Toy Story Land is Open! Celebrate with a $250 Disney Gift Card Giveaway!

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios closed to capacity on June 30th for the opening of Toy Story Land! Hollywood Studios hasn’t seen that much traffic in a super long time. Social media was over-loaded with ride through videos and images thanks to those who braved the crowds.

At noon on opening day, there was a 3 to 4 hour line to be allowed into the Toy Story Land area. Besides that, add on a 3.5 or more hour wait to get on one of the attractions. I would say Toy Story Land opening was a success!

From a roller-coaster ride named after Slinky Dog to a food area based on a lunch box, Toy Story Land will definitely be a hit!

For many of us that haven’t gotten there yet, but are planning to get there soon, let’s have a giveaway! A little extra Disney money for your visit to Andy’s backyard. Heck, even if you’ve already been there – you can enter too! You deserve to win if you braved those crowds!

The Rules:

  • One winner will be awarded a $250 Disney Gift Card (e-gift card to be delivered via email)
  • Winner will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen
  • All winning entries will be verified
  • Must be 18 years of age or older to participate
  • Open to residents of the United States and Canada
  • Giveaway starts on July 5 and ends at midnight on July 21

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An Open Suitcase teamed up with these 9 Disney loving bloggers to bring you this giveaway:

  1. Post 50 RX
  2. The Creative Stay at Home Mom
  3. Redhead Baby Mama
  4. Motherhood & Beyond
  5. Oh Sweet Disney
  6. The Farm Girl Gabs
  7. Adventures in Familyhood
  8. Over the Top Mommy
  9. A New Dawnn

Good Luck!!!




At-Home Teeth Whitening: Does It Work? The Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening System

I was provided with a Smile Brilliant teeth whitening system for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.

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I was skeptical at first but thought I would give it a try. Over the years I have spent lots of money on teeth whitening since I drink massive amounts of coffee with some wine thrown in and from years of smoking. Nothing really seemed to work as good as it advertised. I can’t begin to tell you the amount of money I have spent on those whitening strips (which really don’t work very well).

Does the system work – YES – absolutely. Are there cons to the system, yes. But none of the cons would stop me from using the system. They are minimal inconveniences more than cons.

Enter to win your own Smile Brilliant package at the end of the post!

After ordering, the SMILE BRILLIANT package arrives in a sturdy box and contains everything you will need from start to finish. Included in the kit are:

  • 2 impression trays
  • catalyst pastes
  • base pastes
  • measuring syringes
  • desensitizing gel
  • whitening gel
  • very clear instructions for creating your impressions and how to use the system
  • return card and postage paid envelope to return your trays to have impressions made

The company is extremely helpful and offers excellent guidance and FAQ sheets to help you through the process.

The first step of the process – take “before” photos so you will have a comparison photo at the end. 

Next, you must have your whitening trays created. You create molds for your impression tray using the catalyst and base pastes. The instructions are very well written and easy to follow. The process is exactly the same process that many of us have had done in the dentist office. Fill the tray with putty ♦ Insert tray/putty onto teeth ♦ Wait 2 minutes ♦ Remove tray.

Each tray has a number that corresponds to a number on your return card so ensure there are no mix-ups when you return your molds in the postage paid envelope. Be sure to read all of the instructions carefully and to follow the time guidelines for creating your molds. Pop your molds into the postage paid padded envelope and send back to the Smile Brilliant labs for your custom molds to be created.

Once your trays are processed, you will receive clear whitening trays back in the mail in a plastic storage case. You are now all ready to start the whitening process.

If you have sensitive teeth, the kit comes with a desensitizing gel that can be used to help prevent any pain or tenderness that will come with the whitening process. Be sure to use it if you have to.

Because this was a product review, I tried to use the system nightly in order to complete my review. Using it so often did create some gum sensitivity. You can spread out your treatments to fit your own schedule.

Enter to win your own Smile Brilliant package at the end of the post.

