Beauty and The Beast Group Giveaway

 

The new live action Beauty and the Beast is probably the most highly anticipated film of the year. It finally hits theaters everywhere next week – March 17th, 2017! In order to help celebrate, The Hopping Bloggers have come together and created the ULTIMATE Beauty and the Beast prize pack that any fan will be excited to win! This prize pack is worth nearly $300 and includes:

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One of my favorite cartoons growing up.  I am so excited they re made it.

About Beauty and the Beast
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Beauty and the Beast hits theaters everywhere March 17!

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Evolving Your Man Cave Into A Study

Man caves are more popular than ever, as the average man in the UK works over 40 hours per week according to the 2016 report from the Government Of National Statistics. Somebody working full time may also have a family, and may even be starting their own business as well, as entrepreneurial fever spreads through the country. There may also be gym time to account for, as men begin to feel the pressure of having the perfect sculpted body from various media sources.

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It isn’t hard to see why today’s man might not necessarily want a man cave, but need one to provide adequate down time in order to balance out the pressures of modern life. The problem is, a lot of man caves are basically that – some battered sofa, with a fridge, big screen and games console, and for some men, that works a treat. Some men don’t want all the frills and spills of a high tech man cave, they just want somewhere simple to go to when they need to let off steam. However, for some men, the ideal traditional man cave doesn’t appeal at all, in fact, some men would much rather something that resembled a study instead. Or at least a space that is a little more refined and deep in purpose. Basically, not every man wants a ‘cave’, some men want something a touch more evolved.

Why?

There are lots of reasons a man might want something different to a man cave. Clearly all men are different and not every man cave is the same, but the want for a space more refined has truly modern influences. There’s a wave of vintage lovers appreciating more refined times of the past. Then there’s the fact that a person might work in a city, so they have a compact space they need to make the most of. Refined gentlemen influences also account for this rise of the refined man cave, as beard care, traditional barbers and tailoring all find themselves part of a trend. Mad Men can certainly account for some of the influence as well.

How?

So, you want a more evolved, refined man cave. Where to start? It isn’t exactly easy, as the inspirational pictures look wonderful, but turning that into a reality looks very tricky. The first step, and the biggest step, is to keep thinking ‘gentleman’. With all your choices, and all your options if you have it in your head, that you’re creating a space for a gentleman (even if you don’t feel much like one yourself) then you’ll start to craft something masculine, beautiful and incredibly sophisticated. The following tips should help you further:

You Must Have Privacy

An original study would have never been a place kids would simply burst into, or even play in. This is your space, and that fact is very much to be respected by your family. However, if you cannot have a space to remain untouched by anyone other than yourself, try to at least start with the corner of a room, which is a good start.

Keep It Sophisticated

This is where the room will grow into something more than a man cave, because a man cave is rarely a sophisticated place. So you might have a mini fridge concealed inside a stunning vintage globe, instead of inside a giant football. You might have a cocktail bar full of aged whisky, instead of a keg. You get the idea.

Keep It Masculine

This is your space to have all the little male quirks you aren’t able to express everywhere else in the house. How that works for you is extremely individual and personal. Just keep in mind that you can express your masculinity in this space, whether that is with your furniture choices, or through leaving out items or types of items that you cannot stand, like cushions for example.

Motivation, Inspiration & Sentimentality

Whatever you love, whatever makes you feel inspired, whatever motivates you – this space should be full of it. Things that make you feel something inside, whatever that is. Keeping the idea of sophistication in mind, try and display these items in a creative and attractive way which not only makes them look great, but keeps to the overall theme of your room.

Comfort

In your highly refined room, comfort does not need to be a squashy, ripped and stained sofa. You absolutely need to be able to relax in this space, and if you can’t you won’t actually want to spend time in it. However, you should also keep it looking good, so you can get visual pleasure as well as physical pleasure. For example; a chair and table set up should be ergonomically correct, with an emphasis on the quality of the wood the desk is made from, and the comfort of the chair. For the recreational part of the room, consider modern sofas with clean cut edges, luxurious materials and eloquent details. A sofa that looks as fantastic as it looks will be a real treat for guests. When it comes to any tech you have in the room, messy wiring will instantly take down the tone of the room, so be sure to install tech in clever ways that ensures it is part of the room, not just in the room.

