Thursday, September 11, 2014

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering From Traumatic Brain Injuries

As part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Bloggers Program I am often sent copies of books to review. All opinions about the below book are my own and was in no way influenced by free product. 

Do you, or someone you know, suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury? Through loved ones I have seen first hand how this can effect the lives of the victim and their loved ones.

"Whether you are recovering from a traumatic brain injury or supporting someone with a TBI, this collection of 101 inspiring and encouraging stories by others like you will uplift and encourage you on your healing journey.

With a traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurring every 18.5 seconds in this country - concussions the most common - chances are you have been touched in some way by this experience. TBIs occur due to accidents and sports, and are also common in returning soldiers. The personal stories in this book, by TBI survivors and those who love and support them, will help and encourage you and your family on your road to recovery."

This book, as with all Chicken Soup books, will fill you with inspiration. If you want to let a little brightness in you day you need to pick up a few of their many titles. 

I would love to help inspire you right now by offering you a chance to win one of three copies of this title I have to giveaway. All you have to do is comment below to win. If you haven't already done so check out my other Chicken Soup book giveaways Here and Here
Winners picked Sept. 25th

Chicken Soup For The Soul: Miracles Happen Giveaway

As part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Bloggers Program I am often sent copies of books to review. All opinions about the below book are my own and was in no way influenced by free product. 

Do you believe in Miracles? If not, this book in the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series may  make a believer out of you. I think these books are perfect to read right before you turn out the lights at night. These stories are sure you get you thinking.
Can a connection between a two people be so strong that it sends one traveling 250 miles only to find out the other lays dying, or is there a higher power guiding the way?
 The stories in this book bring you hope, even when you may feel there is none. The everyday miracles will touch your heart and put a smile on your face. Such an important thing with all the negatives going on in the world today. 

"Miracles happen every day! And these 101 true stories of divine intervention, answered prayers, and extraordinary connections prove that miracles can happen to anyone at any time. You will be awed and uplifted by these personal stories of faith, prayer, and healing that show a higher power at work in our lives." 

Do you need to brighten your day? 
I am giving away 3 copies of this book. Entering to win is easy. Just leave a comment below telling me you want to win. If you have had a miracle in your life I would love for you to share. Good Luck everyone and happy reading.
Giveaway ends Sept. 25th

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic: Spooktacular Pony Tales

I was in no way influenced by the fact that I was given a copy of this DVD to review when writing this post.
 All opitions expressed in the following post are my own. 

MY LITTLE PONY- FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: SPOOKTACULAR PONY TALES Is being released on DVD today, September 9th from Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, the DVD is packed with a Boo-tiful full-color collector poster (as seen above) and 2 pumpkin stencils! 
"Join your favorite residents of Ponyville (Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity, Applejack, Pinkie Pie and, of course, Spike) as they take on some of the spookiest adventures Equestria’s ever seen! Time to gather around and hold on tight, because these six exciting tales are a chillingly good romp!"
Episodes Include: 
Boast Busters
Stare Master
Luna Eclipsed
Sleepless In Ponyville
Castle Mane-ia
We were lucky enough to receive a copy to review. We watched it for out movie night this weekend. I have two little boys, ages 7 and 8. Just the age that they were skeptical about watching a movie that was "a girls movie". Ten minutes after it started I realized something, neither of them had said a word. At the end both boys had to admit that they really enjoyed it.
Hope you enjoy the following clip from the movie.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada The Wonders of Winter Review and Giveaway

As part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Bloggers Program I am often sent copies of books to review. All opinions about the below book are my own and was in no way influenced by free product. 

Though I am not from Canada, I have spent much time there. I love these stories about the people from all parts of Canada. Being from Maine I can relate to a lot of them. You learn to embrace the cold winters make the most of it. You also quickly learn that the bad weather often brings out the best in people. 
The book captures the spirit of this perfectly. Here is the introduction to the book, 
written by Janet Mathews: 
"Canadian winters are notorious! But this collection will warm your heart, brighten your day, and lift your spirits with its 101 stories about embracing and making the most of those long winter months. Winters in Canada are tough, but so are the people! Any Canadian – from east to west coast; from city to rural – will love the 101 stories in this new collection about embracing those long winter days and making the most of them. Filled with amusing and encouraging stories about weathering the cold, creating warm memories with family and friends, and playing great winter sports.

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are co-founders of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Amy Newmark is publisher and editor-in-chief of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Canadian writer and editor Janet Matthews coauthored Chicken Soup for the Canadian Soul, and teaches workshops in Canada on writing from the heart."

Want your own copy? I have 3 to give out and 3 ways to win. There will be one winner from this post, one from Twitter and one from Facebook. Good Luck all. 

