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9.12.16

STEM and creativity make @BRACKITZTOY fun!! #JBGiftGuide16 #Brackitz #STEM #GenderNeutralToys

Broxton loves to build.  He loves building blocks, but he will also build with just about anything he can get his hands on.  Yes, that includes taking my wooden domino's and using them to build walls for his army men. When I was given the chance to review a new toy out there, BRACKITZ, I knew this would be fun for all of us!

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I thought the Brackitz set was loads of fun.  They come in fun colors and are perfect sized for little hands and big ones too!   The only thing I did not like?  For some reason, all toys / games/ building sets don't seem to come in a storage system to my liking.  I understand cutting down on cost by packing in light cardboard packaging, but even if it was a plastic bin, it would be better.  We ended up going to the dollar store and buying a couple of those shoe-box sized boxes to store these different pieces in. 




We were sent the INVENTOR 44 piece set to review.  It comes with the following:
  10 Long Blue Planks
    12 Short Blue Planks
4 Blue 4-Way Connectors
4 Orange 4-Way Connectors
4 Red 3-Way Connectors
4 Yellow 3-Way Connectors
6 Magenta Motion Connectors

As I said, the pieces are perfect sized for large and small hands.  They included a book that showed you how to make different things, but the only limit is the creativity in your mind!!!
I love that this is a great gift for both boys and girls. Also, I am not really sure the recommended age, but I think it is great for all ages.  The pieces are not too small, so great for younger kids... but the different designs you can make would make this great for all ages.
I could totally see this as a great gift to donate to a classroom too!  You know, rainy day recess or even STEM lessons to allow for creativity to see what designs can be made.
I will say that while we both enjoyed them, I would like to eventually add more to our set to allow for us to build bigger things.  (This made for a great mother / son bonding time one afternoon!)

This is a great gift to add under the tree this year.  Maybe a great set to have at home and then gift another to leave at the grandparents as well?  

8.12.16

Skin Care makes great Stocking Stuffers @belliskincare

I know that in some houses Santa fills the stockings for the kids.  Other houses use the stockings to be cute places to put smaller gifts for all of the family members.  If you are looking for a great stocking stuffer for any of the females in your life, why not look at giving them a gift of great skin care??  Belli Skin Care is great for expecting moms and new moms, but it doesn't mean that it isn't great for those of us that have kids a little older.   I mean, hey, I still use "baby" products on my children and neither think they are babies now.  (1 going on 21 and 7 going on 27) 


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Eye Brightening Cream - Say good riddance to dark under eye circles and puffiness.  MSRP $39.00 for .5 oz. 

Anti-Blemish Facial Wash - A pure face wash that leaves skin clear and refined, without over-drying or irritation.  MSRP $22 for 6.5 oz

Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator -  Use this lotion morning and night and enjoy an antioxidant boost of vitamin C and grapeseed oil for radiant, healthy-looking skin.   $32 for 1.5 oz.


Like I said, my youngest is 1.5 years old and while I am not a "new mom" I do love to pamper my skin from time to time. (Not as much as I should, but hey, I have to start somewhere, right?)  I love that these products are not heavy on the skin.  They also don't have these strong smells that might aggravate your skin.  They are perfect for moms with babies on the way, moms that are nursing, moms that have kids and even people without children. It just goes to show this is safe to use on ALL skin types.  Belli has products for the mom to be such as Stretchmark Minimizing Cream, but also has products for those not expecting such as those I mentioned above.  Take a look at all that Belli Skin Care has to offer, I am sure you will find the perfect gift for a loved one (and a couple for you as well!)

About Belli (from thier site):
Ingredient Safety
Belli is Picky for a Purpose to give you peace of mind. Every Belli product is allergy tested, free of paraben preservatives, phthalates, and artificial dyes or fragrances, and made in the USA. Our founders carefully reviews published medical studies to try and avoid ingredients with known links to birth defects or miscarriage or that could be harmful if passed through breast milk.

7.12.16

Celebrate 70 Years with Giveaway & Goodies @Tervis

Looking for a little festive shopping??  Head to any Tervis store on December 10th for their 70th Year Celebration!!!  (Local to Atlantic Station?  Remember they recently just opened one there!) 
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Tervis Celebrates 70 Years with Giveaway & Goodies!

Tervis, the American drinkware company, is celebrating their 70 anniversary!

Join them Dec. 10th at any of their 46 company stores, including the one at Atlantic Station in Atlanta,  from 10am - 2pm for a giveaway, refreshments and amazing deals!

The first 25 customers will receive a free 70th anniversary commemorative tumbler. These are limited edition designs that replicate the look of the original designs from 1946.

Select tumblers will also be available for only $7, along with complimentary holiday snacks and beverages.

