Chicken Soup For The Soul: The Cat Did What? #Giveaway

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About the Book

Our feline friends constantly surprise and charm us with their silly antics, their loving connections with our family members, and their surprising intelligence. You will enjoy reading all the 101 amazing and humorous stories in this collection about the mischief, miracles, and magic our cats bring to our lives. This collection will make you laugh and touch your heart and after reading these stories we know you’ll say, “The cat did what?”

 

Purpose of the Books

After 20 years of bringing real people and their stories together to touch the lives of others, Chicken Soup for the Soul® has gone beyond the bookstore to become a world leader in life improvement. Chicken Soup for the Soul is home to the largest catalog of user-generated, life-changing stories. Through books, movies, DVDs, online resources and other partnerships it brings hope, courage, inspiration and love to hundreds of millions of people around the world. Chicken Soup for the Soul authors and readers belong to a one-of-a-kind global community that shares advice, support, guidance, comfort, and knowledge.

 

About the Company

Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, publishes all the latest titles in the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul book series which are distributed through Simon and Schuster, Inc. Since 1993, books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series have sold more than 112 million copies, with titles translated into more than 40 languages. Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing also licenses the right to use its famous trademark to high quality licensees through IMG, the world’s premier licensing agent. The company is currently implementing a plan to expand into all media, is working with TV networks on several TV shows and is developing a major Internet presence dedicated to life improvement, emotional support and inspiration. In 2007, USA Today named Chicken Soup for the Soul one of the five most memorable and impactful books in the last quarter century. For more information visit: http://www.chickensoup.com/.

 

Facts About The Reach of The Books

  • Total retail sales of Chicken Soup for the Soul branded merchandise have topped $1.3 billion.
  • The Chicken Soup for the Soul book series of over 200 titles has sold over 112 million copies, with titles translated into more than 40 languages.
  • In 2008, Chicken Soup for the Soul became the best-selling trade paperback series in the history of publishing.
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul is one of the world’s most well-known brands– 88.7% of the US public not only recognizes the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand, but knows what it is (source—Harris Polls).
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul holds the world record for having the most titles on the New York Times bestseller list at one time.
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul receives millions of monthly media impressions, with cross-promotion relationships in place with top media brands like King Features, Woman’s World, BeliefNet and others.
  • Many of the world’s leading consumer brands have looked to Chicken Soup for the Soul for co-branding opportunities, including American Idol®, Coke®, NASCAR®, Marriott®, Campbell’s®, Arby’s®, Golf Digest® and others.
  • Time Magazine called the Chicken Soup for the Soul series the “Publishing phenomenon of the decade.”
  • In 2007, USA Today named Chicken Soup for the Soul one of the five most memorable and impactful books in the last quarter century.
  • In 2008, Chicken Soup for the Soul and dick clark productions entered into an agreement to develop a television series based on the brand.

 

My Take On The Book

As a cat lover this book was funny, heartwarming, and just made me smile throughout. The stories included were fun, engaging and drew me in from beginning to end. This was a book that in many cases made me say to myself, “My Cat Did That Too!” However, even when this was not the case, the stories were ones that I could relate to and really were a great connection for anyone that has ever had a cat themselves or is just an animal lover in general!

 

Giveaway

How would you like to win this for yourself or for your family? All you need to do is fill out the below form to be entered.  The contest will run for one week and will end on September 24, 2014.

Winner must be a resident of the U.S or Canada.

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Winners are chosen at random, if you want all your chances counted, make sure you leave individual comments, not all of them in one!

Winner has 48 hours to contact me or another name will be chosen.

