Love, Juliebug: February 2015

Love, Juliebug was compensated for the post of this giveaway. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.


GET READY FOR THE BEST ‘NIGHT’ EVER! 

Night at the Museum:
Secret of the Tomb

Bring home the adventure on March 10
on Blu-ray™ and DVD!

Every Blu-ray comes with a Bonus Digital HD movie – Your choice of Night at the Museum 1 or 2!

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (February 3, 2015) –Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings back to life your favorite museum heroes in NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB available on Blu-ray and DVD March 10. Families around the globe have come out to see the hysterical third and final installment in the franchise, which has grossed more than a billion dollars. Now, parents and kids can not only enjoy the best ‘Night’ ever, but also get their hands on a bonus Digital HD movie: their choice of either Night at the Museum or Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
                                                   
If it’s laughter you’re after, get ready for the most hilarious night ever! Ben Stiller leads an all-star comedy cast, including Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson and Ricky Gervais, for one final, fun-filled Night at the Museum. This time, Larry Daley (Stiller) and his heroic friends embark on their greatest adventure yet as they travel to London in order to save the magic that brings the museum exhibits to life!

The Blu-ray™ comes with tons of special features that will have the whole family laughing! You can check out how Stiller got into character for his alter ego Laaa, get a behind the scenes look at The British Museum and learn how the film’s iconic fight scene inside an M.C. Escher painting came to light. Best of all, every Blu-ray™ comes with a bonus Digital HD movie – not only do you get a Digital HD version of NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB, but you also get a Bonus digital movie – your choice of one of the other movies in the franchise.

Here are some fun printables for your family. 



One winner will be selected to win a copy of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack thanks to Fox Home Entertainment. Giveaway ends on March 14, 2015. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected.




Love, Juliebug is not responsible for delivery of said prize.


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So, we all know of my Netflix addiction but we have reached a new level of addiction. And, it's called Pretty Little Liars. I had watched some episodes a few months back and became interested. It wasn't until recently that I started really watching it again. 

I don't want to admit how long it has taken me to get to the current season of this show. I don't want to but I will just for posterity's sake. As of the beginning of February I was on Season 2 and now I am in the middle of Season 5. No judgement, friends. No judgement. It helped that I have been sick since last Saturday. I've been at home on the couch just Netflix-ing all day. Is that a verb? It totally should be. 

I tend to be very stubborn when it comes to shows I hear too much about. It makes me want to avoid it. I had heard about this show and didn't even care to hear the premise. The title even made me squirm. I had pictures in my head about what it would be. Spoiled rotten little teens who get away with everything. 

So, what do I love about the show? It keeps me on my toes. I am usually pretty good about figuring things out but this one is just too complex. There's mystery, there's suspense, even romance. Sure, I don't like each and every story line but there has never been a show I've hated. There have actually been moments where I audibly gasped. I'm glad no one else was in the room. lol

Have you ever gotten caught up in a show like I have? And, have you ever watched Pretty Little Liars?

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FANDANGO and AIR BUD ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE
AN ALL-NEW MOVIE FROM THE CREATORS OF THE BELOVED
AIR BUD’ and ‘BUDDIES’ FILMS


Hilarious and Heartwarming Pet-Filled Adventure Introduces ‘RUSSELL’
An Adorable Talking Terrier who goes from Rescue Bound to Wrestling Superstardom!

Action-Packed Family Adventure -- Debuts in Theatres February 21, 2015

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., December 4, 2014 – Get ready to “Russell!”  Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination, and Air Bud Entertainment are proud to announce an all-new movie from the creators of the beloved ‘Air Bud’ and ‘Buddies’ franchise -- RUSSELL MADNESS. Debuting in theatres February 21, 2015 as part of the Fandango Family Screening Series, and on home entertainment in Spring 2015 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, the hilarious, all-new family adventure is the first feature film from newly-launched Air Bud Entertainment, the creative force behind the #1 live-action, direct-to-video movies in the family category.  The exciting action-packed adventure introduces ‘Russell,’ an adorable TALKING Jack Russell Terrier who accidentally becomes a professional wrestling superstar, on the way to discovering the true power…of family.   The official RUSSELL MADNESS movie trailer launched today and can be viewed at: http://youtu.be/Ur6XdaGNlTY.



RUSSELL MADNESS tells the story of Russell, an undersized but big-hearted terrier who dreams of having a family of his own. After running away from his pet store, Russell gets taken in by The Ferraros, a family desperate to revive their grandfather’s pro wrestling arena. That’s when they discover their new pet pooch has incredible wrestling skills. With help from his coach, Hunk, a savvy and hilarious monkey, Russell rockets to the top of the pro wrestling world and becomes a famous sports superstar. But when a dishonest promoter double-crosses the Ferraros, Russell will face his biggest challenge and discover that the strongest tag team is family.  RUSSELL MADNESS is rated ‘PG’ by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).



