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17.9.11

Timmy Time : Hide and Seek (DVD Review)

DVD Synopsis:
Come out, come out wherever you are to join Timmy and his preschool playmates for hide and seek and so much more! From finding the perfect hiding place for noisy Paxton to making paper boats with a sneezy Stripey, Timmy and his friends uncover adventure and surprises filled with fun and laughter in these five adorable stories that the whole family will enjoy.
Episodes Include:
- "Timmy Tries to Hide"
- "Timmy Gets the Job Done"
- "Timmy Goes Bang"
- "Timmy Wants the Beret"
- "Timmy Afloat"


I believe that Broxton and I might have watched Timmy Time once before..
Don't quote me on that, but I think that is about right.

We received the Timmy Time DVD that is scheduled for release September 20th and of course, i wanted to see what it was.
We have seen the advertisements, but I wanted to watch it all.
So, Broxton snuggled up with me in the chair and we put it on.

Okay, so there is no talking...
I actually was annoyed by it at first, until I used it to my advantage!
Broxton and I used that time to talk about what we were watching, instead of being worried we might miss something! :)

I will highlight my top three choices , as I want you to get to experience the different episodes, not just read all about them!

In the first episode, I was actually trying to figure out the point...
This one is where Timmy and his friends play hide and seek.
This little pig, well... He kept following Timmy everywhere!
(He also gave away their hiding spot when he was playing with a loud squeaky toy!)
Broxton and I talked about how it was nice to play hide and seek, but that the pig really needed to be quiet, as he was messing up the game and making Timmy mad!

In Timmy Gets the Job Done, I learned that Timmy is very much a little trouble maker!
We talked about how all the kids were doing their "jobs" so they could go and play, but Timmy wasn't and kept getting in trouble!
In the end, he did the right thing and was rewarded for a job well done, just like the rest of the class.

The one that just might be my favorite was the Timmy Goes Bang.
Well, I think that was the title.
It was so funny...
They were all playing outside and it started raining...
So of course, they came in..
Long story short, they had buckets for the rain leaks and that in turn lead to a "jam session" with the teacher and the classmates!
Way to turn a scary situation (the kids were scared of the rain and different noises) into a fun time by all!!!

There are bonus features on here, but we have not checked them out yet.
I will tell you, Broxton enjoyed it and I loved laughing watching him!!!
Cute!!!

Don't forget, it comes out September 20th.
You can pre-order it now!!!

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16.9.11

Grease is the word!!!!!

So, I do not have an Xbox 360... or a Playstation..
But I really want one now!!
Or, I can hope that they make this new game for the Wii!!!!

How cool is this?!
Please tell me that I am not the only one that loves GREASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


It’s the one that you want! Global video game publisher 505 Games announced today that this fall they are releasing the ultimate singing and dancingGrease™ experience for both Kinect™ for Xbox 360® and PlayStation®Move for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

Grease delivers the movie’s signature choreography and legendary songs combined with today’s motion-sensor technology so fans can dance and sing along to their favorite Grease tunes including iconic anthems like “You’re the One That I Want”, “Greased Lightning” and “Summer Nights.”Grease allows players to sing or dance as a solo act, in a duet or four players can team up to sing and dance together for a sensational musical performance.

Grease key features include:

  • SING!: The game features 15 song compositions from the original film and 5 bonus classic rock ‘n’ roll tracks.
  • DANCE!: Hours of fun with rock ‘n’ roll routines from the movie, including duet choreography and freestyle sections where players can express their individuality and dance for increased points.
  • GAMEPLAY MODES: Game includes Dance Mode and Karaoke Mode with both featuring versus and co-operative play.
  • COOPERATIVE GAMEPLAY: Up to eight-players can compete in Party Mode -- two teams of four players consisting of 2 dancers and 2 singers at any one time.

Developed by Zoe Mode and published by 505 Games under license from Paramount Digital Entertainment, with officially licensed song compositions and timeless choreography from the movie, Grease provides an interactive social singing and dancing experience where players can turn up their style and release their inner rock ‘n roller.


