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Don't Forget: The Big Year - Available January 31

Comedic Icons Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson Star in the Hilarious Outdoor Adventure Coming to Blu-ray and DVD January 31!

Bird Buddies

Brad (Jack Black) tells his father that he can relate to a certain bird species because both he and the bird are both generally underestimated. Here, after taking this quiz, you'll be able to see what kind of bird you might most closely resemble. Are you an avid decorator like the bowerbird? Do you like to show off your dance moves to impress the ladies like a riflebird? You'll know for sure what bird best suits your personality after taking our test!

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!

What Bird Are You?
  1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  1. Australia, for sure!
  2. I’ve always wanted to explore a tropical rainforest!
  3. I don’t like to travel; I’d rather just stay home.
  4. I can’t choose just one place! I want to travel everywhere!

  1. How do you attract a member of the opposite sex?
  1. I give make them something unique, or give them a memorable present.
  2. I woo the opposite sex with my sweet dance moves!
  3. I show them that I will be committed and protective of them in the future.
  4. I treat them as my equal and try to find an activity we can share with one another.

  1. What is your favorite color?
  1. Anything bright and flashy!
  2. Blue
  3. Yellow
  4. Brown

  1. What is your hidden talent?
  1. I’m really crafty; I can make cool things from common objects.
  2. I’m a great dancer!
  3. I’ve been told I have an interesting singing voice!
  4. I’m super resilient – I can do a lot on little sleep and with few or no breaks.

  1. How would you describe your personality?
  1. I’m really complex, so I can’t succinctly describe my personality.
  2. I’m outgoing and independent – the life of the party!
  3. I’m a homebody, but I’m fun to be around and really protective of the things and people I love.
  4. I have tons of friends and live a sort of jet set lifestyle – I’m definitely a world traveler.

Mostly A’s
You are most like a bowerbird! Bowerbirds are renowned for their unique (and crafty!) courtship behavior. Males will build structures (called bowers) out of sticks and brightly colored objects in an attempt to attract a mate. Bowerbirds are also extremely good at mimicking other creatures, including pigs, waterfalls, and human chatter. This complex behavior has led many to believe that bowerbirds are the most behaviorally complex species of bird. Bowerbirds are mainly found in varying parts of Australia.

Mostly B’s
You’re a riflebird! Male riflebirds are polygamous and known for their flashy mating “dance.” During this courtship display, the male will fully extend his wings, raise his tail and hop upward while swinging his head (allowing him to show off his blue-green breast shield). Female riflebirds observe this “dance” and, if satisfied, will reward the male by mating with him. The females then take care of their young without male assistance. These birds are mainly found in the rainforests of New Guinea and Northeastern Australia.

Mostly C’s
You are a blue tit! One thing that blue tits are known for is being “resident” birds, meaning that they do not migrate. Blue tits are very popular garden birds in Europe due to their perky acrobatic performances and interesting calls when feeding. Blue tits are also very protective of their nests and eggs, and exhibit a lot of excited behavior when feeding and nesting. Blue tits will also nest in any suitable hole, including artificial nesting boxes (most birds will not readily settle in an artificial nesting box).

Mostly D’s
You’re most like a bar-tailed godwit! The bar-tailed godwit migrates in flocks to places like East Asia, Alaska, New Zealand, Australia, Africa and northwestern Europe. Bar-tailed godwits take the longest non-stop flight of any bird species, traveling from New Zealand to the Yellow Sea in China! These birds also share the responsibility of incubating and caring for their young between both the males and the females.

You can click HERE to read my review on the movie.
Just wanted to remind you it was available on January 31st.

***** I just wanted to remind you that yes, I did receive a complimentary copy, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. *****


They're That Good! @Guylian_Chocs #Giveaway

I love chocolate... Yes, I surely DO!
I would eat it pretty much all the time, but I know better...
I wish I was a fan of dark chocolate, as it is healthier for you...
But, I just can not do it... Something about it, just doesn't work for me...

That was until I tried the Guylian Dark Chocolate!
Wow.  They are that good!  How good is that?  So good that I am in love with their dark chocolate.
So good that the boys loved their dark chocolate.  So good that I normally pawn off the dark chocolate to Broxton or Marc (for me to eat more of the other, but this time, I was trying to decide how to limit what I would share!)

I was sent a generous amount of these beautiful creations, Guylian Chocolate...
Yes, I say beautiful creations, since it can not simply be called Chocolate.
It is Belgian Chocolate that is a piece of art as well.  Belgian Truffles!

