Reviews, giveaways and memes - Jumpin Beans

24.11.12

Moonrise Kingdom Movie Review

I am not one for movies that drag, but I stuck around this time. 
I knew it had an "all star cast" but for the most part, they were just supporting cast members... The real stars of the show were the two kids... I had to stay around to see the whole movie to see what would happen. 
The movie starts with a boy that runs away from home from his boy scout group... and then we learn that he is an orphan with his foster parents not wanting him to return home...  At the same time he runs away, a girl that is always looking out the window with her binoculars also runs away...
This really did drag... like really slow...  but, I will say... if you can sit through a slow movie...
It was kinda cute with the love story, but it really was slow. 


SYNOPSIS:
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom follows two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore – and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in every which way.
Charming screen newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward star alongside Bruce Willis (Die Hard), Academy Award® nominees Edward Norton (American History X) and Bill Murray (Lost in Translation), Academy Award® winners Frances McDormand (Fargo) and Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton), Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore), and Bob Balaban (Gosford Park). Moonrise Kingdom is a movie that critics are calling “extraordinary from start to finish” (Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies). 
 
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@LilTeammates for Your Little Slugger #Giveaway #holidaygiftguide

We had the chance to review figures from the Lil' Teammates line before and let me tell you, Broxton LOVES them!!!  He has a Falcon's Player, a Basketball player and a couple NCAA Baseball players.
Then, they made teeny mates and they are over the door to greet us when we walk in his room.
As you can tell, we love sports and we love collecting items. 
Broxton loves to play with them and he has them playing with each other (guess they are in the Olympics or something with the mixture of sports being played.)
Well, Lil' Teammates has recently released the Lil' Teammates Collectible Team Sets. 
Each Set has a Quarterback, a Running Back and a Lineman.
This would be a cute collectible item for a Sports Fan in your life..   (Or for a couple kids you might know that love sports!) 
 
 The teams that are currently available:
• 22 NFL teams to choose from:
• Chicago Bears
• Cincinnati Bengals
• Denver Broncos 
• Cleveland Browns
• San Diego Chargers 
• Kansas City Chiefs  
• Indianapolis Colts  
• Dallas Cowboys
• Miami Dolphins
• Philadelphia Eagles    
• San Francisco 49ers   
• New York Giants      
• New York Jets       
• Detroit Lions 
• Green Bay Packers   
• New England Patriots 
• Oakland Raiders   
• Baltimore Ravens
• Washington Redskins 
• New Orleans Saints
• Pittsburgh Steelers  
• Minnesota Vikings
Isn't that great looking?  It even has a cute display packaging, so the collector might not even want to open it. I love the fact that you can now purchase the team set, instead of just the individuals!!!  Broxton has been eyeing this since he saw the pictures and I am so excited to see his face when he unwraps his for Christmas!!!!

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Great Gift: @moderngreeting Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide

I love personalized gifts... From stationery to photo's.  If it is personalized, it just shows that they put a bit of thought into it... Now, I do realize that not everyone is a fan of personalized gifts... and you can not always think of what to get someone...
I was lucky to have the chance to review a few items from Modern Greetings and I was very impressed with their selection. 
They have all sorts of Photo Books.  I was looking at the baby books (yes, clock is ticking!) as well as the school books.  I think something like that would be great to look back at Broxton through the years.  Since my brother is graduating from Grad School next year (Very proud sister here!) I was also looking at the Announcements.. Normally I always just think of wedding or baby announcements, but they had College Graduation Announcements and even moving announcements! 
The one thing that I  looked at for a long time was all of their stationery. 
As long as I can remember, I have always had a love of stationery. 
I hate that the art or letter writing is a dying thing from the past...  but I am lucky that my Mema still sends "snail mail" from time to time... those letters are pieces that I will always treasure!
There were several styles of stationery that grabbed my attention, from the pastel painted florals to the modern peacock....   they really do have something for everyone!!!
With Christmas getting closer, you should head over and check out the selection of Christmas Greeting Cards... They have some that are cute designs where you can add photo's... but if you are not a fan of adding your pictures, they have several cards that are text only.  You can choose whichever one is better to suit your needs and I tell you, you will not be disappointed! 
They even have adorable gift tags to help with the holidays!  

