Our How to Train Your Dragon 2 Movie Night #DragonsInsiders #HTTYD2

A couple of weeks ago I let my readers know that we were planning a fun How to Train Your Dragon movie night. What I didn’t know to tell you was that it would be a whole week-long celebration.

First our party pack was delivered…

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Inside was enough How to Train Your Dragon fun for the whole family. We also recently receive How to Train Your Dragon tattoos, toys, a hat, and a really cool Toothless mug.

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We were so excited about this release that we celebrated all week long. We did dragon arts and crafts, and colored our How to Train Your Dragon coloring sheets. Then on Friday we added the digital code to our account and enjoyed the movie together as a family. The kids loved eating dinner on their How to Train Your Dragon plates, napkins and cups. The week long celebration was fun, but nothing beats time spent together for a family movie night.

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The movie was fantastic! We watched it via Digital HD, and the animation was truly stunning. It’s funny, action packed, but also has a sad twist. I don’t want to give anything away, but I can tell you my teenager (a big fan of the first movie) was not real happy with the sad twist and how it went down. There was some complaining. Other than that, How to Train Your Dragon 2 was enjoyed by the whole family, and is one we’re happy to have added to our movie collection.

The Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD feature hours of bonus materials that I highly recommend. The features explore the beautiful world of dragons. 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. We really enjoyed all the bonus features.

Don’t forget between now and December 3rd, you can enter to win a free How to Train Your Dragon Blu-ray Combo pack here on Five Dollar Shake!

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

Penguins of Madagascar movie clip & prize package #Giveaway #PenguinsMovie

Last week I shared the official trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s Penguins of Madagascar. A movie that my family is really looking forward to. We just love these little guys, and can’t wait to see what trouble they get into next!

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This week I have a fun new Penguins of Madagascar movie clip and prize package giveaway to share! Courtesy of DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox.

Check out the clip “How To Be A Spy With Skipper And Private”

PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, by DreamWorks Animation will be in theaters November 26, 2014!
Starring: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, Peter Stormare and John Malkovich
Directed By: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith
Produced By: Executive Producers: Tom McGrath, Mireille Soria, Eric Darnell; Producers: Lara Breay, Mark Swift

Official websites – #PenguinsMovie

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Enter to win!

One lucky Five dollar Shake reader will win a Penguins of Madagascar Movie prize package.

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Prize package includes:

  •   $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters
  • Penguins activity set & stickers

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 5th. Winner must be 18+ and live within the United States. No PO Boxes please.

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Streaming family-friendly entertainment with Feeln, App Review & Giveaway

Feeln is a new destination for great films that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Feeln is available online, in the living room and on the go.

“Founded in 2007 by Academy Award winning Producer Rob Fried, Feeln (previously SpiritClips) is a movie subscription service showing films that move, inspire and delight audiences of all ages. Subscribers enjoy a wide variety of content, including award winning films, Hollywood blockbusters, Original Short Films, and Hallmark Hall of Fame® movies. Feeln is available online; on stream-to-TV devices including Roku and Xbox; and on mobile phones and tablets.”

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I recently received a Feeln subscription to review with my family. New to the app, I was pretty excited to check it out. The app was super easy to find and add to our channels on Roku. I was surprised by the variety of movies, and impressed by some of the classics, including several what I would consider hidden jems.

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Since lowering our cable package we’re streaming movies and television a lot more often than before. Not always being able to stay on-top of what the kids are watching, it’s nice to have another app to add to their “already approved” list.

We enjoyed watching several Hollywood hits with our teenager during our Feeln review, like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, October Sky, and Dances With Wolves. I’ve always been a fan of Hallmark Hall of Fame movies, so there is always something for me to watch on Feeln. The app played perfectly. No sticking our rebooting. My only complaint is that there seems to be a quick turn over on some selections.

I would recommend this app to any movie lover, or family that enjoys streaming.

All movies on Feeln are available on apps for Xbox 360, Roku 2 & 3, Apple TV, iPhone 4, 4s and 5, iPads 2, 3, 4 and mini, Android tablets & phones, GoogleTV devices, Nook HD & HD+, Kindle Fire 2nd Gen, HD, HDX and through the Feeln.com website on desktop computers.

A subscription is required at just $3.99/mo.

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Five lucky Five Dollar Shake readers will win a Free 1- year Subscriptions to Feeln.com! Three readers will win Feeln swag items! Enter to win by using the widget below. You’ll need a valid email address to enter. Winners must be 18+ and live within the U.S. All winners will be chosen and contacted by email on December 4th.

