Hallmark: Northpole Toys Review & Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide

All the myths and stories from your childhood are true… Northpole is real and it’s bigger and more fun than you can imagine. This year, Hallmark is specially delivering products that help families connect to Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves. Don’t miss the first look into Santa’s magical city called Northpole: watch this behind-the-scenes video and discover the winter wonderland at Northpole1820.com!

We recently received two of Northpolians’ favorite holiday activities to review here on on Five Dollar Shake.

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Avalauncher – Walmart exclusive: With this snowball launcher, kids can practice their snowball skills even when the weather isn’t frosty.

Magic Snowball: No Snow? No problem! Play indoors with these magically-lit, color-changing plush snowballs.

Both toys have been a hit with our girls. Definitely adding to their excitement of the up-coming holidays. I believe there are plans to take their Papa by surprise when he enters the house Christmas morning, and there might have been talk of a hostage or two. With our family being so tech driven, it’s nice to see the girls using their imagination, and having so much fun.

The toys are very well made. The Avalauncher shoots a good distance, and the Magic Snowball is really soft, like snow. Both have been a lot of fun, and make great gift ideas. Which is why we’re happy to have them on the 2014 Five Dollar Shake Holiday Gift Guide!

For more information on these and other funderful ways to bring home a little bit of Northpole magic visit http://shop.northpole1820.com/.
For lot’s of free Nothpole online fun visit http://www.northpole1820.com/.

Enter to win!

One lucky Five Dollar Shake reader will win a Magic Snowball, and Avalancher of their own. Enter to win by using the widget below. You’ll need a valid email address to enter. One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on December 9th. Winner must be 18+ and live within the continental U.S. No PO Boxes.

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FTC Disclosure: Free products were received for the purpose of this blog post. I was not asked or influenced to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.

Mom Buzz Media, Holiday Giveaway! 7 Winners

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Welcome to the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway!

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The holiday season is all about giving, although the recieving part is pretty fun too! These wonderful sponsors below want you to have the opportunity to win a holiday gift! Whether you decide to give it away or keep it for yourself is totally up to you, but you can’t win if you don’t enter!

Prizes:

NutriBullet System or BabyBullet System ($79-$110 value)
Every Man Jack $50 Gift Card
Plasma Car ($64 value)
Ninja Turtles 3D Light FX ($42 value)
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PinchMe Dough ($20 value)
$25 Amazon Gift Card (Sponsored by the bloggers!)

Read the product reviews here!

Giveaway is open to US Residents only.
Giveaway begins on 11/15 and will end at 11:59pm on 11/30!

Good Luck!

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VTech InnoTab MAX , Review & Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide

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We recently received a VTech InnoTab MAX and VTech’s Learning Lodge® app store gift card for review. The tablet comes preloaded, ready to use and is quite impressive right out of the box.

 

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Built to grow with a child for years of learning fun, InnoTab® MAX, VTech®’s newest tablet with Android™ learning content, uniquely combines VTech’s expert-supported library of cartridges and apps with carefully selected educational Android apps – offering the best of both learning worlds and the widest variety of curricula to provide a superior children’s tablet.

VTech® InnoTab MAX

  •  VTech’s 4th generation kids’ learning tablet features its fastest processor yet with up to six times the processing power of previous generation and a 7” high-resolution multi-touch screen display
  •  InnoTab MAX features an enhanced 2nd generation version of Premium VTech Kid Connect™, at no additional charge, allowing children and parents to exchange voice and text messages, photos, drawings and fun stickers in real time between the tablet and a smartphone
  •  InnoTab MAX offers the best of both learning worlds with access to more than 650 educator-endorsed, age and stage appropriate learning titles as well as carefully cultivated educational Android apps that can be purchased and downloaded through VTech’s Learning Lodge® app store
  •  The tablet comes with 15 onboard apps including Premium VTech® Kid Connect, My Magic Beanstalk, Movie Maker, Art Studio, Wonder Cam Max, E-Reader with Story Dictionary and more
  •  InnoTab MAX also comes with one free Toca Boca app and two additional free apps that can be downloaded from the Learning Lodge
  •  Other InnoTab MAX features include a built-in rechargeable Lithium battery and kid-safe Wi-Fi so kids can explore appropriate online games, videos and websites that have been pre-selected by VTech
  •  Parental controls allow parents to manage their child’s apps, web access and tablet time, as well as view a progress log

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Our seven year old granddaughter loves the VTech InnoTab MAX because she can chat with family members, she can shop for games and fun ebooks, and she likes to plug it in next to her bed to use as an alarm clock on school days. Most of all she loves it because it’s hers, a real tablet of her own. We love the VTech InnoTab MAX because it encourages reading, the games are all educational, and her parents have complete control. Most of all VTech is a name we trust and have counted on through the years for fun education toys that last. VTech InnoTab MAX is by far the best VTech product we’ve experienced as of yet. That is why it makes the 2014 Five Dollar Shake Holiday Gift Guide!

