Diamond Candles ~ Win a Diamond Candle with a ring in it, valued between $10 and $5,000!

Bloggers Bargain Hound and My Frugal Wife are hosting a Diamond Candle giveaway! This will run from 6/29 through 7/13. There will now be at least TWO Diamond Candles to be won! (My Frugal Wife has generously donated one for the giveaway!) (Yes, participating bloggers can enter to win too!) All participating bloggers will get a FREE Facebook link on the Rafflecopter in exchange for promoting this giveaway on their blogs and social media sites. If you would like an additional Twitter link on the Rafflecopter, you can get one for just $2! For every 15 Twitter links paid for, another Diamond Candle will be given away! Depending on how many bloggers we get involved, we could be giving away a lot of Diamond Candles! Please help spread the word! Please click here to sign up for this event! Let them know MS Stole My Brain sent you!

Bricks 4 Kidz is a national company that teaches children pre-k to high school through legos and duplos. They offer summer camps, school programs, birthday parties and more. My husband is working there this summer, and I think I was just hired as a social media consultant, and possible special needs teacher, which would be totally awesome. My son goes to most of the summer camps with his Dad and adores them. He will build all day and then come home and build some more. I love it. He is with friends, creating and exploring and learning and growing. I even got into it and built a Star Wars vehicle all day today. It was a lot of fun. They take all ages and stages, and they are super sweet with the kids. It is a fun day, broken up by snacks, games and other activities between building an assigned project, or free building. There are lots of kids and it is relatively inexpensive considering at the end of each week they get a t-shirt and minifigure. My family is going to own more legos than I know what to do with soon. They can be found at http://www.bricks4kidz/com and you can search and see if they have local classes. I love the staff in our area, the facility is large and open, and it is a fun place to spend the day. I would look forward to giveaways and other information on this amazing program on this and other blogs. I know I will be giving away a $40 kit to some lucky winner via their facebook page within then next month or so, and I can score you free classes, tours and other activities if you let me know what you are interested in. There are two locations in Las Vegas, one off of Ann Rd. and the other in Green Valley.

My husband is their teacher and he is awesome. He love to build and teach, and we are forcing them to be organized and well -equipped. So follow their facebook page, take a class, attend a build night, or just drop by and see what we doo. It’s a lot of fun.

If you are a Las Vegas blogger, I am going to do a major giveaway with them, but need to tailer it to the the Las Vegas area. Please let me know if you are interested. It will be a free blogger opportunity. Also, if you know of ways to network their site, or get their name out there for others I would love the contact information.

Natalie

I was super excited to get to see a pre-screening of Brave last night with my family. I love British and Scottish accents, and am a die hard Disney fan. We were all tired, but the movie was engaging and captivating and much more than I expected. I laughed, cried, and my son was scared a little., but he loved it too.

While the previews all make the story seem to be woven around Merida’s fate, it is actually about Mother daughter relationships and responsibilities to family and country. I think that is why I cried so much. I won’t give away much more, but I have had moments with my mother and could completely relate to both Merida and the Mom. We got to watch the movie in 3D, which was gorgeous. They did a phenomenal job of portraying Scotland’s beauty, and there were enough effects to keep you interested.

Merida was a strong character for a Disney princess, and a total switch from their traditional roles. I loved the interplay between the parents, and I think I have the triplets all rolled up into one child. My son’s favorite characters were the triplets. He loved their antics, and in many ways is just like them.

There were some parts that startled or scared my son and other children in the audience, so I would caution parents with sensitive children to either preview the movie, or be prepared to have them cover their ears/eyes and sit on your lap. There was a little bit of violence, but it mostly involved animals/bears attacking, which is where the movie was scary. At one point my 7-year-old son got really nervous, but he likes to be scared, so I’m not really sure how to gauge his reaction. I know younger audience members were frightened and maybe should watch at home where the sound and experience isn’t as intense.

To sum up our experience, this is a 5 star movie, and a must see/own. We will be buying a copy as soon as it comes out on Blu Ray. I loved the accents, the scenery and the story. Merida was refreshingly un-princess like, has gorgeous red hair and multiple talents. We loved her relationship with her family. I find many DIsney movies lack that family bond, and it was refreshing to see a movie where the family bond and their relationships were played out so beautifully. Parents were parents, and children were children, but in the end, the family was central to the story, and a huge part of what makes me love the movie.

“Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts.
Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.”

Take into consideration your child’s age and temperament, but this is a must see movie for the summer. I would even make it a date night. My husband liked it and he’s pretty picky about “girl” movies. Then come and let me know what you think.

Funtastic Summer Event: Blendtec Blender $500 value! {free event for bloggers-sign up now}

Kate n’ Kaboodle is having a Funtastic Summer Event starting June 10th! This event will feature two weeks of fabulous giveaways ending with the grand finale, a Blendtec Designer Series Wildside Total Blender that sells for $499.

Go here to sign-up http://katenkaboodle.com/2012/06/07/summer-event-signup/

The details:

This giveaway will run from June 25th at 12:01 a.m. until July 9th at 11:59 p.m.
You must post the html and rafflecopter code by 9 a.m. on June 25th or your link(s) will be removed.
If you do not wish to make an announcement post for your free link, you may submit $4 via Paypal to plaidtoaster@gmail.com.
Each additional link for either option is only $2!
Giveaway open to U.S.

Congratulations to Jamie Lee who won the filled Mary Kay compact. I used a random number generator to pick the winner. Thank you to all who entered. Stay tuned to this blog for more giveaways and offers starting in July. I have to switch to a different hosting account and then this blog will be your main source to win free stuff. I am super excited. I also will be doing book reviews and giveaways, so if you love books, keep checking in. I will twitter and facebook all new giveaways as they are put up. Thank you to all who have read and supported this blog. I would not be here without you all. I am so excited and blessed do be able to do this with my time. It is something that I adore.

*Natalie

“Free Xbox Kinect Giveaway Sign-up’s For Bloggers – Hurry!”
The Xbox Kinect Bundle Giveaway Event is a free blogger event. You will receive a single facebook link at no cost as a thank you for participating in this event.

Prize:
Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Bundle includes the Xbox 360 console, Kinect Sensor and Kinect Adventures Game (retail value $299) Open to: Worldwide (note – if the winner is outside of the US are responsible for any duties, taxes,etc that is not covered by basic shipping cost). The event dates: July 8 at 12:01 am to July 22 11:59pm

Sign Up Here. Please tell them News Wahl… sent you.