Now, on to the giveaway..
Modern Greetings has offered to GIVE each of you a FREE photo book!!!
Just visit THIS PAGE and enter your email address...
You can opt out at any time, but that way they can send you the instructions to get a free photo book! 
What a great gift idea and a great way to save a little money too!

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Original Christmas Classics #Giveaway #holidaygiftguide

 
Thanksgiving is over...so that means, Christmas music... Christmas movies...
It is officially CHRISTMAS!!!!  (Well, I guess it is, I know some of my friends already have their house decorated and have been listening to music and what not for a bit now.)
If you remember, I reviewed The Original Christmas Classics last year...
Well, this year... I get to give one lucky reader a chance to win a copy for their house!
What is on the disc? 
"Frosty the Snowman,”
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,”
“Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”
and “Frosty Returns.”

If you want to win this, just fill out the easy rafflecopter form below. 

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23.11.12

Burt's Bees Keepsake Box #HolidayGiftGuide



I love Burt's Bees.  I am not really sure when I started using Burt's for the first time, but it was love at first use.  I do know that the first product I tried was their lip balm.  I loved it so much that I immediately went back to the store and bought all of the tubes they had, as I knew I was going to be giving them out to all my friends.  That year, every single one of us at work had a tube of Burt's Bees on us at all times.  No lie. 
I seriously thought that was their only product, as it was all I had ever seen or used.
Then, I saw a gift pack and fell in love with every product they had in there...
Moving along, I made it a point to purchase their mystery grab bags every time I saw it on sale! 

Once I became a mom, we made sure to use Burt's Bees on Broxton. 
No, we would not use it all the time, but we did use it from time to time...
I wish we would have been given the Sweet Memories Keepsake Photo Box!!!
Just check it out:
 
The Burt’s Bees Sweet Memories Keepsake Photo Box ($19.99) contains:
·        Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash
·        Baby Bee Nourishing Original Lotion
·        Baby Bee Diaper Ointment
·        Baby Bee Nourishing Body Oil
·        Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap
 
If you have a friend that is expecting, or that has a baby... or truthfully, if you want to baby yourself...
You want to grab this keepsake memory box soon!!!!
The products in there can be used by everyone (and you can give the diaper ointment to a friend) and then you still get the cute box... You can store memento's in there... or pictures... whatever your heart desires!!!
Yet again, Burt's Bees has done it again!!!

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I See A New Craze... Text Bands


Are you kidding me?  I think I may have heard it all now...
Did you know that Hallmark has recently come out with "text bands?"

Yes!!!  Let me try and tell you ...
It is these watch like bracelets...
You start off with a basic purple or black base..  but they have a good amount of bands so you can buy them and match your personality, style or clothing for the day!  (More than one way to make a statement with these text bands!)  You enter up to 10 characters... and then you bump hands, high five or whatever you want...
AND THEN........................
YOUR MESSAGE ENDS UP ON YOUR FRIENDS BRACELET!

Well, of course, your friend needs to have a bracelet like you do... but that just sounds like loads of fun with kids!!!!  Doesn't it?  This would be great to give to your child... and then give them an extra.. Maybe they can give it to their best friend... or boyfriend / girlfriend...
I think this is just the coolest!!!!  If you have more than one child, maybe this would be a Christmas gift to bring them together as they could pass inside jokes between one another... 

Visit Hallmark to see where you can purchase a text band for someone you know...


I think the bracelet letting you "text" your friends is pretty neat...
But I LOVE the fact that they have made games out of them too..
You can play "tag" with it.. but my favorite is going along with the ZOMBIE craze...
Just head over to see what text band games they have created and see if you can think of more!!

I have seen the Text Bands all over the Internet and lucky for everyone looking to purchase them, they are displayed right at the check out counters at the Hallmark stores up here near us. 
As I said, I think they are pretty neat... and sure to make a statement! 
This would make a great stocking stuffer!!!!

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Bitsy's Brainfood Really Does Taste Great

Broxton will always ask for cookies or ice cream or any sort of treat... always at the wrong moment. 
When we were sent a "good for you" treat, I was excited to see his thoughts...
Okay, let me back up and tell you...
I like treats too, so he gets it honest... not to mention I have not seen Marc turn sweets down! 