The Whitening Process

Gently press ⅓ of a whitening gel syringe inside your custom tray. There should be approximately a bead of gel on each tooth tray impression. Once you insert your trays you may have some gel ooze out of the tops along the gum line. Try to wipe this away since I think this may be the cause of some sensitivity issues. Both top and bottom may be worn at the same time.

You can leave the trays in place from 20 minutes up to 3 hours depending on your sensitivity tolerance and your need for whitening. Once done, brush your teeth with water and rinse.

It’s actually a very simple process. It just takes time. There is a noticeable difference after 2 or 3 applications and a huge difference in the end. You can keep your custom trays and simply buy refill whitening (and desensitizing) gels going forward.

Pros of the Smile Brilliant System

  • Cost – With system packages starting at $139, much less expensive than going to your dentist
  • Custom tray creation which can cost several hundred dollars at your dentist
  • Everything is included
  • Done in the comfort of your own home
  • Done on your own time schedule
  • Customer Service is outstanding
  • Email notification when molds received. Email notification when custom trays are shipped
  • Tray creation is fairly easy with easy to use instructions
  • Use whitening trays while being able to do other things in your home
  • Results!

Cons of the Smile Brilliant System

  • Process is lengthy. Waiting for your system to arrive in the mail. Creating your molds and then waiting for custom trays to arrive back takes time.
  • Once you mail your molds, you hope you did a good job. You aren’t sure until notified by lab if you will have to recreate your molds.
  • Initially whitening seems uneven and streaked. This could, of course, be user error. It does even out as time goes on. Since I used my system nightly rather than spread over time(weekly) having that streaking may be bothersome to you in-between treatments until it evens out.
  • Ideally, process should be completed at night since you cannot eat or drink for some time afterwards. This can be inconvenient if you don’t always have the time needed before bed.
  • If you have sensitive teeth, process can be uncomfortable

Overall Thoughts

Would I recommend Smile Brilliant? Absolutely. I would highly recommend the product for the results. If you have sensitive teeth or gums, be sure to wipe the excess whitening product away and be sure to use the desensitizing gel. I would recommend using the product once a week.

Smile Brilliant System GIVEAWAY

Do you want to try the Smile Brilliant teeth whitening system for yourself? I know you’ll love it! You can enter for your chance to win below. The giveaway is for a $149 Smile Brilliant credit. It is open for one (1) week and will close on June 11, 2018 – The giveaway is open to USA, UK, Australia and Canadian residents.

SMILE BRILLIANT GIVEAWAY – CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

And . . . if you aren’t lucky enough to win your own system, you can purchase a system directly from Smile Brilliant at a 20% discount by using Coupon Code: opensuitcase20


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Sgt. Stubby Wants to Celebrate National K9 Veterans Day with a Giveaway!

Did you know that March 13 is National K9 Veterans Day, honoring the day when the U.S. military officially recruited its first Military Working Dog – then called the U.S. Army K9 Corps – in 1942?

AND did you also know that, during the previous world war some 25 years earlier, a scrappy stray dog who was rescued off the streets by an American Soldier is widely considered the forerunner to the Military Working Dog program?

Well, meet Sgt. Stubby! 

Sgt. Stubby American Hero Giveaway

Beyond his military exploits, Stubby’s status as an adopted stray has resulted in nearly a century of recognition by animal rescues and welfare organizations and Fun Academy has partnered with more than 70 regional and national animal organizations across all 50 states to shine a light on the human-animal bond and the amazing things adopted animals can do when given a chance in life.

Opening April 13 on approximately 3,000 screens across the U.S. and Canada and coinciding with the year-long 100th commemoration of the United States’ role in the “War to End All Wars, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero tells the story of Army “doughboy” Robert Conroy (Logan Lerman) whose life is forever changed when a little stray dog with a stubby tail wanders into a training camp in New Haven, Conn.  Conroy gives his new friend a meal, a name, a family and the chance to embark on an adventure that would define a century.

To celebrate National K9 Veterans day and the upcoming release of Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero – here’s a giveaway of Sgt. Stubby goodies!