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#win Chicken Soup for the Soul : Inspiration for the Young at Heart #giveaway

As with all the Chicken Soup Books, I find myself laughing at the cartoons ALL the TIME!
I especially laughed hard at these, as I can just imagine some of these being on my parents fridge!!!
If you (or a loved one) are reaching the age of being "young at heart"...
You know who I am talking about :)
This would be a great gift for the holidays!!!!


Synopsis:

101 Stories of Inspiration, Humor, and Wisdom about Life at a Certain Age

Life begins again at 60! Crossing that magic age might bring a few new wrinkles but also new experiences. This collection is full of humorous and fun adventures from those who are actively enjoying their "senior years!" Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for the Young at Heart celebrates the fun and wonder of getting older with its stories about dynamic older singles and couples finding new careers, new sports, new love, and new meaning to their lives. This book will amuse and invigorate readers.


Chapters:
1- New Adventures
2- Turning Back the Clock
3- Never Too Late for Romance
4- New Careers
5- When a Husband Retires
6- The Privileges of Age
7- New Passions
8- Who're You Calling Old?
9- Go For It


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#WIN Breaking the Press DVD #giveaway

This looks like a great movie!!!
Especially one for a family movie night.



Win a Copy of Breaking the Press, Available on Sept. 20

A young man loses his way but through the power of his family’s prayers finds the path to redemption and rediscovers the love of his father in BREAKING THE PRESS, on DVD September 20 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

A recent recipient of the Dove Foundation’s ‘Family-Approved’ seal for all audiences over the age of twelve, this inspiring Biblical parable stars Drew Waters (“Friday Night Lights”) as Joe Conahey, a small-town high school basketball coach whose Christian faith is tested by an unsuccessful season and the intense pressure that results. The family’s two star sons—the older, diligently hardworking brother Matt (Chad Halbrook, Brotherhood) and the younger, naturally-gifted Josh (Tom Maden, “According to Jim”)—are separated when Josh selfishly transfers to a powerhouse school hundreds of miles away. His previous team’s top player, Josh finds difficulty adjusting to the big-city program, tempted as he is by girls, drugs, alcohol and stardom – and is subsequently expelled. Only through the power of prayer and forgiveness can the troubled ”Prodigal Son” make his way back into the arms of his loving father and find redemption for his family and his team.


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15.9.11

Aloha Friday - Is it to early?


Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday. In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too.

My question this week:
Is it to early to start thinking about Christmas Shopping?

My answer:
Not for me, I am already planning my Holiday Gift Guide, with reviews and giveaways! Kicks off October 1st :)


@KidfreshFoods is making meals easier here: #kidfresh #giveaway

I am not the best of cooks by any means, so when I can find something healthy and easy for Broxton, you know I want to try it!
I was lucky enough to be part of the blog tour Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Kidfresh.
We were told that the Kidfresh Products were at our local Publix, so we headed there to see, sure enough, right there in the frozen food aisle!
You can check out their store locator to see where you can purchase.
I bought one of each variety that they carried.
(I was a bit disappointed, as they only carried 3 of the 6 different meals. I even looked to make sure that they were hopefully just out, but there was no space for it, or a label.)
Either way, I grabbed them and brought them home...
Here is what we bought:
If you look, you can see Broxton pointing that he wants to try the Mac - +- Cheese .
I had to give it a try as well.
I loved it and Broxton gobbled it right up!
It was very good with real cheese, not just some cheese sauce!!!
Here is a look at the finished meal!
I bet he would have tried to lick it clean, if I had let him! :)
I forgot to take pictures of the other meals, but I will say, the Spaghetti was pretty good as well.
I really want to try their other ones!
Looking back, I should not have bought the Quesadillas.
I have tried to get Broxton to eat them before and he just does not care for them, but since it was another variety, I thought I would give it a try!
But, back to the mac n cheese...
Tell me this doesn't look like a happy face?!
Broxton is not one to say no to vegetables...
BUT, if your little one isn't a fan...
This is just the meal for you!
They puree the veggies and mix them in with the meal, allowing the "sneak attack" to help with their daily vegetable intake!