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Love, Juliebug was compensated for the post of this giveaway. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.


This sweet, family friendly film is about the story of Russell, an undersized but big-hearted terrier who dreams of having a family of his own. After running away from his pet store, Russell gets taken in by The Ferraros, a family desperate to revive their grandfather’s pro wrestling arena. That’s when they discover their new pet pooch has incredible wrestling skills. With help from his coach, Hunk, a savvy and hilarious monkey, Russell rockets to the top of the pro wrestling world and becomes a famous sports superstar. But when a dishonest promoter double-crosses the Ferraros, Russell will face his biggest challenge and discover that the strongest tag team is family. Russell Madness is rated PG by the MPAA. 

To celebrate it being in select theaters and being released on Blu-ray/DVD on March 10th, we have some fun printables for you and your kiddos! Simply click on the link below to download, print, and enjoy!


Also, Fox Home Entertainment Insiders is giving away a copy of Russell Madness to one of our readers. The giveaway ends on March 5, 2015. Enter below and good luck!


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I love when Shutterfly offers their free prints. It happens a few times a year and just so happens to be going on right now! Go upload your memories and get prints for FREE but do it before Monday.

All customers can get 101 prints for free (plus shipping) by going to www.shutterfly.com and entering the code FREE4ME.

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I am one of those moms. You know, the moms that would watch Despicable Me without the child in the room. I'm a kid at heart, I guess. Here are eight kids movies coming out in 2015 that have me happy.




1. Cinderella - 3/3/15: Okay, not that this movie has never been done - or redone for that matter - but I think that Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother has really peaked my curiosity. 


2. Home - 3/27/15: Oh is a loveable misfit from another planet. For some reason this character alone is enough to draw me in.


3. Underdogs - 4/10/15: 


4. Inside Out - 6/19/15: 


5. Minions - 7/10/15:


6. Pan - 7/24/15: There are also so many remakes of Peter Pan but I love the storyline and cannot pass it up.


7. Hotel Transylvania 2 - 9/25/15: When the old-old-old-fashioned vampire Vlad arrives at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together, Hotel Transylvania is in for a collision of supernatural old-school and modern day cool. I can't help it. Adam Sandler makes me laugh. The first movie was cute and different enough to make me want to see the second one.

8. The Peanuts Movie - 11/6/15: Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home. I've always loved Peanuts and while this is CGI-animated and therefore different, I can't wait to see what they've done with it.

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This post is sponsored by Lunchbox and written by Drugstore Divas.
doveWhen I first moved to my own apartment, I would buy the cheapest shampoo there was. I just didn’t have the money to buy anything expensive, and I didn’t know about coupons or how to get brand name shampoo for cheap.
When I started to learn about coupons, the first shampoo I stocked up on was Dove. I had so much of it and I had only paid pennies for it. It was really great. And for that, Dove will always have a special place in my heart. I must not be the only one, though, because Dove has won a ton of awards.
These are some of the 2014 awards Dove products have won:
Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash with NutriumMoisture
  • Women’s Health – Readers’ choice for best body wash
  • InStyle – Best Body Wash
Dove Advanced Care Nourished Beauty Antiperspirant/Deodorant
  • Family Circle – Best Deodorant
  • Progressive Grocer – Editor’s Pick
  • Self – Deodorant winner
  • TotalBeauty.com – Deodorant winner
Dove White Beauty Bar
  • InStyle – Best Beauty Bar
  • Martha Stewart Weddings – Favorite Among Brides
Dove Style + Care Extra Hold Hairspray
  • Good Housekeeping – Beauty All-Star
Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo
  • Health – Best Shampoo
Want to know what all the fuss is about? Head over to Walgreens. Through February 28, you can get 2,000 Balance Rewards points ($2) when you purchase two participating Dove products. You can check out all the Dove products available at Walgreens here.  The giveaway starts now and ends at 11:59pm EST on February 28. The winners must be US residents who are 18 or older. The winners will be contacted via the email address left in the Rafflecopter and will have 24 hours to respond before another winner will be selected. Good luck. Drugstore Divas and Love, Juliebug are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

>> Enter by clicking HERE. <<

Only entries made at the above link will be counted.

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I'd love to say I've never lied. I'd love to but we're all guilty of at least a few lies in our lifetime and I'm no exception. While it's true I've never told what I consider to be a whopper, like soap opera material, the little white lies are just as destructive in their own way. 

