Giveaway: Win a Copy of The Geek Sweets Cookbook! Ends 01/15/2018


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Yesterday, I introduced you to Geek Sweets: An Adventurer’s Guide to the World of Baking Wizardry and shared a delicious recipe from the cookbook for PB&J Cupcakes. And today, I’m teaming up with my blog pals over at MomStart, Dazzling Daily Deals, Dirty Floor Diaries and Merlot Mommy to give one reader the chance to win a copy for themselves! Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget below:

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Rules, regulations, and other important stuff: Giveaway is open to residents of the continental US, 18+, and ends on January 15th, 2018 at 11:00 PM PST. Void where prohibited. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter, and by entering this giveaway, you completely release Facebook and Twitter. Winner will be chosen through Rafflecopter on January 16th and notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond to our notification email, or a new winner will be chosen in their place. Contest Corner is not responsible for late entries or entries lost due to technical malfunctions. Please see our Privacy Policy and Disclosure for further details on our site’s policies. Sample provided.

Last Minute Christmas Gifts Giveaway – Over $700 in Prizes – Ends 12/31/2017

Last Minute Christmas Gifts Giveaway
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I’m teaming up with my friends over at MomStart, Merlot Mommy and All Mommy Wants to bring you an awesome giveaway to inspire you while you do that last-minute Christmas shopping!

One Grand Prize Winner will win the following:

The Healing Sole
1 pair of The Healing Sole Flip Flops – $99

The Healing Sole was designed with the patient, athlete, mother to be, and industrial worker in mind. After a long day on your feet or an amazing workout, slip on The Healing Sole flip flop to help you recover faster and get ready for your next activity. Dr. Meredith Warner designed these plantar fasciitis flip flops to help people speed up the body’s natural healing process so you can get back to being active. Recovery when you need it on your terms.

Mini Clutch
1 Mother Erth Mini Clutch – $21.99

Mother Erth is a social enterprise which empowers women and reduces plastic pollution through creating zero-waste bags and accessories. Each bag is handwoven by artisan mothers out of factory discarded plastic-aluminum that cannot be recycled – it would otherwise clog up landfills and oceans. No two are exactly alike. By empowering low income mothers to be self sustaining and consumers to become eco-conscious we break the poverty cycle and create a grassroots movement to eliminate plastic waste.

Motorola Talkabout T600 H20
1 Motorola Talkabout T600 H20 Set – ARV $119.99

The Motorola Talkabout T600 H20 two-way radios are ideal for adventures when out of cell phone range. Two-way radios are important for communication and safety. These feature NOAA weather updates and alerts, emergency alerts and the T600 H20 is completely WATERPROOF and FLOATS, so no need to worry if it accidentally falls in the snow bank or puddle. It also comes equipped with a handy water-activated flashlight, which includes a white and red LED (to preserve night vision.) These are great for skiing, camping, boating, fishing, paddling, cruising and water sports!

Learn more by following Motorola Solutions on Facebook and Twitter.

KakeMi 90 Second Cake
1 KakeMi 90 Second Cake – ARV $6.00

KakeMi 90 Second Cakes are an easy and delicious way to make cake from your microwave. It’s the prefect snack, dessert, and activity for kids and busy adults. Icing and sprinkles are always included.

KN Karen Neuburger
1 Pair of Women’s Winter Girlfriend Pajamas From KN Karen Neuburger – Style May Vary
ARV $68

Snuggle up this holiday season with cozy pajamas from KN Karen Neuburger, perfect for being cute and cozy on Christmas morning! Pick up a set at Bon Ton today!

Revvin’ Up the Reindeer
1 Copy of Brady Rymer, Revvin’ Up the Reindeer – ARV$10

Following eight albums and three Grammy nominations in the Children’s genre, Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could introduce Revvin’ Up the Reindeer, a holiday album for the whole family. 13 original tunes celebrate the loving, festive jumble of the season: caroling harmonies, brass and bells inflect the band’s roots-y, feel-good sound, recalling beloved Christmas standards yet distinctively fresh and new. The title track is a 50′s rock ‘n’ roll romp, imagining Santa with a souped-up sleigh; lyrical accordion embellishes the Klezmer-inspired ”Rainbow Candles”; the hopeful sing-a-long ”Christmas Wishes” radiates with a lush, Motown treatment, and the band rings out the old and swings in the new in raucous, Dixieland jazz fashion with ”Baby New Year.” Whispers of holiday standards weave cleverly throughout, conjuring up the magic of the holiday season. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, Revvin’ Up the Reindeer will be your new “Holiday Jam!”
The album is widely available now via Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and other musical sources.

