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KiKi's Blankie

Broxton has a new favorite book!
We received Kiki's Blankie by Janie Bynum for review and it is just too cute.
Now, I am not sure why he really loves it so much...

I wonder at times if it is because of the binding...
The book is about Kiki (a monkey) and Kiki's blue polka dotted blankie.
Well, the binding is blue and white polka dot with a texture that represents the blankie!
He was so excited about that when he first noticed it...

But then, you start to read the book and learn that Kiki goes NO WHERE without that blankie.
The adventures they take... Kiki reminded me of Caillou, and we all know how much Broxton loves him!
So, we read the book.  Then, we read it again...
Once more, then... Broxton had to read it to me.

We read it every day and he has to walk around and place it throughout the house too!
You see, Kiki would do anything for that blankie...  Why?  because where Kiki goes, so does that blankie!  Even if it means having to fight an alligator to save it!
Talk about doing what you have to do for love :)

What a cute and exciting book!
It is small and simple enough that Broxton loves it...
But it is cute enough with that adorable monkey to keep mommy smiling too!

* By the way, he is over there reading Kiki's Blankie to daddy while I write this post!

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Soft Clothing Review

Broxton is always wanting to be just like his daddy...
From the time he wakes up, until the time he goes to sleep, he is always impersonating him.

For example, Marc drives a motorcycle...
So, Broxton has to ride his "bike" (tricycle) all through the house..
That means he also has to put ear plugs and his daddys bike helmet on.

When he sees daddy doesn't have his shirt on... He immediately has to take his shirt off as well!
He loves his daddy, no denying that!

So, when I saw that Soft Clothing had adorable, organic boxers...
I wanted to try them for Broxton!
I also liked that they did not have a tag... For some reason, some shirts with tags have started bothering him now, so I was hopeful that we would get tag-less for him to have one less thing to worry about!
I new he would love them, as he would be even more like his daddy...

Once they arrived, he was so excited to put them on...
We washed and then he picked out the blue to wear.

Let me tell you the great things about them:
If you have a child with sensory issues... You really want to give these a try!

I loved that they were super soft.
Not to mention that they were stretchy.  That really isn't the word I want to use, but I can not think of what I want to say... The material is one that looks and feels like it will hold to the test of time...Also that they will not begin to feel snug on the child.

That was our only problem.
Broxton has a bubble butt ...  I thought that with them not having a tight elastic waist band, that it would still work over his hiney.. Well, they seemed to fall down a bit.  I could not figure out what was going on.
He would be playing, then start walking funny... Next thing I new, he was grabbing his underwear in his pants!  Come to find out, they had fallen down on him!  
We have now learned that with these, he wears them with his form fitting pajamas!

Would I recommend these?
For those with sensory needs, a for sure yes...
For other kids just wanting boxers... I am not so sure... Broxton liked them, but as I said... they could not stay on him for very long!  Also, there is not a spot for them to go potty without having to pull the underwear all the way down... That would not work for us, as Broxton ALWAYS has to go potty on car trips:)

While you are there visiting their site to read up on these great boxers, stop over to check out their "sample sale" ... you can get products for up to 80% off!

Description from the Soft Clothing Site:

Product Description

Soft Seamless Underwear was developed over the course of 36 months, and during this time was tested with children with a wide range of sensory sensitivity.  Our final product is a unique style of underwear designed for comprehensive comfort and style.  We use entirely seamless construction manufactured on custom developed machinery, the softest organic cotton blended with Soft spandex for a gentle hugging sensation.  We eliminated all of the elements which kids complained to us about: seams, elastic, certain cuts and styles, the feel of certain fabrics against the skin, and we came up with the softest, most seamless underwear around.  Soft and seamless where it counts! 
See our size chart below.  Because of our unique fabrication, each size can accomodate a range of ages and sizes--so please take note of the specific measurements to find the best match for your child. 

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.

Be Who You Are - Cassandra's Angel Book Review

I love books.  We all know that.  I love reading to Broxton.  He loves when I read to him... 
We read all sorts of funny books, look at picture books, silly books... 
But most of all, it is the time we share when reading... 
The time of bonding, learning and growing.

I really love when I find a book with a good moral for him.
Yes, he is almost three, he isn't going to know everything, but he knows that I am always here for him, to help when I can.

