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15.3.13

Celebrate #Easter with Personal Creations

Being a blogger, I get to see many neat products.
Last year, I noticed the cutest Easter baskets and I was thinking that we would need to look into getting one for Broxton one year...
Now, I have had the chance to work with them in a review to share with you!!!

I was able to visit Personal Creations to see all of the absolutely adorable Easter Gift Idea's they have!!!
We have had all sorts of Easter baskets and I hate that we buy them and then they never get used again...  That was the case until this year!!!!

I wanted to get Broxton a Personalized Easter Basket.  Just not sure if we will put it up to use each year, or if I am going to use it to decorate his room... Either way, I love it and I know he will too!

I decided to go with the Easter Tin Bucket.  I thought that this would be great if I wanted to use it for him to hold his toys or arts and crafts items.  Then again, we might just put it up for next year!  

I thought about getting the Easter Caddy, as it would be great to carry around his tools and what not.. Might just have to get this next year, unless we use the bucket again!!!

I did love that with Broxton having a family name and it not being that common that I was able to customize it just for him!!!!  I was able to snag a couple other items from Personal Creations, as they are SO MUCH MORE than just Easter Items...
Another item I ordered?
In keeping with the Easter Bucket Theme...
I got a cute watering can!!!!
You can add any name or phrase you want on the can.  I went with Love Grows Here.  
If you are still looking to get a great Easter Idea...
Make sure you keep Personal Creations in mind!
They have different coupons off and on, so make sure you check to see what sort of coupon codes they have before placing your order!

Make sure you come back after Easter to see him with his Easter Bucket!!!

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.

14.3.13

Retro Flavors with Mike and Ike Around Until April

I was never really a fan of Mike and Ike... 
Not because it doesn't taste good, but because I had never had it to know any different.
Luckily with blogging, I have had the chance to try them and I see I was missing out!!!!

Mike and Ike are going RETRO until April and they brought back a few favorite flavors...
Lemon and Watermelon  released 1991

Cherry and Bubble Gum released 1989

I was excited to try them and I was hopeful that Broxton wasn't going to like the same flavors as I did...
We now know that he does, as he was quick to share the Lemon and the Cherry... But for some reason he could never seem to reach a Bubble Gum or Watermelon one in the box!!!!

So, if you enjoyed these wonderful flavors back then... or if you love Mike and Ike and want to try out these flavors from the past...  Head on out and pick up a couple boxes... They wont last long!!!!

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 Little of This... A Little of That....

My email has been getting quite a bit of action lately... 
I saw a couple emails that I thought some of you might be interested in, so I wanted to do my little "email roundup" and share a couple things with you... 

The Big Wedding is headed to Theaters Soon:
SYNOPSIS:
With an all-star cast led by Robert DeNiro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, with Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams, THE BIG WEDDING is an uproarious romantic comedy about a charmingly modern family trying to survive a weekend wedding celebration that has the potential to become a full blown family fiasco.  To the amusement of their adult children and friends, long divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin (De Niro and Keaton) are once again forced to play the happy couple for the sake of their adopted son's wedding after his ultra conservative biological mother unexpectedly decides to fly halfway across the world to attend. With all of the wedding guests looking on, the Griffins are hilariously forced to confront their past, present and future - and hopefully avoid killing each other in the process. Screenplay by Justin Zackham. Directed by Justin Zackham.

“Like” on Facebook to receive a printable $3 off Walmart in-store coupon good toward the purchase of The First Years New Spill-Proof Sippy Cups.  The 2-pack is regularly $6.96 at Walmart. This coupon (which expires April 6) offers a savings of more than 40%.

Here is the link to the Facebook page for you to “Like” to receive the $3 off coupon:

The First Years Gripper Sipper Non-Insulated Spill-Proof Cup features a unique one piece lid with built-in leak proof protection that make The First Years sippy cups easy to clean without any parts to lose or fumble with! Spill proof, leak proof and break-resistant, The First Years sippy cups come in a variety of colors and the no-slip-grip and contour shape are perfect for little hands. Plus, all The First Years sippy cup lids are interchangeable across the entire sippy cup line (including The First Years Disney sippy cups), making it easier for Mom to match cups and lids. Dishwasher safe, BPA-free. 9 oz. MSRP: 2 pk $6.96, available in Walmart stores




***** I was not required to post these, just thought it might help you guys out and some was just fun to know!  

Celebrate Pi Day - Life of Pi

To Celebrate Pi Day, I wanted to share with you a couple different things I have received to kick off the new movie, Life of Pi.

