Calling All Dog Lovers – A Dog’s Way Home – Giveaway!!

If you are my good friend, or even an acquaintance – or if you have scrolled by my Instagram once or twice – you know I love my dog! #AdorableDory is a baby moose. 90 pounds at under a year old and I love her to pieces.

#AdorableDory as a puppy

#AdorableDory at 10 months old

Enough about my puppy! Because I’m a huge dog lover, I’m also a huge lover of all movies that star dogs! A Dogs Way Home is one of those movies! I’ve seen the trailers several times and can’t wait to see whole movie this week (opens in theaters this Friday, January 11).

A Dog’s Way Home, based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron and chronicles the heartwarming adventure of Bella, a dog who embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her beloved human.

Warning! The trailer makes me cry a little! I’ve seen it in the movie theaters a couple of times and seeing it on the big screen really yanks at your heart.



One (1) winner will receive:
  • A Dog’s Way Home Swag (Ornament, dog selfie stick, dog bowls, baggie holder, bandana and book) 
  • A Dog’s Way Home Book

Giveaway open to US addresses only. No PO Boxes
Prizing samples provided by Sony Pictures

A Dog’s Way Home Prize Pack


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Review Wire Media for Sony Pictures.

Star Wars Giveaway! Prize Valued Over $600!!

Giveaway disclosure

Every family has at least one Star Wars lover – heck, every family has more than one Star Wars lover – right?

Star Wars toys and collectibles never go out of style because The Force is strong with boys and girls (and moms and dads) of all ages.

We’re hosting a Disney Blogger giveaway to give you a chance to win a Star Wars Gift Pack – Holiday Jumbo Toy and Collectible Bundle — valued at OVER $600! Can you believe it?

The Christmas Star Wars Products Giveaway is hosted by: The Positive MOM and Disney Mom Guide and co-hosted by:

Mommy’s Busy, 4 Hats and Frugal, Bert M Anderson, Comic Con Family, My Mommy Style, Fans of Mickey Mouse’s House, Christy’s Cozy Corners, Embracing Diversity, Mamas Mission, Cleverly Changing, WhollyART, Ginger Casa, Wheelchair Daddy, Local Mom Scoop, An Open Suitcase, Unprocessed Jess, Two Married Geeks, Ask Mama Moe, Raising Three Savvy Ladies, It’s Free At Last, Funtastic Life, A Savings WOW, En Tus Zapatos, JA Monkey, Clementine County, Gay NYC Dad, Little Family Adventure, Wife Mother Runner, Pretty In Baby Food, Teacups and Fairytales, The Jedi Father, and Lady and The Blog.

There is no purchase necessary! One (1) fortunate WINNER in the U.S. over the age of 18 will receive a Star Wars Gift pack, with new collectibles and toys inspired by our favorite characters, old and new – a $600+ value. All entries will be verified, so make sure they go through!

So… what Star Wars toys and collectibles can you win? Only the best in the galaxy! Here’s the list of all the goodies your Star Wars Gift Pack includes:

Northwest Star Wars “Being Chewie” Adult Comfy Throw Blanket with Sleeves, 48″ x 71″

LEGO Star Wars Solo: A Star Wars Story Han Solo’s Landspeeder 75209 Building Kit (345 Piece)

Star Wars Christmas Stocking – Mini 8″ Knit – Darth Vader

Underground Toys Star Wars Plush – Stuffed Talking 7″ Han Solo Character Plush Toy

Mystery Minis: Star Wars – Solo (One Mystery Figure)

Hallmark Christmas Ornament Star Wars Praetorian Guard

Hallmark Christmas Ornament Star Wars Darth Vader

Star Wars I Am Chewbacca Tank Top

Star Wars Ultimate Co-pilot Chewie Interactive Plush Toy, brought to life by furReal

(2) Star Wars Millennium Falcon Pop Up Cards

(2) Star Wars The Force Awakens Chewbacca Electronic Masks

Hot Wheels Star Wars Boba Fett Vehicle

Star Wars BB-9E Glass Christmas Ornament

Star Wars Classic Chewbacca Throw Pillow

(7) Child Chewbacca Masks – Star Wars

Solo: A Star Wars Story Reusable Tote

Solo Home Entertainment Figure 4-Pack (Star Wars Force Link 2.0. Mission On Vandor-1 including Han Solo, Qi’ra, Range Trooper, and Weazel)

(1) Star Wars Han Solo Movie Roaring Chewbacca Wookiee Sounds Mask

Star Wars Nerf Han Solo Blaster

Star Wars Mighty Muggs Maz Kanata

And, naturally…

SOLO: A Star Wars Story Blu-ray and Digital Combo

We are all so excited to join powers to make someone very happy with this amazing Star Wars gift pack!

Which of these Star Wars products is your favorite? May the odds be in your favor!

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Hurry and ENTER NOW for your chance to win this jumbo Star Wars Gift Pack! This Disney Bloggers giveaway runs til December 18th, 2018!


Good Luck!

12 Blogs of Disney Christmas Gift Card Giveaway

Everyone can use some extra spending money during the holidays. Here’s your chance to win a $300 Disney Gift Card – imagine it – $300 to use towards your next Disney vacation. $300 to use towards park passes or some neat Disney themed Christmas gifts.

Picture it! Heading over to the Disney Store and buying all those things the little ones want. Put a $300 payment on the reservation for your next vacation.

Or . . . bring the gift card with you on vacation and make a reservation to dine in the castle or enjoy another great meal while there!

Imagine what you could do with $300 in Disney spending! 

It’s Cyber Monday! While you’re finding the best deals online, 12 bloggers have partnered together to help put a little $$$ back in your pocket!

Magic Is In The Air

Anyone who has had the chance to visit a Disney Park during the holidays knows that Disney pixie dust and Christmas magic go hand in hand. Both invoke that warm, fuzzy, feel-good feeling and the desire to spread a little extra cheer whenever possible.

An Open Suitcase has partnered with 11 incredible bloggers to bring one lucky reader a magical inbox surprise!

You won’t only find the Disney Gift Card Giveaway on their blogs, but lots of great posts about Disney, family, the holidays, travel, recipes and more.

Motherhood and Beyond

Redhead Baby Mama

Social Parenting

Over The Top Mommy

The Farm Girl Gabs

Emille Enchanted

Always Moving Mommy

Jane’s World

Team MOM 365

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Fans Of Mickey Mouse’s House

Take a moment to check them out and you might find a reason, or two, to grab a cuppa and stay awhile.

Thank you all for your support during the year and from our families to yours, have a wonderful holiday season.

The Rules:

  • One winner will be awarded a $300.00 USD 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, Canada and the United Kingdom
  • Giveaway starts on November 26 and ends at midnight on December 9

Enter Here:

Now that you know a little about the bloggers behind this awesome Disney giveaway, go get your entries in and good luck to all of you!

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An Open Suitcase is not responsible for shipment of prize. Motherhood and Beyond will notify winner and provide winner with the e-gift card via email.

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.


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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