The biggest I lie I've ever told? "I'm fine" when sometimes, honestly, I'm anything but fine. It happens everyday in different forms. "How're you doing?" "Good!" It's my generic, go to answer. Good, fine... all deflecting words. 

Partly this is due to an underlying belief I've just uncovered. Sometimes I actually think that nobody cares about the truth. That even though people ask how I'm doing, they don't really want a deep, meaningful conversation about my life, my struggles. My, you know, realness. They just want a happy, "all is well with my world" sort of answer. And, when I say this out loud, it sounds ridiculous. I know that it can be true but I also know that it is unhealthy of me to think everyone is this way. They're not. 

Still, how are we ever going to have these real and deep relationships when we are so... fake about our lives? If all we are ever saying is "I'm fine and things are awesome." how are we going to connect to other people in a meaningful way? Friendship is not forged in the projecting of perfection. The roots of friendship are grown by sharing struggles. 

I challenge you, and myself, to take the words fine and good and okay out of our vocabulary. Let's have honest-to-goodness conversations with our friends that show them we care what their days are filled with. 

We can't encourage others if we don't ever truly speak the truth to each other.



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Dinner will be on the table within 20 minutes with simple yet delicious French Bread Pizza!


Many of my favorite childhood memories revolve around food. One in particular has to do with a certain brand of frozen french bread pizzas. My mom and I would occasionally enjoy them together. It was a special event sort of thing. I never thought about the possibility of having them homemade. Blow my mind. They are super easy and quick to make as well as EVEN BETTER than the store bought counterpart. I hope you enjoy!

Start by slicing a loaf of french bread in half and cover it with your favorite marinara sauce. I use Skinnytaste.com's recipe for Quick Marinara Sauce.  I make this a lot because it is easy and delicious. Then, if you are going to add meat to your pizza, add the meat so it doesn't fall off. I used pepperoni because in our house it is almost sacrilegious to speak of pizza without it.


Top it with cheese, normally you use mozzarella and you certainly can stick to tradition. I happened to only have Colby-Jack on hand so I went with the flow. Food is easy like that.


And now comes the fun part...add any topping your heart desires. My heart was indecisive. Actually, my whole family just happens to like different things. The plain pepperoni was for my hubby, the pepperoni and olive for our 6 year old, and the pepperoni, mushroom, and green pepper was ALL MINE. Pop those bad boys into a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Look at this gorgeousness! 


Here is a slice of my yummy pizza. I'm drooling. This is quicker than that frozen stuff and, can I just say, SO much better tasting?! Yep, I said it. 


Ingredients
  • 1 loaf of french bread
  • 1-2 cups marinara sauce
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Your favorite pizza toppings (pepperoni, veggies, sausage - be creative!)
Instructions
  1. Slice french bread loaf in half, lengthwise.
  2. Spread each half with sauce.
  3. Top with cheese.
  4. Add your favorite pizza toppings, Italian seasoning, and Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Or, as my MIL used to say, until the cheese is bubbly.
  6. Allow to cool then enjoy! Don't leave out this step as it makes the cheese set. You don't want all the gooey cheese to slide off the pizza when you slice it. 


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 $100 Sephora Giveaway Event 3/8-3/29

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My six year old is a huge fan of Strawberry Shortcake and who can blame her? I mean, I love Strawberry and her friends when I was a girl. She has so many qualities that I'd love my daughter to absorb; kindness, adventurous, generous, smart and so many more. Speaking of when I was a girl...did you know that I am older than Strawberry Shortcake? She is celebrating her 35 year anniversary this year! Her latest DVD is being released on February 10, 2015 so pick up your copy soon! Hint: I have a chance to win your very own copy below!

Strawberry Shortcake: Snowberry Days
Bonus Sing-A-Long Music Video and Printable Coloring Pages and Activity Sheet Included!  


 Strawberry Shortcake 35th Birthday Celebration Coming in 2015!

Strawberry Shortcake: Snowberry Days
‘Tis the season for winter fun in these berry cool Strawberry Shortcake episodes. A fun-filled playtime is interrupted when someone notices that the squirrels are low on supplies in “The Berry Long Winter.” Blueberry’s success with her own specially designed ice skates have the other girls feeling left out in “The Big Freeze.” And Raspberry’s spring fashion show plans are put “On Ice” when cold weather and an out-of-control fountain covers the catwalk fruit-colored ice. Join Strawberry and her berry best friends as they discover working with others ensures a Snowberry good time for everyone.