So, I was eager to check it out...
Until I saw what was sent to us..
Sweet Potato Oatmeal Raisin didn't seem too bad, I am not an Oatmeal Raisin fan, but I can do damage to Sweet Potatoes in ANY form!!!    But then the other one: Lemon Broccoli.  What?
I mean really, what were they thinking? 
I did not read any of the names to Broxton, I just opened them and put them on a plate for him! 
Broxton was enjoying the fact that they were letter shaped, so he could work on his alphabet. 
His favorite was the Oatmeal Raisin ones... No surprise there... Come on.. Lemon Broccoli? 
So, as I was cleaning up, I tried them both...
Time for a big wake up call.... I am totally in LOVE with the Lemon Broccoli! 
I was happy that he wasn't a fan, as that meant I did not have to share! 
Both were really good, but the Lemon Broccoli was by far the best!!!!


They actually come in FOUR flavors:
Zucchini Gingerbread Carrot, Orange Chocolate Beet, Lemon Broccoli and Sweet Potato Oatmeal Raisin.
 
Bitsy’s Brainfood Key Features:
·        Made with organic ingredients and all natural fruits and veggies
·        Excellent source of iron, calcium, vitamins A, B 12, D 3 and Folic Acid
·        Made with Omega 3 DHA
·        No preservatives, trans fats, artificial colors or flavors

Bitsy’s Brainfood is available for $2.79 at Wegmans retailers and online at amazon.com abesmarket.com, freshdirect.com and bitsysbrainfood.com


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22.11.12

Disney Junior's Newest Episodes

Disney Junior has several new episodes headed our way..
Take a look at the lineup:
 
 
 
JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES
 
Monday, November 26 – Thursday, November 29:
 
All-New Episodes of "Jake and the Never Land Pirates"
(Daily at 10:30 a.m., ET/PT on Disney Channel and 5:30 p.m., ET/PT on Disney Junior)
·        Monday, November 26 – Jake and crew prepare for a Thanksgiving-styled Never Land Feast and search for the legendary Golden Goblet in a new episode featuring favorite recurring celebrity guest stars Sharon Osbourne (Mama Hook) and Josh Duhamel (Captain Flynn).
 
New Short-Form Series "Jake's Never Land Pirate School" Debuts
(Daily at 10:55 a.m., ET/PT on Disney Channel and 5:55 p.m., ET/PT on Disney Junior)
·        Series follows Jake as he teaches young viewers at home a variety of pirate skills. 
 
Friday, November 30:
 
Marathon of the new "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" and "Jake's Never Land Pirate School" episodes (10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., ET/PT on Disney Channel and 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., ET/PT on Disney Junior)
 
Friday, December 7:
 
New winter-themed episode of "Jake and the Never Land Pirates"
(10:30 a.m., ET/PT on Disney Channel)
·        Jake and crew help Percy and his penguin colony find Never Land's legendary paradise where it remains winter all year round. Rhys Darby ("Flight of the Conchords") guest stars as Percy the Penguin.
 
DOC MCSTUFFINS
 
Friday, December 7:
 
New winter-themed episode of "Doc McStuffins"
(10:00 a.m., ET/PT on Disney Channel)
·        Doc teaches Chilly and the rest of the toys about the importance of staying warm when playing outside in the snow and China Anne McClain, who performs the theme song for "Doc McStuffins" and stars on Disney Channel's hit series "A.N.T Farm," guest stars.
DISNEY JUNIOR NIGHT LIGHT
 
Saturday, December 1:
 
New short-form series "Capture Your Story with Me Ra Koh" joins the Disney Junior Night Light block presented nightly on the 24-hour channel, Disney Junior.
(9:25 p.m., ET/PT)
"Capture Your Story with Me Ra Koh," features award-winning child and family photographer and best-selling author Me Ra Koh sharing simple tips and tricks for taking professional-quality photographs.
 
Sunday, December 16
 
New short-form series "DADS" joins the Disney Junior Night Light block presented nightly on the 24-hour channel, Disney Junior.
(9:25 p.m., ET/PT)
"DADS," presents a glimpse into the lives of stay-at-home dads
 
Also premiering in December on the Disney Junior Night Light block are new installments of:
 
·        "That's Fresh," a short-form cooking show hosted by chef Helen Cavallo who shares simple, healthy recipe ideas for kids and families.
·        "DJ Tales," featuring cleverly costumed finger puppets acting out kids' versions of classic fairytales and storybook favorites, including "Little Red Riding Hood," "Rumpelstiltskin" and "Sleeping Beauty."
 