Up first...
I thought it was pretty neat to see "Pi's Epic Journey."
It was really cool and to be honest, watching this is what makes me want to see the movie in 3-D now!


Academy Award winning director Ang Lee, center, screenwriter David Magee, left, and film editor Tim Squyres meet with media for the first time since their movie Life of Pi won four Academy Awards, including Best Director for Ang Lee, Monday, March 4, 2013, in New York, on behalf of the Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD release on March 12,  (Diane Bondareff/Invision for Fox Home Entertainment)

Also - you know how you see those 3-D works on sidewalks?
Well, watch the time lapse video to see the whale!!!!
Too cool!!!!


I was not required to post...
Just thought it might be something that you might want a heads up on... 
Also, can you beat a reason to celebrate "pi day?!"

Kids Shows Going "Digital" Now...



With everything going more and more digital, it was bound to happen.
There are certain kids DVD's that will be being released Digital Download (think Netflix) or On Demand (it is just called On Demand through our cable company) 
I just wanted to share the first couple titles that I know of:

Fireman Sam®: Mighty Mountain Heroes
 Available April 2, 2013

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
 A role model for kids of all ages, Fireman Sam can always be counted on to teach lessons in safety, loyalty, leadership, cooperation and friendship. From challenges high atop a mountain to right in his hometown headquarters, Sam and the citizens of Pontypandy invite you to join in the fun, fire up your enthusiasm and set your adventurous spirit ablaze!

SYNOPSIS
When the new Pontypandy Mountain Railway line opens, the team must face some tall challenges including a collapsing water tower, camp side fires, mountain climbing mishaps, animal troubles and even some sticky situations back at Headquarters! Good thing Fireman Sam is nearby to lend a hand when their new mountain climbing friend Moose Roberts is in trouble and when train conductor Gareth needs to stop the runaway train! From the top of the trees to the top of the mountain, the Pontypandy crew is ready for some high-climbing saves!













Pingu®’s Igloo Adventures
Available April 2, 2013 
 
 PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
An award-winning global animation star, Pingu never lacks for fun and adventure, sharing good times, hilarious antics and his own “Penguinese” language with his family and friends, particularly little sister, Pinga, and best friend, Robby the Seal.  While he has a charming knack for getting into trouble, Pingu is always there to help get others out.  So come enjoy some ice surfing, help out with chores around the igloo or just sit back and take in the snow … er, show!
An award-winning global animation star, Pingu never lacks for fun and adventure, sharing good times, hilarious antics and his own “Penguinese” language with his family and friends, particularly little sister, Pinga, and best friend, Robby the Seal.  While he has a charming knack for getting into trouble, Pingu is always there to help get others out.  So come enjoy some ice surfing, help out with chores around the igloo or just sit back and take in the snow … er, show!


Bob The Builder: Building Buddies
Available April 9, 2013

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Can he fix it?  Yes he can!  Join preschool favorite Bob the Builder® in seven adventures in Bob the Builder: Building Buddies, available only on Digital Download April 9, 2013 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.  For Bob and his Can-Do Crew, no task is too small, no job is too big and they never back down from a challenge.  From start to finish, it’s all about teamwork, being positive and having fun!
SYNOPSIS
There’s no job too big for Bob the Builder and his Can-Do Crew…and no animal too small to cause problems for the team! Spud the scarecrow stirs up trouble when his homemade skateboard almost wrecks Bob’s work; Farmer Pickles’ baby chicks find comfort from an unlikely feathered friend and Pilchard the cat becomes the hero of the day at the local dog show. The machine team has to work their magic to avoid big bunny trouble while searching for Mr. Ellis’ magic rabbit. Even through mix-ups, close calls and tight deadlines, Bob’s team proves that the fun is in getting it done…together!














AWESOME ADVENTURES:
PRESCHOOL PARTY SURPRISE

Available April 9, 2013
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Let the revelry begin!  Preschool favorites Thomas & Friends®, Fireman Sam® and Bob the Builder® are gathering together for an all-new collection of six celebration-themed episodes in Awesome Adventures: Preschool Party Surprise, coming exclusively to Digital Download and Video on Demand April 9, 2013 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment and HIT Entertainment.  Featuring presents, cake, guests and glee along with friendship, teamwork and tons of fun, it’s time to get this party started!

SYNOPSIS

It’s party time, and you’re invited to celebrate with Thomas & Friends, Fireman Sam and Bob the Builder!  Can Thomas keep all the party guests and presents on track? Can Fireman Sam save the day – and Dilys’ cake?  Can Bob and his team fix Wendy’s birthday? Join the fun and festivities and enjoy some Preschool Party Surprises!



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.

