Purex 3 in 1 Laundry Sheets Tropical Escape

This is a sponsored post. I received Purex 3 in 1 Laundry Sheets in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine alone.

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Purex 3 in 1 Laundry Sheets truly make doing the laundry simple.  One sheet has detergent, fabric softener, and anti-static properties.  These convenient little sheets are easy to store and easy to use.  All you have to do is toss one of these laundry sheets into the washing machine with your clothing and set your machine to the cycle you desire.  The sheet will release the laundry soap to clean the clothing and then the fabric softener will make everything soft to the touch to help eliminate scratchy clothing.  When the load is done in the washer, simply toss your wet clothing and the used laundry sheet into the dryer.  In the dryer, the anti-static properties go to work to eliminate static cling.

The Purex 3 in 1 Laundry Sheets can be used with both top and front load washing machines.   I have a front load washing machine and the Purex 3 in 1 Laundry Sheets have been working great with my machine.  My clothing comes out of the dryer clean and static free.  I really enjoy the Tropical Escape scent.  It is refreshing yet not overpowering.  These laundry sheets are so easy to use that they would be perfect for teaching your kids how to do laundry.  You don’t have to worry about kids lifting a heavy detergent bottle and measuring out the correct amount of detergent or forgetting a dryer sheet.  Since these sheets eliminate a couple steps, it will make this chore much easier to learn!  In fact, I plan on teaching my oldest son to do laundry using these Purex 3 in 1 Laundry Sheets.

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These laundry sheets are also great for people on the go.  Perfect for college students and travelers!  We often stay in a condo at a resort when traveling simply because they give our family room to move!  Plus, I love having a washer and dryer at my disposal.  This allows us to pack less and wash as we wear while on vacation.  Purex 3 in 1 Laundry Sheets would be perfect for these travel situations because I don’t have to worry about messy liquids or dryer sheets.

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Purex 3 in 1 Laundry Sheets are available for purchase on Amazon and are eligible for free 2 day shipping for Prime members.

I received Purex 3 in 1 Laundry Sheets for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Buglet: Natural Bug Repellent Wristbands for Kids Review & Giveaway (Two Winners!)

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Traditional bug repellent is loaded with chemicals and DEET.  As if that is not bad enough, the smell of the spray gets all over clothing, hair, and the bed sheets if a bath does not occur before bedtime.  I don’t like to use bug spray on my kids for all of these reasons.  however, if I don’t protect my little ones from mosquitoes, their tender skin will be covered in bites that tend to inflame and irritate them.  The Buglet is a brilliant bug repellent wristband for kids that uses zero chemicals.  This mom is not ashamed to admit she is a bit jealous of these cool wristbands.  Not only are they super fun to slap on the wrist or ankle but they are available in a variety of fun colors and designs.  The head of each Buglet has a pumice tile that will absorb the essential oils needed to repell those pesky mosquitoes. The oils in Buglet are citronella, eucalyptus, rosemary, cedarwood and geranium.

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The Buglet has a slap bracelet design so it is essentially one size fits all.  The Buglet even fits my almost 2 year old on the wrist and ankle.  Sometimes I slap the Buglet onto the handle bar of our stroller when we go for a walk on the trail or to the park.  I am really impressed with the quality of the Buglet. The look and feel of the bands are great.  My kids love to wear them.  My daughter never wants to take hers off!  I think I finally convinced her it is her outside bracelet.  The band is easy to put on and take off and adding the essential oils to the Buglet is quick and easy.

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This girl loves her bunny Buglet.  Here she is playing peek-a-boo with her bunny.  I giggle every time I look at this picture.

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The Buglet works great strapped to the ankle.  This is great if your little one is wearing shorts and you want to protect their legs from getting bit up.

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My little explorers wearing their Buglets.

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I love knowing my kids have bug repellent protecting them during these little adventures yet they are not being exposed to chemicals and the only thing that will need to be cleaned off their clothing is dirt!

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My kids have the yellow owl, orange monkey, and pink bunny Buglet designs.  Each band is vibrant in color and my kids proudly wear them like badges.  The Buglet is comfortable to wear and does not get in the way of any of their outdoor activities.  The Buglet has quickly become a part of our routine to go outside and play.  Shoes….check, sunscreen…. check, Buglet….check.  Time to get outside and have fun!

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Even Superman needs to keep the bugs away!

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Kiss those bugs goodbye and get your little one a Buglet!  At this time if you visit the Buglet website and sign up for their mailing list, you can get 20% off your order!  Plus, with every Buglet you buy, the company will donate $1 that will be used to deliver a life-saving test and malaria treatment to a child in Africa.