All of the content on the Disney Junior Night Light programming block is produced by Disney Interactive Family and the block is sponsored by Babble, Disney's leading parenting blog platform. Designed as a nod to moms and dads who are found watching television with their kids during the later nighttime hours, "Disney Junior Night Light" features short-form programming for parents to enjoy that airs interstitially between their child's favorite Disney Junior programs. "Disney Junior Night Light" launched in September 2012 on the 24-hour channel Disney Junior and airs nightly from 9:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., ET/PT. NOTE: Content is also available on the Babble YouTube Channel and DisneyJunior.com/Nightlight.
 
 
***** I was not required to post this, just thought you might like to know what is going on.  *****
 
 
All of the content on the Disney Junior Night Light programming block is produced by Disney Interactive Family and the block is sponsored by Babble, Disney's leading parenting blog platform. Designed as a nod to moms and dads who are found watching television with their kids during the later nighttime hours, "Disney Junior Night Light" features short-form programming for parents to enjoy that airs interstitially between their child's favorite Disney Junior programs. "Disney Junior Night Light" launched in September 2012 on the 24-hour channel Disney Junior and airs nightly from 9:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., ET/PT. NOTE: Content is also available on the Babble YouTube Channel and DisneyJunior.com/Nightlight.

Let's Go to Italy!!!

A while back we had the opportunity to review a new series of DVD's.  They are called "Families of the World" and they follow 2 kids from different cultures.  Last time we had the chance to review and learn about Germany and the Philippines.  This time, I was so excited to see that we would be learning about Italy!!!  My granddaddy was from Italy, so I was excited to see this one!
 
 
In Families of the World: Italy, we once again followed two families.   One family made cheese and the other made olive oil.  Now, I am not a fan of olives, but I will say it was so neat to watch the process of making the olive oil... Also, it was cool to learn that they literally use every part of the olive for one thing or another...
I will be honest with you, I think that the Families of the World DVD's are absolutely awesome.  You get to learn about other cultures with your children... and the kids are really interested in the DVD, as it is follows children and actually has the child in the DVD as the narrator!!!
 
SYNOPSIS: 
 Italy, officially the Italian Republic, is a unitary parliamentary republic in South-Central Europe, the 24th most-developed country and the birthplace of Maritime republics and the Renaissance.
             In Families of Italy, we meet Veronica, 14, who lives on a sheep farm in the Italian countryside with her parents, older brother Antonio and younger sister Kiara.  Cheese is the family business, processing it right on the property from the milk of their 300 sheep.  Kids may envy Veronica a little when they see she sometimes has cookies and milk for breakfast, but maybe not that she attends school six days a week (though Saturdays are half-days).  During the week she helps her mother deliver their cheese to the local stores, often stopping by to visit her grandmother in town.  Veronica also helps make the family’s favorite dessert, tiramisu, for the midday meal (called dinner), then finishes the 1-2 hours of homework she has every day.  After dad has finished milking the sheep in the evening, he joins the family as they walk through nearby Salerno, admiring the Christmas lights that have been put on display for the season.  The next day, Veronica takes us to the nearby ancient ruins, including Pompeii, that lie in the shadow of the massive, and (thankfully) quiet, Mt. Vesuvius.
Next we meet 10-year-old Luigi, who lives on an olive plantation with his parents, grandparents (he’s named after his grandfather Luigi) and siblings Antonia and Thom├ís.  Olive oil is the family business, with local farmers coming to their on-site factory next to the house to have their olives pressed.  Luigi plays tambourine in a music group and is normally an active boy but is recovering a broken ankle and is sporting a cast (courtesy of the country’s free healthcare).  He attends school from September to June from morning until early afternoon, then returns home for dinner before helping round the farm, on which they grow kiwi, walnuts, oranges, pomegranates and a variety of vegetables.  Come along with the family as they celebrate the Day of the Dead, during which they visit the tombs of their loved ones, leaving flowers and prayers.  Then it’s back home to make pizzas with the grandparents before turning in for the night.
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21.11.12

Happy Thanksgiving!


