Reviews, giveaways and memes - Jumpin Beans

26.10.12

Looking For a Conversation Starter? Download the Weird #HolidayGiftGuide


If you are having a hard time trying to get a gift for someone on your list... 
I highly recommend the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Download the Weird book!
We were sent a copy for review and it has been passed around by everyone!
As soon as it arrived, I sat it out and my husband was the first to jump into checking it out!
For one that "doesn't like to read" he was turning pages and reading everything that was printed!
To the point that Broxton wanted to look and he had to tell him to hold on as he wasn't finished reading the article!  Yep, he wasn't just looking at the pictures!
Once he was done, Broxton decided it was his turn to check it out...
He has picked it up several times wanting me to tell him about what is on different pages... Yes, we have officially reached the phase of life where everything is a question....  It is good, but it is also not that great when a simple answer will not work!
We went to visit my parents the other weekend and both my mom and dad were interested in flipping through to check out the different pages!  My tween cousin also decided that she needed to look at it when she came over to visit... I was happy to see that one book would invoke so much curiosity and wonder that kids from the age of 3 on up to my parents (no worries on dropping their ages)  could have so many people turning the pages!!!!

I love that this book is over 200 full color pages full of information...
But get this...
It is called "Download the Weird" because it is more interactive than previous books!
This book comes with a FREE  app (available on Android and Apple) that lets you download and then when you see the "oddSCAN" logo in the book, you scan it to learn more when the story comes "to life" on your phone! In the technological days of today, it is neat to see a book that has advanced as far as this has... It is "Old School" enough to be paper for those that choose to not mess with technology, but also "advanced" enough to grab the attention of the facebook/twitter lovers of today!

Do I recommend this as a gift?
Yes... but only if you get a copy for yourself... Or read it first... Or sign up to be the first to borrow it!
This is surely a conversation starter for anyone...  For your College Kid or your Coffee Table...
This is a must have!

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.

25.10.12

#Family Movie Night with Crooked Arrows


 Have you ever watched a movie and immediately felt that you needed to start facebooking and tweeting and calling to let everyone know about it?
I know that I posted about a not so family oriented movie earlier, so I needed to share this with you now!
Truthfully, it is that good that I wanted to go ahead and let you all know about it, in case you were planning your weekend, you can consider watching this for a family night at home!

Crooked Arrows was a great movie and it is for sure family friendly. I do not think I heard them say any profane words and I even noticed where most movies would have chosen another word, they said "tail."
Okay, it does have a few scenes in a casino... and girls dancing on the bar for about a minute, but that was really it...
Just a heads up, the caption on the screen says "vagina" twice I think... but it was just where the kids got a translation wrong... they were not being perverts or anything... 

So, what is it about Crooked Arrows?
Well, long story short...
Here is the synopsis:
You’ll stand up and cheer for this feel-good sports thriller starring Brandon Routh (Superman Returns).  The ancient sport of lacrosse has been part of their tribal heritage for centuries, but the Native American players on the Crooked Arrows high school team are long-time losers. When former star player Joe Logan (Routh) agrees to coach the rag-tag group to seal the deal on a lucrative casino project, he sets out to turn the chumps into champs and, in the process, learns the value of loyalty himself. If the Arrows can learn to shoot straight and challenge their prep school rivals, these fast-breaking warriors may just pull off the ultimate upset and win it all!


This movie is so much more than a movie...
 It teaches you about RESPECT.  For your family, your heritage, your community and most of all, yourself!  
Broxton was really into it for a bit, but then nap time got the best of him!  (Side note, loving that naps are coming back into the picture here... He gave up on them for a bit... I personally really enjoy them!)

I was not familiar with the cast, except for the one guy (dad in the movie) was familiar to me from all of the Twilight Movies... I thought that the "coach" was familiar, but I never watched Superman Returns, so I am not sure... The girl in the movie reminds me of someone, but I have yet to figure it out... 
Long story short... 
This is a great movie...   If you love sports or not...   Kids or not... 
If you are a fan of LACROSSE, you will love it, as I think there are not many Lacrosse movies out there!

It was released on October 23rd... So, it is ready for you to purchase or rent today!!!!
Make tonight a movie night and you will NOT be disappointed!
(This would make an AWESOME gift for anyone on your list!)



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.

Movie Selection: The Watch Available November 13

Ever since I heard about The Watch, I knew it was one I wanted to see... 
First of all, it has Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller, so I knew it was going to be funny.
Then, it was filmed RIGHT NEAR US... So, I really wanted to see it.
I like watching movies in area's I have been to see if I notice anything.

