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Marvel Avengers Age of Ultron

Win an Epic Day which ends with an arrival at the World Premiere of Marvel’s Avengers Age of Ultron!

Having just returned from Hollywood for the Red Carpet World Premiere of Cinderella, I’m here to tell you what an ultimate experience that can be!

AND YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE IT TOO!

In this videoRobert Downey Jr. reveals that anyone can win the opportunity to be flown with a friend to Los Angeles to experience a day in the life of Tony Stark. By going to www.omaze.com/RDJ and donating just $10 to benefit Julia’s House, a children’s hospice center dedicated to helping improve the lives of children diagnosed with terminal illness, you could win a chance to live out your superhero dreams with RDJ in LA.

ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE

You and a friend will be joining Robert Downey Jr. for the best day of your lives at the premiere of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. You will experience indoor skydiving, a helicopter ride over the Hollywood sign, a custom tux/gown fitting, a pit stop at Randy’s Donuts and caviar tasting with RDJ before riding in his private motorcade to the premiere. Flights, 4-star hotel, and transportation are all included. Best of all, every entry benefits Julia’s House.

And it all benefits Julia’s House – what a great cause!

ABOUT JULIA’S HOUSE

Julia’s House is a children’s hospice charity dedicated to helping life-limited children and their families. The nurses and caregivers at Julia’s house provide life-changing support for parents and their children both in the hospice and in their own homes. The majority of those children are unlikely to live beyond the age of 18, but thankfully Julia’s House is there for them year-round, offering emergency respite and overnight care during treatment and offering emotional and practical support at the end of a child’s life.

Can you imagine what it would be like hanging out at the World Premiere of Marvel’s Avengers Age of Ultron?

And since I know you all are excited about this amazing epic film, here’s a new trailer:

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance.

As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will hit theaters everywhere on May 1st!

And be sure to check out all the fun I had this weekend during the Cinderella Press Trip - red carpet, celebrity interviews and more!

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Disclaimer:  Disney sent me to Los Angeles on an all-expenses paid press trip, in exchange for my coverage of the red carpet premiere of Cinderella, which included the pre premiere reception at the El Capitan Theatre and enjoying the Cinderella movie costumes and glass slipper. All opinions are my own.

Cinderella Premiere Shoes

After JCPenney hosted us bloggers at the Glam Ball, where they prepped us for the red carpet, it was time to get dressed.

I had chosen a teal colored floor length gown with ruffles and shoes that Cinderella herself might envy. Love the sparkle!

Oscar Stairs before Cinderella Premiere

We were staying at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, which is literally right across the street from the El Capitan Theatre. That location meant that not only did we not have to walk far, but we had to pass right by the Dolby Theater and those famous Oscar steps.

So I, along with many fabulous bloggers from around the country, posed on that Oscar staircase before we enjoyed the next adventure. There were a lot of onlookers and many took photos of us…..so fun! (I’m almost exactly in the middle of the photo)

El Capitan Theatre

Despite a little rain, we made it! This was my very first time experiencing everything a red carpet premiere had to offer. Disney was going all out and I spied chandeliers hanging from the tents. This was going to be a night to remember.

But first, there was a pre premiere reception, hosted by JCPenney, inside the El Capitan Theatre.

Cinderella's Glass Slipper from movie

In my opinion, there are 2 iconic Cinderella items. I can only imagine the pressure that went in to re-imagining the original designs of the ball gown and the infamous glass slipper. The following day we were able to talk with costume designer Sandy Powell about just that (and I’ll be bringing you that interview soon).

The glass slipper really isn’t glass at all. I guess that’s for practical reasons as I had always wondered why the glass slipper never shattered when Cinderella ran down the stairs.

Sandy Powell teamed up with Swarovski to create this amazing glass slipper made of Swarovski crystals. It was the very first thing my eyes were drawn to as I entered the theatre and I was mesmerized. Despite the slipper being behind glass, it was simply stunning.

Though Cinderella (aka Lily James) herself told us that the glass slipper fits no human foot, I like to dream it’s a size 6 1/2.

As to why there’s a beautiful butterfly on the slipper…..well, there is a reason and it comes directly from the film. More on that during my film review!

Cinderella Ball Gown from movie

In the lobby of the theatre was a breathtaking view of Cinderella’s ball gown. This was the actual costume worn by Lily James. The lighting in the theatre made it look much lighter, but there was no denying its’ beauty.

Cinderella JCPenney Pre Party

Photo Credit: Getty Images for JCPenney

I then headed down to the lower level of the El Capitan Theatre where we joined JCPenney for some drinks and light appetizers while looking at some of the great items for little girls found at their stores and online.

