Oct 31, 2011

Free App of the Day on Amazon Appstore for Android: The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin

Happy Halloween from Oceanhouse Media!

The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin is the Free App of the Day on the Amazon Appstore for Android.

“One day in the pumpkin patch the strangest little pumpkin hatched.” Spookley the Pumpkin was different. In a world where “the only good pumpkins are round pumpkins,” Spookley The Square Pumpkin is shunned until a mighty storm threatens to destroy the entire patch. As the storm rages, Spookley realizes “it’s fine to be round while the weather is fair, but there are times it’s better to be a square! Sometimes being different can save the day!
Disclosure: I have not been compensated for sharing this information but have an ongoing relationship with Oceanhouse Media

Happy Halloween

 Better late than never...we FINALLY got to the pumpkin farm on Saturday.  Check out my cute lil pumpkins!

And yesterday we carved pumpkins.  Johnny did the Mario (with a little help with the eyes, "m" and inner ear).  Timmy did the Angry Bird with mostly just some direction.  And Bryan helped me with Phineaus...ok so he helped me cut it open and he picked out a ton of seeds from the goop for me and I pretty much took over from there. We set them out and then it rained the rest of the evening so I didn't get photos of them lit. I hope the squirrels leave them alone today so I can get a photo tonight when we get home from Trick or Treating.
 We had a lot of fun at the pumpkin farm.  Bryan is obsessed with these cut outs. So we got a photo at every single one of them. (Actually multiple photos at each one so he could stick his head in every hole he could reach but I thought I'd spare you all the redundant ones.)

Oct 30, 2011

CARS 2!! Ready, Set, GO!

In anticipation of next Tuesday's release of CARS 2 on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D™, DVD and Movie Downloadcheck out these clips of Lightning McQueen and Mater and get ready for a trip around the world on November 1st! 

Download Printable Cars 2 Maintenance Activities!

Oct 29, 2011

Broadway In Chicago Audience Rewards

Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce the launch of Audience Rewards for the Chicago market.  This is a national loyalty program for arts fans that began in New York and is now named “The Official Loyalty Program of Broadway,” attracting over 1 million members. The program allows audience members to earn points redeemable for show tickets and other memorabilia and merchandise.

Audience Rewards was created through an unprecedented partnership between Broadway theater owners and performing arts centers throughout the United States. The program, which began in 2005, has more than 1,000 new members joining daily and is the first and only loyalty program of its kind. Members are able to take advantage of hundreds of point-earning offers and ticket redemptions, and gain insider access to special events and advance ticketing for new shows nationwide. In addition, Audience Rewards members can also earn and redeem partner points for their theatre ticket purchases with other rewards programs such as Starwood Preferred Guest®, Delta SkyMiles® and Best Buy® Reward Zone®.

Membership in Audience Rewards is free. Local arts fans can sign up at www.BroadwayInChicago.com. Customers who sign-up will receive points for purchasing tickets for participating Broadway In Chicago shows at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, Oriental Theatre, Bank of America Theatre, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place and the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. These points can then be redeemed by members for participating shows in Chicago or at over 30 participating shows on Broadway in New York. To join Audience Rewards, visit BroadwayInChicago.com and click on the Audience Rewards Button to sign up. Once members have an ID and password, they will begin earning ShowPoints and gaining access to special members-only benefits.

“Broadway In Chicago is excited to partner with Audience Rewards,” Eileen LaCario, Vice President of Broadway In Chicago said. “We are so appreciative of all of the loyal theatergoers in Chicago and this gives us another way to give them insider opportunities and to thank them for their patronage.”

Broadway In Chicago was created in July 2000 and over the past 10 years has grown to be one of the largest commercial touring homes in the country. Nederlander Presentation, Broadway In Chicago lights up the Chicago Theater District entertaining up to 1.7 million people annually in five theatres. Broadway In Chicago presents a full range of entertainment, including musicals and plays, on the stages of five of the finest theatres in Chicago’s Loop including the Bank of America Theatre, Oriental Theatre, Cadillac Palace Theatre, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University and just off the Magnificent Mile, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place.

Oct 28, 2011

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Vote for Extra's new Dessert Delights Flavor

If you're a gum chewer or have a sweet tooth, you're probably already familiar with Extra Dessert Delights. Inspired by real desserts, the indulgent flavors offer an irresistible treat for only 5 calories. The mouth-watering Dessert Delights lineup includes Orange Crème Pop, Apple Pie, Mint Chocolate Chip, Strawberry Shortcake and Key Lime Pie. There's a new sweet flavor on the way and that's where you come in! Let's meet the candidates.