 

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Hopefully this article has you feeling inspired and excited to create the perfectly evolved man cave in your home. Remember, keep gentleman in mind, and you’re sure to create a room sophisticated and refined enough to please any fine sir.

Gifts For All Personalities

There is an art, and science, to gift giving. Who would have thought it? Giving presents not only strengthens the bond you have with the recipient but it also gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling on the inside. Yes, the feel good factor is crucial when you are bearing gifts. Some of though are stuck in what i like to call the ‘present rut.’ Yep. We’ve all been there. We are desperately scouring the internet to find the ideal gift for our friends and loved ones, and we end up resorting to the same old boring thing. Some of us give candles, others chocolates. It’s all so, dare we say, boring.

 

Get out of the present rut and start thinking about all the awesome things that you can give to the awesome people in your life.

 

When narrowing down the kind of gift that you want to give, think about the recipient’s personalities, rather than their likes or hobbies. By doing this, you are opening the gateways to impressive gift giving.

 

What kind of personality types do you know? And, what makes the ultimate gift for this sort of person?

 

The Thrillseeker

 

Hands up if you have that one friend who is into the craziest of activities, and the mere thought of thrill seeking makes you want to throw up? OK, so you may not want to join them in a bout of skydiving or whitewater rafting, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t indulge them in their passions. On the contrary, thrill seeking pals are the best friends because they’re not afraid to take risks in life. Why not treat your friend to a day of scuba diving or bungee jumping? This is one of the best gift ideas for men and women who like to live dangerously. Top friend points will be yours, and they will love that you support their crazy lifestyle. What could be more personal than the gift of thrill seeking?

Gifts for the thrillseaker

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The Glamour Puss

 

Everyone has a friend that is a mega babe. They always look immaculate, and they are kitted out in the finest clothes. Their hair is perfect, and their makeup is always on fleek. There are some beautiful presents that you can indulge your favorite glamor puss with. Fresh Mac makeup is always a good start, but why not look at the latest handbags, shoes or cool accessories that you know they are sure to love. Make sure whatever you buy is on trend, and you’ll be onto a winner.

 

Vintage Babe

 

Vintage chic is so hot right now, and there are lots of people who love that cool, quirky vintage look. Of course, no vintage babe is complete without red lipstick or polka dots. So, why not have a look at cute dresses or indeed that red lipstick. Quirky floral accessories or a spot of afternoon tea with your friend is the perfect kind of gift for this personality type. And, of course, lashings of cake make for a great afternoon.

 

Sporty Spice

 

Everyone knows a sports nut. They are the ones wearing their favorite jersey and always make plans around big games. The ideal gift for this personality type could be a stadium tour of their favorite team. Or, better still a season pass or ticket for an upcoming game. If money is a little tight, and for some of us it is, why not get a gift that symbolizes their tea; a scarf, mug or a signed photo of their favorite player is a significant gift that shows that you care without breaking the bank.

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Nerds and Geeks

 

Who knew that one day being a nerd would be uber cool? The best way to the nerdy friend’s heart is with fan merchandise. Seriously. Think of the Game of Thrones figures, a trip to Comic Con or even comic book originals/ Top tip; the rarer, the better. With so many superhero movies doing the rounds at the moment, there are a ton of gifts that you can find that fits in with this personality type.

 

The Practical One

 

While some of us find useful presents dull, there are some people who love the practical side of life. After all, gifts should be about the recipient, not the giver. Think of cool things that make life easier, like a roll-up keyboard, or a USB mini fridge. Even something like a toothbrush organizer is the ideal present for the oh-so-practical one in your life. Not all presents have to be emotional or luxurious. On the contrary, practical gifts are often the best kind.

 

See, it’s easy to give gifts once you know how. Happy shopping!