1: Commet To Win:
Simple entry, just leave a message below saying you want to win. One winner will be chosen by

2: Leave A Facebook Comment: 
Just comment on My Facebook Post Here

3: RT The Following Twitter Post:

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Be A Part Of Our Holiday Gift Guide

The Shaker of Salt is accepting submissions for our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. The guide will feature the perfect gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list!  We will you with fabulous holiday gift ideas, reviews and giveaways this Holiday Season.  
Do you have a hot item you would like us to feature in our Holiday Gift Guide?  Each review will include photos, description of the product, and link to the product being featured.  Your product will be viewed by thousands of our readers!  We will showcase your product on our Social Media Sites, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.  We love spreading the word about awesome products that our readers would love to hear about! We can do just a review or we can do a review/giveaway. If you think you have a product our readers would love please contact us.

We have reviewers of all ages so be assured there is someone available to give your product the perfect test .

Be sure to get your submissions in as soon as possible, so we can get them posted as soon as our schedule permits, for maximum exposure.  The Shaker of Salt Looks forward to working with each and every sponsor for a highly successful Holiday Gift Guide.

The Holiday Gift Guide will continue to be posted until December 25th.

Please contact us at or use the contact form on the right side of this post. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Why I Accepted The Ice Bucket Challenge

 I am writing this post as part of the Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Bloggers program. Being part of the program does not in anyway influence this post in anyway. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is defined as this by the creator, The ALS Association: "The challenge is this: film yourself getting doused with a bucket of ice water, post the video to social media and then nominate your friends to do the same. If you’d rather not have freezing water dumped on your head, you are asked to donate to an ALS charity of your choice." Simple enough right? Who would have known in such a short time this would have turned into a viral sensation, earning over 94 million and climbing. 
If you follow this blog you know that I am part of the Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Bloggers. A couple days ago I found the entire team was challenged by Monica, the go to person for this great group of people. When I heard her challenge us I panicked. I hate my picture taken, how would I ever publish a video of myself? The feeling of dread was so strong I was starting to feel physically ill, then I thought about it. I remembered Alfred Butler, A family member who died from this terrible disease. I remembered him going from a healthy, active person, to a man who couldn't control his body. I thought him and remembered him trying to talk and the look in his eyes when he couldn't control his mouth enough for the words to form. I thought about the stares and snickers people with ALS endure while going throughout their lives.
Then I thought about Anthony Carbajal. I thought about his Ice Bucket Challenge. I thought about what courage it took him to record his challenge. I thought about the courage it takes him to life his life day to day. If you have not seen his challenge you must watch it from start to finish.

People have been saying that those who take the Ice Bucket Challenge are only looking for attention. You are right I was looking for attention, not for myself, for this awful disease. I have seen the affects of it first hand. If stepping out of my comfort zone for a minute brings awareness to ALS then I am proud to say, 
"Challenge accepted Monica!"

The above video was captured with the HTC One M8. Look for thoughts on the phone and how it fits into my life in life in an upcoming post. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Maleficent Arrives on Blu-ray Combo 11/4

Maleficent Arrives on Blu-ray Combo 11/4

Did you see Disney's Maleficent in theaters And can't wait to own it? Or Perhaps you missed it and are waiting for it to come out on DVD, Either way, save this date: November 4th. 

Maleficent stars Academy Award®-winning actress Angelina Jolie  as Maleficent, a villian from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” will be made available on Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand platforms. 
Explore the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain in this wickedly fun twist on the classic “Sleeping Beauty.” In an unforgiving mood after a neighboring kingdom threatens her forest, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) places an irrevocable curse on the king’s newborn daughter, the Princess Aurora. But as the child grows, Maleficent finds herself becoming fond of the girl. And as the conflict between the two realms intensifies, Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land. Journey beyond the fairy tale in this soaring adventure that is “visually arresting, brilliantly designed” (Andrew Barker, Variety).
Bonus Features
·         From Fairy Tale to Feature Film - Reimagining Maleficent for a new generation
·         Building An Epic Battle –Creating the clash between Maleficent and King Henry’s Forces
·         Classic Couture - Examine Maleficent’s spellbinding head wraps and jewelry.
·         Maleficent Revealed - Explore the layers of extraordinary special effects.
·         Aurora: Becoming A Beauty - Elle Fanning reveals her lifelong love of Disney’s original animated classic.
·         Deleted Scenes:
o   “Stefan In King's Chamber”
o   “Pixie Idiots”
o   “Diaval asks about the Curse”
o   “Pixies Seek Asylum”
o   “Suitor”
·         And More!
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Disney's Hot Deal On The Frozen Soundtrack

Disney Soundtrack

Do you want to build a snowman, or just sing about them? 

If you answered the latter then you are in luck. Disney Music has announced that you can purchase the Frozen Soundtrack from iTunes for just $5.98 for a limited time. 
Friday is Frozen’s day to shine as the featured $5.99 album of the day on iTunes.
This has 32 tracks on it, which will be sure to have you and your little guys singing for hours.