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I’m Going to San Francisco Next Month for a Little #StrangeMagic! #‎StrangeMagicEvent‬ ‪#‎PixarInsideOut‬

Disney/Pixar & Touchstone Pictures has invited ME to San Francisco! Disney/Pixar & Touchstone Pictures is hosting an exclusive event in January...and I am one of 25 lucky bloggers who get to attend! We will be screening the new Lucasfilm and Touchstone Pictures film STRANGE MAGIC (opening in theaters on 1/23). I just love the trailer for STRANGE MAGIC...if you haven't seen it, click HERE and watch it today. What really got me excited was WHERE the screening will … [Read More...]

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#HH2014 — Holiday Helpers Gift Guide

Welcome to the 5th Annual Holiday Helpers Gift Guide Event! Brought to you by The Giveaway Train & All Mommy Wants! For the 5th year in a row, The Giveaway Train and All Mommy Wants bring you Holiday Helpers Gift Guide! Be sure to click the links below to see our top picks (and enter the giveaways too)! Make sure you come back every week for MORE great gift ideas! Want your product(s) featured in the 2014 Holiday Helpers Gift Guide? Contact me at! For The … [Read More...]

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Holiday Hair Tutorial – Side Bun with Bling

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. It is holiday party season and if you are looking for a simple, but elegant way to style your hair, you will love this side bun with a bit of bling complements of our friends at Madison Reed. How to Create a Side Bun with Bling 1. Start with dry hair. Use a curling iron to add a little texture. We find that second day hair works really well, too. 2. Make a side part. Gather hair below the ear on the side opposite your part for a more … [Read More...]

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Snowman Soup Can DIY Classroom Project #funinfirstgrade

I wanted to make something different this year for our first grade Christmas project. After searching Pinterest, I decided to make a snowman soup can. You will need: empty, clean cans matte white spray paint Aleene's Tacky Glue large pompoms material for a scarf (approximately 1"x16") orange foam (you can find this at the Dollar Tree) black acrylic paint wire Step 1: If you are making these for your entire class you will want to give yourself some time to collecting … [Read More...]

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#HH2014 — JORD Wood Watches #JordWatch #Review

JORD Wood Watches Christmas came early this year! JORD Wood Watches sent me a beautiful Ely Series Wood Watch in Maple. I haven't worn a watch in years! Now that I am a teacher, I tend to rely on my iPhone to tell me the time. The problem is, I don't always wear outfits with pockets. What better solution than to wear a beautiful wooden watch?!?! The first day I wore my watch to work EVERYONE noticed! They all absolutely LOVE my new watch. It is a tad loose, but I like wearing it like a … [Read More...]

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STRANGE MAGIC opens in theaters everywhere on January 23rd!

STRANGE MAGIC opens in theaters everywhere on January 23rd! Kira and Logan are so excited for this movie! I can't wait to take them to the theaters. Like STRANGE MAGIC on Facebook: Follow STRANGE MAGIC on Twitter: “Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful … [Read More...]

Meet The Bloggers

ChristyChristy Newell

~ Mother & wife, blogger, educator, foodie

Toot! Toot! Welcome aboard! My name is Christy and I am the creator/host of The Giveaway Train (or as my son would say… the conductor).
From Los Angeles to the mountains, life has been an adventure! I live in the mountains near Yosemite National Park (near Bass Lake) with my husband, our two children, and our Weimaraner ~ Captain Shadow. I was a stay-at-home-mom for years, and wanted to help provide for my family. I started blogging in June 2010 in hopes of reviewing products my family could use on a daily basis. My love for reviewing turned into a love for giving my readers my honest opinion, finding amazing deals, sharing recipes and crafts, and so much more. Now in 2014 I am a mother of two wonderful children , blogger, and a first grade teacher. Thanks to my wonderful sponsors, I have been able to review amazing products, attended numerous events... and even my friends have shared in my good fortune. I am happy to review and/or giveaway just about anything you have to offer… clothing, cleaning products, beauty products, etc. If my family can use it, then I am ready to test it out!

theresaTheresa Oster ~ Mother & wife, educator & reader, blogger, crafter

I started living life one year ago. My husband and I packed up our kids, dogs, possessions, and moved to the mountains for a fresh start. With Yosemite National Park in our "backyard," we are able to raise our children in a beautiful environment while both having the jobs of our dreams.

I am blessed to be an online English teacher through one of the largest online public schools. Literature is my passion, reading is my vice, and middle school tweens are favorite age group. I teach to inspire the love of reading, the passion of books, the magic of words. Teaching is not my job, it is my passion.

When I am not being a mother, wife, and teacher I am artist of my own creations. I enjoy creating art, re-purposing simple objects, blogging about the things I love, and enjoying the beauty of nature from my front porch.