Wednesday, April 27, 2011

JUDY MOODY & THE NOT BUMMER SUMMER Dallas NorthPark Center Mall Movie Screening Giveaway! ENDS 5/1

Saturday, May 7th from 10:00am-11:30am at NorthPark Center AMC there will be a special screening of Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer.

Martin over at MOROCH and Relativity Media films have graciously provided 10 reserved seats for me to giveaway to my readers!

Because it's on Mother's Day weekend I'd love to make these tickets a nice mother/daughter day out!

To enter to win:
1 entry, but 3 questions to answer!

Let me know the number of tickets you would need
Who you would be taking
And is your summer going be a bummer, or do you have some awesome plans?

Please only enter if you can go, the AMC theater is at the NorthPark Center Mall in Dallas and is at 10am Saturday May 7th

CONTEST ENDS SUNDAY MAY 1st at 11:59pm Winners will be announced May 2nd!

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JUDY MOODY & THE NOT BUMMER SUMMER Dallas NorthPark Center Mall Event 5/7

Saturday, May 7th from 11:30am-2pm at NorthPark Center Court (1st floor). There will be a 3 song concert by Camryn (on the soundtrack) and a book reading with Megan McDonald (author and writer)!

There will be fun activities for mall patrons in Center Court while the concert and book reading takes place.


Directed by: John Schultz

Written by: Kathy Waugh and Megan McDonald

Cast: Jordana Beatty, Heather Graham, Parris Mosteller

Produced by: Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness

Executive Producers: Bobbi Sue Luther and Andrew Sugerman

When her best-laid plans for a summer full of fun go comically awry, an
imaginative young girl creates her own vacation adventures in Judy Moody and the NOT
Bummer Summer. Based on the beloved, bestselling book series by Megan McDonald,
Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer is an irresistible and delightfully funny
treat for adventure-loving kids and adults.

This summer, third grader Judy Moody is planning the most super-duper, double-
rare summer vacation ever with best friends Rocky and Amy. Except that it turns out
Rocky is going to circus camp to learn to tame lions, and Amy is headed off to Borneo
with her mom to save a lost tribe while Judy stays home with her pesky little brother
Stink and second-best friend Frank Pearl.

Just when she thinks things are as rotten as they can be, her parents announce that
they will be going to California and Judy will have to stay behind with her Aunt Opal,
who she’s never even met! It looks like Judy’s best summer ever has just become her way
But feisty, fearless and ever-funny Judy Moody never gives up! With help from
some unexpected sources, she’s headed for a summer full of surprises in this charming
and spirited family film. Get ready, get set, get MOODY!

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WHAT: The KUNG FU PANDA balloon straight from the world famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® in New York City will be on display.

WHO: Everyone is invited to attend, including families

WHEN: Saturday, April 30th, Time: Afternoon

**Please note the exact time will be announced on Friday morning pending the Dallas Mavericks playoff game time***

WHERE: American Airlines Center 2500 Victory Ave, Dallas, Texas 75219

(On AT&T Plaza)


Po, the 42 foot tall Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® balloon from KUNG FU PANDA will make a special appearance at the American Airlines Center on Saturday, April 30, 2011 in celebration of the upcoming release of the animated sequel. Face painters, airbrush tattoo artists, a dunking booth and a fan photo booth will be on-site all day for everyone to take part in the action. The Dallas Martial Arts Studio will be on-site performing a martial arts routine. KLIF-FM (CHR) will be on site to giveaway a private screening of KUNG FU PANDA 2 and five $500 gift cards to lucky winners at the event.


In “Kung Fu Panda 2”, Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five. But Po’s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. Po must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed.

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Target Winner Is...

With 18 valid entries.....the winner is

shala_darkstone said... 12

I'm a google friend connect follower on your main blog.

maddiemb {at} comcast (dot) net

April 23, 2011 4:05 PM

I'll be sending an email and you'll have 48 hours from the time email is sent to confirm your win!


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Monday, April 25, 2011

Save a Life on World Malaria Day! Deadline Tonight!

Thanks to Gloria from The Little Red House with the White Porch for bringing this to my attention!

Today is April 25, 2011 -- WORLD MALARIA DAY. "Nothing But Nets" is a United Nations endorsed organization. Until Midnight tonight, every dollar that you give to "Nothing But Nets" will be matched. Donating money will go to buying a net which prevents children and families in Africa from dying of malaria from mosquitos, by purchasing nets for them and teaching them the proper use of the nets.

