Own LIFE OF THE PARTY on Blu-ray TODAY + Reader Giveaway

Anyone else a Melissa McCarthy fan? I have been since watching her as Sookie on Gilmore Girls – she is so funny! Now you have the opportunity to pack your bags and head to college along with her by picking up LIFE OF THE PARTY on both Blu-ray and Digital right now!

About the Movie:

When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna (McCarthy) turns regret into re-set by going back to college…landing in the same class and school as her daughter, who’s not entirely sold on the idea. Plunging headlong into the campus experience, the increasingly outspoken Deanna—now Dee Rock—embraces freedom, fun and frat boys on her own terms, finding her true self in a senior year no one ever expected.

Alongside McCarthy, the film also stars Gillian Jacobs, Maya Rudolph, Julie Bowen, Matt Walsh, Molly Gordon, with Stephen Root, and Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver, Jessie Ennis, Adria Arjona, Debby Ryan and Jimmy O. Yang.

 

 

Special features on the LIFE OF THE PARTY Blu-ray combo pack include:

  • ’80s Party
  • Mom Sandwich
  • Line-O-Rama
  • Bill Hate-O-Rama
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Chic ‘n Savvy reader will receive a LIFE OF THE PARTY Blu-ray combo pack. To enter, just complete the form below by 11:59 pm ET on 8/20/18. Good luck!

Life of the Party Blu-ray Giveaway

Save on Summer Cookout Essentials with #SamsGrillAndChill + Sam’s Plus Membership Gift Card Giveaway

Summer cookouts are the best, aren’t they? I just love enjoying some ice cold beverages on a warm summer day and grilling up some burgers and hot dogs. Just in time for summer, Sam’s Club is offering great prices on summer cookout essentials for their members!

#SamsGrillAndChill Deals

Check out this list of #SamsGrillAndChill deals for a glimpse at just some of the products available:


And don’t forget to check your Valpak envelope to see the great member prices on other summer cookout essentials from Sam’s Club!


Sam’s Plus Membership Gift Card Giveaway

If you’re not already a Sam’s Club member, here’s a great opportunity for you! Enter the #SamsGrillAndChill giveaway for a chance to win one of ten (10) $100 Sam’s Plus membership gift cards. Good luck!

Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor Review + Reader Giveaway

Baby monitors have certainly come a long way since I had my son nine years ago! Back then I used an audio monitor that frankly didn’t work all that well. I didn’t find much use for it, so I didn’t use a monitor at all for kids #2, #3, and #4. But when kid #5 made her appearance late last year I knew I wanted to give a video monitor a try this time around so I could keep tabs on her while I was occupied with her siblings.

So I was thrilled to try out the new easy to use and secure Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor. I’m telling you, if you want a video monitor with all the bells and whistles, this is the one! This product is the first video baby monitor to use DECT technology, providing an independent closed network for up to 1500 feet of secure, interference-free range.

Aside from the extra-long range, other features include long battery life, clear night mode, pan/tilt/zoom, 2-way talk, noise reduction, lullaby and white noise and sensors + alerts for motion and room temperature.

Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor Features

This baby monitor is definitely an upgrade from baby monitors used in the “olden days” and even recent models! Key features include:

Experience Extra-Long Range
Powered by Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) technology, the video baby monitor extends up to 2x farther than comparable monitors, with interference free up to 1500 feet (more than 4 football fields!).

Enjoy a Longer Battery Life
With a long-lasting battery, you’ll have the confidence to get on with household activities while your baby naps. You can use either A/C power or rechargeable batteries to power the monitor without worrying about the battery going dead. Not to mention, battery life is 13 hours in standby mode (audio on) or 5 hours of continuous operation.

See Clearly at Night
Clear night vision allows you to easily see details, even in a pitch black environment.

Get Peace of Mind with Wide Eye View
Any movements of your baby can be captured remotely from the monitor unit with the pan, tilt and zoom functions – giving you peace of mind.

Talk to Your Baby Anytime
Equipped with a microphone and speaker for 2-way communication, you can talk to your baby by pressing and holding the “TALK” button. Keep your baby happy by talking to him or her while you’re doing chores to feel more confidence because you’re always in touch.

Clear Sound Makes it Easy to Hear What’s Going On
The Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor camera minimizes background noise for clear sound. Babbling, gurgling, crying or just breathing softly – whatever sounds your baby makes, you can always hear them clearly.

Customizable Smart Sensors + Alerts Function
The Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor includes smart sensors and alerts that let you choose what’s right for you and your baby, detecting any changes of conditions in your baby’s room. Motion, temperature and sound sensors are incorporated, with automatic notifications whenever action is required. A chime will sound to notify you, an LED will light and a notification will appear on the monitor screen.