I started reading Cassandra's Angel to him and he seemed to really be focused on what I was reading.  

The book starts with Cassandra's Mom calling to her to come clean her room...   I know that I have to tell Broxton to clean his up several times a day... 
I see it as a mess, but he sees a world of excitement and discovery!  
When reading this book, it was more than just a book for him, it was a book to help me out too!  The mom in the book tells Cassandra she is a mess... That really did nothing to help her self esteem!  So, she sets out to clean her room (and herself) up to her mothers standards.  Yes, I loved the way that turned out, but I took  it that we should really watch how we speak and what words we use when talking to our kids.

Throughout the entire book, Cassandra is just being a typical kid... 

But, she hears so many negative comments, that it really wears her down...
She is messy, she is different, she is incorrigible....
She finally decides that she just needs someone to talk to ... 
Someone that will KNOW she is not all of those things... 
Of course, that person is too busy.

That really opens your eyes up.
Are we all to busy to listen to the youth of today?
Are we filling them full of negativity, when we should be encouraging them to grow?  To laugh, to explore.. TO BE KIDS.
The end of this book is great... Cassandra's Angel comes along to show her to follow her heart... That these people once were the same as her, they have just forgotten it over the years!  

I loved this book, as it does encourage everything I want in Broxton!  
We have read it several times and will continue to read and enjoy.

With so much bullying these days, it is wonderful when you read a great message like this.  Remember, we are the first step when it comes to our kids..  
The step to show right from wrong... 

To help them grow, instead of keeping them sheltered.  

Please follow Cassandra's Angel on Facebook and Twitter.
 Together, we all CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

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Let's Start February Off with Winners!

Changing Color of Amos:

Purex Winner

Monster Truck Giveaway:

Royal Pains

Emerald Nuts:
Jenny Anwar
Michelle Lawrence
Aileen Robison

Guylian Chocolates:
Tara Pittman

Kidfresh Coupon:
Rachel K


Ringling Bros. Fully Charged Coming to Atlanta #RBBBAtl

Guess what?!
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey are headed our way!
I have been seeing advertising for it...
This one is "Fully Charged" and it is supposed to be awesome.
It is going to be in Atlanta, Georgia from Feb 15th-20th
Then, headed to Duluth, Georgia from Feb 23rd-26th.

Just read the description from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Site:

Don’t miss Fully ChargedSM, the all-new surge of circus entertainment fromRingling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®where megawatts of thrills explode off of the arena floor with breathtaking dare-devilry, superhuman stunts and never-before-seen performances that energize Children of All Ages!   
The most electrifying edition ever ofRingling Bros.®celebrates performance power that boosts circus-goers excitement. The amazing acts, which can only be seen at The Greatest Show On Earth®, include Tabayara, a dynamic animal trainer whose rare ability to communicate with animals allows him to ride rearing stallions at a fully charged gallop and orchestratemajestic four-ton Asian Elephants in a symphony of dance. When he stands inside a cage, eye to eye with twelve ferocious tigers, Tabayara sees family where others see danger.   
The Fearless Fernandez Brothers dial up the thrills as they perform daring feats of athleticism on the Twin Turbines of Steel, including, extreme jumps and twists inside the moving wheels! Audiences will crackle with excitement as they watch Guillermo perform a three hundred sixty degree flying forward somersault, three stories in air, a feat so difficult it has only been attempted by one other person in the 141-year history of Ringling Bros.The Human Fuse, Brian Miser, sets the arena sky ablaze as he rockets through the air from his self-made human crossbow.  Don’t blink as he flashes across the sky in less than a second, and travels 80 feet at 65 miles per hour.  
Ever wonder how many clowns it takes to change a light bulb? The hilarious hoopla continues to flow as the clowns from the world-famous Ringling Bros.®clown-alley, charge-up the audiences’ funny bones with hysterical silly antics and clownish comedy.   
You can only experience this current of excitement at Ringling Bros. Fully Charged! Get your ticket for high-voltage fun today!  

Tell me that doesn't have you all excited ready to go?
We took Broxton last year and he really had a great time... I just know that this year will be even more exciting for him, as he is older now and his personality keeps opening up more and more!
This seems to come to town around the same time each year, so it is nice to use this to kick start his birthday celebration!  I am all about traditions... and this will be our second year, I guess we have a birthday tradition now!  (Sort of makes up for daddy being deployed the first year and not being able to celebrate with us!)