Address: Atlantic Station: 264 19th Street NW, Suite #2100-A      


You can also visit online at www.tervis.com 

A tale as old as time... #BeautyandtheBeast #JBGiftGuide16

I might not be the one to call if you want to win any trivia on any Disney Princess questions, but I do have a few that I know and love.  Beauty and the Beast is an insant classic and I start singing the songs in my head as soon as I hear the title!  Remember, I am in my late 30's so it has been a minute since I have seen many of the Disney Classics that I could never talk my son into watching.  That is alright though, because Savannah will get to watch them all and (hopefully) fall in love with them like I did!  
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Like I said, I love these classics and you better believe that we will be stocking our home DVD collection with them in hopes that I can share the love and memories with Savannah as we enjoy watching these together.
Beauty and the Beast was such a great movie.  I loved the songs and the whole thing was just beautifully put together. I think my favorite part has always been  seeing Mrs. Potts and Chip!!! Something  about them, they are just too cute! 


From DISNEY STORE:
Cast a spell on your imagination and embark on an epic adventure with Belle, our brave and independent heroine, the Beast, who has the heart and soul of a prince, the music you'll never forget and all the fun characters you love. Plus, never-before-seen bonus extras reveal Walt Disney's first inspiration for the cherished classic.

Create magical memories when you share this beloved story and its Academy Award (1991: Best Music, Original Song - Beauty and the Beast, Original Score) winning music with everyone in your family! Part of the Walt Disney Signature Collection.


So, I must ask.
Who is your favorite Disney Princess?
What is your favorite song from Beauty and the Beast?

6.12.16

Secret Life of Pets - Available December 6

You know how you watch a movie in the theaters and you see a preview that sticks in your mind? Yeah, that was how it was when we saw The Secret Life of Pets. I don't even remember the movie we saw the previews at, but Broxton was constantly asking when we would be going to see it. Unfortunately we missed it while it was in the theaters, so then I had the questions of "when does it come out for us to buy it? Is it online yet?  Netflix? Redbox? "
Not only did it come from Broxton, my mom started asking me when it was coming out as she wanted to see it and was hoping she would be visiting us, or us down there, so we could watch it together.  Lucky for all of us, we were down there and had the night planned.  Order food and watch the movie.  
We enjoyed the movie, although I think we all agreed that we could have totally done without the jacked up rabbit.  While I will say that the adults did not find it nearly as funny as Broxton did, it did have all of us laughing at different times.   I think if we had pets it would have made it even more funny.  
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This holiday season, the answer to the question “Ever wonder what your pets do when you’re not home?” is answered when The Secret Lifeof Pets comes to Digital HD November 22, 2016 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand December 6, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The humans behind the Despicable Me franchise present America’s top-grossing original film of the year, the animated comedy is a worldwide hit with over $834 million in global ticket sales. The Secret Life of Pets is “non-stop action and laughs,” says Peter Travers of Rolling Stone. The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD versions feature nearly an hour of bonus content, including three hilarious mini-movies: the all-new Norman Television and Weenie PLUS Mower Minions which debuted in theaters and is now available to own.

In their fifth fully animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our petslead when we leave for work or school. Max, voiced by Louis C.K., is a loyal terrier living a perfectly happy existence until his owner, Katie (Ellie Kemper) brings home Duke (Eric Stonestreet) a big, boisterous mutt she finds at the shelter. When Max and his unruly new “roommate” slip away from their dog-walker, they find themselves lost in the urban jungle of New York City. In an attempt to stay ahead of animal control and a rebel band ofabandoned pets led by an unhinged bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart), they put aside their differences to survive the epic journey back home.

With an all-star voice cast including Louis C.K. (TV’s Louie), Eric Stonestreet (TV’s Modern Family), Kevin Hart (Ride Along Series), Jenny Slate (Zootopia), Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Lake Bell (TV’s Children’s Hospital), Dana Carvey (Wayne’s World), Hannibal Buress (Neighbors series), Bobby Moynihan (TV’s “Saturday Night Live), Steve Coogan (Minions) and Albert Brooks (Finding Dory). The film is directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me franchise, Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax) and co-directed by Yarrow Cheney (Despicable Me franchise).

I saw that they have toys that go with the characters of the movie. I think this would be great to make as a combo gift.  You know, do a gift basket.  Popcorn, drinks, candy, movie, and then throw a toy or two in as well!  Can't go wrong with that!  (Great for gifts that are being shipped!)
Have you seen the movie yet?  What character was your favorite? I liked Gidget the most. She was just too funny, especially when watching her favorite TV show!  