If you'd like to read about the organization before committing to a donation, please click HERE to read about this worthwhile organization.

One million people die every year from Malaria -- you can stop it...

Click here to donate

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

IN STITCHES A review, an excerpt, and a GIVEAWAY! Ends 5/1

Dr Youn weaves an endearing and sometimes humorous biography of his struggles with his life in a demanding Korean family, his feelings of being a "nerdy" outsider, and his trials and tribulations of medical school on his way to becoming a successful plastic surgeon.

I found myself loving Dr. Youn's father "Steve" a hard working "baby doctor", who at times may seem harsh, but has such a strong love for his children you can't help but to admire him...even if his tactics may seem a little....misguided.

Please enjoy a small example from Dr. Youn's book!

Excerpt from In Stitches by Dr. Tony Youn

My first Christmas home from college.

The Christmas from hell.

First semester, over and done. I can’t wait to chill out at home. See friends. Go to parties. I even entertain thoughts of hooking up with Janine. Desperate men do desperate things.

My brother came home from Northwestern a day earlier. When I walk into the dining room and see Mike’s face, I know we’ve got a problem.

“Dad wants to talk to us.”

“About what?”

He shrugs, drums his fingers on the oak tabletop. If he knows, he’s not saying. I don’t press him. We sit without speaking for ten achingly long minutes until my parents arrive in the dining room. My father nods at my mother, steps farther into the room, leaves her framed in the doorway. “Your brother,” my father says to me.

A lump rises into my throat. Mike must be sick. I look at him. He looks down. I turn to my father. “What’s wrong?”

“Look.” My father slides a sheet of paper toward me. It flutters against my outstretched hand.

I pick up the paper and start to read: Northwestern University Official Transcript. I hand the paper back to my father. “This is none of my business. These are Mike’s grades.”

“No. Read. Please.”

I hesitate, then reluctantly scan the transcripts. One A, the rest B’s. I look helplessly at Mike. I don’t know why I’m here, why I’ve been included in what should be a private conversation between Mike and my father. Mike stares straight ahead. He looks numb.

“Your brother,” my father says, “has shamed the family.” He lowers his voice, speaks solemnly. “How can he become a doctor with grades like these? No way. Impossible.”

Normally, at this point, my brother would stand up to my father. But today, a week before Christmas, he doesn’t fight at all. He seems defeated.

“Michael, how?” My father leans back, then shoots up both hands in surrender. “How you get into med school? You need to study. Both of you.”

I blink, not understanding.

“You don’t study?” my father says, his voice rising. “You can’t become a doctor. You end up bum on the street. You have to study every day. Christmas, too.”

“I’m sorry,” I say. “I’m not sure what’s happening here. We finished school. Took our finals. We don’t have anything to study.”

My father pulls out a chair. On the seat, he has placed a stack of MCAT-prep books. Each one weighs in at three hundred pages, minimum. “You study these. MCAT prep.” My father holds, waiting for the fight in Mike to come out.

Mike shakes his head, amazed, stunned. I try a tiny laugh to soften the moment. “You mean a couple hours a day—”

“No, no,” my father says. “All day, every day. Otherwise—” A massive helpless shrug aimed at my mother. She nods sadly from the doorway. None of this is making sense. I look at my mother to get my bearings. She stares back, her mouth flat-lined in compliance. I look back at my father. “I thought we were going to L.A. for Christmas to see Grandma. We have plans, plane tickets—”

“No more,” my father says. “Not going to L.A. Not this year. This year you boys study. Very important. This year Daddy cancel Christmas.”

In Stitches will be released 4/26!!! You can pre-order your copy here
or you can try to win a copy!

Thanks to Sneak Attack Media I have 2 copies of In Stitches to giveaway!

~The Prize~

Two Lucky Readers will receive a copy of Anthony Youn M.D. 's new book In Stitches!

Two Ways to Enter!
each one equals one entry

*(doing this could also win you the chance to win an Amazon Kindle if you enter their contest before 4/26 and as of right now there's only 14ish people entered!! Would love for one of my readers to win a Kindle!!)


Thanks to Sneak Attack Media for providing the materials for this giveaway and for my advanced reading copy!

