. Yaletown's converted heritage buildings are home to some of the city's top fashion and design shops, as well as cutting edge restaurants and bars. Old loading docks act as giant sidewalks and create a unique setting for wandering, shopping, or lounging at one of the many outdoor patios.


        The Yaletown BIA is an independent non-profit association of commercial property owners and business tenants who join together to promote and improve the economic vitality of the Yaletown neighbourhood. Today the Yaletown BIA is an organization capable of handling top-tier international opportunities such as the 2010 Olympics, hosting well-heeled travel writers from around the world and producing outstanding public events that attract thousands of shoppers and diners annually. For more information visit: Yaletowninfo.com.

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        KATE HUDSON in alice + olivia

        KATE HUDSON looking chic in an all neutral ensemble completed with an alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet pant and top arriving at Hamilton Broadway Play in New York on Thursday, October 22, 2015. Hudson was seen wearing the GRACELYN OFF THE SHOULDER FITTED CROP TOP and the ELOISE STRAIGHT WIDE LEG TROUSER, both from Bendet’s Spring 2016 collection, while promoting her new movie 'Rock the Kasbah.'


        Launched in 2002, alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is a brand that allows customers to express their personal style. With collections that juxtapose the whimsical and flirty with the sexy and sophisticated, a+o epitomizes the personality and sensibility of its founder, Stacey Bendet. The brand was born from Stacey’s quest to create the perfect pair of pants, and has since grown into a full lifestyle collection including ready-to-wear, gowns, shoes, accessories and handbags. Pulling inspiration from the world around her, Stacey incorporates bold colors, unique prints, and eclectic details to create vibrant and dynamic pieces. The brand is a Hollywood favorite with celebrity fans including Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Obama and Taylor Swift. alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is available at aliceandolivia.com, over 30 free-standing boutiques located in major cities around the world including, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Dubai, Singapore, as well as over 800 of the finest department and specialty stores worldwide.

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        Evian Facial Spray Giveaway

        Evian Natural Mineral Water’s journey starts as rain and snow high atop the French Alps after which it filters for over 15 years through glacial rock and sand to a deep underground catchment just outside the town of Evian-Les-Bains, France. The water contained in the spray is tested 300 times per day to insure quality and the consistent unique mineral content—guaranteed to be the same year after year—canister to canister. No other water has the same mineral content.

        Evian Facial Spray (www.evianspray.com) was originally introduced in France in 1962 at the request of doctors for use on burn patients. It was the first facial water spray in France and was introduced as the first facial spray in the United States in 1978. Because of the current world-wide awareness of the Evian brand name, and the 37 year efforts of the USA exclusive distributor (The Wilkes Group Inc. in Old Lyme, CT), Evian is the only facial spray to be carried by many prestige retail groups including Nordstrom and Sephora. It is also offered in many luxury resorts and hotels such as Four Seasons.

        The French Government has extremely stringent standards for approving mineral waters as suitable to drink. Evian Facial Spray is the only mineral water spray in the USA to contain such a water and the only one with a companion drinkable bottled mineral water. Worldwide, the Evian brand can be found now in over 120 countries.

        The Wilkes Group was founded in 1976 and has distributed Evian Facial Spray since 1978. The company is focused primarily on prestige distribution at retail and luxury resorts/hotels that buy the product as a room, cabana, or poolside amenity.


        The Wilkes Group is giving away a Longchamp "Le Pliage" backpack, in stylish, durable, water-resistant nylon topped with a textured leather handle and logo-embossed flap, which retails at $125. It is filled with one 10 oz., one 5 oz., and a trio of travel-size evian sprays (over $175.00 total value).

        The three runners-up will also receive a Longchamp pochette toiletries case, with embossed leather trim in durable, water-resistant nylon, accented with goldtone hardware, which retails at $50, and filled with a trio of travel size evian sprays (over $70.00 total value)

        All entries unless otherwise noted are optional.  Please enter the giveaway form below. Please only claim an entry if you complete it. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Please read the complete Terms and Conditions at the bottom of the giveaway entry form for details. Good luck!

        Please note that the giveaway is hosted by the Wilkes Group, NOT Evian.

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        Disclosure: I received no compensation nor products for this promotion.  The Wilkes Group ius responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Pinterest,or Twitter. 

