Archives for March 2, 2015

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

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This new story explores an ancient myth of a fabled creature whose distant roar sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell’s (Mae Whitman) good friend Fawn (Ginnifer Goodwin), an animal fairy who’s not afraid to break the rules to help an animal in need. But this animal – massive and strange with glowing green eyes – is not really welcome in Pixie Hollow and the scout fairies are determined to capture the mysterious beast before it destroys their home.

 

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

By Kendyl Powell, KIDS FIRST! Critic, age 13

 

 

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast is an adventurous movie about Tinker Bell and her good friend Fawn, (Ginnifer Goodwin) an animal fairy with a big heart and an adventurous mind.  As Fawn is flying through the forest, she notices a mysterious cave and hears a weird sound coming from inside. Fawn immediately flies inside the cave to see what is happening. Fawn discovers a mysterious creature that no one knows anything about. She begins to observe the creature and notices he does a lot of strange things. Fawn names him Gruff. Nyx and the other fairies try to capture the big green-eyed beast because they fear he will bring harm and danger to Pixie Hollow. Fawn tries her best to convince Tink, Nyx and their scout friends and fairies not to harm Gruff.

 

My favorite character is Nyx (Rosario Dawson). Nyx is apart of the Scout fairies. She protects the fairies in Pixie Hollow and tries to get rid of anything that would harm them. Nyx is very cool, confident and strong. She likes to get her job done.

 

My favorite scene is when Fawn tries to help Gruff hide from Nyx and the other fairies. As Fawn tries to hide Gruff in a secret place, he lets out a very loud and big sneeze and he sneezes on all the other fairies. It is really funny.

 

The message of this movie is not to judge people. Gruff is a creature that only wakes up every 1000 years for a special task. Everyone in Pixie Hallow thinks he is a bad beast. He is actually a nice creature.

 

The DVD/Blue-Ray combo has bonus features which include never before seen bonus extras, access to cool computer games, five ingredients to getting Gruff, The True Story of the Neverbeast and so much more!

 

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast is a fabulous movie.  It will be available on DVD/Blue-Ray/Digital on March 3, 2015. I recommend it for boys and girls ages 3 to 10. I give this move 5 out of 5 shinning stars.

Credit: KIDS FIRST! www.kidsfirst.org

Hallmark opens up the vaults to create virtual greetings from decades past DECADES OF HALLMARK ECARDS COME TO LIFE VIRTUALLY WITH THE LAUNCH OF ECARDS TIME MACHINE

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Hallmark Cards has cracked open its century-old archives. Hallmark eCards’ new web experience, called “Time Machine,” allows users to travel back in time and experience what Hallmark cards were like from the 1920s through today. Have you ever wondered what kind of greeting cards people sent in the 1950s? This new collection of eCards were inspired by actual Hallmark greeting cards sent from decades past. Users can choose their favorite decade and select an eCard that brings a greeting card from these eras to animated life.

 

The cards feature topics ranging from the expected (a dancing pair of platform shoes from a 1970’s birthday card) to the politically incorrect (a wife threatening her husband with a rolling pin – circa 1950) to the totally surprising (Santa mooning the recipient, in an unconventional 1940s holiday greeting).

 

They also offer a fascinating glimpse into the way Americans lived in decades past. Travel was more rare and therefore celebrated: cards abound for cruises (“Bon Voyage!”) and plane trips (“Happy Landings!”). Smoking was more common, if the “up in smoke” birthday card (1950s) is any indication.

 

“We are excited to open up a window into how America used to communicate, and how that’s evolved over time,” said Dan Kessler, general manager of Hallmark eCards. “These cards are certainly a unique send, but you could also spend hours browsing through them. I think everyone will be fascinated by this thoroughly fun trip through time.”

 

“There are over 100 years of brilliant craftsmanship and artwork that we’re to share with public digitally,” said Rob Fried, CEO of SpiritClips LLC, the Hallmark subsidiary responsible for eCards and the Feeln streaming service. “This is just the beginning.”

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About Hallmark eCards

Hallmark eCards is a leading provider of digital greetings on the internet. Using a mix of cutting edge technology and Hallmark’s storied creativity, HallmarkeCards.com has delighted consumers for over a decade. Follow Hallmark eCards at facebook.com/hallmarkecards and on Twitter @hallmarkecards.

Credit: Hallmark eCards. No Compensation was received but I am a subscriber. 

 

Heart Wall Decal Kit

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Vinyl Wall Decals from www.vinyldisorder.com  are a great way to bring any room to life! I received a 24 piece Heart Kit. I was quite impressed with the colors, quality and how easy they are to apply. These would have been perfect for Valentine’s Day but I did not receive them in time. But, they are perfect to use for a special one’s special day, an anniversary and well…any time if you love hearts! It really is a perfect Heart Decal Kit!  I added some in my bathroom and am planning to save some for a special day!

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See how just one Heart Decal livens up my Bathroom door!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples in exchange for an unbiased review.