Open to US and Canada residents only please  Please No PO Box addresses. Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm CST Sunday May 1st. The winners will be chosen via a random number generator Monday May 2nd and announced that same day before noon CST. The winners will be notified by email and required to claim the win within 48 hours. Name and address will be required to pass on to Sneak Attack Media to get the prize to you.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

RedBox Winners are...


Only 3 peeps entered so....


Congrats! I'll be emailing your codes out tomorrow!
Thanks for following!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

100 followers on both blogs $10 Target Giftcard GIVEAWAY YAY! Ends 4/26

Pixie Kitty Doesn't seem too excited...but I AM!

Thanks to Cyndy over at Putting the Fun in Dysfunctional I'm at 100 followers on my main blog!

Thanks Cyndy!
Feel free to show her some bloggy love because she had a really rough Monday and she's got a super sweet heart!

Ya'll should go thank her too because now we FINALLY get to have that $10 electronic Target giftcard code giveaway!

This giveaway is open to whoever can use as the giftcode can only be used online and I'll be emailing it to the winner.

Entry is super easy

Be a google friend connect follower on my giveaway blog (this blog) = 1 entry

Be a google friend connect follower on my main blog = 1 entry

Please leave a separate comment per entry 1 entry = 1 comment

Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm CST Tuesday April 26th. The winner will be chosen via a random number generator Wednesday April 27th and announced that same day before noon CST. The winner will be notified by email and required to claim the win within 48 hours. .

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

In Stitches

Dr. Anthony Youn, Detroit-based plastic surgeon and author of a very funny, very touching memoir called In Stitches - Dr. Youn's open and honest recount of becoming a doctor.

The book will be out April 26, through Simon & Schuster.

In Stitches is chock-full of pre-med and medical school experiences, but In Stitches isn't just a book about doctors. It's about not fitting in, about not knowing what's coming next and living with pressure from all sides, and it's about Dr. Youn's own life-changing experience with plastic surgery that ultimately led him to his current career.

Here's the link to the website and the prologue along with other links to other excerpts from the book!

Thanks to Sneak Attack Media I was sent an advanced copy to review...which I can't wait to start!...and I'll also have a giveaway for 2 of my lucky readers to win a copy!

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Free Screening of Disney's Prom 4/26 7:30pm in Dallas

At “Prom,” every couple has a story and no two are exactly alike. Several intersecting stories unfold at one high school as the big dance approaches; “Prom” portrays the precarious passage from high school to independence as some relationships unravel and others ignite.  For Nova Prescott (Aimee Teegarden), it’s a battle of wills as she finds herself drawn to the guy (Thomas McDonell) who gets in the way of her perfect prom. Fellow seniors Mei (Yin Chang) and Tyler (De’Vaughn Nixon) harbor secrets, while others face all the insecurity and anticipation that surrounds one of high school’s most seminal events. There are hundreds of nights in high school, but there’s only one “Prom.” Featuring an emerging ensemble cast and a powerful soundtrack, “Prom” hits theaters April 29, 2011.

 Thanks to Disney I am able to offer my readers tickets to a free screening of Disney’s new film PROM!

TIME: 7:30 PM




Come dressed in prom attire and receive VIP seating.

Best dressed will be crowned PROM King and Queen of the screening!

Please arrive early. Seating is first come, first seated. No one will be admitted late. The screening

may be overbooked and seating is not guaranteed. Disney, Theatre and promoter are not responsible

for overbooking. We may refuse, revoke or limit admission in our sole discretion at any time. This

ticket may be used for admission only by the person to whom we issued it; it is not transferable. It

has no cash value.
Click here to get your tickets!
download is in PDF format



The screening will be monitored for recording devices. By attending, you agree not to bring any
recording device into the venue and you consent to physical search of your belongings and person
for recording devices. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission.
If you attempt to use a recording device, you consent to your immediate removal from the
venue and forfeiture of the device. Any attempted recording will be reported to law enforcement
and may subject you to criminal and civil liability. You assume all risks of personal injury arising
from or incidental to attending the screening, whether occurring prior to, during, or after the event.
Further, by attending you grant permission to Disney, its affiliates and agents, to record and utilize
your name, voice and likeness to publicize the screening and promote the movie.


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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The winner is....

With 2 valid entries.....the winner is

Elaine said... 1

My happily ever after moment was when I married my husband and had our children. (and adopted our dog!!)