Lullaby Girl
1 Copy of Lisa Loeb, Lullaby Girl – ARV $12.99

Pull up the covers and relax with Lisa Loeb and a world-class quartet led by keyboardist Larry Goldings. An Amazon Originals release, Lullaby Girl offers fresh and dreamy arrangements of classic songs from a variety of genres. Lisa’s distinctive voice adds intimacy and expression to these familiar melodies. Lullaby Girl is an album for insomniacs. Lisa’s performance reminds us of why songs like “Be My Baby,” “All the Pretty Little Horses,” “Dream a Little Dream,” “What the World Needs Now Is Love” and “Oooh Child” remain classics. Lisa’s original songs “Close Your Eyes” and “Lullaby Girl” flows right in with the pristine arrangements of tunes like Brian Wilson’s “In My Room” and Annie’s“Tomorrow.” Get the album on Amazon now!

Songs from the Monkey House
1 Copy of Jack Forman, Songs from the Monkey House – $12.99

Jack Forman is the GRAMMY-nominated host of “Live From the Monkey House” on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live, and a member of the acclaimed Seattle family band Recess Monkey. This award-winning collection of 12 songs is his first solo musical endeavor, stitching together hilarious ideas from phone calls with kids with the same high energy excitement for kids that Jack brings to the air coast to coast each afternoon. Get this Amazon Original here!

Songs of Peace and Love
1 Copy of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Songs of PEACE & LOVE for Parents and Kids Around the World – $13.44

This 2018 GRAMMY nominee for Best Children’s Album is a collection of songs with a message for parents, their children, and of course everyone else to share and enjoy during these trying times. The members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo say “with our new children’s album, we want to share our songs of peace and love with the little ones. We want parents to have a collection of songs with a positive message to listen to with their kids. We know first hand how hard it is to raise children in a world of conflict, in a world where kids need positive role models and words of encouragement. We hope our songs can be an important part of the lessons of peace and love that all parents want to fill their children with.” Click here to get the album on Amazon!

And FOUR lucky Runner-Ups will each win a pair of The Healing Sole flip flops!

The Healing Sole

To Enter:

Enter this giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below. Giveaway ends on December 31st, 2017 at 11:00 PM PST. Giveaway is open to residents of the continental US, 18 years of age or older – sorry, no PO boxes. Please see widget for full details, and click here to read MomStart’s giveaway rules.

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Win EVERY Item in Contest Corner’s Holiday Gift Guide! Massive Giveaway Ends 12/31/17

Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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Welcome to the largest Contest Corner Holiday Gift Guide giveaway ever! To celebrate the launch of our 9th Annual Holiday Gift Guide for 2017, we are hosting a huge giveaway where one very lucky Contest Corner reader will win one of EVERYTHING listed in the Gift Guide! That’s over 38 gifts for the whole family worth a whopping $1,440.79, and one person will win it all!!

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter and read the official rules, then scroll down to see the full list of awesome prizes!

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Glasstic Water Bottle
1 Glasstic Water Bottle – ARV $20

Mrs. Renfro’s Salsa
Winner’s choice of 4 Mrs. Renfro’s Salsas – ARV $25

TimerCap
1 TimerCap – ARV $4.99

The Boy Who Lived In Pudding Lane
1 copy of The Boy Who Lived in Pudding Lane by Sarah Addington – ARV $22.95

Card Caddy
1 Card Caddy – ARV $5.99

The Booklovers' Guide to Wine
1 copy of The Booklovers’ Guide to Wine – ARV $19.95

Utter Nonsense! Naughty Edition
1 copy of Utter Nonsense! Naughty Edition – ARV $24.99

Pop for Sight Words™ Game
1 copy of Pop for Sight Words™ Game – ARV $10.99

ZIPIT’s Christmas Mini Pouch
1 ZIPIT’s Christmas Mini Pouch (Style will vary) – ARV $5.99

Dog Gone Breath
1 60-count bottle of Dog Gone Breath – ARV $19.99

MisterBurlap™ Pocket Square
1 MisterBurlap™ Pocket Square in winner’s choice of color – ARV $14.95

