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Review and giveaway: “Guess How Much I Love You,” the animated series

UPDATE: The winners are Holly M.,  Tandi C., and Emily A. All winners have been contacted. Thanks to all who entered!

My family recently had the chance to watch Guess How Much I Love You: Hidden Treasure, which is a DVD with  episodes of the animated series from Disney Junior. When I say this is my daughters’ favorite new DVD, I am not exaggerating. Here’s a case in point: on Halloween night, after trick-or-treating for about an hour or so, we usually come home and watch Fall movies like It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, while waiting to give out candy at our door. This Halloween,  instead of movies that matched the theme of the night, all my kids wanted to watch was Guess How Much I Love You, and honestly, I didn’t mind. It’s the sweetest, most innocent cartoon about a family of bunnies and their woodland friends. There is so much in this world that is not innocent and is targeted at my kids; I am wholeheartedly okay with their watching and enjoying the sweet little adventures of  Little Nutbrown Hare and his father.

This series is, of course, based on the classic books written by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram. I remember my mother, who is an educator, remarking once that she really valued Guess How Much I Love You because while so many children’s books involved mothers, this one involved a very present and loving father, which she felt was a good example for kids.

Here’s the official DVD description:

Your little ones will love the animated adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare right up to the moon – and back!  In this fun-filled Disney Junior series inspired by Sam McBratney’s best-selling children’s book, Little Nutbrown Hare, his father and all their forest friends explore the world around them with the same endearing simplicity and love that has made the book series a timeless classic.  This debut single disc release features seven complete episodes in which Hare learns valuable life lessons such as the importance of friendship, learning from mistakes, embracing differences in one another and many more!

This sweet series would make a lovely Christmas present, and it’s on sale right now for $7.96! (Retail price $12.95) I am also thrilled to be able to give three copies of Guess How Much I Love You: Hidden Treasure to three of you!

Would you like to win a copy of this DVD for your family? Here’s how to enter:

Required Entry:

To enter to win, just leave a comment below letting me what your favorite children’s movie is. That’s it! (If you’re reading this on Facebook/Twitter hop on over to to leave your comment.)

Additional Optional Entries:

You can do each of the following things for an additional entry in the giveaway. You can only do each of these once, for a possible total of 5 entries.

Please leave a separate comment for each method of entry. If you only leave one comment then you only have one entry, as each comment is numbered and I randomly choose a number. Make sense?

This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Tuesday November 12. I will choose three winners on Wednesday November 13 using and will contact them via email.

Thanks to Entertainment One for providing me with a copy of Guess How Much I Love You to review and three to give away. All opinions in this review are solely my own. Giveaway open to US readers only. Delivery of your prize will be coordinated by Entertainment One.

176 comments November 8, 2013

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Giveaway: Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure March 21 featuring Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates


UPDATE: The winner of the tickets is Angela Beaty. Thanks to all who entered!

If you’re the parent of a young child, you probably already know about the Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure coming to Knoxville on Friday, March 21. People are so excited about this show that they’ve moved it to the Knoxville Civic Coliseum (from the Auditorium) to accommodate ticket sales, and this show is sure to sell out! If you’d like to go ahead and get your tickets now to ensure the best possible seats, you can use the discount code MOM5 for $5 off per ticket. Tickets can be purchased here or by phone at 865-656-4444.

There will be two show times on Friday March 21, one at 2 p.m. and one at 6 p.m.

Tickets prices: $55.00 / $40.00 / $30.00 / $25.00

Want to win passes to Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum? I have a giveaway happening  now on the Thrifty Christy Facebook page, so go here to enter! To accommodate those who are not on Facebook, you may also gain one entry by leaving a comment on this post letting me know who you’re more excited to see: Jake or Sofia?

Here’s the official show info:

In this original storyline, Mickey and Minnie lead the audience on an exciting adventure that will have families rooting for their favorite pirate Jake and Disney’s first little girl princess Sofia. Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure begins with a special interactive pre-show featuring the loveable 6-year-old doctor to toys and stuffed animals, Doc McStuffins. Children and their parents will sing the “I Feel Better Song” along with Doc as she provides tender love and care.

Audiences will then embark on a journey to the magical world of Enchancia, where Sofia, her step-siblings Amber and James, and the entire kingdom are preparing for the annual friendship festival. Sofia has the honor of delivering the perfect gift to her royal subjects at the celebration, and the one-and-only Cinderella visits the castle to help Sofia in her mission to find just the right present.

