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***Edit to post: I’m so sorry but the giveaway is changed to a Peanuts inflatable Snoopy, not the SnoCone machine.  I’m sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.

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Ron Smith, Technicolor And A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

Peanuts Worldwide is enjoying a year-long celebration of 50 years of A Charlie Brown Christmas! December 2014 marks the 50th time the beloved special will air on television.  And December 2015 will be the 50th year since it was created, produced and debuted.

Nicole’s take: This was such a fun interview this month.  I love that they are constantly trying to make the A Charlie Brown Christmas even better! It’s still the same as it’s always been only now widescreen and stereo sound! I didn’t realize that they kept tweaking it to keep up with what we expect to see on our TVs today but it makes total sense! Ron is a fun person and I love his take on why it’s important to restore classic animation!

Here are some of my favorite portions of the interview!

Q:  How important is it for classic animation to be restored?

Ron: For every film that gets restored, there are 1,000 that haven’t been restored. There’s always an underlying race-the-clock mentality that’s associated with preservation. So many films have been lost and so many are at risk.  Particularly with shows like this, we want our kids and our kids’ kids to experience the same things we did.

Q: What are some of the dos and don’ts of restoring classic animation? Is there a danger that it can it look “too good,” so you lose the charm of the hand-drawn originals?

Ron: There are some classic mistakes. It can look too sharp or over-enhanced. With the Charlie Brown stuff, you have to embrace the original look. The picture changes from frame to frame. You’ve got to realize you can’t fix everything. You’ve basically got to take the show as a whole, not nitpick it, then go back and smooth it out.

We were lucky to have the original artwork, the original cels, so we could see what the original colors were for characters and what they wore. Everyone in Peanuts family has been involved in this in some way, and they’ve been very helpful.

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Q: Where do you start when you’re doing this work?

Ron: Like any good project, you have to start with research. There’s a lot of information to be had out there. I was amazed to find how many websites there are devoted to the show. I found everything from show listings, descriptions, and some downright fanatical—meaning, created by big fans—analyses of each episode.

Some of it was just cataloguing all the shows. Of the 80 or 90 shows that have been done, 55 of the titles contain “Charlie Brown,” and 14 of them start with the word “It’s.”  When you’re working on 10 or 20 at the same time—and when the first two you’re working on are Christmas shows—it gets really confusing! So we knew we were going to have to be really careful with the elements.

We have the original film elements on A Charlie Brown Christmas. Since this is priceless and irreplaceable art, we do a film inspection to see if it needs to be repaired. There may be cement splices in it, and when the show is 50 years old, those splices can come loose and appear a little bit jagged. So we make sure the show is completely repaired. We check for any obvious wear and tear, and make sure that the film will hold up going through a scanner. That’s how we digitize it.  Each frame becomes a digital data file, and each one needs to be cleaned and color-corrected.

This also happens with the sound. You take the analog or magnetic soundtrack and digitize it. The first thing is we take out the snap, crackle, and pop, and clean up the individual tracks, then recombine them to make the restored version.

The scanner also takes a picture of the surface dirt on each frame, so we can figure out where it is, which makes it easier to clean and restore. And there was a lot of dirt.

Q: Is there any scene in particular where we’ll notice the difference? 

Ron: When I watch one of the shows at home, everything looks kind of small. Particularly any of the group scenes, the skating in the beginning, the rehearsal scenes for the Christmas play, they all look kind of distant. Now you’ll be able to see it much more clearly.

Q: Separate from your professional experience, are you personally a fan of Peanuts and A Charlie Brown Christmas?

Ron: Coincidentally, I am. I know I’m not alone. It’s probably my favorite Christmas show, no doubt. If the Linus scene doesn’t get you all choked up, then nothing will. My kids like it, and my daughter has a child who just turned 5, and she loves it. I’ll take her for a ride in my car and play the soundtrack, and when the picture comes up on the player, she’s in heaven. It just makes it that much more special that I can re-experience it through their eyes.

One of the things that really struck me when we started working on it here at Technicolor was that I discovered I wasn’t the only one with special relationship to the material. The colorists here, grown men and women, were fighting over the project. That’s how fondly it’s remembered by so many people.