13.3.13

Spring Fever? Cool Down with @talentigelato

I don't really need  a reason to enjoy things in life..
You know, it doesn't need to be a birthday or special occasion...   I will celebrate because it is Monday.. Or Wednesday or Friday... Any day is fine with me!!!!
That alone gives you a reason to celebrate... and what better reason to celebrate than to enjoy a nice, deliciously smooth Talenti Gelato?!
I have reviewed Talenti before and I tell you... I have yet to find one I do not like...
They are all great (out of the ones I have tried so far) and I love the containers that they come in.
We have actually started using the containers as storage solutions...
Some store foods, some store mini cars, some store other collections...
The point being...  - You can love the gelato... and then "upcycle" the container to use again and again...

As I said, I don't need a reason to celebrate and enjoy the finer things ... but if you do need one:
Easter is March 31st....
Mothers Day is May 12th...
Don't just enjoy the treat yourself, share it with a loved one (and then enjoy it yourself!)

I just saw this video of the founder of Talenti with the different FRESH ingredients...
I wonder if anyone can watch this and not want to try it out...



I can not lie... I have been dying to try more of their flavors and I keep going back the the Strawberry one. I am not a huge strawberry fan (I like them, but normally just the fruit.. not as flavors with other items)  so it shocks me that I want to try this... I think it is because their other flavors have really impressed me, so I am thinking I will be blown away again!












So, just remember...
If you are looking for a great gift idea for any holiday...   or just a great treat for yourself and your loved ones... Keep Talenti in mind! You will be glad you did!!!!
Also, make sure you sign up to follow Talenti on Facebook and Twitter ...   They always have great things going on there!

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.

Nickelodeon New Releases for #Easter

Just wanted to let you know that Nickelodeon has several new releases that are sure to make your little ones smile.... Might be good to look at getting a couple of them for Easter Gift Ideas.
 


Dora’s Easter Collection
Get ready for twice the Easter Adventure in this two-disc collection, featuring eight egg-citing springtime adventures from the Dora’s Easter Adventure and Dora Egg Hunt DVDs! First, help Dora and Boots save Easter! The Hip-Hop-Bunny is bringing all the eggs to Dora and friends' big Easter Egg Hunt, but when sneaky Swiper swipes his basket, Dora and Boots need your help on an adventure to make sure it’s a “hop-hop-hoppy Easter” for all! Plus, go back to Dora's first Easter Egg Hunt to help Dora and Boots find the Big Yellow Egg with a prize inside!  All this and more in this DVD full of egg-cellent adventures to explore! 

Dora’s Easter Collection Fast Facts:             
Street Date: February 19, 2013
DVD SRP: $19.99
Running Time: 164 Minutes
Special Features:


Max & Ruby: A Bunny For Every Season
Enjoy the four seasons in East Bunnyhop with Max and Ruby! Spring into the spring season with Max and Ruby as they hunt for Easter eggs, camp outside, go bird watching, and more. Soak up the summer sun as Max and Ruby work a lemonade stand, fly kites, and put on a backyard magic show.  Fall into a Halloween season full of some tricks…and even more treats! Spend a funny bunny winter building snow bunnies, sledding, and celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve too! With 48 sweet bunny stories, Max and Ruby will do lots of things all year long – except agree!

Max & Ruby: A Bunny For Every Season Fast Facts:     
Street Date: March 12, 2013
DVD SRP: $26.99
Running Time: 392 Minutes
 
**** I was not asked to post this, I just thought it would be nice to share a great gift idea. 

12.3.13

Cirque Du Soleil - Worlds Away

I can not remember if  I have ever actually watched a live Cirque Du Soleil, or if I have watched shows that have attempted to try and be like it.  I know my parents have seen it live and every time the tent goes up near us for the show, I say I want to go...

Until that happens, I can now watch in the comforts of my own home.
Don't get me wrong, I know it is totally different live versus on disc, but it was pretty amazing to watch this either way.  I had it on and next thing I knew, Marc was watching with me.
In Cirque Du Soleil, Worlds Away, we have this girl that enters what looks to be a county fair/circus and is persuaded to enter the tent to watch an Aerial Show... The Aerial Artist falls off and is sucked up in a quick-sand type flooring... the girl that entered to watch heads to try and save him and the rest of the movie shows the girl on a mission seeking to find the acrobat from the start.
The fact that we get up close on the excitement of the Cirque Du Soleil is so neat to me.
There were several times when Marc even made comments out loud about how cool something was...
and when they did the scene with the guys in the circles in the air ( Not a clue in the world what it is called, but it is by far my favorite thing to watch at the circus and even more so now up close on here!)