Gum chewers everywhere will be able to choose among Bananas Foster, Root Beer Float and Lemon Square flavors. The Lemon Square flavor was inspired by the winning dessert of last night's Quickfire Challenge in the Bravo series "Top Chef Just Desserts." Until November 12, 2011, fans can vote for their favorite Extra Dessert Delights flavor as often as inspired on www.facebook.com/extragum and on their mobile phones via m.extragumvote.com. The winner of the Fan Flavorite Vote will be announced on November 16, 2011. 

I may or not have a favorite here.  But I am no way trying to sway the votes. I mean if you happen to think that a Lemon Square gum would be amazing, then that's what you should vote for.  It shouldn't matter that I TOTALLY agree. :)
 Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win an Extra® Dessert Delights® gum prize package in exchange for this post.  No monetary exchange took place.

ChiTAG (Chicago Toy and Game Fair) Giveaway Week 3

Preview, play and purchase hot new toys and games as well as favorite classics, and meet their inventors at America's largest toy and game fair open to the public.

Two unforgettable days of fun for all ages - Star Wars Breakfast, stage events, life-sized toys & games, contests galore, Young Inventor Challenge, costumed characters, mind-bending tournaments and much, much more.

Why not plan a spectacular holiday weekend around ChiTAG, and enjoy the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade on November 19! 

ChiTAG Website

Last year I attended the fair and it was a lot of fun, just for me. I can't wait to take my kids back this year.  And thanks to the fabulous people at Chicago Toy and Game Fair, one family a week will win a pass to check it out themselves.

Enter to win the third family pass!

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PLEASE NOTE: I will do my best to mediate any problems in delivery of giveaway prizes with the sponsor, and I do my best only to represent companies I trust, however I am not personally responsible for any prizes which are not received for delivery or any other reasons.

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Oct 27, 2011

celebrate Halloween with a Lorax O’ Lantern

What better way to celebrate Halloween than to create a Lorax O’ Lantern for all to see!

Release Date              March 2, 2012
Studio                         Universal Pictures
Starring                      Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle and Betty White
Directed By                 Chris Renaud
Screenplay By            Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio
Produced By               Chris Meledandri, Janet Healey, Audrey Geisel

Plot Outline
The 3D-CGI feature "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" is an adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

Danny DeVito will lend his vocal talents to the iconic title character of the Lorax, while Ed Helms will voice the enigmatic Once-ler. Also bringing their talents to the film are global superstars Zac Efron as Ted, the idealistic young boy who searches for the Lorax, and Taylor Swift as Audrey, the girl of Ted's dreams. Rob Riggle will play financial king O'Hare, and beloved actress Betty White will portray Ted's wise Grammy Norma.

"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" is the third feature created by Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment ("Despicable Me," "Hop"). http://www.theloraxmovie.com

Free Pumpkin Carving Patterns #Halloween

Have you carved your pumpkins yet?  Do you free hand or use patterns?

We have usually carved ours by now but we've been a little busy so we'll be doing it this weekend.  The boys like to free hand but I like patterns because I can never free hand anything cool but the pattern possibilities are practically ENDLESS! In the past I've done Mickey Mouse, Buzz Lightyear, Dora and many more.

Some years I have good luck finding great free patterns and sometimes I have bought kits with patterns in them.This year I have found some patterns that I really like and I think the boys will like.

Here are some of the free patterns I found. (click the images to visit the site for the pattern)

New for 2012 Avengers line of pumpkin carving stencils. 

DLTK's Holiday Activities for Kids Pumpkin Carving Patterns

Ni Hao, Kai Lan Pumpkin Carving Patterns

Harry Potter Pumpkin Patterns

Hello Kitty Pumpkin Stencils

Pumpkin Carving Templates

Carve a Disney Character Pumpkin!

Printable Pumpkin Carving Patterns

Free Jack O' Lantern and Pumpkin Carving Patterns

Free Jack O' Lantern Patterns - Rock and Roll Heaven

Free Politcal Pumpkin Carving Patterns

Pumpkin Stencils

Jessa's Jack-o-Lantern Patterns

UN-Halloween Cartoon Pumpkin Carving Patterns

Celebrity Comedians Pumpkin Carving Pattern Stencils

TV Ads Pumpkin Carving Pattern Stencils

I Love America Pumpkin Carving Pattern Stencils

UN-Halloween Famous Musicians Patterns

UN-Halloween Animals Pumpkin Carving Pattern Stencils

Famous American Heroes Pumpkin Carving Pattern Stencils