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Launch the holiday joy early, as you anticipate the 50th airing of A Charlie Brown Christmas!

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Disclosure: Nicole is a Peanuts ambassador and receives occasional products as part of her participation.  All opinions remain our own.

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Nonni’s, the leading premium biscotti baker, introduced two NEW limited-edition holiday flavors to its most popular treat! Nonni’s Pumpkin Spice and Gingerbread Biscotti are available at grocery stores for a limited time this holiday season.

The warmth of the holidays is baked into these gourmet dunking cookies, which are only 110 calories a piece. An ideal companion to a morning latte or an afternoon tea, each light and crunchy cookie is made with the highest-quality, real ingredients and individually wrapped for freshness.

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NEW! Nonni’s Pumpkin Spice Biscotti made with real pumpkin, a blend of robust spices and delicately dipped in gourmet cinnamon icing.

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NEW! Nonni’s Gingerbread Biscotti made with crunchy California almonds, real molasses and premium spices with a white icing coating.

For More Information visit the Nonni’s website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram

Nicole’s take:  Nonni’s Biscotti are delicious and never last long in our house.  The limited edition holiday flavors were gobbled up even faster than normal! I love limited edition holiday flavors and was so excited to try these Nonni’s flavors.  My favorite was the gingerbread – I loved the slightly spicy taste. Jamie liked the pumpkin spice the best, he loves all things pumpkin.  These are crispy and fresh and I love that they are individually wrapped!

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Have an Erin Condren Holiday and Giveaway!

by Pennie on November 10, 2014

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Erin Condren:  When I started this personalized stationery business from my home years ago, there really wasn’t anything online that thrilled me. Everything online seemed so static and I tend to think outside the box! I always loved creating my own unique Christmas cards, birthday invitations, thank you notes and more. After several home shopping parties, I decided it was time to offer my collection to the world.

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I created a website that could showcase custom paper products that would include photo cards, address labels, gift labels, custom business cards, and even a personalized growth chart. As time went on and my company grew, I merged with a fine art printing company that opened the door to so many customizable possibilities…I truly felt like a kid in a candy store with all the digital printing equipment and fine art giclee printing capabilities. We were able to add wrapping paper, canvas enlargements with personalized borders, and soon we will be offering custom wallpaper and more! I am proud to say we design and print all products in house, with the exception of our custom iPhone cases.

The Erin Condren Holiday collection is beautiful, from Classic Cardstock to Photo to Foil cards, you will be able to customize your holiday cards in so many ways!  Even this basic metallic paisley photo card is anything but basic.  I love the shades of green and red that are used and that you can choose the color of your envelope.  And I like shiny things!

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You can also get Gift Labels of all kinds.  I like the joyful quality that they envelope in their design. They make me feel happy the holidays are coming!

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These Folded Notes for Hannukah are simple but so engaging!

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The Z Fold cards, which can have print and photos on both sides are like a little Holiday book that you give to family and friends!

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For More Information all to find all the wonderful Holiday items pictured above (and so much more!) visit ErinCondren.com and follow them on Facebook, and Twitter.

Nicole’s take:  First of all, I love erin condren.  Who doesn’t? I love the style of the items and the quality is second to none.  I received a bunch of holiday cards to review and I am SO IMPRESSED.  These aren’t cheesy photo cards like you can print at the drugstore! They are art! The designs are really stylish and elegant and I love that there are just so many options.  I always look to the Hanukkah options and was so happy to see several there to choose from.

The site is really intuitive and in just minutes you can have the cards you want all laid out and ready to purchase.  The prices are very reasonable especially given the unsurpassed quality of the cards.  My favorite are the double thick foil collection but all cards are printed on premium cardstock – there is nothing flimsy about erin condren holiday cards! 

You can get non photo cards or cards with 1 or more photos on it.  Many of the cards have rounded edges for a softer look and the colors are so rich and inviting.  These are holiday cards that people will definitely hang on to! 