I was surprised as to how pretty each piece was.  Then, the boys saw the chocolate!  We sampled, we tried to be patient, but it was so good that we were quickly taken away to a place of sheer enjoyment!  The boys were impressed with how they were shaped..Some were seahorses... Some were seashells... All were perfect!

The story of how Guylian got it's name is just as beautiful as the treat they represent.
Guy married the love of his life, Liliane... Joined in love, joined in work!
Each piece of this chocolate is from their original handcrafted recipe... Each piece made in small batches.  Each made in copper kettles... Each made in Belgium!

Now, as I said... this isn't your every day chocolate...
This is chocolate to be savored.  To be enjoyed.  To be celebrated....
That being said, there is nothing better than a "Sweet for your Sweet" this Valentines Day!

What will you win?!

-One winner (1) of the following products:
One – 22 piece box of Guylian Artisanal Belgian Original Chocolate Truffles 
Two - 6 piece Original Chocolate Truffle Box
Four - 2 piece Original Chocolate Truffle Box

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The End of Molasses Classes - Book review

Have you heard of Ron Clark?
I heard of him a couple years ago...
I believe it was Oprah who brought him to the surface for all of us...   Well, I know it was Oprah for me...

Maybe I paid more attention because it took place in Atlanta... Maybe it was because I remember wishing that school was more interesting...
Either way, when I heard that there was a book titled, The End of Molasses Classes, by Ron Clark...
I knew I wanted to read it...
It was full of 101 idea's - "Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers."

I never gave it much thought, but he was able to summarize in two words what many of us can write about in paragraphs... MOLASSES CLASSES.
You know what I am talking about, unless you were lucky enough to have a teacher (or if you were really lucky, teacherS) like Ron Clark. 
Molasses Classes... they went SO SLOW... Slow as Molasses!

After reading this book, I tell you know... I would LOVE to go back to school... 
Yes, even middle and high ... If I knew I could go to a school like the Ron Clark Academy.

This book isn't about just TEACHING the kids...   This is about helping the kids succeed... 
This is a book... for EVERYONE.  The teachers, the students, the parents... the community! 

I will tell you, I did not sit down and read this book from start to finish... I flipped from here to there... back to this section, jumped over to that part...  Do you get what I am saying?  Basically, anyone can read it... and you can choose the way that is best suited for you!

In the beginning, you have the Contents...
In the contents, you have each area broken down into parts, and from there it is divided into sections.

Part One - RCA (Ron Clark Academy) Core Principles and Values.
Part Two - The Role of the Parent in the Success of the Child.
Part Three - Creating the Right Climate and Culture
Part Four - Reaching Out Beyond the Classroom

There were many parts that I would read and say, "oh this is my favorite section!" But then, I would read another section and say it all over again!  It grabbed me when in the very beginning Ron Clark says " NOT EVERY CHILD DESERVES A COOKIE."  Maybe you agree, maybe you don't... I personally do agree... If you give the kid everything all the time, how will they ever learn?  

As for the teachers... I do believe that if more teachers had a fire for teaching, the students would for sure have a fire for learning... Now, not every student... but I know that for me, nothing was worse than walking into a classroom knowing that the teacher was going to be at their desk doing a lecture all day... or we would be watching boring power point presentations...   I loved this:  "Teach the Students... Not the Board."

In here, Mr. Clark talks about never staying in the same place throughout class... Making eye contact with the students... getting parents involved (no "helicopter" parenting) but at least having communication with them.  

Not only does Mr. Clark write this book to help all of us that have the ability to impact the education of a child... He also adds several sections where he gives you pointers if you want to try something like this yourself... Example:  Instead of telling them to work hard to get a job, invite people of all different area's of the workforce in for them to learn about different professions... that might be what they need to make the light shine in their eyes and the drive to succeed and become.

Yes, I think that this is a great book... One that I will for sure be pulling out to flip through when Broxton starts school.  Just the fact that he brings so much energy and excitement to his school... Well, to be honest... I would LOVE to visit it!  (If I ever get there, I will let you know!)  Also, the book has several letters from family members singing the praises of the work Mr. Clark has done!  So, although I think he seems pretty cool, from reading his story, the family seems to seal the deal for me!

You can purchase your copy of The End Of Molasses Classes from several local retailers.  

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Emerald Breakfast on the Go - Oatmeal Blends #Giveaway

Now that we are all back in the routine of school and work and not all the holidays, it is time to regain focus on time management and on being healthy!
No, I did not make any resolutions this year, I never do...
But, I want to try and be healthier....