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TWO lucky readers at The Children’s Nook are going to win a Buglet!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (Est. time) on May 13, 2015.  This giveaway is open to residents in both the U.S and Canada.  The winner will be selected by random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.  The prize will be shipped via the sponsor.

I received samples of the Buglet for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Nuby Oral Care Set

I am proud to be a Nûby Parent Blogger!  I received this new designer series cup from Nuby for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Nuby has a lot of great products to introduce your little one to oral care.  The Nuby Oral Care Set promotes interest in oral hygiene at an early age.  In fact, this oral care set can be used on newborn infants.  The gum massager and cleaner easily fits over your finger and allows you to rub the soft silicone bristles over your baby’s gums.  This is the perfect oral care tool for infants because it allows for the best control when you are massaging the gums.  Once your little one starts teething, the stage 2 massager has a longer handle like a toothbrush but has soft silicone to help massage those tender gums and new teeth. The Stage 3 brush massages gums and teeth but also helps clean them in the process.  The Stage 4 brush has soft nylon bristles and looks like an actual toothbrush.  Your little one most likely has quite a few teeth at this point!

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The Nuby Oral Care Set is a great way to make oral care part of your little one’s daily routine and by doing so will help protect his or her primary teeth.  My daughter loves this set.  She is almost two and she still loves to use the Stage 2 and 3 massagers on her teeth and gums.  Of course, she also uses the Stage 4 brush because she has a mouth full of teeth!

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The Nuby Oral Care Set is BPA Free and may be purchased at a Burlington Baby Depot and Babies R Us.

 

 

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Weleda Skin Care Gentle and Safe for Baby

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Weleda. I receieved product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.  All opinions and reviews are my own.

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Weleda has been developing quality plant based cosmetics and medicines since 1921.  Weleda Baby Derma White Mallow collection is dertmatogolically tested and designed to soothe the most sensitive of skin.  In fact, this collection has been awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance.  Weleda Baby Derma White Mallow products are fragrance-free making them perfect for babies and anyone else with sensitive skin for that matter.  Weleda’s new line of skin care products is ideal for sensitive skin because it uses organic white mallow, pansy, plant oils to calm irritated skin and provide a protective barrier to prevent further irritation.  We have been using the Weleda Baby Derma White Mallow body lotion, face cream, and diaper cream for over a month now and we are enjoying all three of these products.

I recently switched to a different brand of baby wipes and my daughter’s soft bottom did not appreciate whatever ingredients were in these wipes.  Needless to say, she developed a diaper rash immediately.  I was so happy we had the Weleda Derma White Mallow Diaper Cream on hand because it relieved her bottom quickly.  I applied the diaper cream over the irritated area of her skin before bed and she woke up in the morning almost completely clear of the rash.  One more application and her skin was clear and soft.  The diaper cream has a fairly thick and creamy texture and is white in color so you can easily see where you are applying the cream.  The White Mallow diaper rash cream is 86% organic.  My favorite part about this diaper cream is that there is no offensive smell.  The White Mallow diaper rash cream has a very mild scent that is purely from the natural ingredients in the cream.  A lot of diaper creams have a strong odor that I absolutely cannot stand.  Who wants their sweet baby to smell like medicine!?  When we use the Weleda diaper cream, my daughter still smells like her sweet self and I don’t feel the need to bathe her after every diaper change!

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We tend to have pretty long and cold winters here in Wisconsin, so our skin can get pretty dry.   My daughter watches every move I make so she often wants to try whatever skin care products I use.  The Weleda White Mallow face cream and body lotion have been a great addition to our daily skin care routine because they are products I can confidently use and share with my one year old daughter.  My daughter and I both have sensitive skin and we have both been happily using the face cream and body lotion for over a month now.  These products are fragrance-free; however, you will notice a mild scent that is from the natural ingredients.  The face cream and body lotion have a white creamy texture that allows for easy application.  My daughter has even learned to rub the body lotion onto her own arms and legs.  I personally love face creams and the Weleda White Mallow face cream is excellent.  It leaves my skin soft and smooth and I experience no skin irritation of any kind.  The White Mallow Face Cream is 97% organic and the body lotion is 95% organic making them 100% certified natural by the European association NaTrue.  The White Mallow Diaper Cream is also included in this certification.

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Weleda Baby products are available at Whole Foods Market, selection natural health food stores, and BuyBuyBaby.  Of course, all Weleda products including, Baby Derma White Mallow body lotion, face cream, and diaper cream are available for purchase online at the Weleda website.  You will find all three products listed under Baby White Mallow products.  Use promo code WELEDABABY for 20% off of your next Weleda product purchase!  This promotion expires June 30, 2015.

I received Weleda Baby Derma White Mallow body lotion, face cream, and diaper cream for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the products I reviewed.