Ninja Coffee Bar System

Ninja Coffee Bar

I am so excited I got the Ninja Coffee Bar to review.  If you love specialty coffees, then Ninja Coffee bar System is a must.  This little dream will save you a ton of money and a ton of time.  In just a few minutes in your own home you can have those great coffees you love.  Even if you just go out and spend $5 two times a week making it at home can save you over $520 a year.  Think about all the fun you can do with that.

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When I first got it I thought it had to be complicated.  So, I got out my directions and started reading.  The truth is the Ninja Coffee Bar System is so easy to use.  I love that you can make single serves without the kcup or a whole pot of coffee.  You can make just regular black coffee or even specialty drinks.  No matter what you love this beauty can do it for you.

Ninja Coffee Bar      Ninja Coffee Bar

Now before you make any of your favorite drinks, make sure to read the directions.  They want you to go through the clean cycle twice before you start.  This is to make sure everything is clean and ready for your creations.  Don’t skip this step just get it set up early so you have time to do this.  This step took about 2 hours, but once it’s done you are ready to rock.

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I have to admit before the Ninja Coffee Bar System I never thought I would ever make myself a fancy coffee drink.  All the different tools and different sizes of coffees and everything else just seemed like way too much.  I had no idea that it would be this easy.  So, when we got started hubby said I was over thinking it, just grab some stuff mix it, up froth it up, brew it up and have fun with it.  So, that’s what I did.  I may have created a few new drinks but I can tell you they were all fantastic and they cost me nothing to make them in my own house.

Ninja Coffee bar

 

I got this free to try in exchange for an honest review

Country Crush The Musical

Country Crush

Country Crush

Looking for a new go to movie this year?  Than checking out Country Crush is a must.  This is a fun love story with some great music.  I love a great musical and I love country music.  This movie has it all.

Have you ever been in a crossroads of your life?  Having no idea which way to go and where it will bring you?  Well this movie will not answer the question for you, but it will give you a great story and show you that it happened to everyone.  Sometimes one decision can bring you to a complete different path you did not even know you were looking for.

With a family that has been through way too much tragedy, their father left their mom passes away, and now his big brother has shipped back out leaving his wife, son and brother.  Charlie the brother has given up his big dreams to take care of his family.  When the girl of his drams shows up everything changes for him.

As a girl who grew up in the country I know there are true gentlemen out there.  I would love to ask you show this movie to your kids, your sons your daughters.  Let them know that there is truly good people in the world.  If even one boy remembers and becomes a gentlemen, or one girl remembers and knows they are out there and should be treated right, I think this movie would have done its job.

It is available exclusively at Walmart Pre Order Here

Who wants to win a copy for themselves?  We are hiving three US winners their very wn copy of Country Crush

I got this free in exchange for an honest review

Country Crush

Splendies Subscription Box

Splendies

For most mom’s underwear for themselves is not even a thought till it’s too late.  Not only do you normally have to find the time to shop, but some places can be so expensive you just pass them up when you do remember.  That is why Splendies is such a great subscription box.  No shopping time, a great price and they deliver them right to your door.  If you have teenage daughters, it’s also a great gift for them.

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I have a funny story for you.  Years ago, (we won’t say how many) when my sister and I were in High School my mom would give us money at the beginning of the year.  This was all the money we got for school clothes and we were not allowed to ask for more.  So being a teenager we went and got pants, shirts, jackets, accessories, but never thought of underwear.  By mid-year my underwear from the year before were so worn out I had holes they were goners.

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I never asked for money for underwear because I thought of them like school clothes and I had already spent all my money.  It was not till years later I told my mom and she laughed at me.  It was then she told me that does not count you should have told me.  Woops, now that I know Splendies is something my mom would have totally got me.  A few new pairs every month for a low price would have been awesome.

Splendies

You can start your subscription for as low as $13.99 for three pairs a month.  That is an awesome deal.  When you start your subscription, you can even let them know what you do and don’t want.  If you don’t want thongs just let them know and they will make sure you won’t get them.  If you only want thongs let them know that too.  Or of course you choose to be surprised every month.   I was very impressed with the Splendies box and would recommend them to everyone.

Splendies

I got the Splendies box in exchange for an honest review

Tyson® Products ‘Winter to Go’ #TysonFreeMovieNight

“Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own.”