I had the chance to review the Breakfast on the Go - Oatmeal Blends.
I was excited to try them, as I loved the Nut and Granola ones...
I am a fan of oatmeal, but I have to be in the mood...
With these.... you are always in for a quick little pack!  Be it for a breakfast on the go or a pick me up snack during the day...

We were sent all three flavors:
Maple and Brown Sugar, Apples and Cinnamon, and Blueberries and Creme...
All three were delicious... although I was surprised to like the Maple and Brown Sugar the least.
I love that flavor of Maple and Brown Sugar for the oatmeal, so I was surprised that it wasn't my favorite out of these packs!!!!

I had the boys try it and they were quick to pick out the goodies that were mixed in and left the oatmeal clusters... I tried to explain that was just as good as the rest, but they were not having it...  So, Broxton and I enjoyed the rest of them... I wasn't going to let them pick and choose what they wanted to eat and throw away the rest...  Broxton loves the yogurt covered raisins and to be honest, they are pretty tasty... This is coming from one who is NOT a fan of raisins...  All in all, I really enjoyed them and I am glad that Broxton enjoyed them too, he is sometimes a picky eater, so these are great... especially when we travel out of town!  They don't take up much room and are very delicious!

Besides them tasting great and being a great "quick" breakfast... (or snack)
Let me point out a few other need to know facts:

  • 200 calories or less per pouch
  • 3 grams of dietary fiber
  • 3 to 4 grams of protein
  • New flavors - Maple & Brown Sugar, Apples & Cinnamon, Berries & Creme

    ***** Not to mention, they are part of the Labels for Education!  *****

    Now, who wants to win a box of each for your household?!

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    "Nothing is More Dangerous Than the Truth" Whistleblower DVD Review

    I was trying to think of a movie to watch the other night...
    Broxton was playing in his room, Marc was at work and I really just felt like watching a movie.
    I then remembered that I had The Whistleblower on DVD for review.

    I wasn't really sure if it was something I was going to like or not...
    I wasn't familiar with the names in the cast.... but, their tag line "Nothing is more dangerous than the truth" had really grabbed my attention, that was why I wanted to review it....

    So, I put it in and was surprised when it was in a foreign country and had subtitles...
    I wasn't sure if I was in the mood for that kind of movie...  But, I figured I could at least try....
    The next thing you know, it is in the USA for a bit and then they are speaking English... at the UN in Bosnia.
    I decided to put the subtitles on (even for the English speaking scenes, as they spoke low at times and with loud toys, I did not want to miss anything.)

    The Whistleblower is based on true events..
    It is about a female Nebraska cop that goes to work for the UN in Bosnia.  She is there to help as a peacekeeper, but before you know it... she has stumbled upon a MAJOR sex trafficking ring...
    I will say, they use the F word about a minute into the movie.... and then they use it all throughout the movie...
    So, if you are one that can not handle that language at all, then this is not a movie for you... but, if you can watch through this, then I highly recommend it.  I was sucked in about a minute in trying to figure out what was going to happen... and I was glued to the television throughout the entire thing!  Normally, I will let the movie play when I run to the kitchen for a drink or something (or if Broxton is a bit too quiet) not this time... If I had to move my eyes off the television at all, it was PAUSED until I returned!

    Great movie, although very heartbreaking to know that stuff like this really does happen!

    How far will one woman go to fight global injustice? Clandestine secrets are waiting to be exposed in the gripping dramatic thriller THE WHISTLEBLOWER, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD January 24 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Inspired by true events, THE WHISTLEBLOWER has been met with praise by critics and heralded at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (“Best Narrative Feature”), Seattle Film Festival (“Best Director”) and Whistler Film Festival (“Best Film,” “Best Narrative Feature”).

    Academy Award winners Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner) and Vanessa Redgrave (Julia) head a powerful cast that includes Oscar® Nominee David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck) in writer-director Larysa Kondracki’s harrowing dramatic thriller. When Nebraska cop Kathryn Bolkovac (Weisz) accepts a U.N. peacekeeper position in post-war Bosnia, she uncovers a deadly sex trafficking ring. After learning that fellow peacekeepers and military contractors are involved in the ghastly practice and its cover-up, Bolkovac risks her own life to save the lives of others and expose the corruption. With masterful acting and a heart-racing plot, THE WHISTLEBLOWER is an acclaimed film inspired by actual events and includes stellar supporting performances from Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”), Monica Bellucci (The Matrix Reloaded) and David Hewlett (“Stargate: Atlantis”).

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