Why Kidfresh?
Well, with a top chef and pediatric nutritionist helping with the meals, you can feel safe knowing your kids are eating healthy!
Think of how quick and easy throwing a frozen HEALTHY meal into the microwave can be...
(Never mind how fast and easy it is for you, if you are rushed!)
Click HERE to learn about the Nutritional Benefits of Kidfresh Meals!


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Games you might want to think about...

I do not know how much you "game" at your house...
But we are thankful for the Wii when the boys are here...
They take turns playing it in their room and it leaves the other TV available for the rest of the family...

I just wanted to share a few new game releases that might be a hit at your house this year...
(I for one am VERY excited about the ZUMBA one!)

First Up:

Camping Mama: Outdoor Adventures
Launching September 13 for the Nintendo DS, Camping Mama sets players off on an island camping adventure with Mama, Papa and their two children…navigate the wilderness, live off the land and master your survival skills to thrive in the great outdoors!

Features of Camping Mama include:
• Based on the best-selling Cooking Mama franchise that has sold more than 8 and a half million units in North America alone, Camping Mama: Outdoor Adventures allows players to explore the camp site and island as they play a mix of stylus-based cooking, crafting, treasure hunting, and action mini-games in the signature Mama format.
• Play through 38 levels with 100 brand new mini games as Mama’s son or daughter with either Mama or Papa on hand to provide guidance.
• Participate in activities including rock climbing, swinging on jungle vines, spelunking, rowing a boat, tree climbing, and more.
• Use items in mini-games to survive in the woods - craft a fishing pole to fish, sharpen knives and axes with stones you’ve collected, make a fire to cook shellfish you’ve caught, cook the eggs collected from captured chickens to eat, set up your camping tent to sleep in, construct a net to catch butterflies, and much more!
• Experience nature in a variety of settings, such as the Forest, Mountains, and Seas in day, night, snow, and more!
• Find treasure that you can use in further adventures, or even to decorate your camp.
• Collect insects, fish, treasure, and more, and then survey your collection in your scrap book. Aim to find everything!
• Perfect mini games you’ve unlocked in Challenge Mode.

Second Game:
Reel Em In - Classic Slots

This title is now available for preorder exclusively from the Phantom EFX online digital storefront. Reel ‘em In includes 20 of WMS’ most well-known and beloved slot titles, including the original Reel ‘em In Classic that started it all!

Reel ‘em In will be released sometime in the next month for $19.99 on Phantom’s digital storefront and at major retailers nationwide as well as several digital distribution outlets in the coming months. Some of the slots featured in Reel ‘em In include:

• Brazilian Beauty
• Silk Kimono
• Ring Quest
• Wild Waves
• 9 Suns
• Reel Em In Classic
• Double Wild & Loose
Rakin It In
• Jungle Wild
• Enchanted Kingdom
• One WMS Mystery Slot…



Also, for those of you that Love Facebook:
They now have:
PARKING WARS.
( I love this show and have been tempted to give it a look, but I do not want to be sucked in.. YET!)

Based on the hit A&E series, this innovative online game is set to surpass the run-away success of the original Parking Wars game on Facebook.

An all-new season of “Parking Wars” will air on A&E this winter.

“We know our fans will love the addictive and fun Parking Wars 2 experience and are thrilled to be able to offer our advertisers a new and very engaging medium to reach our shared consumer. We are excited to partner with Majesco on this brand new social game,” said Kris Soumas, Head of Games, A+E Networks Digital Media. Added Jesse Sutton, CEO Majesco Entertainment, “As an upcoming addition to our growing social games portfolio, Parking Wars 2further demonstrates our strategic focus to create unique online experiences that leverage the quality of incredible network programming.”