 

 

In our house, we do special nights in. -When you have a little one who has OCD, it is hard to do nights out with him. -Nights in, on the other hand, are a blast for the whole family, plus in the winter no worrying about driving in the bad weather. Jimmy Dean®, State Fair®, and Tyson® products are the perfect solution for a night in. They are great snacks that my son loves and now when you shop at Walmart you can get free movie nights too.

This is so easy to participate in just head to your local Walmart Supercenters or Walmart Neighborhood store and buy 2 participating Jimmy Dean, State Farm, or Tyson products in one transaction. You can find the products at www.TysonFreeMovieNight.com. Then you just snap a picture of your receipt, and head here to download it. Then you will get two codes each good for a free movie night from Redbox.*

It’s that easy, you can be enjoying a movie night with your family just for doing what you are already doing. I love that they have come together to help make a special night for my family. When you are thinking of what to do for a special night with you and your family this week make sure to remember #TysonFreeMovieNight. It can be a great meal (corndogs for him chicken nuggets for me) and a lot of fun for the whole night. I love the fact that we can get a movie to watch with my little guy, and another to watch with my hubby for when he goes to bed.

Going out for my family is not really an option. Making a great night staying in with his favorite foods and a great movie is possible. It’s nights like these that I hope my son will remember forever.  I love that we are buying what we normally would and getting a great gift with it.

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15 Things that must go on your baby registry

When planning your baby registry for your shower there are a few things that are a must.  Most people forget when they register that most of the stuff you get you will not use for months maybe even years, but there are a few things that you will use right away and will make your life so much easier.

  1. Baby Bag

I know you already thought of this.  What most people do is try and save money here.  Don’t do it.  It’s like a nice purse spend a little more and it will pay off.  There is nothing worse than your baby bag falling apart while you are out and about.  Also, think of your style here this bag is going to be part of your life for years to come.  If you think after a few months you will be switching back to your cute mini bag think again.  This is now your main accessory for a long time.

 

  1. Travel System

When looking for a car seat look for the whole system.  A car seat that clicks right into a stroller is so much better.  Plus, you don’t have to wake your sleeping angel every time you need to get out of the car.  This will make days out and errands so much easier.

 

  1. Portable bed/ Play yard

Yes, this is a must.   Not only do you have somewhere safe and clean for your little one to go when you travel.  You also have a moveable bed in your own house for your little one.  I had this set up in our living room and we could easily move it to the yard or kitchen, ect.  There was always somewhere for my little one.

 

  1. Bottles

Even if you are breast feeding grab a few bottles.  You never know what might happen if you are not there having a bottle can mean a big difference for your little one.  It can be as simple as you are stuck in traffic and you can get home to your angel.  Having a few bottles means your little one won’t have to starve till you get home.

 

  1. A few cute toys

Now here remember you don’t need to go nuts.  You are having a newborn not a toddler.  A few cute toys to start your little one off is fine.  Right know they are not going to do much with them then look.

 

  1. Health care

You are going to need those little nail clippers sooner than you think.  Also, make sure to pick up some of the baby meds, shampoo, lotion, you know all those cute things you have been dying to buy.  Go ahead and buy some and put some on your baby registry.  You are going to need more than you think.

 

  1. Diapers

Even if you are going to use disposable diapers, make sure you buy one or two cloth diapers.  They are very easy to use and even though you have to clean them, they will be a life saver at 3am when you run out of the disposable.  No one wants to run to the store in the middle of the night.  If you have a few for emergency’s it will save you running to the store.  A few more minutes of sleep can mean all the difference with a new born.

 

  1. Diaper pail

Yes, you can just throw them in the trash.  If you do be prepared to be running out to the trash can every hour, your house is going to smell.  Anyone who has changed a baby poop diaper will tell you “get the diaper pail”.  One of the best investments you will make.

