Friday, December 6, 2013

Day 6 of theChristmas A Go-Go Giveaway

Welcome to day 6 of the 2nd annual Christmas A Go-Go Giveaway from Laughing Vixen Lounge. Make sure to stop by the main Giveaway Post and enter to win a $250+ Prize Pack full of Fa-La-La-Luscious treats from 12 of the most fabulous shops around. Each day you will find daily holiday trivia that can earn you lots of extra entries (see details below). There will also be shop features for all of our participating shops. They will be reminiscing about their favorite holiday movies and giving us a peek at how they do what they do.

A big part of the Christmas Giveaway are the holiday recipes. What better way to enjoy the holiday season than with some old favorites and a few new desserts and dishes. Our shops are sharing their favorites and we invite you to do the same. You can submit your own recipe to earn 10 extra entries and have it posted on the blog for everyone to enjoy. See details below.

Every Friday at the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is Fear Friday. Fear Fridays are a celebration of all films spooky. During December they will all have a Christmas theme. A special treat for any spooky movie fan and just maybe a chance for some more extra entries. See today's film below.

Snowflake Jewelry  - Frosty Snowflake Bracelet - Christmas Jewelry Bracelet - Winter Jewelry Bracelet - Holiday Jewelry Bracelet

Frosty Snowflake Bracelet

Purchase any item(s) from Laughing Vixen Lounge through December 31st and get 10% off your order. Use code DECEMBER10 at checkout.

Holiday Trivia Game
Test your knowledge and earn an extra entry each day. Each daily post will have a holiday trivia question. Leave your answer on the Rafflecopter widget, on the main Giveaway Post, for 1 entry in the giveaway. Please do not post answers anywhere else on the blog or they will be deleted and not count.

**You can only post 1 answer per 24 hour period. Rafflecopter runs on Eastern Standard Time. So if you miss a day you can not make it up.**

Today's Trivia Question ~ In the classic 1946 holiday movie "It's a Wonderful Life", what book does Clarence, the Angel, carry with him?

Yesterday's Question ~ Name Santa's 9 reindeer. 8 original plus one extra.

Answer ~ Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph.

Featured Shop - Deep Midnight Perfume Oil

Deep Midnight Perfume Oils is run by Cat from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her shop is filled with wonderful smelling perfumes.

Gothic Little Christmas Perfume Sample Set of 5 vials, Christmas, perfume oil, perfume samples

Gothic Little Christmas Perfume Sample Set

How did you choose your shop name ?
"Deep Midnight refers to the darkest hour of the night...not true midnight. It's more around 1:30-2:30. It seems I am always up at this time like a good vampire."

ENDRIS NIGHT Perfume Oil: Sweet frankincense, sandalwood, red musk, orange blossom, clove, Victorian Perfume, Christmas Perfume, Yule


Why did you choose to make/sell what you do?
"I love artisan perfumes and love creating them! I cannot wear alcohol/aerosol based products and I am also very allergic to a lot of chemicals. I started making perfume oils for myself back in 1996. In 2003 I began selling locally and started on Etsy in 2010. I love creating scents and enjoy the challenge and fulfillment of a truly great scent that myself and others can enjoy.

THE HOBBIT inspired PERFUME Sample Set of five vials

THE HOBBIT Inspired Perfume Sample Set

What inspires the designs/creations you make?
"History and fantasy are the really big inspirations and the real people and characters found therein. I love Ancient Britain and Ireland, Victorian England, Ancient Egypt and Rome, and other eras. I also love classic and fantasy books, and theater as inspirations. I have college degrees in history and anthropology and minors in chemistry and English literature so all that helps!"

Christmas Dark & Light: Perfume Sample Set of Five Vials, Christmas Perfume, Holiday Perfume, Winter Fragrance

Christmas Dark & Light: Perfume Sample Set

What new designs/creations would you like to add to your shop in the future?
"I will always be creating new scents! Plus some fun things are in the works, but right now that is being kept a secret. :D"

HIGHCLERE Perfume Oil:  Edwardian Perfume, DOWNTON ABBEY inspired, Gothic, Victorian Perfume, Jasmine and Hyacinth


The lady behind the madness. Miss Cat herself at the TeslaCON.

You'll have a chance to win a $30.00 gift certificate from Deep Midnight Perfume Oils. Enter now on the main Giveaway Post

THALIA Perfume Oil, raw honeycomb, peaches, gardenia, myrrh. Three Graces Perfume Series

THALIA Perfume Oil

Visit Deep Midnight Perfume Oils and use coupon code LVL10  at checkout for 10% off your order.