Parking Wars 2 offers Facebook players of all ages the chance to build an impressive fleet of vehicles and then park them illegally across the world. Players can purchase almost every kind of imaginable vehicle (from motorcycles to monster trucks) and building storefronts (from taco stands to banks), but ticketing is the real fun. The longer players keep cars parked on their friends’ streets – legally or illegally – the more money they’ll earn, but be careful…. The parking signs change frequently and your friends are waiting to steal your cash with another parking violation. Additionally, players can buy a host of other items and car accessories like tires, gas, air fresheners, car wax, bricks and much more.

Parking Wars 2 is now open for everyone on Facebook to enjoy. For more information on the game, please visit here.


* I was not compensated in any way by posting this... I am just trying to get started thinking of great gift idea's and thought this might help some of you out...

I like to move it, move it... Zumba IS COMING

Remember when I told you I went to a Zumba class and LOVED it?
Well, I have not been able to go back...
But now, I will be doing Zumba at home!!!
Yay, I am looking forward to this coming out in November!!!!

Zumba® Fitness 2 features the hit track “Pause” from international music sensation and Sony Music recording artist Pitbull, whose blended music is a favorite among the Zumba® Fitness community. Additional Zumba® Fitness 2 tracks announced today include an exclusiveZumba remix of “Poison,” the dance hit from former lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, Nicole Scherzinger, and club favorite “We No Speak Americano” by Yolanda Be Cool & DCup, which has sold more than 1 million copies in the U.S. alone.

The original Zumba® Fitness game is the best-selling fitness game in North America this year and has sold 3 million copies worldwide. The sequel, Zumba® Fitness 2, features more than 30 new sizzling dance tracks from the Zumba® program, many created by Grammy-winning producers. The latest title gets players moving with Zumba creator Beto and international celebrity instructors Tanya Beardsley and Gina Grant as they guide players through exhilarating choreography that spans 20 different international dance styles. For the first time, players can customize their own class with their favorite routines, follow their improvement through an all new Progress tracker and track calories burned. Whether playing in Single Song, Full Class or Zumba Party modes that support up to 4 dancers, players will have a blast with this unique dance fitness experience that shapes, tones and transforms their bodies and makes them forget they’re even exercising.

Zumba® Fitness 2 is coming to Wii™ this November and will be released on a second platform in early 2012.


Doesn't this look FUN?!

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Mabel's Labels for Back-to-School Readiness ENDS September 30th

Mabel's Labels Back-to-School Combo Packs - $42 for 108 labels and tags.
This ends on September 30th.
Just a friendly reminder, if you have yet to buy any...
Or maybe you need more?

I am a Mabel's Label BUZZMAMA and I just wanted to send a friendly reminder to you all!
This was not a required post, just thought it was a great deal to share!

Chicken Soup for the Soul : Just for Preteens #Giveaway


You know I love to read...
You also know I love the whole Chicken Soup for the Soul Series.

That being said, lets just get right to it!!!
They have yet another great book out now.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just for Preteens is a great gift idea for the tweens you have in your life.

Chapters:
1- Feeling Good About Yourself
2- New Faces and New Places
3-Learning Lessons and Doing What's Right
4- Crushed
5- The Kindness of Others
6- When the Going Gets Tough
7- Finding Your Passion
8- That Was Embarrasing
9- Family Ties
10- Bullies and Bully Payback
11- Friendships to Last a Lifetime

This book seems to cover all of the issues that younger kids deal with...
From their first crush. Moving and having to go to a new school.
Most of all, there are so many stories of being bullied.
It breaks my heart that this is still present today, but hopefully with these kids sharing their stories, it will get us all one step closer to ending bullying!

Synopsis:

101 Stories of Inspiration and Support for Tweens

Being a preteen is harder than it looks! School is more challenging, bodies are changing, relationships with parents are different, and new issues arise with friends. But preteens can find encouragement and inspiration in this collection of stories by other preteens, just like them, about the problems and issues they face every day. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just for Preteenswill help readers as they navigate those tough preteen years from ages 9 to 12 with its stories from others just like them, about the highs and lows of life as a preteen. It's a support group they carry in their backpack!