But there were more costumes and props from the film to be seen…….

Fairy Godmothers costume

Here is the Fairy Godmother’s costume, which actually had lights that plugged into a battery pack for special effects.

Prince and Ella's Costumes

These are the costumes the Prince and Ella wore in the early scenes of the movie.

Wicked Stepmother's Costume

Ta-Da! Except for Cinderella’s ball gown, this green ball gown of the Wicked Stepmother is the showstopper! Of course, with green meaning “envy” it was the perfect color choice for the role Cate Blanchett plays so well.

Cinderella Girl Items #JCPCinderellaMoment

Photo Credit: Getty Images for JCPenney

What an amazing day hosted by JCPenney we had so far….the Glam Ball and the pre premiere reception. But it was about to get even more exciting……

Marshall and Debra heading to red carpet

We were steps away from the red carpet! My first red carpet experience complete with celebrity sightings, red carpet selfies, and the official premiere party to follow. Follow along on Friday as I’ll be bringing you everything from the red carpet. And next week look for interviews with the cast, film review of Cinderella and more.

Be sure to follow A Frugal Friend on TwitterInstagram and on Facebook so you’ll be the first to know when these posts go live!

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Be sure to follow El Capitan Theatre on Facebook and Twitter.

CINDERELLA opens in theaters everywhere on March 13th!

You have read all about how Cinderella and I have much in common, right?

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Disclaimer:  Disney sent me to Los Angeles on an all-expenses paid press trip, in exchange for my coverage of these events, including the JCPenney Glam Ball and red carpet premiere of Cinderella. All opinions are my own.

JCPenney Glam Ball Before Cinderella Premiere

It wasn’t all that long ago when I received a most-coveted invitation to attend the red carpet premiere of Cinderella. But there was more….so much more. You see, I (along with 24 other fabulous bloggers) had a fairy godmother. This fairy godmother not only made sure I had that golden ticket to the El Capitan Theatre, but made sure I also had an invitation to the ball.

To the ball?

Yes – the Glam Ball!

And that fairy godmother, none other than JCPenney!

JCPenney Glam Ball Panoramic View

The JCPenney Glam Ball was held on the 20th floor (the tippy top) of the Loews Hollywood Hotel. It had incredible panoramic views of the Hollywood hills and Hollywood sign too.

JCPenney thought of everything, right down to every little Cinderella touch they could think of. You think they missed something? Oh, no….we even had our very own princes.

Did you hear that?

While I might have left my Prince Charming at home, JCPenney made sure we were taken care of and had handsome princes who escorted us to the various stations where we would get “glammed” up for the rest of the evening. After all, as soon as the Glam Ball ended, we would be whisked away to the El Capitan Theatre, where ultimately we would step foot on the red carpet.

JCPenney Glam Ball Accessories Station

The Glam Ball consisted of 4 stations including:

  • Hair touchups and styling
  • Make-up touchups including eyes, lips and blush
  • An accessories area including earrings, bracelets, necklaces, clutches, etc.
  • A lounge area t0 wait for your turn to be styled

JCPenney Glam Ball Accessories

On the arm of a prince, my group first headed to the Accessories station, where we spotted every possible item we’d need to match our dresses for the evening.

I immediately showed a JCPenney stylist a photo of my evening gown. I had already planned on wearing an emerald bracelet my daughter had given me for Christmas, but really wanted the stylists opinion on everything else, right down to clutch. After all, how often do you get to pick the brain of a Hollywood stylist?

She agreed that with the sparkle of my bracelet, we’d skip a necklace yet add some sparkle with drop down earrings. We would finish the red carpet look with a silver clutch that could easily be used again with other outfits, even casual. JCPenney gifted us the items….so generous!

JCpenney Glam Ball Lounge

After our red carpet accessories were selected, it was time to relax in the lounge and take advantage of the High Tea Lunch.

JCPenney Glam Ball High Tea

From finger sandwiches to bite-size desserts, everything was delicious. There was even a special drink called “The Glass Slipper”, essentially champagne with pomegranate juice and a beautiful sugar rim.

Every last detail……Cinderella themed!

JCPenney Glam Ball Makeup Station

One of the most exciting things I had looked forward to was the makeup station.

JCPenney Glam Ball Makeup

I love learning new tricks and they’d especially be focused on the eyes, something I have wanted to learn more about. So with one eye open, I tried to watch everything the makeup artist did….and asked plenty of questions too!

