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19.1.13

My Dad Can Beat Up Your Dad - Taken 2

Taken 2 was just released and I was super excited to watch it!!!!
I saw the first one in the theaters, so I was ready to watch Taken 2, as the first one was such a great movie, I had to see if they could pull off another great one! 
 
So, to celebrate the release, we have a fun post to share with you from Fox: 
Liam Neeson Returns in the Action-Packed Sequel from Producer Luc Besson
"MY DAD CAN BEAT UP YOUR DAD!"
 
He hunted them, he found them, he killed them; now they have come back to settle the score. Bryan Mills is one @$$-kicking dad, to be sure. But is he the ultimate? Take a look at this collection of the most bad@$$ dads around and judge for yourself!


Bryan Mills, Taken 2
 
Oscar® and BAFTA-nominated actor Neeson returns in Taken 2 as Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent who stopped at nothing to save his daughter Kim from kidnappers. When the father of one of the villains Bryan killed swears revenge, and takes him and his wife hostage in Istanbul, Bryan must enlist the help of Kim to escape. Bryan then employs his unique tactics to get his family to safety and systematically take out the kidnappers, one by one by one!

John Quincy Archibald, John Q 
Denzel Washington stars as the title character, John Q, a down-on-his luck dad whose insurance won't cover his son's heart transplant. He has no choice but to take the hospital's entire emergency room hostage. Despite his aggression, the audience roots for John who is driven by a father’s love and will stop at nothing until the doctors agree to perform the operation.
John McClane, Die Hard
John McClane (Bruce Willis) is certainly one of the most iconic action heroes of all time, but most forget that he’s also a dad! When we arrive at the fourth entry to the Die Hard series, Live Free or Die Hard, McClane’s daughter, Lucy, gets taken hostage, and John is not going to back down until she’s safe. In the fifth installment of the franchise, watch for McClane to team up with his son to take down terrorists.
 
Don Vito Corleone, The Godfather
Who could be a bigger butt-kicking father than the Godfather (Marlon Brando) himself?! He won’t just kick ass in the name of his children, he’ll have you "taken care of" without breaking a sweat. Throughout the infamous film trilogy, we watch as the Godfather’s successor, his middle son Michael (Al Pacino), takes the reigns and surpasses his father’s legacy, making more irrefusable offers and putting fear into the hearts of men all for the sake of his family.

President James Marshall, Air Force One
One of the most beloved action stars ever, Harrison Ford stars as the quintessential dad: The President of the United States and leader of the free world. Following a speech that dictates the United States will not negotiate with terrorists; assailants aboard Air Force One attack his family. But don’t worry; Mr. President is not going to take this lying down.

Darth Vader, Star Wars
It’s true, not all dads use their powers for good. Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith, may be the Supreme Commander of the "dark side" and the right-hand to its evil emperor, but let’s not forget it was his overwhelming love for wife and family that lead him astray. Surely his last-minute conversation and deathbed proclamations to his son Luke count in the hearts of the good.

***** I received an advance screener of this movie for review purposes. 

Nickelodeon and Valentines

Just in time for Valentines...
Nickelodeon reminds us of a few of their DVD titles that is sure to put a smile on the face of the one who receives it!  All of these titles are available for purchase now!


SpongeBob SquarePants: To Love A Patty
This DVD from SpongeBob SquarePants celebrates SpongeBob’s love for the Krabby Patty.  Included is the title episode and six other fun, fantastical episodes.  In “To Love a Patty,” SpongeBob has trouble saying Goodbye to the most perfect Krabby Patty he has ever cooked.

DVD SRP: $16.99
Special Features:
          ·  Original Animatic: "To Love a Patty"
          ·  Karaoke Music Video
 

Nickelodeon Favorites: We Love Our Friends
Celebrate the love of friends with Dora the ExplorerGo, Diego, Go!The Wonder Pets!Blue’s CluesYo Gabba Gabba! and Ni Hao, Kai-lan.

DVD SRP: $16.99
Special Features:
          ·  Team Umizoomi Counting Song
          ·  Team Umizoomi Celebration Song


Nickelodeon Favorites: Celebrate Family!
Nothing beats the love of family so celebrate it with Dora the ExplorerGo, Diego, Go!The Wonder Pets!Blue’s CluesYo Gabba Gabba! and Ni Hao, Kai-lan.

DVD SRP: $16.99
Special Features:  N/A


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 Shot of Relaxation @DreamWater

If you know anything about our house, it is that most people have a hard time sleeping in our family.
Broxton has fought his sleep ever since he was born (still does at times) and then Marc... Well, he has always had trouble sleeping, as long as I have known him... My mom is another one..
So, when I heard of Dream Water, I knew it would be worth a shot.
No... before you freak out, I did not get this for my child, I thought it was worth Marc trying.

I originally wanted my mom to try it, as she has a hard time going to sleep and then most always wakes up during the night... But, when I found out about this, she was on a new medication the doctor wanted her to try, so we thought it was best not to add this to a sleeping pill. 

I gave Marc one and told him to just drink the whole thing.
(They are small, only like 2.5 ounces) 
The thing is, they say some people drink half of it before bed... and then if they have a habit of waking up during the night, they drink the other half then, to help them drift back off to sleep...  I figured Marc is hard to get to go to sleep, so it would be best to give him the whole bottle. 
He tried the Paradise PM  and said that there was very little pineapple flavor, it was more or less a hint of it..  He was still wide awake later, but did note that he felt a bit relaxed. 
A couple days later, he tried the nighTea night (lemon flavor) and that again, it left him relaxed, but not sleepy.

