The Diary of a Nouveau Soccer Mom

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Home {Giveaway}

Have you been following us with our Home road trip this summer?  It's been awesome and we all love the alien Oh! He's simply too cute and the kids have been having lots of fun with their squishy Oh toys.  This week, we have a copy of the movie to give away to one of our readers.
Celebrate family, friendship and fun in the surprise smash comedy hit of the year from the creators of How To Train Your Dragon and Shrek! In DreamWorks Animation's HOME, Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet meets a girl named Tip. The two unlikely friends embark on the greatest journey of all time...the journey HOME.
Doesn't it seem perfect for a family movie night? Faith & Ben really enjoyed it and we need to watch it again soon.

Before we get to the giveaway, we have lots of cute printables to help you have a whole family movie experience.  Just click on the photos below and they'll pop up into a printable sized version.

Ready to enter?  Just use the Rafflecopter below and tell me where your summer road trip is taking you!  For extra entries, you can tweet about the giveaway too.

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Disclosure: The goodies in this post, including the iPad Air and digital copy of Home, were provided to me as part of my relationship with Fox Home Entertainment Insiders. All opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Perfect Date Night with The Longest Ride

What's your perfect date night?  Right now, ours is centered around the idea that we live in the same state again!  After deployment, then him having to move ahead of the rest of us due to job contracts, it's really nice all being in one house.  And since we're getting set to drop the kids off at slipway camp, we plan on enjoying a week of date nights--grilling, hikes with the puppy dog, and dinner with our best friends from Dallas who will be in Seattle next week while *their* kids are at camp too.

Thanks to our friends at Fox Home Insiders, we're also set for a movie date night at home, so snuggled up on the couch with the puppy dog while we watch The Longest Ride. They sent us a “The Longest Ride Perfect Movie Date Night Tote” that included all of the items to have a romantic date night, including:
  • A copy of The Longest Ride on Blu-ray 
  • Orville Redenbacher Popcorn 
  • Kernel Seasonings (To spice up your popcorn) 
  • Chex Mix
  • Autographed copy of The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
You can also pick up all these items at Target by ordering online and selecting pick-up inshore.  Don't forget to use their Cartwheel app for more coupons too!

And no one does romantic date night movies, quite like Nicholas Sparks does.  Check out the preview clip for The Longest Ride:


We're looking forward to our relaxing (hopefully) week together, especially the date nights!  Check back next week for our recap, and enjoy your own adventure.

Disclosure: This information, along with a copy of The Longest Ride, the date night basket,  and other goodies, was provided to me as part of my relationship with Fox Home Entertainment Insiders. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery Blu-ray {Giveaway}

Who doesn't love Scooby Doo? My brother and I watched it as kids and I love that there are still episodes for my own kids to watch. This time, it's even guest-starring Kiss, which only makes it much more fun for me to watch with the kids.
Get ready to Rock! Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang team up with the one and only KISS in this all-new, out-of-this-world adventure! We join the Gang at Kiss World – the all-things-Kiss theme park, as they investigate a series of strange hauntings. With help from Kiss, they discover that the Crimson Witch has returned to summon The Destroyer from the alternate dimension of Kissteria! The evil duos ghastly plan, to destroy the earth! Can the Gang's cunning and Kiss's power of rock save the day?! Tune in to this Rock and Roll Mystery for some thunderous, heavy FUN!
Check out the soundboard below for all your favorite Scooby Doo quotes!

Or download your own Kiss mask to color and make it a family craft and movie night!

Want to win a copy of Scooby-Doo and Kiss: Rock & Roll Mystery on Blu-ray?  Use the Rafflecopter to leave me a comment telling me your favorite Scooby-Doo quote!  Use the soundboard above if you need a hand picking just one.

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Disclosure: This giveaway was provided via my relationship with BlogLuv, all opinions are my own. Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Blu-ray Scooby-Doo and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Our 4th of July Weekend #HomeRoadtrip

For the 4th of July weekend, we opted for a staycation instead of a vacation.  Since we just moved to Washington, staying in our local area wasn't too big a deal.  We have so many things we'd like to see, so we could be busy for days on end checking out the museums, the parks, even the Sound (my kids have never lived near water before).

