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Last week I was sailing through the Caribbean Sea on my first cruise in over 20 years. There was so much to do while we were at sea. With so many family activities, it’s hard to choose a favorite, but I have to say I loved watching movies under the stars. In fact, the last night onboard I got to see one movie I hadn’t seen yet.

Heartwarming at its’ core, Home was an instant hit with my daughter and I. I’ll be honest, there were a few moments when I choked up. Relationships are at the heart of this film!

Celebrate family, friendship and fun in the surprise smash comedy hit of the year from the creators of How To Train Your Dragon and Shrek! In DreamWorks Animation’s HOME, Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet meets a girl named Tip. The two unlikely friends embark on the greatest journey of all time…the journey HOME.

HOME arrives on Blu-Ray and DVD on July 28th and it’s the Party Edition I’m excited for!

The HOME PARTY EDITION is Packed with over and Hour of Hit Music and Fun Dancing Content that will Get the Whole Family Shaking Their Boov Thing!

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DreamWorks Animation’s HOME Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ & Digital HD includes special features:

  •  Best Party Ever! – A Boov-tastic introduction, featuring a HOME montage and voiceover from Oh, inviting you to enjoy all the out-of-this-world extras!
  • Party Play All – A Boov bonus meter fills up as you watch the fun-packed special features, leading up to an explosion of color and bubbles!
  • Oh’s Shake Your Boov Thing – Get up and dance with this exciting mash-up of feature footage and music that combines to create an exciting HOME dance video!
  • “Feel the Light” by Jennifer Lopez – Music Video – Move and groove to the Boov beat watching Jennifer Lopez’s hit music video from the HOME soundtrack!
  • “Feel the Light” by Jennifer Lopez – Lyric Video – Watch Jennifer Lopez’s hit music video with colorful on-screen lyrics to help you sing along!
  • Oh’s Boovy Jukebox – Oh’s interactive jukebox includes 16 songs and will take you directly to all the magical music moments in HOME!
  • Oh’s Party Planning Tips – Oh’s top tip’s for party planning let you create an impressive Boov bash of your own!
  • This is Being Boov – Get to know all about the Boov in this humorous, handy guide showcasing the characteristics of this unique alien species!
  • Almost Home – See the trials and tribulations of the Boov on their journey across the galaxy, before they discovered Earth!
  • Testing Lab – See how the Boov tested out some uniquely human items in their super-secret Boov testing lab.
  • Deleted Scenes – The hilarious HOME adventure continues with 25 minutes of deleted scenes you couldn’t see in theaters!
  • Be an Artist

DVD includes many of the above, but not all, as well.

Home  is available for pre-order right now with a Pre-Order Guarantee!

Now some extra fun for you – A DreamWorks HOME Giveaway!

GIVEAWAY: One (1) Winner will receive a copy of Home on Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital HD!

HOW TO ENTER: For your main entry, Leave a comment and tell me why you’d love to win! That’s it. Super easy!

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Giveaway ends at Midnight (central time) on  FridayJuly 31st, 2015! Valid for US residents and addresses only. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. No purchase necessary to enter. Winner will be randomly selected. Void where prohibited. I’ll announce (and contact by email) the winner on this post and the winner will have 2 days to get back to me for delivery details. Limit one set of entries per household.

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KRoger Gift Card Giveaway
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It’s definitely hot dog season – summertime! Answer some themed trivia questions to try and win Kroger Gift Cards! $200, $50……..

I’m heading there now!

Kroger Trivia Quiz – Take to Try and Win Gift Card

Good Luck!

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Summertime Fun and Safety Tips
While many of us are often on the go traveling from one place to another, sometimes the best summer memories with our children are had in our own backyards and neighborhoods.

From family BBQs to catching fireflies, some summer activities will forever be etched in the minds of our kids (I know I will never forget the first time I chased and caught a lightening bug in Kentucky!). Summer is full of fun, but with each activity comes a caution – summer safety is so important.

What’s on Our Neighborhood Summer Fun Checklist this Year:

Feeding the Ducks – We love to buy an inexpensive loaf of bread and head to our local pond. My daughter has fallen in love with a huge family of ducks (and geese too).