April 2, 2011 3:53 PM

I'll be sending an email and you'll have 48 hours from the time email is sent to confirm your win!


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Monday, April 11, 2011

Redbox Giveaway Ends APRIL 19....

Shows you how time impaired I am....Thanks Gloria for pointing it out LOL all fixed now though!
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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Help Raise A Mug to Those Doing Good in Your Community

Want to reward the people in your community who work tirelessly to make a positive impact, with a bright spot and a great cup of brew?

Seattle’s Best Coffee, today announced the Brew-lanthropy Project. They’re bringing great coffee where it’s needed most by rewarding non-profit organizations with a coffee makeover and a $5,000 donation. They gave the first award to Blackstone Bicycle Works, a community organization on the South side of Chicago, for their dedication to teaching neighborhood kids life lessons through bike mechanics and healthy living.

Is there an organization in your community that is committed to giving back? Wouldn’t it feel good to reward them for their dedication to doing good?

Become a Brew-lanthropist and tell Seattle’s Best Coffee where to go next.

To learn more about the Brew-lanthropy Project, see the Blackstone Bicycle Works story and to nominate a local charity to win the next coffee makeover, visit the Seattle’s Best Coffee Facebook page

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Easter RedBox Codes Giveaway!! Ends 4/19

Easter Kitty Bunny Pixie!

Wanted to again thank you, my readers....well for being readers!
I have 3 Redbox codes to give to 3 lucky winners!
A short, easy giveaway just in time for the holidays!
I know I love curling up with my loved ones and watching a good movie over the holidays!
One entry per person!
Just leave me a comment letting me know you follow me, somehow, somewhere....
aka Twitter, here, my main blog, or RSS
Thanks and Much Love!
P.S. When I reach 100 or more followers over on my main blog, I will hold a giveaway for an online giftcode for $10 to!
Contest Ends 11:59pm CST 4/19 and Winners will be notified via email before noon cst 4/20. Winners will have 24 hours to email back to confirm their win and I will then email the code.
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise—this time in Disney Digital 3D™. Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed adventure. Crossing paths with the enigmatic Angelica (Penélope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love—or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the “Queen Anne’s Revenge,” the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or Angelica, with whom he shares a mysterious past. The international cast includes franchise vets Geoffrey Rush as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa and Kevin R. McNally as Captain Jack’s longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs, plus Sam Claflin as a stalwart missionary and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey as a mysterious mermaid.

Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds himself on an unexpected journey to the fabled Fountain of Youth when a woman from his past (Penélope Cruz) forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane).

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Disneynature’s Collaboration with the African Wildlife Foundation to Help

Save the Savanna during “African Cats’” Opening Week Heats Up Online!

BURBANK, Calif. (April 4, 2011) – Disneynature’s plans to work with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) to “Save the Savanna” have gone viral.

As the April 22 opening of the awe-inspiring “African Cats” approaches, Disneynature is tapping into the true power of social media by building awareness of its “See ‘African Cats,’ Save the Savanna” program. During the film’s opening week (April 22-28), a portion of the proceeds from that week’s ticket sales will be donated to AWF through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to protect the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor, a passage between the Amboseli, Tsavo West and Chyulu Hills National Parks that is frequently used by lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, giraffes and a host of other animals in the African savanna.

A host of compelling and unique social initiatives allows participants to make a difference, giving them the power to pledge their intent to see the film, support the cause and spread the word to others.

Like Disneynature on Facebook:

By becoming a fan of Disneynature on Facebook, participants have the ability to interact with “African Cats” content daily. Furthermore, liking, commenting on and sharing the content with friends spreads the viral reach of the film's message and philanthropic mission exponentially.

Pledge to see “African Cats” on Eventful:

Fans pledge to see “African Cats” opening week by logging onto Participants can watch how honoring that pledge can effectively save the savanna. A real-time counter will show how many people have participated, and there will also be a graphical map representing the number of acres across the savanna that are being conserved based upon the number of pledges received. Upon arriving at the theater, fans can check in via their mobile device to win special prizes.

Join the “African Cats” grassroots community and donate to the African Wildlife Foundation on Causes:

Fans can join the “African Cats” grassroots community on Causes by signing the pledge to help Africa's lions and other imperiled wildlife survive and thrive for generations to come. Additionally, users are given the opportunity to enhance Disneynature’s commitment by donating directly to the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) via the platform.