Skin Resource.MD Men's Skin Care Kit
1 Men’s Skin Care Kit From Skin Resource.MD – ARV $49

Fix It Acne Kit
1 Fix It Acne Kit From Skin Resource.MD – ARV $49

Instant Gratification Kit
1 Instant Gratification Kit From Skin Resource.MD – ARV $98

Baobab Skin Correction Facial Cream
1 jar of Baobab Skin Correction Facial Cream – ARV $49

Visibly Moist Toner
1 Visibly Moist Toner – ARV $18

Crystal Clarity Microdermabrasion Creme
1 Crystal Clarity Microdermabrasion Creme – ARV $20

Solar Defender SPF 30 Sunscreen
1 Solar Defender SPF 30 Sunscreen – ARV $22

Casely iPhone X Case
1 Casely iPhone X Case – ARV $20

JAM Family Pass
JAM Family Pass – includes all JAM courses for up to 4 kids – ARV $240

Natural Calm
1 canister of Natural Calm – ARV $22.95

Clipa 2 Instant Bag Hanger
1 Clipa 2 Instant Bag Hanger – ARV $15.99

Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle
1 Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle – ARV $24.95

The Napkin Necklace
1 Napkin Necklace – ARV $19.99

Cheeky Cheer Holiday Sweater
1 Cheeky Cheer Holiday Sweater – ARV $14.99

Throat Scope
1 Throat Scope – ARV $14.99

Jamber Cup
1 Jamber Cup – ARV $14.99

Marinade in Minutes
3 bottles of Marinade in Minutes – Basque Norte, Carne Asada & Korean BBQ – ARV $8.97

KakeMi 90 Second Cake
1 KakeMi 90 Second Cake – ARV $6

90 Proof
4 90 Proof Air Fresheners (Styles will vary) – ARV $6.99

Post Shields
Post Shields $15 Electronic Gift Card

Integrity Chef Cold Brew Coffee Maker
1 Integrity Chef Cold Brew Coffee Maker – ARV $29.97

The Airhook
1 Airhook – ARV $27.95

Soakees Foot Soaking Booties
1 Pair of Soakees Foot Soaking Booties – ARV $19.95

Wiivv Custom Insoles
1 Digital Gift Card to Create a Pair of Wiivv Custom Insoles – ARV $79

The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions
1 copy of The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions by Tracey Hecht – ARV $8.93

The LEGO NINJAGO Movie
1 copy of The LEGO NINJAGO Movie 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack – ARV $44.95

Show Me the Green!
1 copy of Show Me the Green! by D.S. Venetta – ARV $12.99

Abatons Animals
1 Abatons Animals Blind Bag – ARV $2.99

BaseballOpener
1 BaseballOpener – ARV $17

Sip & Share
1 Sip & Share: A Fun Way to be Nosey Game – ARV $20

Crazy Loops
1 pair of Crazy Loops – ARV $3.99

GuruNanda Misti Diffuser and Rosewater
1 GuruNanda Misti Diffuser and Rosewater – ARV $25.99

Treatibles
1 bag of Treatibles Dog Chews – ARV $32

Jackson Poop Pick-Up Pouch
1 Jackson Poop Pick-Up Pouch – ARV $21.50

PET DINETTE & Leash
1 PET DINETTE & Leash – ARV $29.99

Puppy Kisses
1 Puppy Kisses Bow Tie – Style/Size May Vary – ARV $9.00

ActivMotion Bar
1 6-LB ActivMotion Bar – ARV $119.99

Earthstone
Assortment of Earthstone Cleaning/Sanding Products – ARV approximately $28.00

Rules, regulations, and other important stuff: Giveaway is open to residents of the continental US, 18+, and ends on December 31st, 2017 at 11:00 PM PST. Void where prohibited. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter, and by entering this giveaway, you completely release Facebook and Twitter. Winner will be chosen through Rafflecopter on January 2nd and notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond to our notification email, or a new winner will be chosen in their place. Each sponsor will mail their prize to winner separately within two weeks of receiving winner’s address from Contest Corner; winner will be provided with contact information for each sponsor so that they may contact them with any questions or issues regarding shipment. Contest Corner is not responsible for late entries or entries lost due to technical malfunctions. Please see our Privacy Policy and Disclosure for further details on our site’s policies. Samples have been provided.