We planned a special Home Road Trip, thanks to Fox Home Insiders, and took Oh along with us as we went to explore our new home.  Check out our earlier post to see all the cool goodies Fox sent to help us plan what to do.

What did we do?
  • Check out the waterpark & amusement park close to our house 
  • Go book shopping since we have one of my favorite bookstores nearby
  • Go to the Fourth of July parade and festival in our little town
  • Take Dante-dog to the beach at Puget Sound and see if he would go in the water

What is still on our list?
  • Several museums that were closed over the holiday weekend
  • More time at the waterpark which is easy since we bought season passes
  • Another book outlet I found online
  • Sight seeing in Seattle

Oh went along with us on our adventure and the kids enjoyed posing him in all sorts of places, though we never did quite get our roller coaster ride photo!

We'll be living here at least another 18 months, so I'm sure we'll get through a lot of our must-do items and we'll definitely be enjoying our Home goodies for a long time to come!

Disclosure: The goodies in this post, including the iPad Air and digital copy of Home, were provided to me as part of my relationship with Fox Home Entertainment Insiders. All opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Get Ready for a #HomeRoadtrip this 4th of July

This weekend, we're getting set for what we are calling our Washington staycation, checking out the sights and sounds of the Sound since the husband has a 4-day weekend.  We've been here about a month now and really want to see more than just the base, the house, and the grocery store.
Now this staycation?  It comes lots of mini-roadtrips to get to all the destinations!  This year, thanks to Fox Home Insiders, we're having a Home-themed staycation, featuring the movie home and the cute alien Oh.

We're all set with our own little squishy Ohs to join us on our trip, plus cool light up headbands, water bottles, bubbles, new straws, and earbuds for the car!

Even more exciting, F&B are going to be able to watch Home on their brand new iPad!  How awesome are our friends at Fox Home Insiders?  We have our digital download code already set up (and a few other movies on my iTunes from other Fox projects to load up too).  They'll be all set to relax and not ask us "Are we there yet?"

We love the digital HD option too.  We get the movies before they're on the shelves and everything is stored on our iPad or Cloud.  So much easier when road tripping and you can update it anytime you have wifi.

Dante even got in on the action and put on his Oh ears for me in exchange for a cookie!  Isn't he the cutest alien doggie ever?  He'll do a bit of road tripping too, we're hoping to check out some of the Washington beaches that are dog-friendly!

What are your 4th of July plans?  Follow along with us on Twitter or Instagram, along with other Fox bloggers, using the hashtags #HomeRoadTrip and #HomeInsiders.

Want to see Home without waiting for the DVD?  You can get it here as digital HD.

Disclosure: The goodies in this post, including the iPad Air and digital copy of Home, were provided to me as part of my relationship with Fox Home Entertainment Insiders. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

The Longest Ride {Giveaway}

What would you do for the love of your life?  The new movie, The Longest Ride, asks that very question!
Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, THE LONGEST RIDE explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.

The husband and I are getting set to celebrate 15 years married in a little over a month (we've been together 19 years now).  And now that we're living in the same state again, we're really loving having some time for an actual date night!  Deployment, then a surprise move where we had to stay behind for my job, was less than enjoyable.  But now?  Same state, same house, kids that have activities or are old enough to stay home once in awhile?  We're making up for lost time.

Would you like to win a copy and enjoy a movie night in with your favorite person? Just use the Rafflecopter below to leave me a comment telling me what your favorite date night is! For extra entries, you can tweet about the giveaway.

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Disclosure: This information, along with a copy of The Longest Ride and other goodies, was provided to me as part of my relationship with Fox Home Entertainment Insiders. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Kids in Need Foundation & Duck Tape Cupcake Design Contest!

The Kids In Need Foundation is a not for profit that provides free school supplies to kids who need them nationwide.  And this year, they are celebrating the 20th birthday of The Kids In Need Foundation with something sweet!

Would you like a chance to win $5000? Just submit your original cupcake-themed design by August 3rd for an upcoming limited edition Duck Tape print, and it might be you!

Check out all the details at!   The site has the template you need to enter, along with lots more information about the contest and the Kids in Need Foundation.  You can also check out the foundation on Facebook to learn more.


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