Cirque Du Soleil : Worlds Away has us travelling through several "tents" and watching the magic and beauty of an actual Cirque Du Soleil performance.
If you are one that loves aerial shows like this... or if you are not sure if Cirque Du Soleil is for you, I say grab a copy and enjoy!!!!!
Beautiful!!!!

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.

11.3.13

In Time for #Easter - Rise of the Guardians


Last year, Broxton saw a preview for the movie, Rise of the Guardians....
That started him wanting to see the movie.  We never made it to the theater to watch it, so when he started seeing the advertisements for it being released on DVD (March 12th, 2013) I knew we would be trying to see it soon.  I will admit, I also wanted to see the Movie, it just had something that drew me to it...

We had the chance to review it and I am telling you..
This is a MUST HAVE for any Easter gift you might be thinking...
We tried watching it the other night with my family and I just could not get into it...
I was totally lost...   I was starting to think that I was going to be disappointed in the movie.  We turned it off with all plans for me to watch it later...
Once Broxton and I returned home, I put it on again...
This time with the caption on too, as I was having a hard time hearing it.  I am not sure if it was just because it was turned down low at my parents house or what, but I was missing something.
Once the caption was on, I was good to go.
I was able to understand everything that had totally flown over my head the time we tried to watch it before... Broxton would watch, then run off to play, then back to watch, then run and play again, but I was zoned into the movie...  

Rise of the Guardians was actually a great movie.
It takes the "Guardians" and they have to work together to help make sure that the kids all believe.
We get to see Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Sandman, the Man in the Moon and Jack Frost.
(The bad guy in the movie is the Boogie Man.)  I will say, there were a couple scenes where the Boogie Man had Broxton turning towards me... It is not that scary, but it is not all happy-happy-joy-joy the whole time either....  I did like that there were a couple of underlying morals to go along with the movie so that you have plenty to talk about when the movie is over!!!!
I loved seeing the "guardians" work together.. and it was so cute to see how each of them work to complete what is needed to be done for their particular holiday.  I LOVED the little fairies for the Tooth Fairy, but I will admit, the Easter Bunny getting ready for Easter and getting all the eggs together was pretty awesome... Once you watch the movie, you will totally understand the hopping eggs that you get when you purchase the DVD.
This movie is being released just in time for Easter (March 12, 2013) but Broxton gets to celebrate early as they not only sent us the movie for review, they also sent a couple treats to get Broxton all excited.
FYI - they achieved maximum excitement, as he was ready to go as more and more treats came out of the bag!!!


When purchasing the Movie, look what you will get:


DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians Blu-ray Combo Pack
The Rise of the Guardians Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Pack includes two hopping toy eggs, plus almost an hour of bonus features:

Disc 1 (Blu-ray):
Feature film in high definition
 Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Features:
  • Jack Frost Snowball Showdown!—Use your remote to duck and dodge snowballs!
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors with Sandy—See if you can beat the Sandman in this classic game.
Additional Bonus Features:
  • Behind the Magic—Explore the filmmakers’ journey to create Rise of the Guardians’ enthralling look, characters, effects and music:
    • Dreaming Up the Look
    • Naughty & Nice: Designing Memorable Characters
    • Enchanting Effects
    • Creating an Epic Score
  • The Man Behind the Guardians—Learn how DreamWorks Animation worked with author William Joyce to bring his novels to life.
  • Dreamers and Believers—A look at the cast and characters of Rise of the Guardians.
  • Sandy’s Dream Guide—The Sandman helps interpret your dreams in this interactive guide.
  • Filmmakers’ Commentary—With director Peter Ramsey and producers Christina Steinberg and Nancy Bernstein.
Disc 2 (DVD):
Feature film in standard definition
Bonus features:
  • Dreamers and Believers
  • Sandy’s Dream Guide
  • More Magic (DVD-ROM)—Printable egg holders, coloring sheets and more—perfect for Easter fun!
  • Filmmakers’ Commentary
  • Previews
DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians  Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack
The Rise of the Guardians Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Pack includes the following:
Disc 1 (Blu-ray 3D):
Feature film in high definition and 3D
Disc 2 (Blu-ray):
Same as Blu-ray contents listed above
Disc 3 (DVD):
Same as DVD contents listed above

DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians  DVD 
The single-disc DVD includes two hopping toy eggs, plus the following:
Feature film in standard definition
Bonus features:
  • Dreamers and Believers
  • Sandy’s Dream Guide
  • More Magic (DVD-ROM)
  • Filmmakers’ Commentary
  • Previews

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.
 
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