The excitement continues when families cast away to Never Land where Jake and his Yo Ho pirate friends Izzy and Cubby are in a race against time to locate a mysterious treasure-filled volcano. Danger, thrills and adventure lurk around every turn when our swashbuckling friends battle Captain Hook for the ultimate prize. Peter Pan makes a special appearance, aiding the team in their heroic quest, and with the help of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust, Jake and his crew fly above the stage in their journey.

And here’s a fun clip to get your kids excited about the show (as if they weren’t already!)

Fine print: :)

This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Friday November 8. I will choose a winner on Saturday November 9 using and will contact them via Facebook or email. Giveaway open to US readers only. You must be 18 or older to enter. Passes will be available for the winner at the Will Call section of the box office. I received passes to Disney Live for my family plus additional passes from Feld Entertainment to give away to my readers. Feld Entertainment and The Walt Disney company are neither sponsors nor endorsers of this promotion. All opinions are my own.

29 comments November 6, 2013

The Appalachian Ballet’s Nutcracker tickets on presale Nov. 8


The Appalachian Ballet  along with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will present their annual performance of The Nutcracker in Knoxville December 7-8 and in Maryville December 14. Information is below, and tickets go on presale November 8. You may order tickets by calling 982-8463. Here’s more info on the performances:

Knoxville Civic Auditorium
Saturday, Dec. 7th – 8:00 pm
Sunday, Dec. 8th – 2:00 pm

Maryville- Clayton Center for the Arts
Saturday, Dec. 14th – 2:00 & 8:00 pm

Public Tickets on Sale Nov. 12th
Advance $40 • 35 • 25*
At Door $45 • 40 • 30*
*$5 Discount Senior/Student


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Book review and Kindle sale: Dear Mr. Knightley: A Novel, by Katherine Reay

I recently had the chance to read Dear Mr. Knightley: A Novel, by Katherine Reay. This fiction book was just released November 5, 2013 by Thomas Nelson.

About this book (from the back cover):

Sam is, to say the least, bookish. An English major of the highest order, her diet has always been Austen, Dickens, and Shakespeare. The problem is, both her prose and conversation tend to be more Elizabeth Bennet than Samantha Moore.

But life for the twenty-three-year-old orphan is about to get stranger than fiction. An anonymous, Dickensian benefactor (calling himself Mr. Knightley) offers to put Sam through Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism. There is only one catch: Sam must write frequent letters to the mysterious donor, detailing her progress.

As Sam’s dark memory mingles with that of eligible novelist Alex Powell, her letters to Mr. Knightley become increasingly confessional. While Alex draws Sam into a world of warmth and literature that feels like it’s straight out of a book, old secrets are drawn to light. And as Sam learns to love and trust Alex and herself, she learns once again how quickly trust can be broken.

Reminding us all that our own true character is not meant to be hidden, Reay’s debut novel follows one young woman’s journey as she sheds her protective persona and embraces the person she was meant to become.

My Verdict:

I was pretty sure I’d like this book, as I love anything even vaguely related to Jane Austen. I was prepared for this book to be a fluffy light novel that I’d breeze through. I was not prepared for the depth of this story or the topics it covered (including the foster care system and adoption); nor was I prepared for how much I’d love it! The story is fantastic and it kept me reading long after I should have gone to bed. I loved the frequent references to novels by Austen and the Brontes, as well as other, more modern novels like Austenland. I loved the sense of place, and really got a feel for the city of Chicago. The author lived in Chicago and describes it like a native. I loved the heroine, Sam, and it was fun to watch her change and grow as the novel progressed. Some books I pass along to friends, but this book has definitely earned its place on my bookshelf.

If you’d like to check out Dear Mr. Knightley: A Novel it is currently on sale for $9.99 for the Kindle version right now, which is 38% off. (Regularly $15.99.) If you prefer a physical copy the paperback version is currently on sale for $12.85. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Add comment November 6, 2013

DIY: Folded Fall Leaf Paper Garland

I just made the folded fall leaf paper garland found here. It’s really pretty! I’m not very crafty, so if I can do it, anyone can, and all it cost was $3 for a pack of scrapbook paper at Big Lots!

Thanks, Happy Clippings!

Add comment November 2, 2013

Free Menchie’s for veterans on Nov. 11


Veterans can get free frozen yogurt at Menchie’s on November 11! Must have valid ID.


Add comment November 1, 2013

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