Gift Baskets Plus #HolidayGiftGuide

As of this morning, one of our local stores had 6 tents set up for people waiting in line for Black Friday prices...   I am all about a savings, but wow... It is Wednesday and they are already camping out for Friday morning!!!!!

Instead of camping out and fighting the crowds...
Why not do a little online shopping?
Better yet... why not send a gift basket?
I am lucky enough to give you a discount code if you want to visit GiftBasketsPlus for your holiday gift giving ideas.  If you want to do a little shopping from the comforts of home (and even in your PJ's if you want)  Here is a discount code for 15 % off your order:   15OFF



Just a couple of the baskets they have on their site: 


They have several cute kids gift baskets... I think my little guy would think that this was too much fun and would have a blast enjoying everything in there! 


I love gift baskets... but the thing I love most is the actual basket that it comes in... don't get me wrong... I love the products in the basket... but if the packaging can be reused again, then I am more apt to choose that one versus one that is just in a gift box... I know, I just love using them... be it for decoration or storage, they just get my attention more this way.. I love the Day at Her Favorite Spa basket, as it is full of items for me to relax and enjoy the day!!!!
 
Since I LOVE Salmon, I searched "smoked salmon" in their search bar.. this looks pretty good... and I love the basket... Side note, 88 items for that search!!!!
With Marc being Military, you know I had to check out the military baskets...
They have several baskets to choose from, all of which can be shipped to a military address...
That is great to know for future reference.   I am totally in LOVE with this basket... I would not send this to Marc if he were deployed, as I know he would not get the basket home to me, but I do love it... I would probably send him one of the baskets in a gift box... Full of goodies, but no basket for me to hound him about!!!
If you are looking for gift baskets for people you love, remember that you can use the code  15OFF to purchase a basket sure to put a smile on those that receive it... Not to mention that would be one less gift you have to worry about wrapping and sending!!!!
 
 Gift Baskets Plus has been around since 1998, so they must be doing something right!!!!
***** I will be receiving a complimentary gift basket in exchange for this blog post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. *****
 

Kidz Gear : Kids Headphones

As the mother of a toddler, we are so thankful for DVD players that go in vehicles. 
For a while, we were only able to use it when we had my dads vehicle, as we did not have a portable DVD player... But, after road trips with Broxton... We decided that it would be a wise investment to purchase a portable DVD player...   The only problem... Marc HATES listening to whatever Broxton is watching.  We had purchased a couple head sets, but they were poorly made and we ended up taking them back. 
When I saw that Kidz Gear made headsets for kidz.. . I knew we would want to look into it.

The first thing that caught my attention?
The colors.  They have awesome, kid friendly, bright colors for the headset!

Broxton was sent the blue for review... Lucky for us, as he has decided that is his favorite color for the time being!!! 
The other thing that I am TOTALLY loving? 
The limited volume. 
That was one reason that I did not want him to have head phones... The reason I say that?  One of his brothers listens to his head set so loud we can hear it.... and from time to time, Marc does too!  With a volume limit on there, I don't have to worry about him messing his hearing up!!!!
Final "selling" point?  The headphones are only $19.99.  You can also purchase a splitter if you have more than one set of ears needing a set!  Oh, you can also purchase a storage bag to place them in while not in use! 

Broxton seemed to enjoy wearing them.  He liked that the cord was long enough that when we plugged them in to the DVD player in the car, he had room for the cord to not be anywhere in his vision.  (I personally think they probably would have reached the back seat!)  The volume control (limited) was also on the cord where he could reach it and feel that he was in control. 
Image Credit : N.Vision Photography

Lucky for all of us, I have a great Cyber Monday deal for you!!!!