Going last year, we learned that you in fact do want to get there early.
To begin with, the lines do start rather quickly...
We actually got there pretty early (wanted to beat traffic) and grabbed a bite to eat in CNN center.
Then, we went ahead and joined the lines to get in.
Once in... you get to go down on the circus floor for a Pre-Show.
That was pretty exciting for all of us...
We got clown noses... perfect for pictures..
Then, we watched an elephant paint a picture..
(You get to enter to win it and I really wanted it, to celebrate Broxton's birthday.  Needless to say, we did not win, but it sure was fun hoping to!)
The Pre-Show allowed us to get a bit "up close and personal"  that meant GREAT PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES!!!
Well, I just wanted to let you know that it was headed our way...
I will be going ... and you know what that means...
Pictures for you to show how exciting the trip was!!!!

***  I will be receiving media passes for us to attend.  I was not asked to post this, I just wanted to let you know so that you could get tickets. ***

1001 Things To Love About Military Life - @1001LoveMilLife Book Review

I am a very proud wife to my husband...
Not just because he is a wonderful husband, daddy and friend...
But also because of his love for his country.

As we all know, Marc is in the Army National Guard.
No, we do not live on a base or anything...
But yes, he still does weekend drill... He still gets deployed.  He still trains... He is still a proud member of our military.
It is funny, they acronyms and sayings and what not... I do not know it all.
Nor do I plan to, but I try and educate myself when I need to.

I saw that there was a book, 1001 Things To Love About Military Life and I knew it was something I wanted to read.  Luckily for me, I was able to get it for review...
I tried to read it at home while Marc was gone, but I honestly wanted him there...
Well, yes, I always want him here.. but I wanted him here to see what things related to him...

I really enjoyed this book.  I also think that this is a great book for anyone that takes pride in their country.
Somethings will make no sense at all to a civilian, as I was thinking "HUH?!" several times.. but, it does give an "inside" look into why people sign up for this...

The book (obviously) gives us 1001 things to love..
I don't necessarily think it is "things to LOVE" but more along the lines of "things about the military."

Example:  Ammo Boxes.
Yes, it is good to have, but is that a reason to love?
Example:  Pride of Service.
Yes, that is for sure a reason to love!

This book has more than just 1001 reasons...
There is a section in there to help you make the best care packages...
But, not the way you think...
Yes, you will make a care package with all sores to things... but, with this, it has little sayings to go along and put a smile on that someones face... Such as: Add a tootsie roll... "To remind you of the important "role" you play.  I just loved this page... and for sure, if Marc ever gets deployed again, I will be sending idea's like this for him!

They also include an area of places where you can send Thank You Cards to be sent to service members!  I thought that was a great idea and most were places I never knew of...

This book also gives you several websites to help you transition to Military Life...
From being an army wife,  to sending a cake to them while they are deployed, not to mention ways for you (or  your children) to handle deployment...   I really wish that I would have been aware of several of these sites when he was deployed, but I just figure this gives me time to do research on all of these places before he is called up again...

Now that I am a bit more familiar with all of this, I have learned of "Flat Rate Boxes" that are mentioned in here... as well as the Strong Bonds Retreat, that I learned of once he returned...
Each page offers insight into the ways of being a military member... as well as being the support behind them!
From websites, to "famous" military members, movies to acronyms.. This book is a must for all!

I personally think that this would be a great book to give someone that is thinking of joining...
Not to mention give to a soon to be spouse...
It is also great for Veterans and Active Duty as well!
I admit, when I read about the Vets that wear their ball caps with the ships name on it, long after they have ever stepped foot on one, I pictured my Uncles wearing their hats at Thanksgiving.  You see, that pride of duty, honor and country never really leaves you...

If you want to learn more about the military and how you can support it...
Please, pick up a copy of this book, 1001 Things To Love About Military Life today!

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

Want a weird movie night? IN TIME is available January 31st

Yeah, let me just start the post out that way...
So, I saw that Justin Timberlake was in a movie... Not really that big of a deal... (Nothing against him, just wasn't ever a big N*SYNC fan... ) But, once I saw the previews for this movie, I really wanted to see it...
Have you seen the previews?  The best way to see if you have...
You see Justin Timberlake and three women.  They all look about the same age...and you hear something about "this is my wife, this is my daughter and this is my mother."  (Don't quote me on that word for word, but it was something along those lines...