 

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Crashlings Are Fun To Play With & Collect #dadchat

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Wicked Cool Toys continues to launch off new Crashlings, a collectible product line of Mutant Meteors from Outer Space! Crashlings are one-inch collectible figures that are packed and travel inside a rubber-flex meteor. Each meteor has the power to blast over 5 feet into the air! Series 1 includes over 155 Crashlings to collect with special rares, ultra rares and retired editions. Crashlings come in five different breeds (Aliens, Insects, Underwater, Dinosaurs, and Monsters), and kids will be skyrocketed into another dimension as they collect them all! The Crashlings comprehensive product line is expected to launch in Spring 2014 with a variety of figure packs, play sets, and a space ship. In addition, Crashlings includes National TV Campaigns which will run throughout 2014 where Crashlings will be riding high and creating mischief in every new galaxy. Ages 5+, SRP: $1.99 – $19.99

My Take on the Product
While I have talked abut Crashlings in the past, I have to say that I continue to be impressed with the workmanship and detail on these toys as well as how much fun they are to launch off into space. My kids hav a blast with them and if I am honest, so do I. There are so many Crashlings to choose from and for me this is one of the things I like most. You see, I love variety and having the ability to pick and choose from many Crashlings just makes me and my girls happy.  One of the things that I do want to point out is that though this line of toys is made and promoted to boys, my girls love these too!

I just received a few new Crashlings and I have shared some thoughts on them in the below video:


 

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Cat Paw – The Friendly Yet Feisty Toy – A Unique New Toy #CatPaw

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Cat Paw – The Friendly Yet Feisty Toy

CAT PAWS are wildly fun and purrrfect for everyone! Creep out co-workers, amuse cat lovers and STUPEFY cats themselves with the amazing, bizarre, wonderful and super fun CAT PAW!  Cat Paw features 4 different cat styles to choose from. Each Cat Paw includes 2 realistic sounds and an awesome clawing action! Simply pull the trigger on the handle to activate sound and movement. Once you see one, you have to have them all! Cat Paw is sure to be the life of any party, fill an ordinary day with extraordinary moments, strike up conversations with just about anyone, and guaranteed to deliver endless joy to everyone, even your beloved four-legged family members! Available at Kmart. Toys “R” Us and Amazon NOW. Ages 0-100, SRP $9.99

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Cat Paw Videos to See it in Action:

Amazing! Cat Paw Makes Coffee! – http://youtu.be/-xdomzeDyhw

Amazing! Cat Paw Reads and Writes – http://youtu.be/bHtdV8w3dfw

Cat Paw In the Bathroom – http://youtu.be/AP9ZenRTffs
My Take on the Product

This was such a unique product. You not only get a fun gift, but you can also freak out your friends with the Cat Paw sneaking up on them when they least expect it. The Cat Paw has great sound and with the trigger action grip you can really have the Cat Paw appear from pretty mu anywhere!

Check out some of my other thoughts on the Cat Paw in the video below:

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VRÜM Ride-On Storage Lets You Take Fun on the Road!

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Wicked Cool Toys is rockin’ and a rollin’ with excitement to introduce VRÜM  Ride-On Storage, their new licensed character based ride-on portable storage for kids and is pa ked with 3 in 1 features: Pack, Ride and Play for Fall 2014. The VRÜM product line will feature today’s top kids brands to inc lude Spiderman, Ironman, DC Comics Batman, Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Disney Princesses.  Each ride-on storage character is 18″W X 8″D X 12″H, has a dual purpose pull/carrying strap, a handle-bar for comfort and support, is safe and fun to ride, and perfect for being on the go. Kids will love taking their favorite VRÜM Ride-On Storage friends with them everywhere they go, and parents will appreciate the entire package of convenience! Available NOW at Target.com, ToyRUs.com, Amazon.com, Ebags.com, Overstock.com, and Wayfair.com.

Ages 3+, SRP $49.99 – 

Here is the Sizzle of VRUM in Action: http://govrum.com/

 

My Take on the Product
 
With this product you are getting not only a ride-on toy, but you are getting a great storage device that can be used as luggage or just to bring things from here to there. The VRÜM is heavy duty and can take a beating and keep on working well. I had my neighbor’s children (all younger) try this our and while they put it through a lot, it was still working find after a few days of “testing” too. All-in-all I loved the characters available and the concept of two-in-one capabilities that this offers. Watch the video below for a few other thoughts on the product!

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Unique Dad/Daughter/Son Journals Open Conversations! #dadchat

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Mom and Dad respond to questions from Daughter and Son like:

  • “What characteristics do you think you and I share?”
  • “What do you think is my best quality?” “Not-so-best quality?”
  • “If you felt the need to offer some advice to me, what would it be?”