Giveaway: Get Organized With YouCopia! Ends 06/25/17

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I’ve been working on a lot of Spring cleaning projects this year as I gear up for a big summer garage sale. One that has been on my list for a very long time is re-organizing the kitchen cabinets. We emptied everything out of the kitchen when we completely re-painted it in 2013, and right before we were finished painting, I left the state to go on a press trip. Jai surprised me by finishing the whole thing by himself and putting the kitchen back together while I was gone, because he is an amazing man! What a relief it was not to come home to a torn up kitchen on top of a huge workload! However, I had intended to go through and get rid of some things and set up a better organizational system before putting the kitchen items away, since we had all this new space created after the remodel from the new cupboards Jai had built. It’s been on my list ever since to go through and get it “Properly” set up, but with my crazy work schedule and traveling constantly, it just never got done. So when I had the opportunity to review a few products from YouCopia, I thought this would be the perfect time to dig in and do some re-organizing in my kitchen cupboards!

YouCopia

YouCopia make clever organizing solutions for the home. I received the StoreMore Bakeware Rack, the StoreMore Lid Holder, and the Drawer StoraStack. These racks and storage units are built with the aim of consolidating common kitchen items to create more space. Sounds good to me!!

Although all three storage sets come flat with some basic assembly required, they fit together pretty much instantly so there’s not much legwork required to get them ready to go. The real work came when it was time to clear out the cabinet and re-organize what was in there…

Kitchen cabinet before
Tupperware cabinet before

I know, I know, it was a wreck. Don’t judge me too hard! ;) I put everything into boxes, gave the cabinet a nice deep-cleaning, and tossed some old items I didn’t need. I then began the process of putting everything back in, using my YouCopia set as a template for where things should go. I started with the Drawer StoraStack for plastic containers, which I actually opted to put in the cabinet although it is meant for use in a drawer. That’s because I have way too much Tupperware to fit into just one drawer…

Drawer StoraStack in cabinet

Holy Tupperware, Batman!! I never realized exactly how many plastic containers I had until this moment. I would probably need at least 3 Drawer StoraStacks to fit all my pieces, and even at that, I have some crazy-large plastic containers that I think defy storage racks! However, this was a great focal point to organize all the containers around. I love that it has slots to fit the lids, since those are usually the most fussy pieces that end up getting lost and disorganized. I had a bit of a hard time getting the square containers to hook onto the StoraStack clips – I’m not sure if I placed them wrong or if the size is off, but it works fine for generally keeping things in place, if not locked in. It wouldn’t make much difference regardless, since there’s so much Tupperware around it, anyway! ;) StoraStack would easily contain the Tupperware collection of a college student, or other sane person with a kitchen. I appreciate the hand it’s given me and will be generous in sending leftovers home in plastic containers with future dinner guests! ;)

StoreMore Bakeware Rack

Next up was the StoreMore Bakeware Rack, which was very straightforward. This gives you a handy place to hold bakeware, and I particularly like it for the cooling racks, since those always seem the most cumbersome to stack on top of each other – having a holder keeps them firmly in place instead of sliding around.

StoreMore Lid Holder

Finally, we have the StoreMore Lid Holder. This is a nice place to put your miscellany lids, and was also the perfect size to hold one of my foldable colanders.

Here’s what the cabinet looks like now:

Kitchen cabinets after

Much better! These YouCopia racks gave me some new ideas and provided a nice backbone from which I can organize the rest of the cabinet. Another Spring cleaning victory!

Giveaway Time!

To help with your Spring cleaning goals, YouCopia are hosting a special giveaway for Contest Corner readers! One lucky winner will receive any YouCopia product of their choice, up to a value of $40! This giveaway ends on June 25th, 2017, and is being administered by YouCopia – please see the widget below for full giveaway rules and to enter:

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$50 NOVICA Gift Certificate Giveaway – Ends 11/30

Holiday Gift Guide 2016
Gifts For Adults

NOVICA
Gift code provided.

For the 6th consecutive year, I am proud to bring you a wonderful giveaway from one of my favorite online retailers: One lucky Contest Corner reader will win a $50 gift code to NOVICA, so read on!

If you’ve read Contest Corner for very long, then you are already familiar with NOVICA. NOVICA works in association with National Geographic, bringing their customers fabulous handmade products from around the globe. NOVICA’s mission is to bring its artisans fair prices and also help facilitate microfinance artisan loans.