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Free use of the Feeln app was provided for this blog post. I was not asked or influenced to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are honest and my own. Sponsor to handle all winners.

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!

Trailer Park Tuesday, Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife #WardsWife

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Everyone hates Ward’s wife and wants her dead, Ward (Donald Faison) most of all. But when his friends’ murderous fantasies turn into an (accidental) reality, they have to deal with a whole new set of problems — like how to dispose of the body and still make their 3 p.m. tee time. Scott Foley’s directorial debut, also starring Foley, Patrick Wilson, Amy Acker, and Nicolette Sheridan, is a blackly comic caper about helping a friend out of a bad relationship by any means necessary.

Directer, and writer: Scott Foley

Cast: Amy Acker, James Carpinello, Dagmara Dominczyk, Marika Dominczyk, Donald Faison, Scott Foley, Greg Grunberg, Patrick Wilson, and Nicollette Sheridan

Available on iTunes and On Demand: December 23, 2014.

Now this one, I’m looking forward to. I’m a big Patrick Wilson fan if he’s doing drama, comedy or even musical. The man is crazy talented and in my opinion very underrated in Hollywood. This looks like a fun movie to watch while unwinding before or during the holiday. Count me in!

How about you? Do you think you’ll watch Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife?

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.

The Future of TV is here! My Xfinity™ TV GO app review #TVGO

I recently downloaded The Xfinity™ TV GO app for review. Being such a big movie and television watcher, and perfectly happy with my current watching habits (both cable and streaming online), I was curious to see if an app would enhance my viewing experience. Or would it be something I use for a minute and then disregard.

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XFINITY™ TV Go app:
“Now you can watch live TV from on any device, anywhere you go. Plus, watch your favorite TV shows and movies anytime with XFINITY On Demand™. You can also download TV shows and movies from Showtime, Starz, Encore and Movieplex to your phone or tablet and watch them anytime, anywhere—even when you’re offline.”

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First off, for someone who was “perfectly happy” with her current watching habits, I have to admit that I used the heck out this app! Like watching The Good Wife during my lunch break on Mondays, because football keeps over lapping, causing one of my favorite shows to air way past my bedtime. The app has also been great while picking up my teenage daughter, because that almost always requires a long wait in my car. Nothing helps pass the time like a little Modern family or 2 Broke Girls.

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Not just on the go! With our living room being the only room to have a cable box, the XFINITY™ TV Go app has given us the freedom to watch more of our favorite shows, in more areas of our house. Nothing beats snuggling with my granddaughter and letting her watch an episode of one her favorite shows before lights out. Also, a big plus for us is that our tablet plugs directly into our bedroom HDTV. So, we’ve been able to kick back after a long day and enjoy watching our favorite dramas that are not very family friendly, like The Blacklist or Hell On Wheels in private.

I haven’t tried out the download option as of yet, but this will definitely come in handy the next time I travel. I hate paying for WiFi while on a plane, and often have no luck when it comes to airport service. It’s usually fine for answering emails, but not when it comes to watching a movie. Besides, I make a real effort to work as little possible while traveling, I’d much rather watch television or a movie to pass the time.

A few note worthy things that I enjoyed while reviewing the XFINITY™ TV Go app.

1. The selection is endless. I love discovering new series to fall into. Hello Gracepoint!

2. I love that the app shows a countdown timer during commercial breaks. Let’s me know if I need to run or if I can walk to refill my snacks and drinks.

3. Makes it easy to binge watch. I have to admit, it’s a weakness of mine. I can be the queen of “one more episode” no matter how late it gets.

4. I love staying connected! We recently lost power for over a day, and were able to entertain the kids with playing cards and board games, and just being together. But, when that wore thin, we used the app on our tablet, while connecting to our cell phone hotspot service. Worked great.

5. Advanced episodes. A few of the shows I watch post two episodes every other week on the app. One that already aired, and one that hadn’t. I can’t find any info on this, so I don’t know if it’s a by station, by series or an app thing. But I like it!

To be honest I can’t think of anything I didn’t like about XFINITY™ TV Go app, and being an Xfinity customer I plan to continue using it.

Anytime that I have the chance to mix my love of television and movies with my love of technology, and it works, I’m happy.

How about you? Do you use an app to watch tv or movies on a mobile device? Have you ever tried the Xfinity TVGO app?

You can download it to your Apple, Android or even your Kindle device!
XFINITY TV or Comcast Digital TV service is required.
Yes, you can watch live TV on the app.
Availability of programming varies depending on level of service.

FTC Disclaimer: I received free services in exchange for my review. I was not asked or influenced to write a positive review. All opinions and photos used are honest and my own.