  • SAFETY TIP: Remind kids not to pet the ducks and definitely not to antagonize the ducks. They are wild animals though they are incredibly cute.
  • SAFETY TIP: Be wary of other animals swooping in to take the bread from your child. The last thing you want is a bite from a wild animal.

Summertime Fun Swimming

Swimming – From friend’s homes to neighborhood pools, we will be spending a lot of time in the water this summer to cool off.

  • SAFETY TIP: If attending a community or neighborhood pool, try to attend one which has lifeguards. An extra set of eyes never hurts.
  • SAFETY TIP: Make sure your child has had sufficient swimming lessons – refreshers are always a good idea, especially if they haven’t swam since the previous summer. Consider monthly indoor lessons this winter to keep survival skills current.
  • SAFETY TIP: Don’t rely on someone else to watch your child.
  • SAFETY TIP: If hosting a pool party in your backyard, consider hiring a lifeguard. There are many college students home for the summer who have training.

Catch Lightning Bugs – There is nothing more fun, especially if you live in the big city and rarely get to see this. We recently took a trip to Arkansas and the cousins had a blast at first spying the lightening bugs and then catching them.

  • SAFETY TIP: Try to use containers that aren’t made of glass to catch the lightening bugs. With glass you can see the bugs easily, but while chasing them, the jar or container might break. Broken glass everywhere would not be a good thing.
  • SAFETY TIP: Make sure to use bug repellent on everyone. Unfortunately the best time for catching lightening bugs is also the best time to get eaten by mosquitos. I’m living proof. :-)

Summertime Fun Playground

Playground Playdate – There are so many themed parks in Dallas/Ft Worth, that we never tire of playing at the playground.

  • SAFETY TIP: Have your children wear closed-toe shoes. Some of the newer playgrounds have such intricate climbing experiences, one doesn’t want to be caught in flip-flops, when it’s easier to fall.
  • SAFETY TIP: Have a quick look at the play area for glass bottles or other dangerous items. Don’t expect it to be safe just because it’s a park. My daughter recently found empty alcoholic beverages inside one play station. Yikes!

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No matter the activity, it’s possible for something to go wrong. Accidents do happen, despite our best intentions. Make sure to have Aflac accident insurance BEFORE something happens. I’ve looked at the average cost of a broken leg – OMG!  Aflac pays you cash for those costs not covered by your major medical insurance. That’s something we all could use.

What summer safety tips can you add to this list?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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MiniLuxe

There’s one thing that I would love to do more often. It’s relaxing. It reduces my stress level immediately. It’s a trip to MiniLuxe Dallas.

A little pampering never hurt anyone. To have someone take care of my nail and waxing needs is not something I do every week, but there’s nothing like quite getting a pedicure with a summer color right before a vacation. And you know me, I’ve been traveling nonstop this summer. In fact, I visited MiniLuxe Dallas for some pampering right before a little trip to Orlando, Florida for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. My toes had to be ready for Mickey!

MiniLuxe Dallas Toes

MiniLuxe Dallas is different and unique.

MiniLuxe is revolutionary nail and beauty care chain, one that addresses concerns that some have with this industry.

I experienced this commitment first hand at the Dallas location. Earlier this year, MiniLuxe opened the first of five Dallas area locations in the upscale West Village shopping center. (NOTE: MiniLuxe currently operates and has locations in Boston)

MiniLuxe High Hygiene Standards

At MiniLuxe, you’ll find:

  • High-tech Clean Lab (during my trip I took a tour and saw the M11 UltraClave automatic sterilizer).
  • All metal components are cleaned in the Clean Lab and sealed for individual, one-time use.
  • All non-metal components (nail files/buffers) are given to client or disposed of.
  • Waxing services – no “double-dipping”.

MiniLuxe Nail Color

While there are more locations coming, right now you can visit MiniLuxe in the West Village:

 MiniLuxe – West Village

3700 McKinney Ave, Suite 158

Dallas, TX

 

Miniluxe Dallas

Just a heads up that my pedicure was so awesome that it lasted weeks – I didn’t even need to re-touch anything before I walked the red carpet in Hollywood! (Okay, it was really purple, but only because they had some fun with it for the red carpet premiere of Disney’s INSIDE OUT)!

Inside Out Premiere Purple Carpet

Now some extra fun for you:

GIVEAWAY: One (1) Winner will receive a Manicure/Pedicure Combo from MiniLuxe Dallas!