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        Monday, October 26, 2015

        Celebrating the Release of Christmas Kisses New Romance Novels with a $200 Gift Card Giveaway

        Christmas Kisses is a collection from five bestselling and award-winning authors.

        Set in the snowy town of Echo Ridge in upstate New York, these inspirational romances are sure to delight while you sip cocoa by the fire and listen to Christmas carols.

        *** $.99 November 3 - 7 ***
        Add it to Goodreads

        The Candy Counter Heiress by Lucy McConnell Amazon bestselling & award-winning author

        Someday Reese Gates will own The Candy Counter at Kenworth's; but someday can't come fast enough when the manager threatens to bring in a national candy provider. Reese secretly takes matters into her own hands hoping to save her parents from additional worry and prove herself capable of running the company. Her deception deepens as she ropes computer guru Andy Edwards into helping her expand the business.  Reese wanted to shake things up, but she wasn't planning on her heart getting caught in the mix by Andy's stolen kisses. If she can hold it together until after Christmas, then she can reveal her successful online company and her feelings for Andy. Unfortunately for Reese, even the best laid plans can melt like chocolate.



        Christmas Makeover by Cami Checketts Amazon bestselling author

        Chelsea Jamison has been infatuated with Drew Stirling longer than she's loved playing basketball, high-top sneakers, and the Knicks. Unfortunately, all Drew sees is the kid who kicked his trash in the high school free throw contest and not the girl whose heart breaks into a fast dribble when he's near.

        Drew makes an unexpected visit home to Echo Ridge and their friendship picks up where they left off as they scheme to make a teenaged boy's Christmas dreams come true. When Chelsea realizes she's fallen for her best friend, she wonders if there is any hope of a relationship with Drew or if she's stuck in buddy-status for life.

        www.camichecketts.com * facebook.com/CamiCheckettsAuthor


        Soda Fountain Christmas by Connie E. Sokol Amazon bestselling author

        Keira Kenworth has one focus this holiday season: save her father's old-time department store from bankruptcy. She is not focused on Tayton Wells, the tall, dark, and genius marketing guru from downtown New York, hired to make it happen. He is as doubtful that her nostalgic connect-the-town ideas will succeed as she is about his numbers-first plan. However, it's not just their different approaches that cause sparks to fly. Working together on a fast deadline to save the store before Christmas, the unspoken connection between them grows. But will the tough decisions they face drive them back to their separate worlds, or will they lead to the beginning of love?

        www.conniesokol.com * facebook.com/8basics?_rdr=p


        Hope for Christmas by Rachelle J. Christensen Amazon bestselling & award-winning author

        Anika Fletcher hates Christmas--its promises of good tidings and hope for the future are as tinseled as the ornaments on Kenworth's Hope Tree. Despite her feelings, Anika wants to maintain her daughter's faith in the magic of the season and gladly accepts a second job working with the handsome Carlos Rodriguez to restore Kenworth's old fashioned soda fountain. Carlos is no stranger to hard times and slowly shares his life of light and joy with Anika as they work together. Just as her fragile soul begins to feel hope again, an ill-timed act of charity changes everything. Anika isn't sure who she can trust or if hope is worth nurturing--especially at Christmas when it's easy to enjoy a kiss and believe love can last longer than the season.

        www.rachellechristensen.com * facebook.com/rachellechristensenauthor


         One Winter Night by Heather Tullis Amazon bestselling author

        Jonah Owens thought moving to Echo Ridge to open his art gallery would solve all of his problems. The need to sell his grandma's house adds an unexpected complication. It would be easier if his neighbor didn't have all those farm animals.

        Kaya Feidler's family has owned their land for nearly a hundred years--long before the neighbors were there. There's no way she's giving up the animal therapy business she's been struggling to make profitable. She gets a temp job helping Jonah in the gallery. Spending time together is a recipe for romance, but can they overcome their own hangups to be more than friends?

        www.heathertullis.com * facebook.com/HeatherTullisBooks



        Prize: One (1) lucky winner will receive a $200.00 gift card (Amazon or Paypal)! 

        Contest is open Worldwide, 18+ (ends November 10th, 2015 at 11:59pm EST). All entries unless otherwise noted are optional.  Please enter the giveaway form below. Please only claim an entry if you complete it. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Please read the complete Terms and Conditions at the bottom of the giveaway entry form for details. Good luck!

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