Burke Williams Day Spa Rejuvenates with Hot Stones Receive 20% Off Signature Massage Plus Hot Stone Enhancement in March

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Burke Williams Day Spa invites guests to melt away the tension in March with a Hot Stone massage enhancement. Experience a Signature 50 or 80-minute Pure Relaxation Massage with a Hot Stone Enhancement and receive 20% off March 1 – 22.

 

Hot stones are a unique and organic tool used to gently relax stiff muscles and increase joint circulation. Each precise stone placement paired with a customized massage technique and pressure enhances the results of therapy during the treatment.

 

The Burke Williams Pure Relaxation Massage is the perfect modality to relieve the stress and tightness caused by a hectic lifestyle. It leaves the body feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to combat the pressures of daily life. Blending Swedish and circulatory massage motions, the therapist gently kneads the muscles to increase flexibility, stimulate circulation and deepen relaxation. The massage treatment can also be offered with a Deep Tissue technique at a slightly increased price.

 

Visit a Burke Williams near you and venture beyond the spa with a signature massage and Hot Stone Enhancement today.

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Ace Announces March 31 Days of Color Celebration! Interactive Experience Encourages Consumers to Discover a New Love for Color Throughout the Month of March

Yesterday, Ace Hardware, the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world, launched 31 Days of Color, an integrated color experience designed to inspire consumers to discover a new passion for color. This brand new month-long consumer program showcases Ace’s color expertise by featuring daily paint color selections alongside expert design advice and daily giveaways, as well as a nationwide paint makeover sweepstakes.

“Color is an integral part of the design in any space of the home, and by highlighting one unique color each day, consumers have the opportunity to experience the vast range of colors available at Ace in a new and exciting way,” said Ace’s Design Expert Katie Reynolds. “31 Days of Color is an opportunity for consumers to take advantage of Ace’s know-how in color through an interactive online program designed to assist them in discovering new color inspiration and design ideas.”

31 Days of Color Calendar
Every day in March, Ace is unveiling a “Color of the Day” selected from Ace’s exclusive Clark+Kensington® and Valspar® paint lines. Consumers can discover the daily color starting at 12 p.m. EST each day via an interactive 31 Days of Color Calendar atwww.thepaintstudio.com/31daysofcolor.

  • Daily Colors: The daily colors include a combination of on-trend and classic colors, as well as select colors from the OPI Color Palette by Clark+Kensington. Each daily color is also paired alongside inspirational photo galleries featuring stunning images inspired by home décor, nature, beauty and fashion.
  • Expert Tips: Ace’s Design Experts, Reynolds (Atlanta, Ga.) Julie Richard (Boston, Mass.) and Nathan Fischer (Orange County, Calif.) and Valspar’s Color Strategist, Sue Kim, are providing daily color and design tips.
  • Blogger Projects: The calendar also includes links to DIY blogger projects in the featured paint colors in an effort to encourage consumers to take on colorful projects of their own.

“31 Days of Color was designed to inspire consumers and help them identify the right color to transform their space,” said Kim, Valspar Color Strategist. “We’re excited to share new colors each day, along with design tips, to complement every consumer’s personal style and give them the confidence they need to create a colorful space of their own!”

Paint Makeover Sweepstakes, Daily Paint Giveaways & In-Store Savings
Consumers also have the opportunity to bring color to life within their homes through a paint makeover and daily Ace gift card sweepstakes, daily paint sample giveaways, and in-store promotions.

  • Paint Makeover Sweepstakes: Consumers can enter the 31 Days of Color Sweepstakes online at www.thepaintstudio.com/31daysofcolorevery day in March. The winner will receive a $10,000 paint makeover, including a custom, in-person room design and color consultation by an Ace Design Expert, as well as the paint, supplies, labor and furnishings to complete the look in their home. Additionally, Ace is giving away a $50 Ace gift card to one entrant every day in March.*
  • Daily Paint Giveaways: Each day Ace is also giving away 1/2 pint paint samples in the day’s featured color to the first 1,000 eligible visitors who go to www.thepaintstudio.com/31daysofcolor and submit the entry form. The first 1,000 entrants will receive a package with the paint sample, a mini paint tray, roller and coordinating color swatches, as well as a $5 coupon off their next gallon of paint at The Paint Studio at Ace.**
  • In-store Savings: Participating Ace Hardware stores across the country have also joined 31 Days of Color by offering custom-tinted pint color samples in any color for just $0.99 during the month of March, regularly $4.99.*** In addition, from March 25-March 29, participating Ace stores are offering buy one, get one free on all gallons of interior and exterior Royal® and Clark+Kensington® paint — a savings of up to $71 when you buy two.****

Personalized Color and Design Advice
Ace and Valspar will extend their expert color advice to consumers across the country during two Facebook chats. Consumers will be given the unique opportunity to share their questions about color and design and receive personalized tips from Reynolds and Kim. In addition, consumers that ask a question on the designated post during the chats will be automatically entered to win a $100 Ace gift card.*****

  • Facebook Chat with Ace’s Design Expert Katie Reynolds: Wednesday, March 4 from 1 – 2 p.m. EST on Ace’s Facebook Page atwww.facebook.com/acehardware
  • Facebook Chat with Valspar Color Strategist Sue Kim: Friday, March 13 from 1 – 2 p.m. EST on Ace’s Facebook Page atwww.facebook.com/acehardware