There are a ton of really fun holiday items on the erin condren website.  Everything from ornaments to gift tags to placemat pads – in matching or coordinating patterns and prints.  erin condren really knows how to do the holidays!

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Split ends require special treatment. This VO5 vitamin-infused formula with Panthenol will help rescue your hair and help color-treated hair maintain its vibrancy and color even longer.
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Fall is in the air! One of the most common hair problems that women suffer from is split ends and it only gets worse as we head into cooler, drier weather. While regular haircuts and leave-in conditioners help to repair and restore, it is important to protect your hair from daily styling. VO5’s Split Ends Anti-Breakage Shampoo+Conditioner’s vitamin-infused formula with Panthenol protects against split ends and breakage, while helping color-treated hair remain vibrant even longer.

At under $2 dollars and formulated with VO5’s proprietary Five Essential Vitamins, the brand’s shampoos + conditioners offer outstanding value, while providing the essentials needed for healthy, beautiful hair.

For More Information: Visit VO5’s Split Ends Anti-Breakage Shampoo+Conditioner!  Also follow them on Twitter and Facebook!

Nicole’s take:  With 3 babies a shower is a luxury for me right now so I try to use great products while I am in there! For me great means it smells good, works well and is affordable! This VO5 Split Ends Anti-Breakage Shampoo and Conditioner are great products in my book! I love how clean my hair feels and it is so silky and nice after I use it!

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Two (2) readers will win a set of VO5 Split Ends Shampoo & Conditioner! Please enter the giveaway on the widget below.  Email and feed subscribers will need to click over to my actual site to enter.

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Fall is a special time for kids. Days filled with outdoor sports and activities, trick-or-treating, school days with friends and holidays with the whole family.

In order to make warm memories, especially during these chilly month, your little ones need to be feeling their best!

That’s why Culturelle Kids!Probiotic with Lactobacillus GG is a Fall essential. It helps support kids’ immune and digestive systems, helping to keep them healthy for the autumn season and all year long!

Only Culturelle Kids! Probiotic contains the #1 most clinically studied probiotic strain, Lactobacillus GG. It is also the #1 Pediatrician recommended probiotic brand and is proven to help reduce digestive upset by restoring the natural balance of good and bad non-beneficial bacteria in the digestive track.

Want to learn more? See why Dr. Ben, an established pediatrician in the New York Metro area, recommends Culturelle Kids! Probiotics to her patients.
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The days may be shorter, but the memories can last a lifetime! The chilly season is the perfect time to share your warm moments with your family and friends.

Upload a photo and match it with one of our fun captions to create a shareable snapshot of your kids’ favorite Fall moments.

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Participate in the #CulturelleKids Twitter Party Thursday November 6th 8-9PM ET. RSVP at the link below and join in for some great prizes and some fun!  http://homemakinghacks.com/2014/10/join-the-culturellekids-twitter-party-and-giveaway.html

For More Information: Visit Culturelle Kids Probiotic, find out about Culturelle Kids Packets, Chewables and find store locations which carry Culturelle Kids!  Also follow them on Twitter and Facebook!

 Try Culturelle Kids Probiotic! Get a $5 Coupon. http://culturellekids.com/save

Nicole’s take:  We are a family that loves Culturelle! It is so important to keep your digestive tract and stomach healthy and during cold and flu season (and overeating during the hollidays!) sometimes you need a little help! Culturelle for Kids comes in 2 options – powder and chewable and both are so convenient! The taste is not bad and it’s easy to make this a regular part of your child’s day!

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Nicole received a product & information from Culterelle to facilitate this post. Our opinions remain our own. 

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Scotties TREES ROCK Video Contest and Giveaway

by Pennie on November 4, 2014

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It’s that time of year again! The 4th annual Scotties TREES ROCK! Video contest is back! Kids in grades 3-5th or 6-8th may now create a 3 minute (or less) video about the scottiescontent-02.jpgimportance of trees and win $10,000 for their school!