Buy tickets through Disney Tickets Together, invite friends and Disneynature will double its donation:

Disney Tickets Together, Facebook's first social ticketing application, allows fans to engage with the film by inviting friends to see "African Cats" and purchase tickets for local theaters without ever leaving Facebook. For all "African Cats" events created in Tickets Together, Disney will increase the donation to the Save the Savanna fund for every "Yes" RSVP that the events receive. The application launches during the week of April 18.

“African Cats,” which will be released in theaters worldwide, opens in North America on April 22, 2011. Tickets for groups of 20 or more are available in the United States by calling 1-888-DISNEY6.

An epic true story set against the backdrop of one of the wildest places on Earth, “African Cats” captures the real-life love, humor and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna. Narrated by Oscar®-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, the story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a rival lion and his sons. Disneynature brings “The Lion King” to life on the big screen in this True Life Adventure directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill (“Earth”). An awe-inspiring adventure blending family bonds with the power and cunning of the wild, “African Cats” leaps into theatres on Earth Day, April 22, 2011.For more information about the movie and the “See ‘African Cats,’ Save the Savanna” initiative, check out


During the film’s opening week (April 22-28), a portion of the proceeds from that week’s ticket sales will be donated to the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to ensure the future of lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, giraffes and a host of other animals in the vibrant African savanna. The AWF will be working to protect the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor, a passage between the Amboseli, Tsavo West and Chyulu National Parks that is frequently used by a variety of wildlife.

“See ‘African Cats,’ Save the Savanna” continues Disneynature’s conservation efforts, which began with its first release, “Earth” (2009), for which three million trees were planted in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. “Oceans” (2010) audiences helped establish 40,000 acres of marine protected areas in The Bahamas, which contain miles of vital coral reef.

Eventful is the leading digital media company connecting consumers with live entertainment, movies, and local events. More than 20 million people use Eventful to find out what’s happening and decide what to do. Eventful works with leading brands and entertainment properties to reach consumers and drive commerce through a unique and targeted blend of digital, social media, and direct marketing. Visit Eventful at


Causes is the world’s largest platform for activism and philanthropy, empowering individuals to create grassroots communities called “causes” that take action on behalf of a specific issue or nonprofit organization. Since launching in 2007, Causes has brought together: 140 million users, over $30 million raised for over 25,000 nonprofits, and over 500,000 user-created causes.


Developed in 2010 for Disney Pixar's “Toy Story 3,” Disney Tickets Together is the first social ticketing application that allows Disney Facebook fans to view movie times at their local cinemas, create viewing events, invite their friends and buy tickets. Tickets Together is an innovative and interactive destination that bridges the social experience of going to the movies with the capabilities of social networking.


Founded in 1961, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is a leading conservation organization focused solely on the African continent. AWF’s programs and conservation strategies are based on sound science and designed to protect both the wild lands and wildlife of Africa and ensure a more sustainable future for Africa’s people. Since its inception AWF has protected endangered species and land, promoted public and private sector partnerships, created unique conservation tourism enterprises that benefit local African communities as a means to improve livelihoods, and trained hundreds of African nationals in conservation—all to ensure the survival of Africa’s unparalleled wildlife heritage. AWF is a non-profit organization currently operating in 14 countries across the continent. AWF is a registered 501(c)(3) in the United States. Visit


Disneynature, the first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in more than 60 years, was launched in April 2008 to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to share a wide variety of wildlife subjects and stories with theatrical audiences. “Earth” (opening Earth Day 2009) was the first film to premiere domestically under the new label, and garnered a record-breaking opening weekend for a nature documentary. Its “Buy a Ticket, Plant a Tree” initiative led to the planting of 2.7 million trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. Hitting theaters on April 22, 2010, “Oceans” was the third highest grossing feature-length nature film in history. Its “See ‘Oceans,’ Save Oceans” initiative helped establish 40,000 acres of marine protected area in The Bahamas, preserving essential coral reefs. Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife documentary filmmaking, producing 13 True-Life Adventure motion pictures between 1949 and 1960, which earned eight Academy Awards®. For more information about Disneynature, check out like us on Facebook:, and follow us on Twitter: For more information about the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, please visit

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