 

  1. Clothes

Think Onesies and Sleepers here.  Yes, I know we all want the cute fluffy dresses for little girls and have you seen the cute suites and ties for baby boys.  Ohhh they are so cute.  Leave them at the store.  Not only are they a pain to get on they are going to need to be changed in 5 minutes.  Spend the money on more onesies and sleepers.  I bought all the cute outfits and guess what they were so cute hanging in the closet and they were just as cute at the garage sale a few months later with the tags still on.

 

  1. Swing

This is one of those baby extras you will actually use almost right away.  Unlike a lot of the others that will not be good till they can keep their own head up this one will let your little one sit up a little more and the rocking will help sooth them when they are fussy.

 

  1. Belly cream

I know what you are thinking should I really register for stuff for me.  The answer is YES normally baby showers are between the 7th and 8th month.  This is also the time your belly is going to grow.  A good belly cream can make all the difference in those last few months, not only to battle stretch marks, but also how itchy you get.  It’s also great to use when you are recovering after the baby is born.

 

  1. Sleep Sac

Getting a few sleep sac’s will make all the difference when putting them to bed.  Remember they cannot use blankets for quite a while so having a few sleep sacks will make sure they are warm and cuddly when its bed time.

 

  1. Wubba Nub

If you are planning to use a pacifier, then you can’t do better than the Wubba Nub.  Not only are they the same pacifiers that they give you in the hospital but they have a cute animal attached.  Our little guy loved them.  I loved that when he got a little bigger and tossed it, it did not go rolling away.  It was also very helpful to keep it into a little guy’s mouth, he spits it out a whole lot less then if it was just the pacifier.  Plus, they are really cute.

 

  1. Disposable Diapers and wipes

If you are going disposable make sure to stock up on wipes and diapers, but don’t buy too many new born diapers they grow fast. You can never have to many wipes collect these like its candy on Halloween.

 

  1. Burp Cloths

Yes, you will use these for months to come.  Make sure to stock up on these with spit up you will most likely be using a few a day.  You don’t want to have to do laundry all day long.

 

 

Now that you have your musts have fun with the rest.  Remember when planning your baby registry to have different price points.  That way no matter what a person’s budget they can get you something and still be part of your special day.  One last tip make sure you register with a store that your guests can buy online.  For people like me we don’t have any stores here so if I have to buy a present I have to shop online.  This will make it easier for you and your guests.

This post was written in collaboration with The Baby Cubby

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Turn your photography hobby into earnings

 

If you enjoy taking photographs as a hobby and have a good library of photos, did you know that you could start to make money from your photos? There is a very high level of interest in photographs to be used on websites and other online platforms to make pages more engaging. The power of an image on a website can be the difference between someone using a business’ services and going elsewhere, so businesses will often pay money to use images.

 

Now the best bit is that there isn’t a lot that you need to do to sell them. You won’t have to try and market your sample images to potential businesses who might want to use them on their website, and you don’t have to set up your website to sell your photos. There are many companies that will do this for you who are looking for people to send good photos to them.

 

If you have ever searched for an image on Google, you will have noticed that many of the images come up on a website like iStockphoto or Pixabay. These websites are selling images that are provided to them by thousands of different freelance photographers and image designers. If you are worried about your photographs not being professional enough, then you don’t need to worry. There is a high demand for standard photos, provided they are not blurry, the more important part is finding images that people search for frequently. If you do want to try and improve your photo quality, then you can always invest in some more equipment and start digiscoping.

 

The way that it works is you can submit a set of photos for the company to assess, simply by uploading your image files. They will tell you whether they are good enough quality for them to want to use (you will be able to find out more information regarding their requirements on the companies’ websites).

 

If they want your photos, they will upload them to their stock library, and when people search for images that they are labeled under, the image will appear in the search. If the person wants to use the image, they will have to buy credits or pay a one-off fee to use it. They can’t use it without paying, as there will be a watermark applied to it by the company who uploads it. The company will add a description regarding the copyright rules that apply to the image.

 

Every time someone chooses to use one of your photos, you will get an agreed amount paid to you. This is why it is important to try and work out which are the most popular images so you can try and take more versions of these and try and make more money out of the high demand for them.

 

There is a lot of money to be made using your photography skills, so get out there and get snapping and look forward to making some money out of your hobby.