In addition to making for many wonderful gifts, the items I’ve picked up from NOVICA have become a part of my daily life. Just yesterday, I used my leather serving tray from NOVICA to take my homemade bread over to Grandma’s house for our family Thanksgiving. That was the first item I ever reviewed from them back in 2010! I also use my soap dish daily, and was lounging in our hammock earlier in the week. When an item is beautiful, practical, and lasts for years, you know you’ve found a great place to shop!

So for 2016′s haul, I picked up a few items to fill out my Christmas list. I’m almost done with my shopping this year and I’m so proud to be ahead of the curve! ;)

Joyous Owls

These Artisan Crafted Recycled Joyous Owls Paper Ornaments are just the cutest!

Antiqued Brass Horse Coat Rack

I was also charmed by this Antiqued Brass Horse Coat Rack. Both of these items will make perfect Christmas gifts, and even better, they come with free gift wrap so that all I have to do when they get here is stick them under the tree. The holidays just got a whole lot easier!! See for yourself why I love it by visiting NOVICA.com.

Giveaway Time!

One lucky Contest Corner reader will win a $50 gift certificate to NOVICA! Gift certificate will be delivered via email and expires on January 31st, 2017. Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below:

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Rules, regulations, and other important stuff: Giveaway is open residents of the continental US, 18+, and ends on November 30th, 2016 at 11:00 PM PST. Winner will be chosen through Rafflecopter on December 1st and notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond to our notification email, or a new winner will be chosen in their place. Void where prohibited. Contest Corner is not responsible for late entries or entries lost due to technical malfunctions. Please see our Privacy Policy and Disclosure for further details on our site’s policies. Sample was provided for review.

UNICEF Market $50 Gift Certificate Giveaway – Ends 11/30

Holiday Gift Guide 2016
Gifts For Adults

UNICEF Market

Gift code provided.

Welcome to Contest Corner’s 8th annual Holiday Gift Guide! Every year, we provide you with a chance to win great holiday gifts for the people on your list. And to start us off for 2016, one lucky Contest Corner reader will win a $50 gift certificate to UNICEF Market!

I’ve featured NOVICA as a gift guide pick several times in the past, so I’m excited to announce their latest partnership with UNICEF to create UNICEF Market. This online marketplace brings customers the best in handcrafted goods from all over the globe, with part of the proceeds going both to the artisans and to UNICEF. A beautiful gift that gives back – that is something that truly fits with the holiday spirit!

Maroon Cotton Blend Cosmetic Cases

I had the opportunity to kick start my holiday shopping at UNICEF Market, and I was spoiled for choice. I decided to pick up a set of these lovely Maroon Cotton Blend Cosmetic Cases from Thailand, as they will be perfect for someone special on my list. Each product page notes what lifesaving supplies can be provided with the purchase price – these cosmetic cases can provide the equivalent of 57 sachets of oral rehydration salts to help children combat dehydration and diarrhea.

Jewelry Travel Roll

I also picked up one of these beautiful Jewelry Travel Rolls, which will be just the thing for a special lady I know that makes her own jewelry. This purchase can provide the equivalent of 12 doses of measles vaccine to children in need. There are a plethora of items for everyone on your list at UNICEF Market, so it’s the perfect place to start your holiday shopping off right!

Curate & Win

Want to enter to win the trip of a lifetime while you take care of your holiday shopping? Through December 31st, you can create a custom curation of items on UNICEF Market as an entry into their sweepstakes to win a trip to Peru – click here to learn more and enter. And you can also click here to check out my 2016 Holiday Gift Guide collection!

Giveaway Time!

One lucky Contest Corner reader will win a $50 gift certificate to UNICEF Market! Gift certificate will be supplied as a code via email to the winner, and will be valid through December 31st, 2016. Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below:

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Rules, regulations, and other important stuff: Giveaway is open residents of the continental US, 18+, and ends on November 30th, 2016 at 11:00 PM PST. Winner will be chosen through Rafflecopter on December 1st and notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond to our notification email, or a new winner will be chosen in their place. Void where prohibited. Contest Corner is not responsible for late entries or entries lost due to technical malfunctions. Please see our Privacy Policy and Disclosure for further details on our site’s policies. Sample was provided for review.

Interview With Angry Birds Producer John Cohen + Ticket Giveaway!