Daughter or Son respond to questions from Dad or Mom like:

  • “What might I not have understood about you as a teen?”
  • “What are your proudest moments of me as a parent?”
  • “What have we never done together that you wish we could do?”

There are also SISTER and BROTHER journals that can be exchanged to strengthen THOSE particular bonds.

Many parents use them to collect really personal memories for their children from GRANDMA and GRANDPA. Fill one out for your kids to reflect on some day, or give one to your own parents and learn things like what your dad really wanted to be when he grew up, or what your mom remembers about her teenage years. It would be hard to find a more personal, heartfelt way for families to reconnect or to get even closer.

There are also Spanish translations for the MOM and DAD versions.
My Take on the Journals
What I loved about these journals was that the questions that they asked were perfect especially as you get older and as you remember memories and share experiences through the questions themselves. This would be perfect to give as a present for a birthday as your daughter gets older. While this is not a journal you would get the most out of while your kids are young, it is definitely something that that I plan to keep until they are older and I can have them reflect back on these younger years and have them share things with me while I too share with them. These are truly unique journals that will allow you to get to know your children in a whole new way.

Find out more about this product here – http://www.sanddunebooks.com 
 

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Time for a #FallFixup with Rubbermaid #weavemade #ad

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This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Weave Made Media® and Rubbermaid, but all my opinions are my own. #weavemade #FallFixUp http://my-disclosur.es/RgFrEH

 

As I get ready for fall there are always projects that I have been slacking on throughout the summer that I know I still need to accomplish, but have yet to do so. For me, one of these projects was setting up a brush bin with the help of Rubbermaid products in our backyard so we didn’t just have a pile of sticks that keeps getting bigger and bigger as it has throughout the summer months.

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Lucky for me I decided to take matters into my own hands and run out to Home Depot to see what type of Rubbermaid products I could find that could help me along the way.

 

In looking through the store I have to say I was impressed to see the breadth and depth of the products that they did have and it made my life a little bit harder as I had to truly choose versus having only a select to choose from and the choice was already made for me.

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I chose to try two different sizes, an 18 gallon that I could use and carry around the yard while collecting and cleaning up brush and a 32 gallon trash can that could hold all of the brush in one place.

 

One of the things that I love about Rubbermaid products is that, especially here in Michigan, they will last outdoors. We can have rough winters, but I do not want to have to find extra space in my garage for these containers, so keeping them outside is definitely something that I can and will be doing.

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As you can see we found just the perfect spot to place out bins outside. I have already been working on other tasks not and filling up the bin and lucky for us we can just drag the trash bin to the curb when full for trash/brush pick-up!

 

If you have never seen all of the products that Rubbermaid makes, I highly encourage you to head on over to your local Home Depot to take a look as well as to take advantage of the in store low prices on the Rubbermaid Roughnecks products.

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Eitech (@eitechToys ) Brings Kids & Parents Together to Build Something Special!

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Between splashing in the pool and catching fireflies, have the kids boost their science skills this summer by building a space shuttle. It’s fun and challenging with an Eitech construction set designed especially for youngsters. German toy maker Eitech has been getting kids to open the box and build incredible toys since 1955. This season kids might gravitate to erecting the Eitech Eiffel Tower Construction Set ($49.99) or Eitech Deluxe Space Shuttle Set ($279.99). Girls and boys relish the world of science when introduced through fun and games.

 

Science toys are a perfect way to introduce concepts like engineering. The focus on studying S.T.E.M. subjects has gained momentum in just the last five years, especially for girls. First Lady Michelle Obama was quoted as saying, “If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, we’ve got to open doors for everyone. We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.”

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Eitech toys have been introducing those concepts to European children for decades and now American youth can join the STEM bandwagon. Using their fine motor skills to snap or screw together interchangeable parts, kids become little engineers in an afternoon of toying with age-appropriate tools. The full-color illustrated instructions allow youngsters to build by themselves although it’s always fun when a parent or older sibling joins in.
The “Basic” category steel sets are ideal for ages 6 and up as they expand their creativity and imagination to comprehend the basics of metal building. “Classic” construction kits allow ages 8 and up to play with gears, remote controls and motors.