And who took the photos of me? My prince, of course. :-)

JCPenney Glam Ball HairStyle
The last stop was hairstyling. I was a bit nervous about this I must admit. I usually love to wear my hair straight, but this was a special occasion. So I took the plunge and trusted the JCPenney stylist, who did an amazing job. She knew that my hair was naturally curly, but also took note that with the rainy weather it could totally frizz on me. She made simple long curls using a flat iron. So interesting and the result…beautiful.

Look at the back of my hair – I wish I had more pictures of the back from the rest of the evening. Love it!

 

JCPenney Glam Ball Gift

 

But all those curls later and I still had to get ready for the big night!

I had to hurry! It made me feel like Cinderella running out of the ball while the clock was striking.

While my hair, makeup and accessories were ready to go, there was the dress. Ah, the dress and the shoes. If there was ever an event which called for the perfect dress and shoes, the red carpet premiere of Cinderella would be it!

But JCPenney had one more surprise in store for me…….

Cinderella 2015 Girls Dress

I opened up this bag and there was a beautiful little girls Cinderella dress, just like the one in the new movie. Complete with butterflies, it was spectacular. You can find it in stores and online at JCPenney!

JCPenney went above and beyond anything I could have imagined. But it wasn’t over. In fact, it was just beginning.

After getting dressed, I’d be heading over to the pre-premiere reception in the lower level of the El Capitan Theatre, also hosted by JCPenney. There, I’d find the costumes and props from the film. THE GLASS SLIPPER!

Be sure to follow along as over the next two weeks I’ll be bringing you an up close look at  the costumes and props (later today), my red carpet experience complete with celebrity appearances (this Friday), interviews with the cast (daily next week), and film review too. I have so much to share!

Be sure to follow A Frugal Friend on TwitterInstagram and on Facebook so you’ll be the first to know when these posts go live!

Be sure to follow JCPenney on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Pinterest!

CINDERELLA opens in theaters everywhere on March 13th!

You have read all about how Cinderella and I have much in common, right?

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Meet Max, Our Most Valuable Pet! #PurinaMVP (Giveaway)

by A Frugal Friend on March 3, 2015

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I couldn’t be more excited to bring you this sponsored post thanks to Lunchbox – meet Max, the newest member of our extended family! As always, opinions are my own.

Max

Meet Max!

He’s the MVP in our extended family right now.

Most Valuable Pet! Actually he’s the first real non-fish pet anyone in my family has ever had. Maybe that’s why my daughter is so in LOVE with him.

In fact, when I got home from a recent trip, the first thing out of her mouth was about how much Max had grown. And while Max has been cooped up inside since his arrival in December, with Spring on the horizon (PLEASE COME SOON SPRING), I imagine Max will be enjoying the outdoors soon.

Spring should bring plenty of opportunity to run on the soccer fields, chase butterflies (do dogs do that?), and enjoy treats in the Texas sun.

In the meantime, he might just have another snowstorm or two to deal with……yes, another Texas sleet/snow forecast for tomorrow. But tonight, much like Max, I’ll be dreaming of a warm Spring day.

Purina

How about a giveaway?

PRIZES: (5) $50 Walmart Gift Cards

Purina Big Game 2015

Is your pet getting tired of the winter? What do you do to help your pet with the winter blahs?

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I know you’ll be excited about this sponsored post from Simply Beverages. You see, Simply Juice Drinks are made with simple, all-natural ingredients, including real fruit juice.

Simply Juice Drink Varieties

Yes, Simply Juice Drinks are S-I-M-P-L-Y something you can feel good about giving your family. I know that sometimes I have a tendency to as a mom to stick to a milk and water routine. Anyone relate? So, it’s nice to have options when your daughter (I mean, MY daughter) complains that she’s tired of the usual.

With no added preservatives, colors or artificial flavors, Simply Juice Drinks are something I can say YES to.

The new premium line of  juice drinks come in a variety of flavor.

  • Fruit Punch
  • Tropical
  • Mixed Berry

I’m hoping that down the line they will expand to include other flavors too. I like options. :-)

My local grocery store had 2 of the new flavors, and I was determined to try them both. Mixed Berry and Fruit Punch.

You’ll find the Simply Juice Drinks in the refrigerated section of your local grocery store. I shopped at Tom Thumb here in Texas and easily found them.

Simply Juice Drinks

Oh, and when I brought them home and placed them on the kitchen counter, my daughter grinned from ear to ear. Little does she know that she gets to practice drinking like a big girl too. You see, I think it’s time she learned how to drink from glassware, not just her usual plastic cups. Oh, boy! Mommy is prepared for an occasional broken glass, though I’m hoping for the best.