Since it's Christmas, I asked the shops to share their favorite holiday movie.
"It's a Wonderful Life. I used to watch it with my whole family when I was a child. Cable channels used to run it back to back for days before and during Christmas, and I think my brother and I practically had the script memorized after the holiday season was done. We would have it on while we wrapped presents and while we all baked cookies together. Good message in there too!"

For a little holiday fun, I asked the shops to share with us some of their favorite recipes and craft how to's.

Snickerdoodle Cookies

"Snickerdoodle Cookies were my Mom's favorite as a little girl and she used to bake them with her mom for her dad. I made these all the time with my mom, grandma, and aunts (while my dad watched LOL). They are traditional and easy and oh soooo good!"

1 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

2. In a medium bowl, cream together the shortening and 1 1/2 cups sugar. Stir in the eggs. Sift together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until well blended. In a small bowl, stir together the 2 tablespoons of sugar, and the cinnamon. Roll dough into walnut sized balls, and then roll the balls in the cinnamon-sugar. Place them onto an unprepared cookie sheet, two inches apart.
3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Edges should be slightly brown. Remove from sheets to cool on wire racks.

Earn 10 Extra Entries ~ Submit Your Holiday Recipe.
Submit your own holiday recipe or craft how-to for an extra 10 entries in the giveaway. You will find the entry, with full details on how to submit the recipe, on the Rafflecopter widget on the main Giveaway Post. We will post submitted recipes daily.

Fear Friday ~ The Christmas Edition

This month all our Fear Friday reviews will be for movies set at Christmas time. Tonight's film is a lesson in the importance of choosing the correct Christmas gift!!! This one is such fun. Enjoy.

Every Friday at the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is Fear Friday. Fear Fridays are a celebration of all films spooky. Horror is a very broad genre and the Lounge loves it all. Each Friday you will find a review of a different film. These can range from Classic Horror (black and white and cheesy), Thrillers (suspense, jumps and a good mystery), outright Horror (chop chop, slash slash, die die) and anything else in between.

So pop some popcorn, kill the lights and enjoy tonight's selection. And please, share your comments on the film. Bad or good let me know what you thought of it. And now, my little ghouls and dolls, the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is proud to present this week's film.

Fear Friday - Gremlins

Tagline - Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent.
              They didn't obey the rules

Directed by Joe Dante (The Howling and Twilight Zone: The Movie) and released on June 8, 1984 by Warner Brothers Pictures (Rated PG). A cute and cuddly Christmas gift with three simple rules. Don't get him wet, keep him out of bright light, and never feed him after midnight. Ooops! Soon mayhem ensues when the cute and cuddly Gizmo multiplies into lots of not so cute and cuddly Gremlins.

OK, so it's not very scary when watched as an adult but if you saw it as a younger kid it probably was a bit. Now it's just a fun nostalgic watch. The Christmas season makes the perfect background for all the mischief and mayhem these little critters get up to. If you haven't seen it for awhile give it a go. It's a nice stroll down memory lane.

Take a look at the original trailer.

Some trivia on the movie.
1. Generally credited (along with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom) to influence the MPAA to create the PG-13 rating, as many felt the scenes of violence in both movies were too much for a PG rating, but not enough for an R rating. The first movie to have the new rating was Red Dawn.
2. In Cantonese Chinese, mogwai means devil, demon or gremlin. The Mandarin pronunciation is mogui.
3. Both Judd Nelson and Emilio Estevez were considered for the role of Billy.
4. Although it is not clearly visible, "Four Magic Moves to Winning Golf", by Joe Dante (senior) is on Billy's nightstand. Joe Dante Junior said his father criticized him for not making the title more visible.
5. The set for Kingston Falls is the same one used for Back to the Future. Both movies were filmed in the Universal Studios backlot.
6. In addition to restoring the classic Warner Brothers logo to the opening of the movie, it was hoped to release the film along with the classic Looney Tunes short, Falling Hare, where Bugs Bunny is harassed by a plane gremlin during WW II. This fell through, but, highlights from the short do appear as part of the Behind the Scenes featurette, that has also been included on the Special Edition DVD.
7. At least one of Phoebe Cates's screams in the scene at Dorry's Tavern is genuine. An enormous cockroach crawled out in front of her during one take.
8. After watching his earlier short films, Steven Spielberg considered Tim Burton to direct the film. But decided against it because at the time Burton had never directed a full feature length film.
9. The theater that blows up was subsequently involved in another accident when Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) in Back to the Future, smashes into the front entrance at the end of the film. The theater then burned down with the rest of the buildings in the fire that happened right after the filming of Back to the Future Part II.   
10. In this film, the Amblin Entertainment logo makes its first on-screen appearance.
11. Howie Mandel does the voice of Gizmo.

1 comment:

  1. I thought Howie Mandel did Gizmos voice! Thank you for a lovely feature! XOXO