 

Grownups who have watched their family members build Eitech kits happily share their experiences online at websites like yoyo.com. “Product quality is unquestionable,” one dad typed about the Deluxe Solar Powered Construction Set ($124.99 for 300 pieces). “It makes you have a good feeling to receive such a good product. The Germans build stuff right and pay attention to detail even when people aren’t looking!”

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Agreed another father on the same item, “My son is a thinker and loves being challenged. He really wanted an advance Lego building kit, but I wanted to try this Eitech Deluxe Solar Powered Construction Set. I have to say… this kid can not leave this alone. He loves the challenge of building and the kits. He’s now using his creativity to build his own project. Great Project Kit! One of the best investments I ever made.”The German engineered toys come in five categories — Basic, Classic, Exclusive, Solar and Experimental. No matter what age or interest level, Eitech has the perfect kit. As the themed sets spark a love for engineering, kids can try supplementing Eitech accessory packs to any Eitech model for added fun. Interchange a variety of spare parts, motors, and solar panels to make the Classic or Exclusive sets even more exciting. At their U.S. website, www.eitechtoys.com, look for the link to supplemental parts to purchase extra gears, motors or even an LED flashing light set!

 

About the Robot I Tried

Build a bionic person, bring it to life, and tear it apart again! Made of stainless steel, the Eitech Robot Construction Set includes over 120 parts that will make a minimum of 2 robot models. A flashing LED adds extra robotic touch. Advanced builders can develop three dimensional thinking that promotes creativity and learning while at the same time having fun! Step by step illustrated instructions are included for easy to follow directions. This educational building block set is designed for kids to exercise their hands-on skills, imagination and cognitive performance by assembling a robot with the included parts.

 

My Take on the Robot

Giveaway

How would you like to win one of the kits below for yourself or for your family? The winner will select from one of the following:

Eiffel Tower: http://www.eitechtoys.com/shop/eiffel-tower-construction-set

Robot: http://www.eitechtoys.com/shop/basic-robot-construction-set

Trail Bike: http://www.eitechtoys.com/shop/trail-bike-construction-set

Train: http://www.eitechtoys.com/shop/train-with-rail-car-construction-set

 

All you need to do is fill out the below form to be entered.  The contest will run for one week and will end on August 24, 2014.

 

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Winner must be a resident of the U.S.

Winners are chosen at random, if you want all your chances counted, make sure you leave individual comments, not all of them in one!

Winner has 48 hours to contact me or another name will be chosen.

 

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Cowabunga! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle From @PlaymatesToys

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With the Turtles being such a hit on screen, Playmates Toys wanted to share information on its new line of toys that bring the action off-screen and into fans’ hands for some ninja fun! The line of toys includes an assortment of products for Turtles fans, including action figures, vehicles and role play gear that reflect the personalities and distinctive look of the Turtles in the movie. The movie toys are available at major retailers including Target, WalMart and Toys ‘R’ Us.

Details on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie toy line from Playmates Toys include the following:

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Action Figures

The action figure collection will include basic action figures, 11-inch figures and deluxe feature figures. The action figures are highly detailed, fully articulated and uniquely sculpted to reflect the Turtles’ appearance in the movie. In addition, each figure comes equipped with unique accessories. The basic action figures vary in heights from 4.0 inches to 5.5 inches. The collection includes Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael, as well as Splinter, The Shredder, Foot Soldier, April O’Neil and Raphael in Disguise. The 11-inch figure collection includes the four Ninja Turtles.

The Combat Warrior Deluxe Figures are highly detailed, fully articulated and uniquely sculpted, with heights ranging from 5.25 inches to 6 inches. The Turtles’ legs can be squeezed to trigger battle actions. The collection includes Leonardo with quick cut katana action, Donatello with smack-down spinning staff action, Michelangelo with triple terror twist nunchuck action and Raphael with serious slashing sai action.