As soon as I saw that, I just had to know what in the world was going on.
I get the movie, In Time, for review.
Well... How do I put it?
Odd... but, it for sure sucks you in!

Basically, you live to be 25... and then time is sort of against you...
Your "money" is "time."
You get paid for your job in time... You pay for food/bus fare in time...
You have a scanner in your arm... and when your time runs out...  You die.  You can look on your arm and see your personal time clock... You better find a way to make more time or you have 5 minutes...
Also, once you hit 25, you never age again either...
Oh, and get this... the "higher ups" with all the time, they don't think there is enough room in the world for everything, so they are constantly raising the price of living... literally!
One day, it costs "a week" the next day... same thing is "two weeks"
It was so weird... but, I had to watch it until the end.
Do I recommend it?
Yes!  I even tried to get Marc to watch it the following day, but he was too tired from work.
I have been telling people I see about it...
(There is a big sign when you walk in Wal-Mart and it always gets me talking!)

Side note:  I am never really a "Sci-Fi" fan, but this movie might have me changing my mind!


Let the countdown begin.  Leave the existing world behind and enter into a futuristic world where the aging gene is switched off after 25 and time is money, literally, that many can’t afford in the cutting-edge thriller IN TIME, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD January 31 from  Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  Featuring an all-star cast including  Justin Timberlake (The Social Network), Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!) and Cillian Murphy (Inception), the film puts an innovative spin on class warfare and explores the corruptness that lies within.

In the future, time has become the ultimate currency and genetic alteration has allowed people to stop aging at 25 years old.  Upon reaching 25, the countdown begins and in order to stay alive everyone must work to buy themselves more time or die within a year.  The rich can buy their way out of the situation, while the rest are left to negotiate for immortality.  When a struggling young man, Will Salas  (Timberlake), comes in contact with a “millionaire,” he is gifted more time than he can imagine.  Falseley accused of murder, Will is a fugitive on the run and becomes determined to bring down the entire system by any means possible.

Showcasing stunning visual effects and gravity defying stunts, the IN TIME Blu-ray is loaded with bonus materials including an exclusive featurette “THE MINUTES” to discover the origins of the film’s time based society, deleted and extended scenes, and access to the enhanced IN TIME THE GAME APP.  DVD special features include deleted and extended scenes.  IN TIME will be available on Blu-ray for an average retail price of  $24.99 and on DVD for $19.99, respectively.

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.

College Kids? Help Keep Them Safe....

My brother is off at school...
You see, I went to a small liberal arts college (at the time I was there, enrollment was 300 kids for 2 years...)
My brother on the other hand...
He has known as long as I can remember that he wanted to go to UGA...
That means, his classes are like 100+ .
Anyways, saying that... It makes me worry about him at times...

I received an email for Campus Safety and I am going to make sure he sees this post..
Now, if he actually follows through or not... I am not sure, but at least I will have tried.
So.... If you have any College Aged Kids... or know of any, please share this...
Truthfully, you do not even have to have a "college kid" to use these safety tips!

To help students, faculty, and parents stay safe this semester, Marcia Peot, full time police officer and Chief Safety Officer at StreetSafe, offers the following campus safety reminders:

  1. Let friends or roommates know where you are going, who you are with and when to expect you home.
  2. Never leave outside doors propped open, and don’t let strangers into secured buildings or residence halls.
  3. Never accept a ride from someone you don’t know, even if they are or claim to be a fellow student.
  4. When approaching your car or residence, have your keys in your hand and check the area for suspicious individuals or activity.
  5. When walking by yourself, keep your expensive belongings such as laptops and cell phones hidden.  You will be less of a target.
  6. When dressed for cold weather, make sure your vision and hearing are not obstructed by hats and scarves.
  7. Consider taking extra measures to protect yourself. StreetSafe is a new service that uses your smart phone’s GPS technology to instantly connect to help before a situation turns into an emergency. StreetSafe’s “Walk with Me” service offers a live connection to a professional Safety Advisor to keep you safe when walking in unfamiliar or threatening surroundings and instant access to 911 if needed.
 ***** This is not a sponsored post, just useful information I wanted to share with you. *****


Have a Tween or Teen? Light their Style!