At http://www.gearforkidz.com/ on Cyber Monday, Mon., Nov 26, 2012
(no code needed):
·        FREE Carry Bag With ALL Headphone Orders 
·        FREE Shipping On ALL Orders (No International)
·        FREE Splitter Cable (S68KGCBL) With ANY TWO (2) Headphones Ordered
            At Amazon.com (no code needed):
·        FREE Carry Bag With ALL Headphone Orders 
·        FREE Splitter Cable (S68KGCBL) with ANY TWO (2) Headphones Ordered


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Absolutely Organize Your Family

 
 I am not sure how people would feel about getting a book telling them how to Organize their family as a gift... Unless they specifically asked for it...  I mean, would it be an insult?  You know, like...
Man, your place is so messy, thought you could use a bit of help...
UNLESS - you are giving it to someone with a child..
This book is perfect for ALL parents!   I can remember when a friend came to visit once and laughed at how much of Broxton's stuff was over the house.. She was adamant that she would not be the mom with kids toys in the living room and kids books/DVDs on the bookshelf.  She knew it was going to be minimal... and contained.  Then, she had a child... and it was VICTORY when she called to let me know that she was wrong..  She had books in the living room too... She had large toys in the living room...everything she wasn't opposed to having, she was just like me! 

When I saw the book, Absolutely Organize  Your Family, I thought they must have been peeking in our house, as we could always use a bit of help organizing things!!!
This book is FULL of so much useful information!!!

Take a Peek:
Part II is the best!!!!
Contain Your Toys
Display Your Childs Collections
Create An Art Gallery
Do a Quick Clothes Change
Manage Your Sports Equipment
Curtail Your Cords
Savor Childhood Memories
File Those Photos
Shelve the Books and Magazines


One of the coolest things I read came in the Sports Equipment (that I almost skipped, since we are not there yet...) This mom didn't know what to do with her sons hockey equipment.  How about she ended up using them for curtain rods in her sons bedroom?!  What?!  That is pretty neat and creative!!!  I also liked that they remind us to tell those that help "add" to collections if the collector has stopped that hobby.  I know that Broxton will be a collector of Hot Wheels for a while, as he loves them... and has some that my brother passed down to him... but, when he decides he is no longer into that collection, I will need to remember to tell everyone we are over that! 

So, would I recommend giving this as a gift?  Not to just anyone on the list...
Do I recommend reading it?  Yes!!! I say give it to yourself! 
What better treat than organization??

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20.11.12

Peanuts Fan? Go Snoopy Go #Holidaygiftguide

 Nothing is cuter than Snoopy and the gang! 
Well, let me change that... Add baseball to the mix and you see where I am going, right?
This year, we have Go Snoopy Go...
A DVD that includes "It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown" and then 5 additional adventures! 
Image Credit: Amazon
Synopsis:
Step up to the plate with the Peanuts gang in It’s Spring Training, Charlie Brown. It’s springtime and Charlie Brown’s baseball team is gearing up for the new season. The players work their hardest to train and get into tip-top shape but in spite of all their efforts, end up with disappointing results. To top it off, Lucy points out that they are the only team without any uniforms. To boost the team’s morale, Charlie Brown manages to secure new uniforms after Mr. Hennessey at the hardware store promises to sponsor the team – with the condition they win the first game of the season. Will Charlie Brown and his teammates emerge victorious and score new uniforms?
The laughs and good times continue on Happiness is…Peanuts™: Go, Snoopy, Go! with three delightful segments from The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show. In Blanket, Snoopy attempts to steal Linus’ blanket and Linus in turn, uses Snoopy’s supper dish as blackmail to get his blanket back. In Peppermint Patty, Peppermint Patty has trouble in school with a straight “Z” average, and therefore refuses to go to class. Rainy Day has Charlie Brown giving a “speech” on baseball signals, however, everyone is more interested in watching TV than paying attention to him.  

If you have a Peanut's Fan.. or if you have any young ones..
You will love this DVD. 

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Rangoli: Indian Art With @Mazaallc #HolidayGiftGuide


You know how you read something and you become totally intrigued to learn more about it?
Well, that happened to me a bit ago.
I was reading my emails and I read about a new book, Rangoli:  An Indian Art Activity.

