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29.12.14

If I Stay

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If you are looking to watch a great movie anytime soon, I highly suggest you check out if i stay.  I will admit that I had not heard of it, but I am so glad that I chose to watch it... Something about the cover drew me to it and I just had to give it a go.
My mom thought it was about something else, but the best way to explain it (without ruining anything) was simply to say that a girl is involved in a car wreck.  She has to decide if she wants to stay or go (live or die.)  As I said, it was a great one and I immediately had to call and tell my mom to add it to her must watch list.  

“Chloë Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley shine” (Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune) in this romantic film based on the best-selling novel. Seventeen-year-old Mia Hall (Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate. Also starring are Mireille Enos and Joshua Leonard as Mia’s parents, Kat and Denny, and Stacy Keach as Gramps. Rounding out the main cast are Jakob Davies as Mia’s little brother, Liana Liberato as her best friend, Gabrielle Rose as Grandma, and Aisha Hinds as Nurse Ramirez. 

R.J. Cutler directed the film from a screenplay by Shauna Cross based on Forman’s novel. If I Stay was produced by Alison Greenspan, with Denise Di Novi, Forman and Brad Van Arragon serving as executive producers.

Fans of the beloved book can see the story come to life like never before with compelling bonus features and deleted scenes. Celebrate the film’s music with an original “Never Coming Down” music video, “I Never Wanted to Go” music montage, a free download of the song “Mind” from the soundtrack courtesy of WaterTower Music and music commentary by R.J. Cutler on songs from the movie. Then, dive deeper into the making-of the film with “Beyond the Page,” a three-part book, author and cast introspective.

If I Stay Blu-ray Exclusive Special Features
“I Never Wanted To Go” Music Montage
Beyond The Page featuring interviews with the cast, crew and Author Gayle Forman
The Love of Music
Adapting IF I STAY
An Out of Body Experience

If I Stay Blu-ray and DVD Special Features
“Never Coming Down” Music Video
Free download from the If I Stay Soundtrack of the song “Mind” courtesy of WaterTower Music
Deleted Scenes Commentary by R.J. Cutler and Alison Greenspan
Bookstore
Hospital Chapel
Audio Commentary by R.J. Cutler and Alison Greenspan
Music Commentary by R.J. Cutler
“Who Needs You”
“Until We Get There”
“I Want What You Have”
“All of Me”
“Promise”
“Never Coming Down”
“Halo”
“I Will be There”
“Mind”
“Morning”
“I Never Wanted To Go”
“Karen Revisited”
“Today”
“Heart Like Yours”
“Heal” (If I Stay Version)
“Suite No. 1 in G Major for Solo Cello, BWV 1007: Prelude”
“Cello Concerto in a Minor, Op. 33”
“Sonata in B Minor for Solo Cello, Op.”
Image Gallery
Theatrical Trailer

27.12.14

Print those Photos with @InstantlyFramed (Reader Discount Code)

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Now that the holidays are over and you have Instagramed, Tweeted, Facebooked and posted to all the other social media sites...  Why not find that perfect photo and take it off your phone --- and get it printed and into your home?  
We were recently given the chance to check out the site Instantly Framed and  I only had one draw back on it... It is only available on the iPhone App Store.  Lucky for us, we have an iPad, so we were able to check it out, but I do hope that they add an app for those not using Apple products.  
When the picture arrived, I was very excited, I had planned to put it on our mantle.  The only problem was that I felt the stand made it lay back a bit too much for my liking (I like them almost straight up and this has a tilt to it.)    I found a perfect place for it on our wall.  LOVE it!  

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Quick three print size options for photographs to fit in 12×12” square frames
4 ply acid-free archival mat
Attractive packaging for shipments (great for sending as gifts)
Made in the USA
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$65

Instantly Framed is giving my readers a discount code for $10 off each order, valid until January 10th.  Make sure you check it out!   The code is:  JUMPINBEANS10

Spongebob - 10 Happiest Moments

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Look what is being released on January 13th!  

Just in time for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water in theaters nationwide this February 2015, fans can relive some of Bikini Bottom’s funniest moments in SpongeBob SquarePants Triple Feature: 10 Happiest Moments, Heroes of Bikini Bottom & Legends of Bikini Bottom.  This new DVD set is filled with over four hours of SpongeBob and his friends up to their usual antics in 24 classic episodes. Packed with non-stop fun, SpongeBob SquarePants Triple Feature: 10 Happiest Moments, Heroes of Bikini Bottom & Legends of Bikini Bottom is available on DVD January 13, 2015.
 