Every time you turn around, there is something new, different and pretty dang cool.
I know that as a kid growing up in Georgia, we went to Stone Mountain.  They had the laser show at night... and you would see people walking around selling the glow in the dark necklace/bracelets...
You could buy a couple and twist them, or wave them in the air...

Well, now you can have all sorts of glow in the dark LED fashion, without having to go to a show to get them.
Just head on over to Radar Marketing and see what all products they carry.

We were lucky to review a couple different items and I tell you, the boys were pretty excited over the light up shoe laces.
I gave them to one of the boys... He IMMEDIATELY had to get his shoes and put them in right at that moment... No need to worry that it was daylight out... he was just that excited.  So, we laced them up... and of course that meant showing them to his brothers... Uh Oh... Probably needed more! Well, they decided to share... so, that crisis was missed... It was easy to lace (and unlace) to transfer to other shoes.  I liked that there was an on/off switch that was easily accessible.

We were also sent a pair of  light up earrings.
I do not wear earrings anymore, so I figured I would give them to my little cousin.  I know she will find them neat and it is really a conversation starter... I think these would be fun to add to a bachelorette party or something for a fun night out!

The final item we were sent for review was the light up hair.
It comes with a little black clip that is easy to add to your hair.  I tried it in my hair as well as the boys and it stayed in all of our different hair types!
I think it would be pretty fun if you work in a bar to wear it for a night shift...
Or if you are going to a concert...
Heck, just wear it around the house to add a bit of fun and laughter :)

So- if you are planning an event, or just want to have fun... Why not contact them to see about adding a splash of color for your exciting event?!

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.

A First Time- The Phantom of the Opera Live Performance

I am just so very excited for this release!
My mom and I saw Phantom when we were in NYC.
To think I can watch a live recording... at home... whenever... Awesome!!!!

The Longest-Running Broadway Musical of All Time Celebrates 25 years of Romance with a Spectacular Live Production on One of the World’s Most Legendary Stages


A Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience Available on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand from
Universal Studios Home Entertainment on February 7, 2012

Broadway’s longest-running production of all time celebrates a triumphant quarter century on stage with The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall, coming to Blu-rayTM – with perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound- DVD, On Demand and Digital Download on February 7, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.  On October 2, 2011, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and producer Cameron Mackintosh marked the 25th anniversary of their beloved musical extravaganza, “The Phantom of the Opera,” with a lavishly staged production at London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall that was beamed live via satellite to cinemas across the globe. The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall marks the first time a live performance of the blockbuster musical has been made available for home viewing, making it a must-have anniversary release for fans everywhere.

The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall stars Ramin Karimloo (2011 Olivier Award nominee for Best Actor in a Musical for “Love Never Dies”) as the lovestruck Phantom and Sierra Boggess(2011 Olivier Award nominee for Best Actress in a Musical for “Love Never Dies”) as the beautiful and gifted soprano Christine.  The show also features Barry James, Gareth Snook, Liz Robertson and Wynne Evans, as well as special guest appearances from the actors who originated the roles of The Phantom and Christine, Tony® Award winner Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman, in a memorable final curtain call.

Phantom” aficionados will also be thrilled to know that “Love Never Dies,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spectacular follow-up musical will also arrive on Blu-rayTM and DVD for the first time on February 7.  With lush visuals and a mesmerizing score that rivals the original in power and beauty, this live production of “Love Never Dies” finds Christine and the Phantom reunited in turn-of-the-century New York City after a decade apart.

“The Phantom of the Opera” premiered at Her Majesty's Theatre in London on October 9, 1986. It has won more than 60 major theatre awards, including seven Tony® Awards and three Olivier Awards, and became the longest-running show in Broadway history on January 9, 2006 when it celebrated its 7,486th performance.   “The Phantom of the Opera” has grossed over $5.6 billion worldwide and been seen in 145 cities in 27 countries. Live productions of “The Phantom of the Opera” are currently playing in London, New York, Budapest, Las Vegas and Kyoto.

·         The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall
o      “Getting Past the Point of No Return:” A behind-the-scenes “Making Of” feature starring the cast and crew.
·         Love Never Dies
o      “Making Of” Featurette:  Take a look behind the scenes at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s breathtaking sequel.

