Life by Cynthia

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Annie In Theaters December 19 #AnnieMovie Prize Pack Giveaway

Who's ready for a NEW Annie? I certainly wasn't! But it's time to get ready! Annie is in theaters December 19. Like I said, I wasn't ready for this.  I was skeptical about a movie remake of the classic that knew and loved as a child. I just wasn't sure how the new and different ANNIE would stack up. Thanks to an advanced screening of the movie, this skeptic had a big change of heart!  I have to report that I really enjoyed it! I love the music, the characters, and enjoyed the entire production. New and different is a good thing. Now I have TWO Annie movies that I really love.

Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhan√© Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who's also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they'd be back for her someday, it's been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything is about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) - advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) - makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he's her guardian angel, but Annie's self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it's the other way around.

Now that you are excited to see Annie for yourself please join in on the Annie Prize Pack Giveaway! Please submit your entries via the Rafflecopter widget located below. Good luck!

 The ANNIE prize pack includes:

- One (1) official ANNIE kids shirt
- One (1) 'Build A Brighter Tomorrow' activity book
- One (1) sticker sheet
- One (1) Scholastic Poster (not pictured)

The giveaway is open only to U.S. residents, ages 18+. Giveaway ends on December 30, 2014.  No purchase necessary to enter. A winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter. Winner will be notified via email. Winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected. Prize will be sent directly from the sponsor. Not liable for unclaimed prizes or fulfillment.

Disclosure: I received the same prize pack and an advanced media screening in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Knott's Family Friendly 2015 NYE Celebration and Giveaway #KnottsNYE

This post in written in partnership with GigaSavvy.

2014 has gone by so quickly for us. Where did the time go? I'm sure that many of you feel the same! How will you celebrate the end of this year and the start of a new one? We are planning on spending ours at Knott's Berry Farm! All the fun is ready for us so all that we have to do is show up! Knott’s has fun and safe options for families who want to ring in the New Year together.  Extended park hours (10 am to 1 am), live entertainment (FUN for ALL ages), and a fireworks display all included in the price of regular park admission! Check out the lineup here: Knott's NYE 2015.

Join us in ringing in the new year at the Knott's Berry Farm New Year's Eve Celebration!  Thanks to our friends at GigaSavvy and Knott's Berry Farm - one lucky reader will WIN 2 (two) FREE passes to attend the celebration! Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below and GOOD LUCK! Please use #KnottsNYE on any social posts that you choose to share about the contest.

Giveaway ends on December 23, 2014. One winner per household. US Residents Only. No purchase necessary to enter. A winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter. Winner will be notified via email and must provide mailing address for prize shipment. No cash value. Winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected. Not liable for unclaimed prizes or giveaway fulfillment.

We are hoping that you can join us for the #KnottsNYE celebration! If by chance you are our winner and cannot attend, please know that you WILL be able to use your tickets at a later date in 2015!

Disclosure: I create original editorial content in partnership with GigaSavvy. The opinions in this article are my own. I do not have a direct affiliation with Knott's Berry Farm.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

$25 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway! Save Time and Money on Household Items with Walmart and P&G

This post is sponsored by P&G. Thanks to P&G I shopped at to order a few of our favorite P&G household items. With gift card in hand I was able to knock off one item from my HUGE to-do list!

Like most of my friends and family - I feel like I am ALWAYS busy. My time is stretched thin between my full time job at the office, moments for quality family time, and everyday chores.  Squeezing in the "me time" that I crave is tough to do these days. Just a small spot of time to myself for online activities, yoga, and the occasional veg-out would be awesome. The constant juggling can be a pain and the challenge of "finding enough time" is constant one. I need as many time savers that I can muster. One less thing to juggle makes me a happy lady!

I shop online for many things and love the convenience of having my products delivered to my doorstep. Our delivery guy knows us and our shopping habits better than my best friends and family.  Don't get me wrong - I do enjoy to occasional outing to a brick and mortar store BUT lately lounging at the pool with my family wins over spending the time it takes to load up the family, drive out to the store, find parking, and wander to every family members' favorite aisle!  That's where choices come in. I love having the option of visiting Walmart in person, shopping at, OR shopping via an app on my phone! Choices for the win!

Do you know that you can buy your household items from or via the Walmart smartphone app which can be downloaded here?  By using the Walmart smartphone app, you can easily build a shopping list by scanning all the products you’re ready to purchase again.  You can choose to have your purchase shipped directly to your house (shipping is free if you spend $50 or more) or shipped for free to the nearest Walmart location for a quick and easy pick-up with Site to Store.

On my list of favorite P&G Items:

How I shop with and SAVE

  • I visit the website and check out their Savings Center. I like to get the most from my money and will look for Clearance, Rollbacks, Special Buys, and Value Bundles. I make sure to check out the weekly Ad too!

  • I opt for FREE shipping to my home and for some products I use the FREE ship to store option. Shipping to your door is FREE when you spend $50 or more at That isn't tough for me to do because I do like to stock up!
I don't get to keep all the shopping fun to myself! Thanks to P&G, you have a chance to WIN your own Walmart gift card! I'd love to know what you would buy and how you plan to shop if you win! In store? Online at OR using the Walmart smartphone app?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G. Sponsor is responsible for shipping the giveaway prize to the winner.

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