Recommended for ages 3-9 years, with a MSRP: $109.99 you can purchase a VTech InnoTab MAX online or at locations where VTech toys are sold. You also have the chance to win one here on Five Dollar Shake!

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Enter to win by using the widget below. If you have any issue with the widget or would prefer to enter by email, you can contact me at shakingit@gmail.com. You’ll need a valid email address to enter. Winner must be 18+ and live within the U.S. One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on December 3rd.

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FTC Disclosure: Free products were received for the purpose of this blog post. I was not asked or influenced to write a positive review. All photos used and opinions expressed are my own and honest. Sponsor to handle all prizing.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Blu-ray Combo Pack #Giveaway #DragonsInsiders #HTTYD2

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LOS ANGELES, CA – Soaring past the $500 million mark at the global box office, DreamWorks Animation’s HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 is not only one of the best reviewed films of the year, but also 2014’s highest grossing animated film to-date and one of the top ten grossing films of the year in any genre.

The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment released DreamWorks Animation’s critically acclaimed HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 on Digital HD October 21 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD November 11.

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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, the next chapter to the Academy Award® nominated film released in 2010, is “sensational…an instant animated classic,” proclaims Access Hollywood. A hit with audiences and critics alike, the film received an outstanding audience reaction with a coveted “A” CinemaScore® and certified 92% fresh on RottenTomatoes.com. Variety’s Peter Debruge declares the film is “Braver than ‘Brave,’ more fun than ‘Frozen’…Dragon delivers.” It’s a must-own title for the whole family!

Fans will get even more excitement, adventure and, of course, more dragons when DreamWorks Animation releases DRAGONS: DAWN OF THE DRAGON RACERS, an all-new animated adventure featuring the original voice cast. A hunt for lost sheep soon turns into a high-flying sprint in the all-new epic adventure as Hiccup and friends battle to become the first Dragon Racing Champion of Berk! DRAGONS: DAWN OF THE DRAGON RACERS will be available exclusively on the Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD double pack and Digital HD.

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The all-star film talent features Jay Baruchel (This Is The End), two-time Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen), Craig Ferguson (“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”), America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”), Academy Award® nominee Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Neighbors), T.J. Miller (“Silicon Valley”) and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids). The film also adds the voice talent of Academy Award® nominee Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) and Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”).

The Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD feature hours of bonus materials that explore the world of dragons and more. Furthermore, the Blu-ray™ and Digital HD contain four exclusive featurettes, deleted scenes and a 60-minute behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the film, shot and created by the film’s writer and director Dean DeBlois.

You can celebrate How To Train Your Dragon with free coloring sheets that I shared in my previous blog post.

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You can also enter to win a free Blu-ray Combo Pack! One lucky Five Dollar Shake reader will win by using the widget below. You’ll need a valid email address to enter. Winner must be 18+ and live in the U.S. or Canada. One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on December 3, 2014.

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FTC Disclosure: I am a Fox Home Entertainment Insider. I receive free products and other benefits as part of this partnership. All opinions expressed are still honest and my own. This post contains no affiliate links.

LG OLED @ BestBuy #HintingSeason #OLEDatBestBuy #HolidayGiftGuide

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

When it comes to gift giving, some women appreciate expensive jewelry and fancy clothes. Myself, I’m not one of those women. If Santa is going to spend money on me, I’d much rather find a new tech toy under my tree, or to be honest hanging on my wall. With my love of watching movies at home, it’s really not a surprise to anyone that a new LG OLED Television from Best Buy makes the top of my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!

What is OLED TV?

The stunning design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21″ thick at its thinnest point. Picture quality is spectacular, with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks. And, LG’s exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors. Learn more here: LGOLEDatBestbuy.com.

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Just like the first time I discovered the magic of movies, the power to take my thoughts on a journey. The overwhelming rush of emotion when it comes together perfectly.
Such is the case with LG’s latest display technology. With deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens, it is unlike any technology you’ve ever seen, and it delivers a picture that exceeds your wildest imagination.

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LG 55EC9300 SKU# 7846019 – OLED TV

  •  Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color – delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.
  • 4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.
  •  Super thin design (consider how to show visually)
  •  Find content faster with webOS
  • Access premium content from all the best apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and more through your LG Smart TV

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I’ve already established Best Buy as the Holiday Shopping Destination for my gifts this year. I just hope Santa is listening!


