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Monday, August 18, 2014

I'm sorry, Cows!

One month when I was 18, I was a vegetarian.  I love animals and don't think that that should just include the fuzzy domesticated kind.

How cute are they??
Cows are adorable.  I lived next to a farm growing up and the cows would come up to the fence along the outside of our property.  I would feed them grass, attempt to pet them, heck, sometimes I would talk to them.  It broke my heart seeing them out in the freezing rain and cold.  I've often thought that if I ever get back to living in the country, I'd like to have a pet cow.

I want to be a vegetarian... couldn't do the vegan thing because I love cheese too much and I don't think I'd be able to remember everything that I'm supposed to avoid. 

I've seen the pictures and heard stories of how poorly farm animals are treated and how they are tortured right before slaughter.  Some of them that are sick or dying are left to die in fields and ditches.  I even watched a show once about a woman who had a farm that people would rescue sick or dying animals and bring them to her and she would try to get them better.  Occasionally she would get a call about a cow that was left to die and she would organize a covert mission in the middle of the night to rescue the cow.  Sometimes all it took was antibiotics to nurse that cow back to life.

How delicious does this look??
I can avoid pork, chicken, fish, etc.  Those aren't foods that mean much to me.  But I can't shake the beef cravings.  I go through withdrawal.  I have low iron and don't care for the supplements and I think that is part of my need for beef.  One of my favorite foods is cheeseburgers.  I love eating meat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I can't help it, I'm weak!!

So I wrestle with my moral dilemma.  I don't want to contribute to the cows suffering, but I don't think I could have a happy existence depriving myself of beef.  My conscience has no rest.

Giveaway: Master Lock SafeSpace 5900D

Perfect for Back to School time!!  Being at a school full of strangers means that some of them are likely to be shady.  It's unfortunate, but inevitable.  When worried about sticky fingers stealing your valuables, you definitely need something to protect them.  Master Lock has been around since 1921 and is well-known and respected for their products.

The product I received gratis was the SafeSpace 5900D.  I chose this one because I have more small valuables that I would like to keep safe, including money, cards, USB drive, etc.  It's durable and water resistant, you pick your own combination and it has an ear bud/charging cable access port.

The SafeSpace 5900D retails for $27.59.  And if this isn't up your alley, definitely check out Master Lock's other products for the students in your life!  

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  One lucky winner will receive the SafeSpace 5900D!  Contest is limited to US residents.  Giveaway ends September 1 at noon central.

To enter:  You MUST like my Facebook page before doing any of the entries.  You may enter with a link each day for each type of entry.  Make sure that if you post as anonymous or don't link an account to your comments that you leave me your email or Twitter handle so I can contact you if you win.  Good luck!

1) Post a comment on Mom on the Random FB page, letting me know how your kids keep their valuables safe at school.  Leave a link below to your post.

2) Tweet this giveaway.  Leave a link to the tweet below.

3) Share this giveaway on your own Facebook page.  Leave link below.

4) Pin this giveaway.  Leave link below.


Product Features:

  • Ideal for recreation, campus, office, travel or leisure use.
  • Lightweight & Portable. Protects MP3 players, cell phones, cameras, gaming devices, cash, credit cards, jewelry, keys, passports, sunglasses or other small valuables
  • Lock Up & Lock Down. Lock up valuables with the cable wrapped tightly to the safe or wrapped securely around a fixed object. Cable doubles as a carrying handle
  • Durable Water-Resistant Construction
  • Set-Your-Own-Combination for locking convenience
  • Ear Bud/Charging Cable Access Port
  • Shock absorbing foam lines the interior storage area

Best Used For:

  • Electronic devices, identity protection and credit card storage
- See more at: http://www.masterlock.com/products/product_details/5900D#sthash.vD2Sk70z.dpuf

Product Features:

  • Ideal for recreation, campus, office, travel or leisure use.
  • Lightweight & Portable. Protects MP3 players, cell phones, cameras, gaming devices, cash, credit cards, jewelry, keys, passports, sunglasses or other small valuables
  • Lock Up & Lock Down. Lock up valuables with the cable wrapped tightly to the safe or wrapped securely around a fixed object. Cable doubles as a carrying handle
  • Durable Water-Resistant Construction
  • Set-Your-Own-Combination for locking convenience
  • Ear Bud/Charging Cable Access Port
  • Shock absorbing foam lines the interior storage area

Best Used For:

  • Electronic devices, identity protection and credit card storage
- See more at: http://www.masterlock.com/products/product_details/5900D#sthash.vD2Sk70z.dpuf

Product Features:

  • Ideal for recreation, campus, office, travel or leisure use.
  • Lightweight & Portable. Protects MP3 players, cell phones, cameras, gaming devices, cash, credit cards, jewelry, keys, passports, sunglasses or other small valuables
  • Lock Up & Lock Down. Lock up valuables with the cable wrapped tightly to the safe or wrapped securely around a fixed object. Cable doubles as a carrying handle
  • Durable Water-Resistant Construction
  • Set-Your-Own-Combination for locking convenience
  • Ear Bud/Charging Cable Access Port
  • Shock absorbing foam lines the interior storage area

Best Used For:

  • Electronic devices, identity protection and credit card storage
- See more at: http://www.masterlock.com/products/product_details/5900D#sthash.vD2Sk70z.dpuf

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Huge Nickelodeon Back-to-School DVD Giveaway!!!

This is an awesome giveaway for any parent whose child loves Nickelodeon (and even for those who are unfamiliar, because they will end up loving it)!

Just in time for kids to start school again, whether it's for the first time or the fifth time, these back-to-school themed DVDs will give your child a welcome break when they need to unwind after a long day, while still secretly helping them continue their learning experience while being entertained.

The giveaway includes all of the following DVDs which are currently available for purchase as well:

Dora the Explorer and Blue’s Clues: Dora Musical School Days and Blue’s Big Musical Movie Double Feature
Enjoy this all-new musical double feature starring Dora and Blue’s Clues!

Let’s Learn: Colors
Kids will be tickled pink to learn their colors with their Nick Jr. friends in these five colorful episodes! Ready? Let’s learn our colors! Includes coloring activity sheet inside to keep kids learning more about the colors of the world!

Let’s Learn: 123s
You can count on your Nick Jr. friends to make learning math as easy as one, two, three in these five play dates! Count comets with Team Umizoomi, journey through school with Dora, figure out Blue’s favorite number, plus more!

Let’s Learn: ABCs
A is for “awesome” in these five ABC play dates from Nick Jr.! Kids learn about letters and reading as they visit libraries with Team Umizoomi and Diego, help Dora save ABC animals, and jump into classic stories with Blue’s Clues and the Wonder Pets!

Nickelodeon Favorites: First Day of School
Get ready for the first day of school with your preschool pals from Nickelodeon! Dora the Explorer leads the way in this adventure-filled DVD, which also includes episodes from Go, Diego, Go!; Blue’s Clues; The Wonder Pets!; and Ni Hao, Kai-lan!

Team Umizoomi: Animal Heroes
Team up with Team Umizoomi on four fantastic animal missions! Help Milli, Geo, and Bot get Purple Monkey to his new Monkey Jungle home at the zoo, rescue Buster the dog at a construction site, fix the Cuckoo Bears’ clock, and find all of Farmer Dan’s missing animals!

Team Umizoomi: Umigames
Preschoolers will learn many math skills, including counting, patterns, measurement, and more! Get in the Olympic spirit with the Umi Team.

Team Umizoomi: Journey to Numberland
In this DVD, the Umi Team must identify shapes, build a super flashlight to find a Brachiosaurus, figure out missing numbers in a sequence and complete other math missions.

Team Umizoomi
They’re mini, they’re mighty and they’re built for math!  Nickelodeon brings its hit animated preschool series that encourages tots to become strong and mighty to DVD with this debut. The DVD contains four episodes, special features, and the guest voice of platinum-selling RCA recording artist Jordin Sparks.

Blue’s Clues: Blue Takes You To School
Get ready for school with Blue, Joe, Periwinkle, and more! From figuring out clues to figuring out word problems, preschoolers will discover that the learning never ends – even when the school day does.


GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  This awesome giveaway is worth about $150 retail, so enter as many times as you want and can!  Giveaway is valid to US residents only and will end August 28 at noon central. 

To enter:  You MUST like my Facebook page before doing any of the entries.  You may enter with a link each day for each type of entry.  Make sure that if you post as anonymous or don't link an account to your comments that you leave me your email or Twitter handle so I can contact you if you win.  Good luck!

1) Post a comment on Mom on the Random FB page, letting me know which Nickelodeon show your child(ren) like the best.  Leave a link below to your post.

2) Tweet this giveaway.  Leave a link to the tweet below.

3) Share this giveaway on your own Facebook page.  Leave link below.

4) Pin this giveaway.  Leave link below.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Blu ray Review: Muppets Most Wanted

It's always fun being able to share classic characters with my kids that I enjoyed as a kid.  And when Disney chooses to revamp those things for the current generation, that's pretty sweet in my opinion... just waiting on that Rainbow Brite and Fraggle Rock upgrade, Disney...

My kids really like the Muppets movies and I like that they have cracks here and there that adults can enjoy, plus they get some pretty big names in their movies.  In Muppets Most Wanted, they brought in some big guns as well: Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell!

Here's the synopsis:  
"Two Frogs! One Pig! Intrigue! Music! Mayhem! Muppets! There’s plenty of fun for the whole family as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Animal and the entire Muppets gang head out on a world tour. But mayhem follows the Muppets, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper. Now Kermit is behind bars at the mercy of prison warden Nadya (Tina Fey), and the World’s Number One Criminal, Constantine—a dead ringer for Kermit—has taken his place.  As Constantine and his dastardly sidekick Dominic (Ricky Gervais) plot the robbery of the century, they are pursued by Sam Eagle and Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell)."

The lowdown from my point-of-view:  I received this movie gratis and watched it as a family.  My 2 year old wasn't interested for very long, but would come running in when he heard the music.  My 6 and 8 year olds watched it, but the 8 year old liked it better.  I thought it was pretty cute and did not feel like I was being tortured.  I don't know that any of us would watch it on a regular basis, but it's a nice one to pull out on a rainy day or loan to a friend.
The combo pack includes the Blu ray, DVD and digital copy.  Here are those specs:
 
Blu-ray Combo Pack (BD + DVD + Digital Copy)

Includes:
  • The Unnecessarily Extended Cut
Bonus Materials Overview for These Products:
Blu-ray Combo Pack (BD + DVD + Digital Copy)
Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere*

Includes:
  • The Statler and Waldorf Cut
  • The Longer Longest Blooper Reel in Muppets History
  • Rizzo’s Biggest Fan
  • "I’ll Get You What You Want" Music Video Performed by Bret McKenzie
Bonus Materials Overview for These Products:
Disney Movies Anywhere

Includes:
  • Frog-E-Oke: I’m Number One
  • And more! 
     *Digital bonus offerings will vary per retailer


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Review: Heaven is for Real DVD

Heaven is for Real released on DVD July 22.
I had seen commercials for this movie and thought it looked okay, so when I was offered the DVD to review gratis, I thought that seemed pretty great... This is probably the most ambivalent I've ever been about a movie.  I wouldn't say it was GOOD, but then I wouldn't say it was BAD either.  I wouldn't recommend it to some people, but I would to others.  I'm Switzerland.

Quick synopsis: struggling minister's son gets really sick, doesn't "die," but still has an out of body experience that leads his family to believe he went to heaven.  The story seems ridiculous to some folks, incredulous to others. 

The whole movies is pretty much clips of what the boy saw or him talking about what he saw.  This is a true story based on the book written by the boy's father, so I'm assuming it's pretty close to accurate according to the family's point-of-view.

I don't think people have to have strong religious conviction to watch the film, but if you don't believe in Heaven, likely you will want nothing to do with the film, because I really don't think that the story will change anyone's minds.  The acting is superb however.

So, take the movie or leave it.  I'm Canada over here.