I can not say that this does not work... but I can say that it does not work for him.
He is one of the more extreme cases, so I wasn't sure of it to begin with...

I do believe that Dream Water is for those that do not have known cases of insomnia, but it best for those that are just looking for a little help in relaxing for a good nights rest. 
Dream Water is made of  GABA, MELATONIN and 5HTP   The ingredients in Dream Water are natural, so that made me feel better giving them to Marc, versus more chemicals!


If you want to try out Dream Water for yourself, just head over to their website to request a Free Bottle.  Yes, you will pay $2.49 shipping/handling,  but really, if it helps you to have a more restful sleep, isn't it worth it?

You can follow Dream Water on Facebook and Twitter.


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Plan Movie Night With Won't Back Down

I absolutely loved Viola Davis in The Help, so when I saw she was in the movie, Won't Back Down, I wanted to see it.  Nothing against the rest of the cast, but they were not names that drew me to it...
As soon as the movie started, I knew it was going to be one that touched my heart...  Not only for the great storyline... but it was "Inspired by actual events"... Being a mom, it hit home even more.
I thought the movie was great and the casting that they did was outstanding.  I honestly do not think of anyone that I can think of that would have done a better job than Viola Davis.

Won't Back Down is a movie about a mom... that "won't back down" on making sure her child gets the education that she deserves. As soon as it started, I was already aggravated with the teacher, not really knowing what direction the movie was going in.  I will admit, I got a little misty eyed at times.... and actually got Marc to some what watch it with me! 
If you are looking for a great movie for movie night, Won't Back Down is one that I highly recommend.  To the point that I called my mom during the middle of the day to tell her she needed to plan on renting this as soon as she could!
 
Synopsis:                                                  
Oscar® Nominees Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis lead a stellar cast in this empowering drama inspired by actual events. Hard-working single mom Jamie Fitzpatrick (Gyllenhaal) is concerned that John Adams Elementary is letting her daughter down. Teaming with a caring teacher (Davis) who wants the best future for her own son, she sets out to improve attitudes and elevate the school’s academic standards. Despite the odds, with courage, hope and persistence, the women just might prevail in this uplifting film that also stars Rosie Perez and Academy Award® Winner Holly Hunter.

***  I was sent a review copy of this movie.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

18.1.13

Taken 2 - Available Now

When the original Taken came out, I went and saw it at the movies...
Loved it.  Talk about a fast paced movie that has you on the edge of your seat the whole time...
So, when I heard that there was a Taken 2 coming out, I was excited to see what they had in mind for this time around...
I was NOT disappointed!
Once again, Liam Neeson is thrown back into the action packed events that make this such a great movie.  In Taken 2, we are in Istanbul and the bad guys from the first movie are seeking revenge.  This time around, he isn't trying to save his daughter though, his daughter is trying to save him!!!!
I was very impressed with this and was once again sucked in from the start! 
 

                                                                    
Synopsis:
Oscar- and BAFTA-nominated actor, Liam Neeson (Clash of the Titans, Taken, Batman Begins) returns as Mills, the retired CIA agent who stopped at nothing to save his daughter Kim from kidnappers. When the father of one of the villains Bryan killed swears revenge, and takes him and his wife hostage in Istanbul, Bryan must enlist the help of Kim to escape. Bryan then employs his unique tactics to get his family to safety and systematically take out the kidnappers, one by one.
 
***** I received an advanced screener of this movie for review purposes.  All thoughts are my own. 

16.1.13

Wait a Cotton Pickin' Minute...

Growing up in South Georgia, I took for granted many of the beautiful things around me...
Looking around now, I see the beauty (at least it is to me) and I like to photograph it when I can.
We see cotton ... Every single field we pass....
And Broxton loves yelling about the cotton and the cotton gins.
So, of course, I had to stop and take a couple pictures.
Hope you enjoy!

13.1.13

Thomas and Friends: Muddy Matters #Giveaway

*** Giveaway Closed: Winner: Xenia ***
 
Not sure the age that kids stop loving trains (do they ever?) but I know that Broxton still loves watching his Thomas DVD's and then recreating the scenes with his trains and tracks... This will be loads of fun.. Minus the Mess!!!! 
 

DVD SYNOPSIS

Through mud, garbage and muck, Thomas and his engine friends show that being Really Useful can be a dirty job! See James turn into the Really Muddy Engine and Thomas get showered with garbage. Watch Peter Sam make a big mess trying to keep things on track as Thomas creates chaos with the crows and much, much more. Join Thomas and the Steam Team as they make the best of the mess in these exciting muddy and mucky adventures!
 
Episodes include:
·                             “Muddy Matters”
·                             “Thomas and the Garbage Train”
·                             “Don’t Bother Victor”
·                             “Whiff’s Wish”
·                             “Thomas Toots the Crows”
 
DVD BONUS FEATURES
·                             Go Go Thomas! Karaoke Music Video
·                             Guess Who? Puzzles
·                             Muddy Sheep Roundup Game 
 
DIGITAL BONUS FEATURES
·                             Bonus Episode “Buzzy Bees”


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