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Lazoo Art Box: A Living, Breathing, Coloring Book App

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PBS Kids and Lazoo, successful app maker of the hit Living Color Book apps, have teamed up to release a fun new creative app, Lazoo Art Box.  This app has 26 “living” activity pages that will provide endless hours of play.  The Lazoo Art Box encourages creativity and a love of animation.  Kids get to squiggle, draw, and color with an impressive selection of supplies which includes a bottle of ketchup!  The Lazoo Art Box app is designed with kids 5 years and younger in mind but my soon to be 7-year-old even loves this app.  The fact that the kids get to see their artwork come magically to life delights all of my kids and  impresses my oldest son.  He has deemed the Lazoo Art Box cool and a lot of fun!

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This art app is great for young children because it encourages them to follow directions and helps them develop those fine motor skills.  The app speaks to the children teaching them how to use the app, narrating photos, and giving directions.  I love that the words that are spoken to the children are on the screen and highlighted as each word is spoken so older kids can practice reading along.  Overall, I am really impressed with this app and all three of my kids enjoy it.  Creativity is not limited to what color do you want to make your picture with this app.  This art box is loaded with many different art tools and shapes that the kids can use to get creative.  When your little one is done with his or her creation, don’t forget to hit the play button to see the artwork come to life!

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The Lazoo Art Box app is designed for both the iPhone and iPad.  This app is available for only $1.99 at iTunes. 

I received product information and a promotional code for The Lazoo Art Box app for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of the app I reviewed.

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Detangle Hair Fast and Pain Free with the SH & SH Professional Hair Brush

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Today I am going to introduce you to the hair brush that has changed my life.  I have long wavy hair that is painful to brush or comb and the process has always been very time consuming.  My daughter’s hair is wavy as well and is getting pretty long so the struggle of combing her tangled locks has begun.  Out of fear of my daughter developing a strong dislike to getting her hair brushed, I began my search for a new hair brush.  This is when I came across the SH & SH Professional Brush.  This brush has a smart design that is easy to use by all ages and can be used on wet or dry hair.  The bristles are in a wave of fun vibrant colors that my daughter loves.  This little brush performs big miracles for us every day!

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My daughter is not even 2 years old yet and she can use SH & SH brush to get the tangles out of her own hair.  Obviously, at her age my daughter is not the most skilled at brushing her hair yet she can use this brush effectively with out tangling up her hair or causing herself any pain.  This brush does an amazing job of detangling hair in a short amount of time.  I don’t know who loves it more…my daughter or me!

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The SH & SH professional brush saves me a lot of time and suffering when I brush my long hair.  My daughter and I both depend on this brush and I often have to go on a hunt for it before getting in the shower.  I personally love how well this brush works on wet hair and I probably should just buy another one!  Then my daughter can have her own.  The compact size of this brush makes it easy to toss in your purse, gym bag, or travel bag.  The back side of the brush even has a mirror.  This makes the SH & SH professional brush the perfect travel companion.

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This is truly the #1 Hair Brush for us.  The SH & SH hair brush is available in black or pink and may be purchased online at Amazon.

I received a SH & SH professional brush for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

 

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Oh Joy! The Livie & Luca Spring Line is here!

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Livie & Luca is a shoe brand that simply makes adorable shoes for adorable feet.  If you happen to have a little one in your home with some adorable feet, you are going to want to check out the latest shoes from Livie & Luca.  The Livie & Luca spring collection is nothing short of amazing.  When I got my first look at the new spring collection, I was overwhelmed with so many great choices.  It honestly took me days to decide which pair of shoes I wanted to order for my daughter.  All of the shoes are so darn cute!  In the end, I fell in love with the Lavender Carta II shoes.  These shoes are so cute that they honestly inspired my daughter’s entire spring and summer wardrobe.  Once I got past the cute overload of these shoes, I was immediately in awe of the attention to detail and great quality.  The inside of the shoes is lined with a light pink love letter fabric and the outside of the shoe is made up of durable cotton canvas in fun purple and pink colors.

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Once we got these shoes, I found myself drawn to any clothing that would look great with the pretty colors of the Lavender Carta II shoes.  I see no need to be ultra matchy with shoes and clothing but there are surprisingly a lot of clothing items that just seemed to scream, “Buy me! I was made for those Livie & Luca shoes.”  Some shoes are simply worth building a wardrobe around them and these purple and pink Livie & Luca shoes are most definitely special enough for me to do just that!  However, the pink and purple color combination allows for these shoes to look great with a wide variety of outfits.

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The wooden button on each shoe strap is so charming.  However, the button is purely for show and the Carta II shoes have an easy to use self-adhering closure that allows for the perfect fit.  My daughter is forever demonstrating her independence so she loves to adjust the straps on her new Livie & Luca shoes all by herself.