Lurking beneath the glamor and spectacle of the Paris Opera House, the horribly disfigured Phantom, once a promising musician, now terrorizes the opera company.  Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, the Phantom is drawn to the beautiful ingénue Christine Daaé and begins coaching her secretly, as a tragic romance unfolds between the unlikely pair. This dazzling live restaging of the original production recreates the jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking special effects of the original, set to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s haunting score.

The year is 1907. It is 10 years after the Phantom’s disappearance from the Paris Opera House.  He has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak-shows of Coney Island. In this new electrically-charged world, he has finally found a place for his music to soar. All that is missing is his love - Christine Daaé. Now one of the world’s finest sopranos, Christine is struggling in an ailing marriage to Raoul. So, it is with excitement she accepts an invitation to travel to New York and perform at a renowned opera house. In a final bid to win back her love, the Phantom lures Christine, her husband, and their young son Gustave from Manhattan, to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island… not knowing what is in store for them.

**** You might not be able to go to NYC to see a Broadway play, but you can treat yourself to a "date night" at home... released JUST IN TIME for Valentines!  ****

This is not a paid or sponsored post.  I will be receiving a complimentary copy, but I was not asked nor required to post this.  Just really excited about it and wanted to share!  

TORA! TORA! TORA! is on my must see list... It is now on Blu-Ray!

Re-live the story of one of America’s darkest moments through superb visuals and a double sided narrative that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The classic film TORA! TORA! TORA! comes to Blu-ray from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on December 6th. The winner of the 1970 Academy Award® for Best Special Effects TORA! TORA! TORA! was nominated for four more Oscars® including Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Sound. Experience TORA! TORA! TORA! through the superb visual quality of Blu-ray for the first time.

 Starring Martin Balsam (All The President’s Men), James Whitmore (The Shawshank Redemption), Jason Robards (All The President’s Men) and Joseph Cotton (The Third Man, Citizen Kane) TORA! TORA! TORA! showcases the attack on Pearl Harbor in dazzling detail.
The TORA! TORA! TORA! Blu-ray book includes the extended “Japanese Cut” containing 10 minutes of previously unreleased footage and rare photos from the Fox Archives – a collector’s dream.


Now, I have not been able to watch this yet... as we don't have a Blu-Ray player at this time...  I thought we would be getting one, but you better believe that I will be watching this when I go to my parents house...
They have Blu-Ray and an HD Television!  Marc has says that this is a great movie... I hate admitting that I have never seen it... But, I will be back to tell you more once I do watch it! 

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.

In a World of their own, the kids have Kidlandia

I know as parents we want nothing but the best for our kids…
Yes, they have to learn things and we are their first teachers…
Although, at times, they are in a world of their own, lol…
I guess that was where Kidlandia came up with their name! 
That being said, I was so glad to have the chance to work with Kidlandia in hosting new review for you. 

In the past, I had the chance to review one of their place mats
It was too big for Broxton’t high chair, so we did not use it that much…
But, now that he is pretty much at the table (unless he knows it’s messy and requests his high chair,) we can use it…
It is super sturdy, so I know it will be around for quite some time.
Broxton doesn’t eat 24/7, so he doesn’t get to use the place mat all that much. 
So, instead of ordering another place mat, we decided to go a different route, but with the same theme…

We ordered the Map of the USA Fine Art Print for him!  I was so excited, as I really want him to know a little of this and a little of that.  I am a lover of travel (although we don’t go anywhere now…) but I want him to know all the states and hopefully have the chance to visit each and every single one of them… at some point or another.   The colors are bright and vivid.... Not to mention that you get free personalization
It is sad, back when I was working, we were bored one day and tried to name all 50 states (we were adults and it took a bit of time… then, we got worried as to if we would be able to do it if we had a blank map!) 
So, one of my goals is to work and work with Broxton to make sure he knows all the states and their capitals… of course, that includes their location!