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Vehicles

The Turtle Assault Van is packed with ninja action features, allowing kids to drive the Turtles into their next battle and recreate their favorite scenes from the movie. Features include a spring-powered Turtle torpedo, launching luge assault vehicle, pop top hatch and side attack ramp. The control cabin holds the basic Ninja Turtles action figures.

 

Role Play Gear

With the Ninja Combat Gear, kids can transform themselves into one of their favorite heroes in a half shell from the film. Each set includes the Turtles’ signature weapon and bandana, allowing kids to see if they have what it takes to become a Ninja Turtle. The collection includes Leonardo with katana sword, bandana and two hand guards, Michelangelo with Nunchuck, bandana and two hand guards, Raphael with two Sais and bandana and Donatello with Bo Staff and bandana.

 

My Take on The Toys

 

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HASBRO Brings Guardians of the Galaxy To Life @HasbroNews

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As all of my readers know I had the opportunity to see and experience the GUardians of the Galaxy movie early while I was in Los Angeles for the press junket for the movie. I was able to play with the toys for the movie while out there and I was surprised to get a HUGE box from HASBRO with the toys to share with you. HASBRO really has brought the Guardians of the Galaxy movie to life for me and for all of the movie fans. These toys are lifelike and a ton of fun and all fans will love them!

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Amazon Fire TV Brings All Your TV Watching To One Place! #dadchat

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About the Amazon Fire TV

Amazon Fire TV is a tiny box that connects your HDTV to a world of online entertainment. Whether you’re a Prime member or not, enjoy a huge selection of TV episodes and movies, voice search that actually works, plus exclusive features like ASAP and Amazon FreeTime, it’s the easiest way to enjoy Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, low-cost movie rentals, live and on demand sports, music, photos, games, and more.

 

Amazon Prime
Amazon Fire TV is the best way to experience Prime Instant Video. Prime members enjoy unlimited, commercial-free streaming of tens of thousands of popular movies and TV shows including The Hunger Games, Marvel’s The Avengers, Flight, Downton Abbey, The Guilt Trip, Justified, SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Amazon exclusives like Alpha House, and many more at no additional cost.

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Voice search that actually works
Know what you want to watch? Amazon Fire TV’s Voice Remote has a built-in mic so you can instantly search TV shows, movies, actors, and genres using just your voice—no more typing with your remote to find what you want. Voice search is supported for the entirety of Amazon’s video, app, and game catalog, plus for Hulu Plus, Crackle, Vevo and Showtime Anytime. We’re confident Amazon Fire TV’s voice search is the best you’ve ever used. You have to try it to believe it.

 

Built for speed
From the responsive interface to instant search results, everything about Amazon Fire TV is fast and fluid. It’s all thanks to a quad-core processor with 3x the processing power of Apple TV and Roku, a dedicated Adreno 320 graphics engine, and 2 GB of memory—4x that of Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast.

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Stunning video. Unsurpassed sound.
With Amazon Fire TV, you can stream movies and TV shows in up to 1080p HD. With Dolby Digital Plus up to 7.1, enjoy rich, cinematic surround sound via HDMI or optical out.
Immediate video start with ASAP
You shouldn’t have to wait 10 seconds for a video to buffer every time you press “Play.” ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) learns what movies and shows you like and gets them ready for you to watch. The more you use Fire TV, the more accurate ASAP becomes, dynamically adapting to your viewing habits.

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Fast, fluid interface
Amazon Fire TV’s user-friendly interface makes it easy to find what you want. Browse popular movies, shows and recommendations personalized for you right on your home screen, and instantly add new discoveries to your Watchlist with a single click. Any content you’ve purchased from Amazon will be waiting for you in your Video Library.

 

A simple remote that does it all
The Amazon Fire TV Voice Remote is beautifully simple, with all the controls you need to search, watch, navigate, and even play games. It uses Bluetooth to connect to Fire TV so no line of sight is required, meaning no more reaching and stretching.

 

My Take on the Amazon Fire TV

One of the other things that I will point out that I did not in the video is the voice recognition capabilities of the Amazon Fire TV. This makes the product a power house as it will search through all of the different components that you have connected through the portal itself to help you find the right shows for what you are looking for. I was impressed with the accuracy thus far in what I have searched for and I think you will be too.

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