HOW TO ENTER: For your main entry, Leave a comment and tell me what your go to nail color is! That’s it. Super easy!

EXTRA ENTRIES: You can earn one extra entry for each of the following (leave separate comments for each):

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Giveaway ends at Midnight (central time) on  MondayJuly 27th, 2015! Valid for US residents and addresses only. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. No purchase necessary to enter. Winner will be randomly selected. Void where prohibited. I’ll announce (and contact by email) the winner on this post and the winner will have 2 days to get back to me for delivery details. Limit one set of entries per household.

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Bridge of Spies

I remember the Cold War.

The very end of it.

Or at least I thought it was the end of the cold war. With current events the way are right now, I’m not so sure. Russian and United States relations are strained at best.

Time will only tell what the future holds, but one thing remains…..our children will learn from history. History teaches us lessons. The thing is, there are so many aspects of history which we have never learned about.

This story might be one of those you’ve never heard about.

Based on a true story…...BRIDGE OF SPIES will be released this fall.

A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 Pictures’ “Bridge of Spies” tells the story of James Donovan, a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen have woven this remarkable experience in Donovan’s life into a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life.

bridge of spies hanks and spielberg

I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about this film. Stories like this always do. It reminds me of everything my grandfather fought for in WWII and the struggle as a Prisoner of War. I’ve done some research on James Donovan and know exactly why this film attracted big names.

With names like Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Alan Alda, this is a movie not to be missed.

Directed by three-time Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg, “Bridge of Spies” stars: two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks as James Donovan; three-time Tony Award® winner Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel, a KGB agent defended by Donovan; Scott Shepherd as CIA operative Hoffman; Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan as James’ wife, Mary; Sebastian Koch as East German lawyer Vogel; and Academy Award nominee Alan Alda as Thomas Watters, a partner at Donovan’s law firm. The film is produced by Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger with Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Matt Charman and three-time Academy Award winners Ethan Coen & Joel Coen. “Bridge of Spies” will be released in theaters on October 16, 2015.

bridge of spies tom hanks

Let’s just be incredibly frank here……..when Tom Hanks plays an attorney in a movie, it’s a stellar performance. I remember his role in Philadelphia well. I own the film (well, truth be told, I own most legal type movies – from A Few Good Men to Class Action)

Here’s a preview…..

DreamWorks Pictures’ BRIDGE OF SPIES opens in theaters everywhere on October 16th!

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The Longest Ride Complimentary product or service provided Affiliate Link in Post Nicholas Sparks has written some of the most endearing bestselling books. Many of the stories make the easy transition to the big screen. Some of my favorites…..Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, and The Notebook. But there’s one I’m looking forward to coming out on Blu-Ray + DVD in just days……The Longest Ride .

Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world.

As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, THE LONGEST RIDE explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.

Special features in the Blu-Ray, DVD include: A Writer’s Journey: A Day in the Life of Nicholas Sparks. Now that would be incredibly interesting.

Purchase Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride  on Blu-Ray now – yes, available for pre-order now before the big July 14th release! The Longest Ride quote Now some extra fun for you:

GIVEAWAY: One (1) Winner will receive a copy of The Longest Ride on Blu-Ray!

HOW TO ENTER: For your main entry, Leave a comment and tell me if you have a favorite Nicholas Sparks story – book or movie? IF not, that’s okay too! That’s it. Super easy!

EXTRA ENTRIES: You can earn one extra entry for each of the following (leave separate comments for each):

2. Follow A Frugal Friend on Pinterest

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4. Follow A Frugal Friend on Instagram

5. Follow A Frugal Friend on Twitter

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7. Tweet the following as is: Win Nicholas Sparks’ Story THE LONGEST RIDE on Blu-Ray from @AFrugalFriend –> http://tinyurl.com/ogalury #InsidersLongestRide

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Giveaway ends at Midnight (central time) on  MondayJuly 2oth, 2015! Valid for US residents and addresses only. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. No purchase necessary to enter. Winner will be randomly selected. Void where prohibited. I’ll announce (and contact by email) the winner on this post and the winner will have 2 days to get back to me for delivery details. Limit one set of entries per household.