The other item we reviewed is a pillowcase.  I could not resist it! 
The one we went with was a family tree pillowcase
It has his brothers’ name on it!
It is just so cute and I know it will get much use… from sleeping at night to lounging during the day! 
I love that it is super comfy… and ….  It even has Thumblebottom on there, so you know that makes the world a better place!  Ha ha ha…
Now, the picture on my computer screen is from their site and is much darker than the one we received.  I am not sure if it just looks darker on the computer or what, but I personally like the printing on ours better... it is like a more muted color, so to me, it makes it more "peaceful" and sleepy, versus the one on the screen which makes me want to play!  
Broxton has not seen it yet, as he will be getting it for his birthday! 
Talk about a nice family keepsake for a sweet little boy!  

I think that all of the Kidlandia items are great keepsake gift ideas!  
We have been really impressed with the quality of everything.

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To Kill A Mockingbird on Blu-Ray #giveaway

I developed my love of reading from my mom and my Nana.
That much, I know is true...
I can remember growing up my mom had a HUGE library...
As in the wall was nothing but bookshelves and they were full!  You name it, she had it...
She still does love to read, but she now reads most on her e-reader!
If you ask her to name her favorite book, she will quickly tell you:
Gone With the Wind... and To Kill a Mockingbird.
Sad thing, I have never read, nor watched either one!

To Kill a Mockingbird has just been scheduled for release in Blu-Ray format for January 31st.
I called to let my mom know that I would be getting one for review and she was pretty excited to know that it was being re-released for the 50th Anniversary.  As happy as she was about the release, I know she was disappointed that something she LOVES so much, I have never paid attention to...
So, next time we go home... Mom and I are having movie night and I will watch for the first time with her!

Ready to win a copy???

Digitally Remastered and Fully Restored with Over Three Hours of Bonus Materials Including Two Full­Length Documentaries

On Limited Edition Collector’s Series Blu-ray™ Combo Pack,
Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, one of the screen’s most beloved and critically acclaimed films, celebrates its 50th anniversary with a commemorative Limited Edition Collector’s Series Blu-ray™ Combo Pack as well as on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment on January 31, 2012. The powerful and poignant adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel hits the half-century mark, digitally remastered and fully restored from high resolution 35MM original film elements, plus more than three-and-a-half hours of bonus features chronicling the making of the cinematic masterpiece.

Scout, the heroine of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, lives with her father and brother and isn't privy to many positive, female role models who want her to be anything more than a 'lady' in a nice dress.

To honor the release of the film on Blu-ray on January 31, we will examine some more progressive and forward thinking female role models that Scout could have used to look up to, including the smart and talented Hermione from the Harry Potter series and Princess Leia from Star Wars.

Margo Channing from All About Eve

Margo Channing (played by Bette Davis) from the classic film All About Eve is tough as nails and definitely plays against the stereotype that woman are meek and easily led by men. Margo also stands out in comparison to the manipulative, lying Eve (played by Anne Baxter). Davis was nominated for an Academy Award for this role, and won the Best Actress Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Princess Leia from Star Wars

Princess Leia (played by Carrie Fisher) may seem demure at first glance, but she isn’t afraid to stare down cargo smugglers, military commanders, or even Sith Lords. Princess Leia isn’t afraid of getting her hands dirty either, often sporting a laser pistol and jumping into battle at a moment’s notice. Aside from being able to defend herself, Leia is always equipped with a one-liner that can put most anyone in their place.

Fa Mulan from Mulan

Fa Mulan (voiced by Ming-Na) is both strong and honorable. Unwilling to let her elderly father go to war, Mulan poses as a man and goes to the army in her father’s place. Mulan is able to succeed in training camp (often surpassing the actual men in her camp), and comes up with ingenius ideas that help defeat the Huns.

Erin Brockovich from Erin Brockovich

Julia Roberts portrays real life hero Erin Brockovich in a biographical film of the same name. Not only is Erin a single mother to three children (which is a feat in and of itself), but she also discovers a massive cover up of industrial poisoning by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and crusades for justice for those who were affected.

Hermione Granger from Harry Potter

Hermione Granger (played by Emma Watson) has shown an entire generation of girls that it’s cool to be smart and opinionated. Hermione is well read, extremely intelligent, logical, quick thinking, cool under pressure and very clever. She also has a soft spot for those in need, and often goes out of her way to defend those people or creatures.

For your chance to win a copy of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, simply answer the following question:

To Kill a Mockingbird was written by which Pulitzer-Prize-winning American Author?
  • Harper Lee
  • Alice Adams
  • Isabel Wilkerson

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