The Angry Birds Movie

Everyone’s favorite smartphone game has now become America’s #1 family film as The Angry Birds Movie continues to delight moviegoers. Last week, I had a chance to chat with the film’s producer, John Cohen, about the process of bringing this story to life as a film.

Beeb Ashcroft: You’ve got a unique challenge with something that is video game-based, and especially something that is a smartphone game, it’s such a new concept – how do you translate something like that into a movie?

John Cohen: That is what excited me the most about this as a possible movie. The Angry Birds games have been downloaded now, I think, 3 and a half billion times. It’s so crazy. And that’s a lot of people that know the games, have played the games, love the game. And when you have a property of that size, with that kind of connection with families and with people in the world, it’s normally something like a book property, like Harry Potter, for example. Every single detail in Harry Potter is beautifully spelled out for you. The names of every character, every prop, every location, and if you’re lucky enough to be a part of translating something like Harry Potter into a movie, you are just carefully translating someone else’s vision, and trying to bring that to life and not mess it up. With something like Angry Birds, we have all of the great value of the connection and the awareness of the property, but not a lot had been defined. There are of course some characters that are popular from the game, they have unique abilities: They use the slingshot because they’re going up against these dumb green piggies who have stolen their eggs. Beyond a few core things, it was really a blank slate. And so, the process of translating that into a movie, we approached more from the perspective of other movies that I’ve been a part of – as an example, like Despicable Me, or the Ice Age movies, where we’re telling an original story of how that strange conflict came to exist between these flightless birds and these green piggies. And so it was such a cool opportunity to be able to tell an original story, but have it be something that everyone in the world knows.

Beeb Ashcroft: That’s a cool way to look at, because you’re right – we all know it, but it’s still a blank slate to be projected on. This movie also has such a hilarious voice cast, and I’ve got to imagine that must have been crucial bringing the story to life. How did you decide who to get on board?

John Cohen: Oh my gosh, we were so lucky to get all of our first choices. All the people that are just the funniest, funniest people in the world. And, when you’re doing something in animation, [for] an actor performing is a very unusual experience for them. Because you’re really stripped of all of the tools that you have in your bag of tricks as an actor to really perform. If you think about it, an actor comes in, and she or he is in a recording booth, alone, without any other actors, with only their voice, and without any costumes, without any sets, and it’s a pretty abnormal environment. So, the best way to get spontaneous feeling, really organic, natural performances from actors is if they are great improvisational comedians. And, all of the actors that we have in the movies have that fantastic ability. When you see someone like Kate McKinnon come in and read her script and her lines, or Jason Sudeikis or Josh Gad, and they already have good lines because we had a good script, and they take those lines and they come up with new ideas and they make them even funnier, and really get to know their characters and are able to bring those characters to life through just their voices.

Beeb Ashcroft: So you encouraged improvisation for this film?

John Cohen: Yes. I think it’s an important thing to do, it’s an important part of animation, especially when you have people who are this talented, not only as vocal performers, but as improvisational comedians and writers. Each actor is contributing a lot in their role.

Beeb Ashcroft: Right, and I noticed there’s a lot of SNL alumni on there – that makes total sense to me, because they have that gift to come up with just such amazing stuff on the spot.

John Cohen: Oh, my gosh. The recording sessions are like you’re watching a comedy show. We come out of the recording sessions and for an actor, because they’re alone at a microphone, it can be exhausting. It can be a very tiring session because again, they’re not sharing the spotlight with anyone else. They are just on, for hours at a time. And for us, we leave a recording session, and we’re wheezing because we’re laughing so hard. And so, it is a great joy to come back into editorial and be able to pick the best line among, sometimes, dozens of great options for a line, and so it’s a lot of fun.

Beeb Ashcroft: Oh, I can only imagine! Going back to what you were saying earlier about how this game obviously has an all-ages appeal, another thing I think about having a cast like this is the movie itself can appeal to anybody. Did you think that was important, that parents could enjoy this with their kids and it wouldn’t just be a kiddie movie?