Actually in The Watch, it was filmed in Marietta Square (we have been there several times and Marc actually rides by there all the time on the train.) Also, it was filmed in my cousin's neighborhood.  As in they could watch filming in their yard!
It was originally called Neighborhood Watch, but then they changed the name to just The Watch.  


What did I think of it?
Well... Truth be told, I was busting out laughing at several scenes... 
It was funny, but that was to be expected with the cast.  I like Jonah Hill too, but he is in some "not family friendly" movies... so he is never really a "must see" actor.  The other guy, Richard Ayoade was pretty good. I am not familiar with him at all.. 
So....   There was PLENTY of foul language.  I can over look it, as I have pretty much heard it all at some point or another... but, it was hard to watch while Broxton was home. I tell you, he can NOT hear me ask him to clean his room or anything like that.. but start a movie he can't watch, or open a snack or something... that kid can hear IT ALL.  I bet you, living in Georgia, that if someone whispered he could have a candy bar and they were in California.... He would hear it!  
Anyways, I was laughing and it was a great movie... but, I could have done without the whole alien plot.  I am not an alien fan and it really just did nothing for me... I tried to think of how else they could have made the movie, but I can't really think about it without ruining it for you all... 

Bottom Line, if you are looking for a good funny movie and you can over look profanity... Then, I recommend watching this as you will crack up laughing!  This movie is set to be available for purchase on November 13, 2012.


Synopsis:

The Watch
Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade take male bonding to hilarious new heights in this outrageous, no-holds-barred comedy that gets funnier every time you watch! There’s trouble brewing in peaceful Glenview, Ohio. That’s why four civic-minded citizens, armed with flashlights, walkie-talkies and spiffy new jackets, have teamed up to safeguard their community. But the guys find more than they bargained for when they uncover an alien plot to destroy Earth, and now these bumbling heroes are Glenview’s only chance to save the neighborhood — and the world — from annihilation.


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.

24.10.12

Ornaments With Love #HolidayGiftGuide #Giveaway


If you have been around Jumpin Beans for the holidays, you know how much I love tradition...  Also, hopefully you remember one of my traditions is getting a new family ornament each year!  I am totally in love with the speed and quality of the Ornaments from Ornaments With Love...  Lucky for all of us, they were excited about offering a giveaway for one lucky reader!
  

Each year, we try and pick out a cute family ornament for us to add to our tree...
The first year I did it, the boys were so surprised and they kept talking about how much they loved it.
So, when I saw how happy that made everyone, I knew it was a new tradition we would do.

The original tradition was just a Christmas ornament for each boy, so that way when they grow up and have a tree of their own, they will have ornaments to place on their tree to relive the memories!
I will tell you one thing, each year I have such a hard time deciding what personalized family ornament to get, that truthfully, I have no clue what we do have now!!!  I narrow them down and then go on and on until I just pick one... So, I have decided that this year, when the tree is up, I will write down which ones we have, so that next year I don't order a duplicate!!!

I did notice that our previous ornaments are made of resin and the one this year that I went with was made of bread dough... I am not sure why and I really could not tell a difference (no, I did not have a resin one to compare it to, just going off memory.)    Just thought I would throw that out there for those of you that might know more about this kind of things..  I did notice that most on their site are resin, so I really do not know how many are bread dough....
I have always been impressed with the quality and personalization of our ornaments from Ornament With Love and the fact that they are "a company run by a family that has been in the retail gifts business for over 50 years"  I feel confident that they will be around for years to come!

On to the giveaway...
One lucky reader will get to pick a personalized ornament of their choice!


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21.10.12

Keep Paper Coterie in Mind for the Holidays


If you know of a kid in college and you will be buying for them this holiday... 
Let me remind you of Paper Coterie.. 
I know when I went to college I had a box of "memories" from my time there... 

This would have been perfect and actually, I might go back and upload a picture from my time there and make one for me now!!!!



Paper Coterie has Memory Boxes.
They had the bog one (that I ordered for Broxton to keep his Pre-K items in...)  
But then they came out with a 10 x 10 Memory Keeper.  
I actually ordered that one with a picture of Marc and I on it and plan on having it for our keepsake box...


The link in this post is an Affiliate link.  
I have enjoyed Paper Coterie and thought you might want to keep them in mind for the holidays.

*** As an affiliate, I was able to review a Memory Box.  All thoughts and opinions are mine.  ***
 
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