Join the party!

Do you love Twitter parties? Best Buy is hosting an LG OLED Twitter Party on Thursday December 4th at 7PM CST. Feel free to join in for a chance to win Best Buy gift cards and other great prizes. Tweet #HintingSeason with your top gift ideas this Holiday from Best Buy. Also be sure to follow @5_dollarshake & @BestBuy!

Kernel Season’s Movie Night Party Pack, a great gift for any movie lover. #Giveaway

Kernel Season’s Movie Night Party Pack! Available at participating Walmart store locations just in time for the holiday season, Movie Night Party Pack will be on shelves November 12 – 25. The Movie Night Party Pack features 4 mini jars of our shake-on, all natural popcorn seasoning blends (White Cheddar, Butter, Nacho Cheddar and Kettle Corn) and 2 dual packs of our premium popping corn and popping oil.

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I recently received a Kernel Season’s Movie Night Party Pack for review. We enjoyed it during a recent family movie night. Already big fans of Kernel Season’s, this was a fun surprise for our kids. Pairing it with homemade DIY microwave popcorn was a real highlight of the night.

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Check out the video and in 3 easy steps, Jasmin Fine, of 1FineCookie.com, will show you how to make great tasting popcorn at home in just a few minutes.

With a SRP of just $6.98, it’s easy to give the gift of fresh and flavorful popcorn perfect to any movie buff and foodie this year. Making it a great addition to the Five Dollar Shake 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!

Enter to win!

You also have the chance to win a Kernel Season’s Movie Night Party Pack here on Five Dollar Shake. Enter to win by using the widget below. You’ll need a valid email address to enter. Winner must be 18+ and live within the confidential U.S. No PO boxes please. One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on November 30th.

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FTC Disclosure: Free product was received for the purpose of this blog post. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.

Rio 2 Sing-a-long Edition, Free activity sheets & #Giveaway

Just in Time for the Holidays, Rio 2 is Back with a Limited Edition Sing-Along!

With it’s vibrant colors, and fun music, we’re excited to have Rio 2 Sing-a-long Edition on our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. We’re also pretty fond of the Rio characters!

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Now you can sing-along with your favorite characters to songs What is Love, I Will Survive, Rio Rio & more! Come take a walk on the wild side with Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, George Lopez and an incredible flock of all-star talent in this soaring sequel to the animated hit comedy Rio!

Blu-ray™ Special Features

Rio 1 Refresher
Birds & Beats: The Singing Talents of Rio 2
I Will Survive multi-language music video

Rio 2 Sing-a-long Edition is available NOW Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD!

In celebration of this fun release I have free activity sheets to share with my readers. Simply click on each image below to enlarge, print and enjoy!

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One Five Dollar Shake readers will win a free Rio 2 Sing-a-long Edition Blu-ray Combo pack! Enter win by using the widget below. You’ll need a valid email address to enter. Winner must be 18+ and live within the Continental U.S or Canada. One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on November 26th.

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FTC Disclosure: I am a Fox Home Entertainment Insider. I receive free products and other benefits as part of this partnership. All opinions expressed are still honest and my own. This post contains no affiliate links.

Cozy Cat Furniture review, A purrrfect gift for any cat owner

I recently received a Discount Window Cat Perch with Cradle to review for our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.

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The perch sits 31 inches high to give cats a nice view out most windows. If you have cats, you already know this is as good as it gets in the way of entertainment for these playful pets. Our two cats, Harley and Raphael love this perch and sit, sleep and play on it often.

Features:

  • Overall Size: 21″ L x 16″ W x 31″ H
  • Covering: Plush Carpet
  • Board: Plywood.
  • Base size: 21” x 16”
  • Cozy cat bed: 16″ inside diameter
  • Cat cradle on top: 17″ L x 11” W
  • Made without glue or any toxic materials.
  • Ships fully assembled.
  • USA Handmade Cat Perch.

Shopping on www.cozycatfurniture.com is a lot of fun. Their website is super easy to maneuver, and full of products and great gift ideas for any feline family member. The check-out was quick, and easy, as was the delivery. They ship orders within 1-3 business days via UPS Ground! Which I love.

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The Discount Window Cat Perch with Cradle was delivered already assembled and ready for our cats to enjoy. It’s funny because they sure knew what was inside the box was for them. They were like a couple of kids on Christmas morning!

Retailing for under $100, the Discount Window Cat Perch with Cradle makes our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide as the purrrfect gift for any cat owner.

FTC Disclosure: Free products were received for the purpose of this blog post. I was not asked or influenced to write a positive review. All photos used and opinions expressed are mine own and honest. This blog post contains no affiliate links.