John Cohen: It is so important. You know, as we’ve made the movie, we were always looking at it through the lens of the entire family. And wanted to find comedy that we knew kids would love, but also wanted to find comedy that we laughed at and we found genuinely funny. You spend a long time – months and months and months – in a small group of our core team: Our directors, my producing partners, Catherine Winder, Mikael Hed and David Maisel, our editors, Kent Beyda and Ally Garrett, and we all sat around and we would laugh at the movie and these scenes every day, and we thought it was hilarious. But when we started to show it to audiences, and we had families in a packed theater and we heard the same reaction now from hundreds of people, that is always the most satisfying part of the process. All of a sudden, the movie takes on a life of its own and you hear laughter from beginning to end. What I’m so proud of with this movie is that [it is] not only funny. I think audiences and so many parents have said this to me – friends of mine, and even just anecdotal conversations, that they’re so pleasantly surprised that the movie is emotional too. And that they make an emotional connection to these characters and feel that heartwarming quality, especially at the end.

The Angry Birds Movie is now playing in theaters nationwide.

Giveaway Time!

Fandango

To help you beat the summer heat, Rovio and Fandango are giving away a family four-pack of tickets to see The Angry Birds Movie! The winner will receive two Fandango codes, good for two tickets each, for a total maximum value of $35. Giveaway ends June 15th, 2016 at 11:00 PM PST – use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter:

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Rules, regulations, and other important stuff: Giveaway is open residents of the United States, 18+, and ends on June 15th, 2016 at 11:00 PM PST. Winner will be chosen through Rafflecopter on June 16th and notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond to our notification email, or a new winner will be chosen in their place. Void where prohibited. Contest Corner is not responsible for late entries or entries lost due to technical malfunctions. Please see our Privacy Policy and Disclosure for further details on our site’s policies.

NOVICA $50 Gift Certificate Giveaway – Ends 11/30

Gifts For Adults

Holiday Gift Guide 2015

NOVICA
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I’ve been a fan of NOVICA for over 5 years now, so I’m very pleased to be including them in this year’s Gift Guide once again. One lucky Contest Corner reader will win a $50 gift code to NOVICA, so read on!

If you haven’t yet been introduced to NOVICA, allow me to give you a brief overview: NOVICA works with National Geographic to provide handcrafted products from all over the globe. Their goal is to provide fair prices to the artisans creating these products and further support their businesses by also providing 0% finance loans in association with Kiva. Every product listed on NOVICA has an “About The Artist” section, which is also included in a storycard shipped with every product.

Back in 2010, I picked up a leather tray from NOVICA that I have been using ever since. In fact, I was just using it as a photo prop a few weeks back when I made a swirled chocolate pound cake recipe for MomStart!

Swirled Chocolate Pound Cake

In 2013, I got a set of 6 martini glasses that I gave as a wedding present. They were a hit – in fact, I ended up using them to serve Lemon Drop Martinis during the bachelorette party that I hosted for the bride-to-be!

Lemon Drop Martini

Over the years, I’ve snagged some other fun items from NOVICA such as a hammock and the soap dish that is in my bathroom. Knowing how I’ve enjoyed these items over the years and what great gifts they have made, I was excited to do some Christmas shopping from them this year!

Cotton handbag, 'Akha Life'Tie Dye Scarf, 'Mottled Black'

This time around, I got two Christmas presents for someone special on my list: This Cotton handbag, ‘Akha Life’ and this Tie Dye Scarf in Mottled Black. They will be perfect for the person I have in mind, and they even come with free gift wrap and a personalized gift message card, meaning they will be ready to gift as soon as they arrive at my door! It doesn’t get better than that for holiday shopping!

With products ranging from Men’s Bracelets to Amethyst Rings, Chandelier Earrings and Ponchos, there is something for everyone on your list. Click here to check out their new arrivals, and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.

Giveaway Time!

One lucky Contest Corner reader will win a $50 Gift Certificate to NOVICA! The gift certificate may be applied to both product and shipping. Gift certificate will be supplied as a code via email to the winner, and will be valid through December 31st, 2015. Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below:

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Rules, regulations, and other important stuff: Giveaway is open residents of the continental US, 18+, and ends on November 30th, 2015 at 11:00 PM PST. Winner will be chosen through Rafflecopter on December 1st and notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond to our notification email, or a new winner will be chosen in their place. Void where prohibited. Contest Corner is not responsible for late entries or entries lost due to technical malfunctions. Please see our Privacy Policy and Disclosure for further details on our site’s policies. Sample was provided for review.

History’s First Coffee Blend Giveaway – Ends 11/30

Gifts For Adults

Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Coffee beans

Sample provided.