For more information on 31 Days of Color, Clark+Kensington, Valspar or Ace’s Design Experts, please stop by your neighborhood Ace or visitwww.thepaintstudio.com.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN A PRIZE. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 48 CONTIGUOUS UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (VOID IN ALASKA, HAWAII, PUERTO RICO, GUAM, THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND OTHER U.S. TERRITORIES) WHO ARE HOMEOWNERS AS OF 3/1/15 AND AT LEAST 21 YEARS OF AGE AT THE TIME OF ENTRY. Begins 3/1/15 at 12:01 am ET and ends 3/31/15 at 11:59 pm ET. See Official Rules at www.thepaintstudio.com for additional eligibility restrictions, prize descriptions/restrictions/ARVs, odds disclosure and other details. Sponsored by Ace Hardware Corporation.

**See Promotion Rules at www.thepaintstudio.com/31daysofcolor for eligibility requirements and other details.

***Limit 4 total. Color samples must be tinted in unique colors. Offer valid at participating Ace stores March 1 through March 31 only. Prices may vary.

**** Buy One, Get One Free Offer Limits: Limit two free gallons per household. Free gallons must be of equal or lesser value and the same brand as purchased gallons. Offer valid at participating Ace stores Wednesday, March 25 through Sunday, March 29 only. Store stock only. See store for details.

*****Watch facebook.com/acehardware for details and Official Rules. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook. Sponsored by Ace Hardware Corporation.

About Ace Hardware
For more than 90 years, Ace Hardware has been known as the place with the helpful hardware folks in thousands of neighborhoods across America, providing customers with a more personal kind of helpful. In 2014, Ace ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores, Eight Years in a Row,” according to J.D. Power. With more than 4,800 hardware stores locally owned and operated across the globe, Ace is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries currently operate 17 distribution centers in the U.S. and also have distribution capabilities in Shanghai, China; Panama City, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its retailers’ stores are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 60 countries. For more information on Ace, visit www.acehardware.com.

About Clark+Kensington
Clark+Kensington, a premium line of paint+primer in one, is available exclusively at Ace Hardware and was recommended by a leading consumer magazine in recent tests of interior paints. The paint line features designer-selected hues that cover the entire color spectrum and offers simple color selection tools to help customers find their perfect color.

About The Valspar Corporation
The Valspar Corporation (NYSE: VAL) is a global leader in the paint and coatings industry. Since 1806, Valspar has been dedicated to bringing customers the latest innovations, the finest quality and the best customer service in the coatings industry.

About The Paint Studio at Ace
Designed to help homeowners find the perfect paint color, The Paint Studio at Ace features eye-catching color racks, unique pullout drawers and easy to use color cards to simplify the color selection process. Paired with the helpful service and knowledgeable advice customers can expect from Ace associates, The Paint Studio at Ace provides a world-class paint experience right in consumers’ neighborhood hardware stores. Available at participating locations.

 

Credit: Ace Hardware. No compensation was received to post.

Free & low cost family fun for families in March

Throughout March, Michaels is offering a variety of free and low-cost in-store crafting events including a family “crafternoon”, a spring Make it with Michaels Party, and Kids Club events with projects like tissue paper flowers, windsocks and more.

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FREE AND LOW-COST EVENTS

 

Make it with Michaels Party

Saturday, March 7 | 1pm – 4pm

Grab your pals and bring them in for an afternoon of creative fun and lots of fabulous springtime projects to try. The first 25 Customers will receive our Party Booklet full of project instructions and a coupon for 20% off your entire purchase.

Scrapbooking 101

Monday March 9 | 6:30pm-8:30pm

Learn the basics of scrapbooking as you create a page, incorporating paint, paper, stamps and stencils. Free with cost of supplies.

 

Jewelry 101

Tuesday March 10 | 6:30pm-8:30pm

Learn the foundations of jewelry making – bead stringing, crimping and forming wire loops – all as you make a beautiful ribbon and pearl necklace! Free with cost of supplies.

 

Family Crafternoon Easter Bunny T-Shirt

Saturday, March 21 | 1pm-4pm

Bring the whole family together to create an Easter Bunny T-shirt!  Just $10 per shirt.

KIDS CLUB EVENTS

Windsock

Saturday, March 7 | 10am – noon

Drop in and your little makers can craft a windsock. Just $2 per 30-minute session – includes supplies. Ages 3 and up.

 

Tissue Paper Flowers

Saturday, March 14 | 10am – noon

Drop in and kids will make a beautiful Tissue Paper Flower. Just $2 per 30-minute session – includes supplies. Ages 3 and up.

Crayon Resist Cards

Saturday, March 21 | 10am – noon

Stop by and take home a cute crayon resist card! Just $2 per 30-minute session – includes supplies. Ages 3 and up.

Pom Pom Baby Chick

Saturday, March 28 | 10am-noon

Drop in for Kids Club to create a Pom Pom baby chick! Just $2 per 30-minute session – includes supplies. Ages 3 and up.