CONGRATULATIONS TO #122 Patti Hess

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Hasbro Toys Summer Giveaway #PlayLikeHasbro

by A Frugal Friend on July 10, 2015

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**Don’t miss the Hasbro Toys Summer Giveaway below**

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We have many birthdays during the summer months in our family. I’m always prepared.

I usually scope out the hottest toys in the months leading up to a child’s birthday. Thankfully, being a blogger means that I usually get the latest information on toys before the average consumer. Oh, I like that!

One of my favorite toy brands of all time, Hasbro has been busy leading up to summer. Here are some highlights and oh, don’t miss the big giveaway below! You’ll want to enter!

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Baby Alive Sips n Cuddles ($14.99 ARV)

There is no shortage of dolls in my daughter’s playroom, but I think this doll stands out from anything we have – she wets her diaper!!

Your little girl can create her own fun using the included sticker sheet to decorate the sippy cup or give her baby a colorful look. She’ll be so proud to bring this adorable newborn wherever she goes. Doll comes in light and medium skin tones in 2 adorable dress options. She drinks from her sippy cup She wets her diaper Create your own fun with included stickers She’s all dressed up and ready to play She’s stylish and sweet Ages 3 and up (Includes 1 diaper. Refills sold separately.)

FurReal Friends Li'l Big Paws DJ Howler Pet

FurReal Friends Lil Big Paws DJ Howler Pet ($14.99 ARV)

My daughter has terribly allergies. While she would love her very own pet, she has instead come to realize her FurReal friends are about as close as she’s going to get. Isn’t this puppy adorable? What makes FurReal pets so popular is that they are so interactive – they act like real pets (or as close as we can get)!

Squeeze her belly and she’ll move her head back, howl, and bark, like a real puppy might do. And she comes with her own cup for feeding time. Just take her cup accessory and place the straw into her mouth, and she will make adorable drinking sounds as if she is really drinking.

elefun & friends crocodile dentist game

Elefun & Friends Crocodile Dentist Game ($19.99 ARV)

Now this is a game for our preschoolers!

Watch out for the cranky croc’s chompers! This hilarious Crocodile Dentist game challenges you to watch out for Silly Jock Croc’s sore tooth. When you press down on a tooth, he’ll chomp if it’s sore! You lose if he chomps you, but if your daring dentistry is better than anyone else’s, you’ll win!

Ages 4 and up
For 2 to 4 players.

Transformers Robots in Disguise One-Step Changers Bumblebee Figure

Transformers Robots in Disguise One-Step Changers Bumblebee Figure ($9.99 ARV)

I know a few nephews who might like this guy!

This Bumblebee figure changes between modes in 1 amazing step. You can convert from robot to vehicle and back in an instant. When the figure is in vehicle mode, place your finger on the front bumper and your thumb on the back bumper and pinch — the figure instantly shifts to robot mode. You can seamlessly continue your Transformers adventure, as you imagine Bumblebee is battling Decepticons. When you’re ready to convert back to vehicle, just push the legs apart to switch back. It’s a switch between modes that’s quick and easy to do.

Playskool Stack 'n Stow Cups

Playskool Stack n Stow Cups ($7.99 ARV)

We haven’t forgotten about the little ones. This adorable stacking toy for infants/toddlers is colorful and lightweight! Many teaching opportunities with shapes, colors and more!

Now some extra fun………

Hasbro Toys Giveaway

Now some extra fun for you:

GIVEAWAY: One (1) Winner will receive a Hasbro Toys Prize Package featuring the following items:

Baby Alive Sips ‘n Cuddles

FurReal Friends Li’l Big Paws DJ Howler Pet

Elefun & Friends Crocodile Dentist Game

Transformers Robots in Disguise One-Step Changers Bumblebee Figure

Playskool Stack ‘n Stow Cups

HOW TO ENTER: For your main entry, Leave a comment and tell me which of the Hasbro toys featured would be your (or your child’s) favorite? That’s it. Super easy!

EXTRA ENTRIES: You can earn one extra entry for each of the following (leave separate comments for each):

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Giveaway ends at Midnight (central time) on  ThursdayJuly 23rd, 2015! Valid for US residents and addresses only. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. No purchase necessary to enter. Winner will be randomly selected. Void where prohibited. I’ll announce (and contact by email) the winner on this post and the winner will have 2 days to get back to me for delivery details. Limit one set of entries per household.

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