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14.9.11

Thomas and Friends : Day of the Diesels (DVD Review)


As we all know, Broxton LOVES Thomas and Friends...
We have the toys, the books and of course, the DVD's.

I was excited to know that we would be adding to our DVD collection with the newest DVD from them.
Thomas and Friends: Day of the Diesel was not really what we were expecting.
Yes, it had Thomas and Percy, but it seemed a bit too "negative" for Broxton.
Don't get me wrong, we don't try and pretend the world is perfect..
With this DVD, it just seemed a little older than for a 2 and a half year old.

This DVD has the introduction of two new firefighting engines...
Flynn and Belle.
Broxton LOVED it!!!!!

Thomas shows them around Sodor Island, but in the process of doing so, Percy gets pushed to the side and is feeling ignored!
Then, there are the Diesels...
Ugh...... I don't care for them, neither does Broxton!
Diesel 10 is a bad guy and long story short, he takes advantage of Percy feeling left out!
Broxton did not really get into it the first time, I do not know if it was because it was a bit scary in the eyes of a toddler, or what...
But, a couple days later, he did ask to watch it again...
(We had talked about how Diesel wasn't being a good friend and that you should always love your friends and be nice to them..)

We have since watched it again a couple more times.
I know he loves watching Thomas, but I do think that this is probably for the 4 and older age group.
So, if you have a train fan...
Or a Thomas fan...
(That is a bit older!)
I think you should think about adding this to your gift list this year!!!

DVD Synopsis:
The Steamies and the Diesels face off in this action-packed movie adventure! When a fire breaks out on the Island of Sodor, two new firefighting engines – Flynn and Belle – join Thomas and Percy to save the day! When Thomas starts spending all his time with Sodor’s newest heroes, Percy is left feeling alone. Diesel sees this and invites Percy to the Dieselworks, where Percy is made to feel special by none other than the master of mischief Diesel 10! But Percy doesn’t know that he is part of Diesel 10’s master plan to take over the Sodor Steamworks. Can Percy lead the Steam Team to reclaim the Steamworks or will the Diesels make it their new home? It’s full steam ahead to sure-fire excitement in this all-new movie from Thomas & Friends™!

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Read for the Record - October 6th

What will you be doing October 6th?
I know it is a bit away, but I know something Broxton and I will be doing...

PRESS RELEASE:

On October 6th, millions of people across the globe will read the same book, Llama Llama Red Pajama, as part of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. For the past five years, Jumpstart, a national education organization, has hosted this global event, bringing together celebrities like Bill Cosby, Justin Beiber, Vince Vaughn, Patti Labelle, Matt Lauer, representatives on Capitol Hill, elected officials, parents, teachers, children and volunteers to help bridge America’s achievement gap. Hundreds of reading events and “pajama parties” will be taking place all across the country, and you and your readers can join in the fun!

This year, they need your help to set a new world record of 2.1 million readers. The simple act of reading with a child on this one day translates into year-long educational support for preschool children from low-income communities, many of whom grow up in homes without a single book.

The reality is that 1 in 3 children in the U.S. begins kindergarten behind, and most will never catch up. In fact, in states like California, for every child who isn't reading on the 4th grade level when tested, budget is planned for a jail cell*. Before they even enter school, children need to be equipped with fundamental literacy skills and taking the time to read with your kids is an easy way to ensure they’re prepared.



SO, I ask you...

Will you join us in reading?

If you do not have the book, you can click here to read it online for free!!!!!


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13.9.11

W/W - Picnic with Caillou


While watching Caillou the other day...
They were talking about having a picnic and what to eat to grow up big and strong.
As soon as Broxton heard about the picnic, he immediately wanted one!
So, I set him up his own picnic in the living room!!!!