Image Credit:  Amazon

This is what I read:

This book offers more than 100 pages of designs and grids featuring geometric shapes, mazes, optical illusions, 3D images, nature and much more. There are facts about the background behind the rangoli tradition as well as how they create it and why. A colorful map shows the different regions and how rangoli differs between them, with beautiful photographs of various types. There is something for everyone.
 Since rangoli can be enjoyed on paper or on the ground, it is great for both rainy/snowy indoor days, or sunny days when you want the kids to be outside. Children interested in art, drawing, hands-on activities, or even math or problem solving, will be particularly drawn to the book.
Just reading that, I thought that it sounded pretty interesting,  but when the book arrived, I realized it was so much more!!! Yes, I have enjoyed the book for the fact that it can teach you how to create rangoli...  Be it just color pencils or crayons, or... you can be more creative and go with a 3D effect and use beans, feathers, rocks... the options for creating a masterpiece is endless!!!!!
I will tell you the truth... the thing I loved the most....
Looking at the beautiful creations that are pictured throughout the book.
I am telling you now, if we lived where this was popular (I would LOVE for it to catch on over here)  I would be in heaven taking pictures of the completed work!!!!
 
Image Credit: rangolidesigns.org

The thing about Rangoli is although it is extremely beautiful... it is so much more than that!  Rangoli is also about teaching and learning.

You start with a pattern that is nothing but dots...
So, you need to know math ...
Image Credit: mazallc.com
Then, once you have your grid, you then work on whatever design you want to do.
The thing is, there are tons of different grids... and you can make them whatever size you want.  If you want to draw one for practice, you can just do a small grid on paper...
Or you can transfer it over on a larger scale for bigger projects... You know, front porch, side walk... as I have said numerous times, the options are endless.
I think that this is just too cool and I really want to try my creativity at this...
Question is, what do I want to try first?  I think the colored sand would be beautiful, but I know how mad I would be when the wind came and messed up my creation! 
If you have artistic people in your life, or if you want to give it a try...
I highly recommend this book.  Actually, I honestly think everyone would enjoy looking at this book... and it just might spark a bit of creativity in you once you start looking at the completed works!!!!
 
 
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Are Power Rangers On Your Kids Wish List? #HolidayGiftGuide


Did you know that 2013 will have Power Rangers celebrating 20 years?!
It is so hard to imagine that, but it has to be true...
I can remember my brother playing with Power Rangers and I am 99% sure that he had a Power Rangers party at one point or another...
Want to know what cracks me up the most?
The fact that I remember watching Power Rangers with him... and NOW... Broxton thinks that the Power Rangers are pretty fantastic and has decided to ask for them this year!
Truth be told, he asks for anything and everything he sees that looks pretty neat...  but ever since he got a Power Ranger figure in one of the kids meals one day, he thinks that he needs them all!

I tell you what, the days of Power Rangers just being little action figures are part of the past...
I was in absolute shock (although I really shouldn't be anymore) of all the products that are available.
That being said..
Let me tell you what a couple of the "must have" items are for Power Ranger fans to be under that tree this Christmas season...

They literally have it all! 
From the classic action figures that have been around from the start (they are bigger than they used to be, from what I remember though!) to plush dolls that are great to snuggle (or "fight")  they have all aspects covered!!! Oh yeah.. if your young ones aren't ones to want "dolls" you have more options.. Scooters, Bikes, even Christmas Ornaments to keep a memory of a love of their childhood! 
The prices seem to be rather affordable as well, with the action figures being as low as$8.99 and then the bikes around $84.99
Just look:

Power Rangers Action Figure

Power Rangers Plush Doll


Power Rangers Bike



Are Power Rangers on your kids wish list this year?
 
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19.11.12

Disney Live Headed to Atlanta December 16th

Do your little ones (you can include yourself in this!) love Mickey and all his friends?
Do you live in or near Atlanta?

Then you need to plan to paste a smile on everyone's face! 
Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival will be here before you know it!!!
What could be better than Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy putting on a concert with all the hits from the Disney soundtracks we all love! (I personally want to hear The Little Mermaid songs!)

I have to be honest with you, just READING the press release for this show has me all excited! 
It says that there are over 25 characters that will be part of this production...
They will have us dancing in our seats with excitement of this once in a lifetime concert!
I mean, come on.. How fun would it be to have Woody, Buzz and Jessie teaching us how to dance... RODEO STYLE?!
This event will be at Philips Arena, Sunday December 16th. 
Do you not live near Atlanta? Then you need to plan a trip to Atlanta to do a little Christmas shopping and then reward the family with tickets to Disney Live!  Mickey's Music Festival!!!!

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