Timed to the release of Snowberry Days, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release 9 one-of-a-kind, limited edition puzzle faceplates in celebration of the 35th Anniversary.  Capitalizing on this iconic Franchise, these faceplates will be available for the first time ever to consumers to purchase and share.   Titles include: Berry Bitty Mysteries; Berry Friends Forever; Jammin with Cherry Jam; Bloomin Berry Garden; Bright Light, Big Dreams; Puttin on the Glitz; Glimmerberry Ball; Berryfest Princess Movie & Sky’s the Limit Movie - - Collect them all!

I have a fun coloring sheet printable for you. Just click on the image below to download and print it for your kiddos. Enjoy!




I am receiving a copy of this movie for my family thanks to Fox Home Entertainment Insiders. They would like to give a copy to one of my readers as well! The giveaway will run from 2/9/15 - 2/23/15. Good luck!


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It's Maternity Fashion Week at zulily - shop from top maternity brands! 
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zulily Maternity Fashion Week

Attention moms-to-be! Today is the first day of zulily's Maternity Fashion Week event, where a new maternity clothing brand will be featured every day. What better way to start the week than with Madeleine Maternity, a fantastic brand that is committed to helping soon-to-be-mothers express their true individuality through original, beautiful and energetic apparel. I know I didn't have such cute maternity clothes back in 2008 and that bums me out. But, just check out some of the great products that are on sale: 


Orange Capri Maternity Wrap Dress
$149.00
$34.99


Indigo Holy Moly Maternity Skinny Jeans
$169.00
$49.99


Gray 'Keep it Bumpin' Maternity Tee
$96.00
$39.99


New sales launch every day this week, including the following maternity brands:
2/10 – Spring Trend Item Must Have: Kimonos & Cardigans
2/10 – Maternal America 
2/11 – Lilac Maternity
2/11 – Spring Trend Item Must Have: Tunics 
2/12 – Imanimo & David Lerner 
2/13 – Rosie Pope 

Maternity Fashion Week ends on 2/13, so head on over to zulily today and find the perfect outfit for you (and baby)! 
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When was the last time you got together with some girlfriends for a girls night in? For me, that would be last night. And, man, was it needed! We had a tea party and movie night for the movie The Best of Me. It included yummy treats like these:

Oreo Truffles

Petite Fours
Those treats were so yummy and decadent. Every sweet love story needs perfectly sweet treats in my opinion. I had a blast making them for our fun night. I was sent some amazing goodies from Fox Home Entertainment Insiders and Teavana. Speaking of Teavana, have you ever heard of them?


They believe that great tea works wonders. The delicious tastes and health benefits make tea a wonderful beverage - much better than the unhealthy alternatives. The Teavana dream began with an idea that people would enjoy fresh, high-quality tea in a place that was part Tea Bar, part Tea Emporium. We wanted to introduce people to the aromas, textures, and beneficial qualities of loose leaf teas while enlightening them with the history and variety of teas available. And this is how Teavana was born. Below are the items they sent me. 


I have to admit that, though I love tea, I had never had loose leaf tea before. Oh, what I was missing out on! I think I am spoiled now. The beautiful tin on the left is filled with rock sugar, and the white tin has the most amazing smelling tea. It is a limited edition tea called First Blush. "A poetic pairing of Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls and Strawberry Blush Rose that blossoms with the rapturous flavors of strawberries, rose petals, summer jasmine flowers, tangerines, rhubarb slices and vanilla bean. Blended with love and infused with romance, First Blush is sure to warm the heart of whomever you're sweetest on this Valentine's Day." This is how they describe this yummy tea on their website and I feel it quite fitting.


I also received a mug and vanilla scented candle for everyone in attendance. Isn't that sweet? These gals certainly thought so too! 


Finally it was time to make some tea and enjoy the food! 


Isn't this Perfectea maker super cool? It is much simpler to use than I thought. You simply place the loose leaf tea into it then add the freshly boiled water. Close the lid and let it steep the recommended time. When the time is up you just place it on a cup to drain the liquid. 




Let's not forget the tissues because this movie is a definite tear jerker! Thankfully, Fox Home Entertainment Insiders remembered those in the package as well. They are so considerate and trust me, those Kleenex were needed. 


Have I mentioned I have a slight man crush on James Marsden? Ahem yeah. Moving on.


About the movie: Although I love Nicholas Sparks, I had not read this one. That may be a good thing because this movie made me bawl. Like dead on, ugly cry. Ugh. It is a sweet, sweet story mixed with some disturbing elements. You have been warned. 

The Best of Me is about two main characters named Dawson and Amanda. They are a pair of former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown. I also have to share one of my favorite lines. It made me laugh and felt so real to me. "This is dangerous, we've had wine, and you somehow have gotten better looking which is so annoying. I mean you couldn't have gotten bald or fat or something? Jesus!"

I had a blast having this fun girl's night in! Thanks Teavana and Fox Home Entertainment Insiders! 



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