It’s that time again: We’re kicking off this year’s Holiday Gift Guide! One lucky Contest Corner reader will win a History’s First Coffee Blend set, so read on!

I’m a fan of the World Vision Gift Catalog. I’ve featured their wares on here before, so I’m pleased to bring your attention to the 2015 World Vision Gift Catalog, which features 250 socially-responsible products in all types and price ranges that help to make the world a better place.

History’s First Coffee Blend

My favorite this year is History’s First Coffee Blend, a fair trade, organic blend of coffee with notes of chocolate and citrus sourced from Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and Sumatra Permata Gayo farmers. With your donation of $75, you receive a 16 oz bag of this coffee packaged in a pretty African bag with an Olivewood scoop. This coffee is fantastic – it’s a late night, so I’m actually enjoying a cup as I drink this! – and it would be a fantastic gift for any coffee lover on your list. Not only does your recipient get to enjoy this wonderful set, but also the knowledge that this gift is helping to improve lives.

Check out the World Vision Gift Catalog for all your gifting needs, and be sure to learn more about their work by following World Vision on Facebook and on Twitter at @WorldVisionNews and @WorldVisionUSA.

Giveaway Time!

One lucky Contest Corner reader will win the History’s First Coffee Blend set from the 2015 World Vision Gift Catalog! Enter through the Rafflecopter widget below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Rules, regulations, and other important stuff: Giveaway is open residents of the continental US, 18+, and ends on November 30th, 2015 at 11:00 PM PST. Winner will be chosen through Rafflecopter on December 1st and notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond to our notification email, or a new winner will be chosen in their place. Void where prohibited. Contest Corner is not responsible for late entries or entries lost due to technical malfunctions. Please see our Privacy Policy and Disclosure for further details on our site’s policies. Sample was provided for review.

Kushyfoot Spring Collection Giveaway – Ends 4/30

Kushyfoot Spring Collection

Samples provided.

It’s no secret how much I love Kushyfoot. I wear their socks constantly – they have become a must-have for my professional wardrobe, as their foot covers are truly a foot saver underneath my business shoes. From keeping my feet clean while walking through airport security, to keeping the back of my heels from being rubbed raw after a long day on my feet at press events, Kushyfoot are the cute and practical sock every business traveler needs. I’ve worn my favorite pair so much that they started to get a hole, so I had recently added “Kushyfoot” to my shopping list. So what better timing to find out about Kushyfoot’s new product line for Spring!

Kushyfoot New Products

The new Peep Toe and Lace Top Toe Covers are just thing for open toed shoes, while the Foot Cover with Cotton Sole is another great take on my classic “Business shoe” staple. Psst…I’m actually writing this from a train on my way to Seattle, and I’m wearing them as we speak!

Another staple for this business trip was the Extreme Low Cut Foot Covers, which have a pretty lace-style pattern. The Ultra Low Cut Foot Covers are also a popular product, although I personally tend to find them to be too tight for my feet.

I’m also really loving the Athletic Cushioned Foot Covers, which actually work great with my dress shoes because of the cut. They’re thick enough to be very comfy and give my feet padding during long days, without being too thick to fit inside my shoes. Love it!!

Also new is the Knee High With Cotton Sole, a sheer sock with a nice massaging sole. I accessorized it with a casual dress last weekend! I also really like the Sheer Anklet. My Spring wardrobe is off to a great start thanks to Kushyfoot!

Get the latest looks from Kushyfoot by following them on Facebook and Twitter.

Giveaway Time!

One lucky Contest Corner reader will win the following products from Kushyfoot: Peep Toe Foot Covers, Lace Top Toe Covers, Athletic Cushioned Foot Covers, Ultra Low Cut Foot Covers, Extreme Low Cut Foot Covers, Foot Cover with Cotton Sole, Knee High With Cotton Sole, and Sheer Anklet. Substitutions unlikely, but may apply. Enter this giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Rules, regulations, and other important stuff: Giveaway is open residents of the continental US, 18+, and ends on April 30th, 2014 at 11:00 PM PST. Winner will be chosen through Rafflecopter the following day and notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond to our notification email, or a new winner will be chosen in their place. Void where prohibited. Contest Corner is not responsible for late entries or entries lost due to technical malfunctions. Please see our Privacy Policy and Disclosure for further details on our site’s policies. Sample was provided for review.