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Etsy - I finally did it!

I have been talking and talking about starting up my Etsy Store...
Well, I finally did it!!!
I do not have many pictures in there, yet...
But I plan on adding more soon!
Please share with your friends and family...
Remember, these photo's would make LOVELY gifts this holiday season!

I would love for you to come visit ...
Let me know, are you on Etsy?
Do you shop Etsy?

Visit me at NVISIONPHOTOGRAPHY.

12.9.11

Betty Crocker Brownie #giveaway

If you know me...
You love me, for me...
Not for my cooking.

I admit it, I am not one that sits around baking and making the house smell all warm and full of cakes and pies and brownies and what not...
I just do not know how...
You can only begin to imagine how big the smile was the other day when I told Marc I would be making brownies..
Talk about a special treat!!!

The thing is, I was given a prize pack from Betty Crocker to try out their new Milk Chocolate Traditional Brownie Mix.
Okay, first of all, I LOVE MILK CHOCOLATE...
Second thing, I love anything SWEET and brownies are just delicious!!!

So, I put on my new apron (provided in my prize pack, and guess what, I loved it, I have never owned an apron and it made me think of my Nana!)
I grabbed my new spoon and then set out to make the brownies.
Oh, then I got to worrying that I would not have all the ingredients!
That must have been a joke my mind was playing on me, as I flipped the box over and saw I needed like 3 things!!
Talk about simple and easy!!!
Okay, so back to the long, hard task of these brownies...
I grabbed the ingredients and in just a few minutes, the brownies were in my new pan ready to go into the oven.
Just a bit later and the sweet yummy aroma of something tasteful was wafting through the house...
At this point, Marc was quick to ask how long...
He "just didn't want them to burn" aka - "I am ready to eat them now, since they smell so wonderful!"
Once they were ready, I took them out of the oven to cool, but that didn't last too long, as we could not hold out and we ended up eating them while they were still nice and warm.

Of course, no brownie could be enjoyed without Broxton's approval...
Which was "Yummy!"

Unfortunately, we inhaled them all before I even thought about snapping a picture!!!
Sorry... but I will tell you...
DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


To make you smile...
My BlogSpark is giving one of you the chance to win a prize pack just like I received...

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11.9.11

Glee Give A Note Campaign

I was in chorus throughout middle and high school.

I think music IS important, that is why I am sharing this...


LOS ANGELES (Sept. 9, 2011) – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) announced today “GLEE Give a Note,” a campaign to donate $1 million to school arts programs across the country. Starting today, eligible high schools are invited to submit videos about why their school deserves a grant atwww.GleeGiveANote.com. In December 2011, after two rounds of voting, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will name the 73 schools that will receive grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000.

High school students everywhere are encouraged to harmonize, boogie or conduct their submission in video form – the more creative, the better. On October 4, eligible entries will be posted on www.GleeGiveANote.com and put up for public vote for 30 days. A panel composed of NAfME members will conduct a final vote and the 73 winning schools will be notified in December. There will be three grand prizes of $50,000 each; 10 first prizes of $25,000 each; and 60 second prizes of $10,000 each.

“Millions of kids are attending schools where music programs have been cut. Each week, GLEE is sticking up for school music, giving a voice to students and teachers who understand that music is essential to a complete education,” said Michael A. Butera, executive director, National Association for Music Education. “Our organization is fighting every day to keep music in our schools so that every kid has the chance to experience it. With GLEE’s support of music education programs, millions of students won’t have to stop believing!”

“We are thrilled about the extraordinary success of Glee on DVD, as it is a true reflection of the fans appetite for this phenomenal series,” said Mary Daily, executive vice president for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. “One dollar for every Blu-ray and DVD sold with a $1 million dollar guaranteed donation will go towards saving music and arts programs in public schools through the Glee Give a Note Project.”

For more information, including official rules, visit www.GleeGiveANote.com. Glee: The Complete Second Season arrives on Blu-ray and DVD September 13, 2011.


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