5.12.16

Catch a ride with Po at #AdventuretoSanta

Have you been to see Santa yet?  We were invited to go and check out the Adventure To Santa at North Point mall here recently and we had a great time.  Broxton was in school, so Savannah and I headed out for a "girls" trip. Have you ever heard of Adventure to Santa?  It really is pretty cool!!!!



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Like I said, it is Adventure to Santa and the one here in Atlanta is at North Point Mall.  The Adventure to Santa is tied in with Dreamworks Pictures and this year we had the chance to catch a ride (well, drive it actually!)  with Po from the Kung Fu Panda movies.
If you have been here a while, you might remember last year was with Shrek and Savannah was NOT a fan of the sleigh ride. This year she LOVED the sleigh and was holding her hands up and clapping!  You see, this Adventure to Santa is so much more than just going to see Santa.  You get there and you get to see Po.  (It is a statue, so don't go thinking you can chat a while with him.)  Then you head on in for the Adventure. You get to practice driving the sleigh on the tablets they have inside.  Then, you jump on the sleigh and off you go. I guess its easy to say it is sort of 4-d.  The sleigh doesn't actually move or anything, but you get the simulation like it is with the images on the screen and it shaking.  Then you go out into the next room and get to make a custom greeting card on the tablet if you like.



Finally, you get to see Santa!
Last year Savannah FREAKED out with the jingle bells ringing, so I asked them to put them away so we could try a different approach this time around.  They were eager to make this the best experience ever, so they let me know the reindeer were tied up and wouldn't be making any noises!  


Surprisingly, she did not scream or cry. She just sat there with a stone cold face watching the camera. (She tends to do the same thing when we go for professional pictures.)  Santa was great. He was very patient with her and even tried to get he laughing.  She was not having it, but he did try to get the photographer to get a couple good shots of her looking at him.  He must be a pro at this, as he was really awesome with her. 


Since it is tied in with Dreamworks, they have several of the dreamworks movies items for sale.  She was given panda ears and a baby panda from them and of course that made for a happy baby girl!  

Once it was over, she was ready to go back through it all again!   We had a great time and were very thankful for the invitation to come and check it all out.
If you're looking for a great Santa, make sure you look at the Adventure to Santa experience.

2.12.16

Volcano Alert! #OctonautsLive was great!

We recently had the opportunity to go and see Octonauts Live in Atlanta.  It was their first tour in the USA and it was great!!!  I was not sure how Savannah was going to do, but her eyes were glued to the stage pretty much the whole time.  It was also our first time at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center and that was a very nice venue and AWESOME for kids!!!!
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Parking was easy and once we arrived we hurried inside where they had souvenirs and concessions for sale.  They also had a few photo ops staged, so that was a great way to document the evening.  


The show starts and we immediately get to see the characters that the kids know and love.  Captain Barnacles, Medic Peso and Lieutenant Kwazii are there and the kids go NUTS! The characters are all in costume (obviously) but they do have a guy that I noticed was talking to a few in the crowd before the performance that is a huge part of the whole show.   

Not the best picture, but I did want to prove that I do go and do things with them, since I am rarely in any photographs.  They tell you no flash photography, so this was taken during intermission.  I will say I was very impressed.  The show said it started at 6 pm and I am 99.9 % certain it started at 6 pm. (I have a very impatient child that has to ask "how much longer" for everything!)  The show ran about 30 minutes, then they had an intermission. I believe it was right at 15 minutes.  Then, the show started back up and I think it went for another 30 minutes.
There was the whole story line (VOLCANO ALERT! VOLCANO ALERT! )  of helping Bob fish find his brothers.  There were sea creatures around and singing lots of songs!  

After the show was over, we were invited for a VIP Party and Meet and Greet with a few of the Octonauts.  They had snacks and water for us while we waited for the characters to arrive.  They had a photo booth set up taking photos of the kids that we can download online and then the characters showed up.  While I do wish they offered all of them, they select 2 for the meet and greet. (Not sure how they determine the 2 that night.)  Broxton is really into penguins so we were crossing our fingers to see Peso, but he wasn't there.
Maybe they can have all of them available and when you purchase your Meet and Greet tickets, you have to list 2 that you want your photos with and then you get a pass for those 2 and only those 2?  I don't know.  I like they had Captain Barnacles since he is the leader, but again...
Either way, we had a great time and were thankful to have the chance to go. Just wanted you guys to know that there is not a guarantee that you will see your favorite if you pay to have the Meet and Greet experience.  

With Savannah being 1, I was not sure how she would do. Like I said, she did great.  It was long enough that it is worth your time to take the children for a great experience, but it is short enough for little ones that might not want to sit for an extended amount of time.
We had a great time and of course left singing the songs from the event!
I really hope they had success on all of their shows and plan to come back again next year with more shows added. Keeping an eye out to see and let you all know! 

 
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