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The Livie & Luca Spring Collection is available for purchase online as well as at many boutiques.  The Carts II is available in several color combinations and I am seriously considering getting the light blue pair as well.

I received the Livie & Luca Carta II Lavender shoes for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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XE Series Ultra BRIGHT LED Headlamp Review & Giveaway

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My family is a big fan of headlamps. They are very useful and also fun! My dad is a big time fisherman so he keeps a headlamp in his boat at all times. My kids discovered their grandpa’s headlamp and a headlamp of their own was soon on the top of their wish lists. Hands free lighting is so helpful when working around the house, camping, hiking, biking, reading…..the list goes on and on. Therefore, when I had the chance to try the XE Series Headlamp, I jumped at the chance because you can never have too many headlamps!  We are extremely happy with this LED Headlamp.  It offers different lighting options and is very easy to use.  My son quickly handed over his old headlamp and claimed the XE Series Headlamp as his own.  He finds the buttons easier to use, the fit to be more comfortable, and he loves how bright the LED shines.  I like how easy the elastic strap can be adjusted so I don’t have to struggle to get the perfect fit for each person’s head.  This headlamp requires 3 AAA batteries and we have found the battery life to be great.  My son uses this headlamp every night and we are still on the first set of batteries that came inside the box with the XE Series Headlamp.

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Honestly, despite all the practical uses for a headlamp, the XE Series Headlamp LED Headlamp provides hours of fun for my kids.  My boys use this headlamp to read, play inside forts, make shadow puppets, go on scavenger hunts, and much more.  One afternoon I gave my boys a large empty cardboard box, the XE Series Headlamp, and box of crayons.  They spent hours drawing images inside the box that was lit solely by the headlamp.  When they were done, one boy claimed they had created a rocket ship and the other had said he was making cave drawings.  Both were so proud of their creation that we kept the box and they continue to play in it daily.

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Let’s go camping!

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Whether you are looking for a hands free light source for projects around the home, outdoor hobbies, or a creative inspiration for your kids, I highly recommend Divine LEDs XE Series Headlamp.  It is easy to use and provides great lighting.

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win an XE Series Headlamp!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (eastern time) on April 20, 2015.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  The winner will be selected by random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.  The prize will be shipped to the winner via  the sponsor.

I received the XE Series Headlamp featured in this post for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.  All product information was provided via the sponsor. 

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Apple Lightning Cable Provides More Than 6 Feet of Charging Cable for Your Apple Device

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Looking for a longer cable to use when charging your Apple devices?  The i-@ccessoriez Apple Lightning Cable is 6.6 feet long and can be used to charge a variety of different Apple products.  I use the Apple Lightning Cable to charge my iPhone 5s and iPad Mini.  I have used it with my iPhone power adapter, iPad Mini power adapter, connected to my desktop, and in our vehicle connected to my car adapter.  The Apple Lightning Cable does a great job of charging both devices in a timely manner and the length of the cable actually allows me to sit down comfortably and use the device while it is charging.  No more leaning over the counter to use my phone when it is charging!

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The Apple Lightning Cable has made charging my Apple devices less of a hassle.  I can easily reach my phone or tablet when it is charging, the price is right, and the cord charges my devices as expected.

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You can purchase this iPhone Lightning Cable online at Amazon.  Buy 2 i-@ccessoriez cables and get 10% off your purchase!  To get this promotion enter coupon code: WP6M4ZUU at checkout.

I received an I-@ccesorriez Apple Lightning Cable for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies Blu-ray Giveaway!

The final installment of The Hobbit is here! Warner Bros. is proud to bring you the Blu-Ray release of The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies!  The blog app fun continues with the release of the The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies Blu-RayMouse over the Interactive map of Middle-Earth and take the new quiz to find out if you’re Brave like Bilbo!  Also, check out the special feature clips below.

About The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Blu-Ray:

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.

Special Features on the Blu-Ray combo pack include:

• New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth Part 3
• Recruiting the Five Armies
• Completing Middle-earth: A Six-Part Saga
• Completing Middle-earth: A Seventeen-Year Journey
• The Last Goodbye: Behind the Scenes
• Music Video
• Trailers

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 The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies is now available on Blu-ray in stores as well as online!

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies Blu-ray!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (Est. time) on April 15, 2015.  This giveaway is open to residents in both the U.S and Canada.  Each household is only eligible to win ONE Blu-ray The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies via blog reviews and giveaways.  If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. This gives more people a chance to win!  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.  The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS.  No P.O. Boxes! The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Warner Home Video provided product information and the prize for this giveaway.  I received no compensation for this post.  All opinions are mine alone.

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