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14.1.12

The Big Year - DVD Review

I love watching movies...
I wish I had a movie rental place that was easier for me to get to.

I was lucky enough to have the chance to review the latest movie, The Big Year.
Have you heard of it?  It had Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson in it...

To be honest, I really had no idea what it was about...
BUT, I did know that with those three names, it was going to be good.
I will say, it was not a comedy like I was expecting with those three...
but, it was a movie that I really enjoyed.

The Big Year is about a three guys from three totally different backgrounds... 
All on the same mission:  Birding the Big Year... 
Meaning, who ever has the "Big Year" is the one that sees the largest number of birds!!!
Now, don't get me wrong, I do not hate birds... but I am not familiar with them either...
I did enjoy watching the movie and learning the different types that are out there..

I enjoyed it, but I tell you ...
Bird Lovers/Watchers.... Watch out!  They will LOVE IT!
It is available January 31st... 
So be ready! 

Synopsis:
(From their site)
Summary: Let the fowl play begin!  Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents the story of a competitive trio who quickly turn a simple quest into the ultimate competition when THE BIG YEAR spreads its wings on Blu-ray and DVD January 31.

Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson portray three men from very different walks of life, facing a mid-life crisis, a work-life crisis and a no-life crisis.  In the biggest competition of their lives, they undertake an unforgettable trek through North America, engaging in hilarious and bizarre adventures and forming friendships that will last a lifetime! 

Directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears PradaMarley & Me) and featuring outrageous supporting performances from Joel McHale (“Community”), Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”), Angelica Huston (50/50), Dianne Wiest (“In Treatment”),Brian Dennehy (The Next Three Days), Rashida Jones (“Parks and Recreation”), Kevin Pollak (Red State) and Anthony Anderson (Scream 4), THE BIG YEARBlu-ray is loaded with special features including the theatrical and extended editions of the film, over 40 minutes of deleted scenes and the featurette “The Big Migration.”  


To help you prepare for 2012...
A "Big List" of your own:


FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

13.1.12

Monster Trucks in Atlanta!!!! #Giveaway

Hey all!!!!
We had a great day today and let me tell you, I just loved it!!!!
Also, be warned... There is a good amount of cuteness contained in this post...
So ... Don't say I did not warn you!!!!!

We are not at the age of Monster Trucks yet...
 Well, I did not think we were until today!
I remember years ago taking my brother to a Monster Truck show and I thought Broxton might enjoy seeing the trucks...   I heard that they were in town... and get this..
FREE Meet and Greets were going on with the drivers!!!!
(It did not hurt that my grandmother gave Broxton a Monster Truck for Christmas!)
So, we put the location in the GPS and made a mommy/son day!!!!

First up:
BATMAN Monster Truck
As soon as Broxton saw it : "Whoa!  That is a big truck!"
I heard several of the men talking about what all was going on  down there!
Yes, Grown men taking pictures and all... I guess we all have excitement no matter what age!!!!
We then went inside Metro PCS where we met the driver of Batman.  He was so nice and Broxton thought it was pretty neat to meet him!  He kept calling him Batman.  They had complimentary soda/popcorn and pizza!!! ( I also heard they were raffling tickets to the event as well.)
I asked if he would be going outside for photos... He was so nice to say yes... So.......
Broxton was able to get his picture not only with the truck, but also with the driver!!!!

We then decided to head home...
Until we notices another Monster Truck!!!
This was at Advance Auto Parts!!!!
Here is the driver doing an interview before the Meet and Greet.

Tell me these are NOT MONSTER TRUCKS!!!
What?!  Here is Grinder.

Now this is where it gets pretty cool for me!
Broxton wanted to go into the big semi truck.  They were so nice to let him...
This is what it looks like...
Over here, they stack the tires and one of the trucks.  

Then, if you look under the tires and all... They move all of the equipment and what not.. Then, they drive the two trucks up on the metal ramp area... Yes... two Monster Trucks are transported in here!!!
(Please do not quote me as to that is exactly how it is done... I was just so excited to be seeing it... and learning that I might have gotten it a bit confused as to if they drive them, roll them, push them or what... but yes... two in here.. on the metal ramps!  Next time I should take notes!!)