Lullaby and White Noise
Gentle, soothing sound helps calm your baby for deeper, more restful sleep. The built-in sound generator creates a natural listening experience that relaxes babies, lulling them into a deeper and more restful sleep. Panasonic’s Baby Monitor has five types of white noise sound, in addition to lullabies.

My Thoughts

All of the features listed above are really impressive. I found the picture to be very clear and I like that the pan/tilt/zoom function allows you to scan around the room. This could be useful if you wanted to keep tabs on multiple children in the same room.

I also really liked the smart sensors for motion, temperature and sound. Sure, you might not want to know every time your baby moves or makes a noise, but if you do want to you have that option. You can either choose to receive a sound notification as well as have it appear on the screen or just have the screen light up with the notification.

Probably my favorite feature, as silly as it sounds, is the lullaby / white noise option! Setting up this monitor in my baby’s room meant that we could move the sound machine we’ve been using for her somewhere else and turn it on and off without having to enter the room while she’s sleeping and possibly wake her up. I also really liked the 2-way communication where we can talk to her to help her settle back to sleep if need be, or reassure her that we’re on our way.

I tested the range outside while my daughter was napping and found it to be tip-top. We even took a quick stroll around our cul-de-sac and the monitor never lost communication with the receiver.

All in all, I really recommend this unit. If I had one “wish” that could be fulfilled it would be that the receiver unit wouldn’t have to be plugged in to work; a backup battery option would be great. Otherwise it’s a little tricky to place the receiver as it needs to be near an outlet, which could be problematic for overnight stays outside of your home (hotels, other people’s homes, etc.). Still, that’s a small complaint in comparison with all of this monitor’s awesome features.

Where to Buy

The Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor retails for $149.95 and is available to order on Panasonic.com as well as Amazon.com. Please note that it has an estimated ship date of June – July. Now through 5/31/18, use the coupon code P9P3KQZGPQ46 to save $10 when you order directly from Panasonic.com!

Reader Giveaway

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Chic ‘n Savvy reader will win a Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59 pm ET on 6/4/18. Good luck!

Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor Giveaway

Panasonic Long-Range Baby Monitor Review

Save on Crafting and Party Supplies at PaperMart.com + $20 Gift Card Giveaway!

PaperMart.com, the complete packaging supplies store, is giving you a chance to get some high-quality paper products for free! Today (Monday, April 9th) through Sunday, April 15th at 11:59 pm ET, enter to win a $20 PaperMart gift card. You can enter the giveaway by clicking here and submitting your email address at the top of the page. Ten (10) winners will be selected via a lottery drawing and notified on Monday, April 16th via email.

Whether you like to make your wrapped gifts extra special, you’ve got an upcoming party to decorate for, or you’re a small business owner looking for beautiful custom packaging, you’ll want to check out PaperMart.com for high-quality products at affordable prices.

But PaperMart.com doesn’t just sell packaging materials! Case in point: while browsing their website I found these Reusable Bags with a Pocket – aren’t they cute? You could use them as an ecological gift bag, or store them in your vehicle for grocery shopping trips. If you do use them as a gift bag, your recipient gets an EXTRA gift as they can use that bag for toting their own groceries, stashing library books or just about any carrying job.

In addition to this #SaveOnPaperMart giveaway, new customers can get 5% off their first order at PaperMart! Just use the coupon code SAVINGS5 at checkout; some exclusions apply. Offer is valid through 4/30/18.

Shop PaperMart now and enter for your chance to win a $20 PaperMart gift card!

The Story Egg Review – Teach Kids About the Easter Story!

My family and I are Christian, so holidays like Easter take on special meaning for us as we consider the role Jesus played on Resurrection Sunday. So I was very excited to get the chance to try out The Story Egg, a book and activity that helps teach kids about Easter!

The Story Egg takes kids through each day of Holy Week, starting on Palm Sunday and leading up to Easter Sunday. The activity uses seven stacked, hand-crafted wooden nesting Eggs, each with its own corresponding story in an illustrated hardcover book. You can open an egg each day with your children or read the whole thing at once!

The Eggs cover the following days of Holy Week:

  • Palm Sunday
  • House of Prayer Monday
  • Teacher of Love Tuesday
  • Give and Take Wednesday
  • Last Supper Thursday
  • Good Friday
  • Holy Saturday
  • Easter Sunday

Note that there is no corresponding egg for Easter Sunday – that’s because when you open the seventh egg (representing the stone that was rolled in front of the tomb), it’s empty!

We started with our daily readings last night at dinner and my kids (ages 8, 6, 4, and 3) were really interested. I can tell this is going to be a family tradition for years to come!

 

 

Interested? Check out The Story Egg’s website for more information and to order!