The video can be many things…

  • A skit
  • A song
  • A dance
  • A speech
  • A jingle
  • A poem
  • An interpretive dance

The more creative the better! Just make sure to answer one question “Why do tree rock?” Trees Rock encourages individuals or groups of kids in grades 3, 4, and 5 or 6, 7, and 8 to submit a video about the importance of trees. In each group, the grand prize winner (determined by a national vote) will win $10,000 for their school to use towards a sustainable project. The remaining 10 finalists in both groups will not leave empty-handed either and can walk away with prizes ranging up to $7,000.

Need inspiration? Check out Scotties Facial Tissues YouTube for videos from finalists of years past!

Better at writing than video? Essay entries can be submitted online at www.ScottiesTreesRock.com and winners will be announced monthly and be awarded $250 in gift cards.

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Nicole’s take: What a fun contest! I love that it encourages kids to be creative while at the same time having fun and supporting a good cause! You all know I love companies that give back and we are big Scotties fans here!

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One (1) reader will win a $25 Target giftcard and Scotties care pack! Please enter the giveaway on the widget below.  Email and feed subscribers will need to click over to my actual site to enter.

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With the holiday season right around the corner, comes the launch of Softsoap’s new limited edition Holiday scents; Alpine Mint Frost, Parisian Berry Bliss and Venetian Vanilla Spice.

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Lose yourself in the beauty of winter with Softsoap® brand limited edition Alpine Mint Frost body wash. Its revitalizing scent of Cool Winter Mint will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth all winter long. 

Softsoap® brand Parisian Berry Bliss

Celebrate the spirit of the season with Softsoap® brand limited edition Parisian Berry Bliss body wash. This moisturizing formula leaves skin feeling soft and smooth, while the festive scent of red winter berries leaves you ready to enjoy winter.  

Softsoap® brand Venetian Vanilla Spice

Embrace the magic of the winter season with Softsoap® brand limited edition Venetian Vanilla Spice body wash. Let the invigorating scent of Sweet Vanilla & Spices infuse your shower to leave you with soft and smoother skin all winter long.

Suggested Retail Price: 18oz $3.50

Available for a limited time at Walmart from October until December 2014

Nicole’s take: I LOVE this time of year! I am a huge fan of limited edition fall and winter products and I look forward every year to seeing what Softsoap has come up with! This year there are 3 new scents and they are yummy! The alpine mint frost is so crisp and refreshing, my husband loves this one.  The Parisian Berry Bliss is a nice berry scent that wasn’t too strong.  My favorite is the Venetian Vanilla Spice – the smell is just intoxicating! These body washes are so festive and so affordable, you can’t go wrong!

For More Information:

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One (1) reader will win each of the 3 new Holiday Season Body Wash Scents from Softsoap! Please enter the giveaway on the widget below.  Email and feed subscribers will need to click over to my actual site to enter.

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Petmate, Chuckit LightPlay and Giveaway!

by Pennie on November 3, 2014

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Petmate announces the new Chuckit LIGHTPLAY line.

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The innovative line of durable, high-visibility, glow-in-the-dark toys features 3D print fabric and fast-charging Max Glow rubber that charges under a bright light (including light from a cell phone!) in less than 10 minutes for up to 30 minutes of early morning or nighttime play.

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Catering to the “start early, play late” lifestyle so many pet parents are taking on due to work and family commitments, LIGHTPLAY is designed to encourage play after the sun goes down, when most people are home from work and have time to play with their pup.

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For more information visit Petmate.com also find them on Facebook, and Twitter

Nicole’s take: Chester and Cleo may be 10 years old as of last month but they still love to play! I love durable toys for them where I don’t worry about them getting into trouble! The ChuckIt Lightplay line is great! The products are so tough and I love that they glow in the dark!

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Master Lock and Holiday Safety and $50 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

November 1, 2014

It’s almost holiday time, time to think about safety! Master Lock has you covered for all of your security needs! The holiday season is all about giving gifts but safety should be a big concern! There is a lot of theft around this time of year – packages at the front door, going on vacation, […]

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Master Chef Junior and Giveaway!