I mean, life is too short to keep the beautiful stemware in the cupboard, right?

Stemware

You’ll love the new flavors – we do!

Side Note: I will be heading back for the Tropical as that just sounds refreshing. Now, if Spring would just arrive so I could take my glass outside and enjoy the weather, I’d be incredibly happy.

Be sure to Like Simply Beverages on Facebook to stay up to date!

 

GIVEAWAY:

One (1) lucky winner will win:

5 Simply Juice Drink coupons

1 glass juice carafe

1 set of Essential Highball Glassware

$50 AmEx gift card

HOW TO ENTER:
For your main entry, Leave a comment telling me which variety of Simply Juice Drinks you’d most love to try. That’s it.

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
3. Subscribe to A Frugal Friend via email or on Bloglovin
4. Follow A Frugal Friend on Instagram
5. Follow A Frugal Friend on Twitter
6. Tweet the following as is: Win a Simply Juice Drinks Prize Pkg, including a $50 Gift Card from @AFrugalFriend #SimplyJuiceDrinks http://tinyurl.com/nktm3wl

Giveaway ends at midnight (central time) on Saturday, March 7th, 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.

This prize was provided by Simply Beverages, but Simply Beverages is not an administrator or connected in any other way with this contest [or sweepstakes, or giveaway as applicable].

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Complimentary GoGargle! and gift card was provided so that I could experience it first hand and share with you.
GoGargle!

It’s that time of year (Brrrr!!)…..and those cold temperatures don’t seem to be stopping any time soon. Unfortunately, for my family that can often mean sore throats associated with the flu or a cold. And of course, there’s the never-ending allergies too.

Sore throats can be anything from a minor irritant to horribly painful. One thing I’ve learned over the years is to gargle with salt water.

Have you ever gargled with salt water to help your sore throat? It’s not just an old wives tale……and here’s why?

When you have a sore throat, your tonsils are generally inflamed which results in pain around the tonsils, making it difficult to swallow. Gargling with salt water cleans bacteria from this area and draws moisture out of the swollen tissues, relieving pain and preventing further bacteria growth.

That’s why I’m introducing you to GoGargle!, which is a salt water gargle formulated to help soothe irritated, itchy, and inflamed throats.

So while the salt water works to relieve the pain completely, the other added ingredients, which include honey, aloe, and chamomile, soothe and ease the irritation.

I recently tried GoGargle! and found it to be more soothing than just regular salt water. It works! This is something to definitely have on hand in your medicine cabinet!

Best of all, you can find GoGargle! at local stores nationwide, including your local CVS store!

COUPON ALERT: GoGargle! Coupon – $1.00 off

GoGargle Giveaway

GIVEAWAY: One (1) lucky winner will win a 10-ct GoGargle! product & $20 CVS giftcard!

HOW TO ENTER: For your main entry, Leave a comment telling me what comforts you most when you aren’t feeling well. That’s it.
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
3. Subscribe to A Frugal Friend via email or on Bloglovin
4. Follow A Frugal Friend on Instagram
5. Follow A Frugal Friend on Twitter
6. Follow GoGargle on Twitter
7. Tweet the following as is: Win a CVS Gift Card and more from @AFrugalFriend and @GoGargle! #Giveaway http://tinyurl.com/pesyo4m

Giveaway ends at midnight (central time) on Friday, March 6th, 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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First Video of FROZEN FEVER!!

by A Frugal Friend on February 26, 2015

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Disclaimer:  Disney is sending me to Los Angeles on an all-expenses paid press trip, in exchange for my coverage of these events, including my screening of Frozen Fever and interviews. All opinions are my own.

first video of frozen fever

The first trailer for the new FROZEN FEVER has been released and my daughter has watched it no less than 10 times already. She IS excited. (YES, the first video of FROZEN FEVER is below)!

I’m excited too as I’m actually going to see it THIS WEEKEND!

YES!!

Some of you are wondering how, when it doesn’t open until March 13th in theaters (it plays as a short right before CINDERELLA)!

I’m heading to LA this weekend to cover the red carpet premiere of CINDERELLA, which includes FROZEN FEVER…..and I get to interview the directors of FROZEN! Follow along as I’ll be tweeting all the scoop from the red carpet and interviews!

Now, for that trailer…….

FROZEN FEVER plays before CINDERELLA, which opens in theaters everywhere on March 13th!

THIS WEEKEND: I’ll be heading to LA to cover the red carpet premiere of CINDERELLA from February 28th-March 2nd! Hashtag #CinderellaEvent and #FrozenFever.

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