Slap me in the face now... I do not know his name... but he was with Grinder... He was the one telling us about the truck... He was so super nice to Broxton!!!!  
This is the driver of Grinder... His name is Lupe and he used to drive another of their trucks.. 
(I learned this from a fan there!)
Broxton was just so happy to be seeing these trucks!!!!
We then headed to Grave Digger...
This was a name I had heard of...
This is Grave Digger The Legend.  
Of course, all the kids wanted to know how they got in the trucks.. With the other trucks, they climb in from the underside... Wit Grave Digger... He has a door that opens! So, we actually got to look INSIDE IT!!!!!
Grave Digger The Legend was at Little Caesars.  They gave out slices of complimentary pizza and cookies.  They even had a cake in the shape of Little Caesar!!!!  The staff there was super nice and I even got to try the White Chicken Garlic Pizza... HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!  Broxton was chowing down on the pizza!
We had the chance to meet Adam... The driver... He is the son of the original driver of Grave Digger.  Kinda neat to meet him and he was just as nice as all the other guys we met!!!!
We had a great mommy/son day with all free activities (including lunch!!)  The only thing that cost money was the gas...oh... and the MONSTER TRUCK TOYS that we just HAD TO BUY!!!!!!!  Ha ha... Great Memories and Great times!!!!!!!!!  

Let me tell you this...
If you are a fan... You want to go to the meet and greets next year.  
If you are not a fan... You want to go to the meet and greets next year... You will be a fan before you leave!!!!

Now, since I love all of my readers so very much...
When Broxton got an autograph from the driver, I asked for an additional one for you!!!
What does that mean?!

One Lucky Reader will win:
An driver autographed picture of:
Batman
Grinder
Grave Digger The Legend.
(It is a photo of the truck with the driver autograph.)



a Rafflecopter giveaway*** This is not a sponsored post.  I just thought it might be fun to share and do a giveaway with you! ***

12.1.12

Glee The Concert On DVD

I admit it...
I am a GLEE Fan!
I love it.
I did not watch the first season... but then I had to buy it to get ready for season two.
(My mom actually gave it to me as a gift and I was so thankful!)
When season two started, Marc and I made it part of our weekly routine to watch it...
So much that last summer when the boys came, the oldest started watching Season One...
And then when he found out that I would be reviewing Glee Season Two, he started asking ALL the time when it would be here so he could watch them...
When the boys came for Christmas this year...
The oldest QUICKLY reminded me that he needed to watch season two.
We pulled it out and started watching... I loved that he was so excited (even texting before they came to make sure we were still on to watch all of them!)
The other two could have cared less... then, the 13 year old started watching and slowly got sucked into (shhhhh don't tell anyone) watching them!!!  He was making fun of his older brother at first for being a Glee Fan, but then saw why... It did not hurt that once he started enjoying the show that he learned that his dad also watches!!!!

That leads us to now...
While they were here, we received GLEE The Concert on DVD for review.
Now, none of us really knew what to expect... so we put it in to see...
It was basically a recording of a Glee Club Concert.
Each of the characters were still in their Glee Characters...
Showing all of them performing different musical numbers...

I loved that it had fans included... Showing fans before the concert.. as well as fans during the concert.
I was a bit confused that they had "added" features of Sue Sylvester introducing them and all at the end as extra features... I personally would have enjoyed it more had it just had the fan stuff at the beginning...
Then, the concert filmed in its entirety... (That means showing Sue introducing them and all that good stuff)
Then, the added features of the behind the scenes and more fan footage...
I will admit that the boys (as well as myself) did wish there would have been more of Sue...
and we did not see Will, Emma or Coach Bieste at all...
Those were key characters we thought we would see...

Bottom line...
If you have a Glee Fan...
Go out and get this ASAP.
We loved it and even the ten year old was caught watching this one with us!!!!

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

10.1.12

Hello 2012

Well, 2012 is already kicking my butt!!!!
We had the boys....
Then, I got sick..  Like, sick as a dog... SICK... Could not move... Sick...
That is all in the past...
Then, Marc had drill...

But-
We are home now..
We are finally getting back into a routine...
and I will be back to my bloggy self soon...
Reviews!  Giveaways!  Pictures!
Oh my!!!!
Yay!

Until then...
Here are a few photo's to make you (hopefully) smile...

We did a "first" this year...
This is as SOON as Santa walked in the door... He went straight to Broxton and Broxton was so happy!
 Broxton sitting with Santa for a Christmas Picture!

We took Broxton to see Santa... At the Harley Dealership!!!!


Hope you had a great holiday!!!
I promise I will be back to a regular schedule soon... 
Not to mention I am (nervously) preparing on going to rafflecopter for giveaways... 

 
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