October 29, 2014

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR goes back for seconds! Hit culinary competition series MASTERCHEF JUNIOR gives talented kids between the ages of eight and 13 the chance to showcase their culinary abilities and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges. Host and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay is joined by restaurateur and wine expert Joe Bastianich and […]

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Halloween Candy from Bazooka Candy Brands and Giveaway

October 27, 2014

Boo! It’s almost the time of year when ghosts and goblins start roaming the streets and Bazooka Candy Brands wants to offer you a spooky and delicious giveaway (see below)! Just in time for the scariest holiday of the year, Ring Pop and Ring Pop Gummies will be arriving on shelves in Halloween-themed wrappers as pictured below.  The candy is sold at major […]

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2014 World Vision Gift Catalog and Giveaway

October 25, 2014

Championing convenience, gift cards topped the list of popular holiday gifts for 2013 (Nielsen.com). Get creative this holiday season by giving friends and loved ones delicious, poverty-fighting holiday gifts from the 2014 World Vision Gift Catalog. More than 250 items, ranging in price from $10 to $39,000, are available online and in the print catalog to help improve quality […]

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Trident – We’ve Never Felt So Free and Giveaway

October 24, 2014

The Trident gum you know and love can be found ‘commando’ (no wrappers!) in bottles and pouches.  Whether in the car or at the office, the convenience of Trident Unwrapped will get you chewing faster and have you fighting cavities at the same time! New Trident Unwrapped has 50 pieces of wrapper-less gum. What more could you want? Varieties:   Original, Spearmint, Tropical Twist, Watermelon […]

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Applegate’s Half Time Fuels Creativity and Giveaway

October 23, 2014

What would you do if you didn’t have to pack your kid’s lunch? Sleep? Drink a cup of coffee and read the newspaper? Paint your toenails? Get a massage from your significant other? We would, too. This is where Applegate steps up to the plate. Now that school is in full swing, we want to take that […]

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Giveaway Winners

October 21, 2014

I’ve picked winners – they are posted on the Giveaway Tools widget of each of the following giveaways (just click the link of the giveaway title to be taken to the post where each widget is).  You will also receive an email from us congratulating you on your win: Hello Kitty Water Dancing Speakers and […]

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Maty’s Healthy Baby Products and Giveaway

October 19, 2014

All Natural Health Products Maty’s Healthy Products are made from ingredients you know and recognize empowering you with a safe and natural alternative so you gain better health and healing. Our All Natural Baby Chest Rub provides safe, effective relief from coughs and congestion while strengthening their little immune systems. With soothing notes of lavender and chamomile, it […]

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Hello Kitty Water Dancing Speakers and Giveaway

October 15, 2014

Dance around to your favorite music with the Hello Kitty USB Powered Speakers, manufactured by the largest Sanrio licensee in the world, Marino Andriani LLC/SparkleBee. Hello Kitty USB Powered Water Dancing Speakers – AUX in jack to play music from virtually any electronic device with a headphone jack (connection cable included) – Multi-color, LED light show responds automatically […]

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Edwards Desserts’ New Pumpkin Creme Pie and Giveaway

October 12, 2014

Edwards Desserts recently introduced their NEW Pumpkin Crème Pie variety to its whole-pie lineup. The perfectly indulgent, lusciously layered thaw-and-serve pie will be available until Dec. 31, 2014, catering to pie lovers through the autumn entertaining season and into the holidays. Pumpkin Pie Lovers will crave our NEW spin on the classic holiday pie.  You’ll fall […]

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David Benoit – The New Composer for Peanuts and Giveaway

October 10, 2014

Nicole’s take:  This was our final interview in the series of 3 as ambassadors for A Charlie Brown Christmas.  The countdown to the special is on! I love this time of year and can’t wait to share my favorites with my children! David Benoit was fascinating.  I love the Charlie Brown music, it evokes major […]

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Tommee Tippee Pacifiers and Giveaway

October 10, 2014

To date, tommee tippee has sold over 4 million pacifiers – that’s a lot of soothed babies! Our new collection of pacifiers are approved by babies. The symmetrical orthodontic nipple has been specially designed to help optimize baby acceptance and in independent tests more babies accepted these new pacifiers first time. Depending on the style, […]

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