Sgt. Stubby American Hero Giveaway

An adorable Stubby plush; a Stubby Kuzi; Stubby drawstring bag; and a copy of the hardcover book Stubby the Dog Soldier: World War I Hero from Capstone for ages 5-7. 

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The giveaway will run from March 9 through midnight, March 20, 2018 and is open to U.S. residents 18 years of age and older. Good Luck!

About the Film

Narrated by Robert’s sister Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter), Stubby and his new best friend quickly find themselves in the trenches of France. Befriended by French poilu Soldier Gaston Baptiste (Gérard Dépardieu), Stubby accompanies the duo along their epic journey through harsh conditions and incredible acts of courage.

 

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero was directed by award-winning documentarian Richard Lanni in his feature film debut and stars Logan Lerman(Fury, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Percy Jackson & The Olympians), Helena Bonham Carter (the upcoming Ocean’s 8, the Harry Potter films, The King’s SpeechSweeney Todd) and Gérard Depardieu (Life of PiCyrano De Bergerac, The Man in the Iron Mask, Green Card).

Featuring an original score by Patrick Doyle (BraveThorCinderella, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), Sgt. Stubby is produced and distributed by Fun Academy Motion Pictures with animation by Mikros Animation, a Technicolor company.  Screenwriters are Richard Lanni and Mike Stokey II (Band of Brothers, The Pacific, Alexander, Born on the Fourth of July), with editing by Mark Solomon (Frankenweenie, Chicken Run, Shark Tale, the upcoming Sherlock Gnomes). Produced by Laurent Rodon and Emily Cantrill; and executive produced by Frank Lumpkin IIITom Sheehan and Richard Lanni.

 

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Marvel’s Black Panther is Opening Soon – Let’s Celebrate with a Giveaway!

All reports have this new Marvel movie being a hit! I have read many great reviews about the design and the cast.  Black Panther is an upcoming superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero Black Panther. It is a sequel to Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War, and will also be the eighteenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel’s Black Panther follows an African king named T’Challa with superhuman strength and intellect, who presides over the fictional nation of Wakanda. There are sequences in “Black Panther” that may make you cry because of where they go and what they say.

Marvels Black Panther Giveaway

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Giveaway will run February 9 to February 23, 2018!

The highly anticipated latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther, is finally almost out in theaters! On February 16th, travel to Wakanda as you get to know T’Challa, the King of Wakanda. To help celebrate this release, The Hopping Bloggers have come together to bring our readers a Black Panther prize pack worth $180 that everyone will want to win!

Black Panther Prize Pack Includes:

Products subject to change based upon availability.

About Black Panther

After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king – and as Black Panther – gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.

See Black Panther in Theaters 2/16!

 

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Enter to win this Black Panther Prize Pack using the form below. GOOD LUCK!

 

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It’s a New Year Cheer Giveaway Hop!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED AND THE WINNER HAS BEEN NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT PARTICIPATED!

Welcome to the New Year Cheer Giveaway Hop brought to you by The Hopping Bloggers!

Hosted By: Mama’s Geeky & Women and Their Pretties

Co-Hosted By: Best MMORPG 2018 & Aging Like a Fine Wine

New Year Cheer Giveaway Hop

Each giveaway has a value of a minimum of $15, however some are worth much more. Be sure to enter to win all of them because there is no limit to how many you can win. GOOD LUCK!

An Open Suitcase is super excited to be part of the hop so that my readers have the opportunity to hop-hop-hop and enter a whole bunch of giveaways all at one time! The Giveaway will run from today, January 24 to 11:59 P.M. on February 7, 2018. Winner will be notified via e-mail. GOOD LUCK – AND DON’T FORGET TO HOP AFTER ENTERING THIS GIVEAWAY (HOPS ARE LISTED BELOW)!

An Open Suitcase is giving away a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

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After you enter my giveaway, be sure to visit each of the sites and their giveaways listed below for all your chances to win!