SpongeBob SquarePants Triple Feature: 10 Happiest Moments, Heroes of Bikini Bottom & Legends of Bikini Bottom Includes:
 
Disc 1 – “10 Happiest Moments”
Episodes:
·       Tea The Treedome
·       Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy
·       Culture Shock
·       Karate Choppers
·       The Algae’s Always Greener
·       Just One Bite
·       Graveyard Shift
·       No Weenies Allowed
·       Roller Cowards
·       Christmas Who?
Special Features:
·       Pilot Episode: “Help Wanted”
 
Disc 2 – “Heroes of Bikini Bottom”
Episodes:
·       Back To The Past
·       The Bad Guy Club For Villains
·       Keep Bikini Bottom Beautiful
·       A Pal for Gary
·       Yours, Mine and Mine
·       Kracked Krabs
·       A Day Without Tears
·       Summer Job
Special Features:
·       Animated Shorts: “Time Machine,” “Lesson Learned,” and “And Krabs Saved The Day”
·       Bonus Episode: “T.U.F.F. Puppy”
 
Disc 3 – “Legends of Bikini Bottom”
Episodes:
·       The Monster Who Came to Bikini Bottom
·       Welcome to the Bikini Bottom Triangle
·       The Main Drain
·       Trenchbillies
·       Sponge-Cano
·       The Curse of the Hex
Special Features:
·       Animated Shorts: “Things To Do When Encountering Legendary Creatures,” “Dance Break,” and “The Legend ofSpongeBob
·       “Behind-The-Scenes: Legends of Bikini Bottom”

Paddington #Giveaway

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Not too long ago, we had the chance to go and enjoy a screening of the movie, Paddington.  I loved it (as did Broxton) and we cannot wait for it to come out on January 16th so we can go see it again!   I can not tell you all about it (yet) but I can tell you this.. You will love it!   To get you geared up to go see this movie, I get to host a giveaway for a Chuck E. Cheese Guest Pass.  
PADDINGTON arrives in theaters January 16!
From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says "Please look after this bear. Thank you." and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

Starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, and Nicole Kidman


One (1) winner will receive:
Chuck E. Cheese Guest Pass (Valued at $35. Includes 1 Large Pizza, 4 Soft Drinks & 30 Game Tokens

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Happy Holidays!!

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Hope you and your family are enjoying the Holidays!   


Come back soon for a giveaway related to Paddington!  

The New Year brings New Sofia The First for your little Princess! @disneyhyperion

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Once Christmas is over, you know kids have "money to burn!"  Why not share with them  a couple books with Disney Junior's latest Princess, Sofia the First?  Helping out at Broxton's elementary school, I have seen my fair share of Sofia fans!  (You should have seen today, it was pajama day and there was a good amount of Sofia PJ's!)  These books are available at the start of the new year, so this would be great to talk to them about saving money!  (Or it could be a great gift idea for you to think instead of candy for Valentines for your little Princess!  )
Available February 3rd, this will be a big hit!  (You can give them this as a Valentines gift!)
Sofia is getting ready for the annual Pet Show when Princess Hildy goes missing...
Well, come to find out, she isn't missing... but she has somehow or another turned into a MOUSE!!!   Read the story to see what happens and how they finally get her back to the Princess she is!  
Available January 6th, this is another super cute book!   Besides the story being full of magic and mishaps, it is shaped with a tea cup handle!  This is a cute story about Sofia, Amber and their friend Lucinda having a tea party!  This would be a great story to give a little girl ready to have her own tea party!  

26.12.14

Book Of Life ( with #Recipes ) #BOLinsiders

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Our house is normally low key for movie nights, just popcorn, drinks and then the movie... Sometimes we splurge and do pizza as well.  If you are opposite of us and go all out for a movie night at home, I have a couple recipes that you might want to try out when the Book of Life is released on January 27th.  



Let me know if you try either of these out!  


24.12.14

Merry Christmas from Jumpin Beans and The Book of Life #BOLInsider

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 Here is wishing you and yours a very safe and happy holiday season!



Need a Last Minute Gift? @OfficialChiaPet

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!  
Now that you have that in your head, let me tell you... Broxton saw the commercial for this a couple months ago and since then he has been walking around singing their tag-line and begging me to get him a Chia Pet for Christmas.
We were sent a couple for review, so I busted out the Minnie Mouse one to try out first.
This is the cutest thing.  (I always wanted one as a kid, never had one though.)
It is actually really easy to do.
You soak the sculpture for an hour in water.  While that is going on, you mix the chia seeds in water and stir every so often for that hour.  It starts to form a paste like and then after that hour, you just smear it on the sculpture.
We went to make the bow for Minnie, but he wasn't really into that... he wanted more.  SO, we basically covered Minnie's whole head in the Chia Seeds!  

Little does he know, he will be getting the Chia Puppy for Christmas!   (That is the one he keeps asking about!)    So - if you are needing to get one more gift this year, make sure you check out and see if there are any Chia Pets near you!  They seem to be everywhere, so you should be in luck!  With characters like Scooby Doo on over to Duck Dynasty, I am sure you will find one you will smile about!!!!

Pogo Whisk

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Getting ready for the holidays means cooking and planning.  We were lucky enough to be sent a Pogo Whisk for review and it has already had a great deal of use in our kitchen!
It is a bit longer than I would like, but that is really the only drawback. (The length of it does help to be able to use in many different containers for many different uses, so I see why it is the size it is.) We have used in on numerous occasions and it has always done a great job, you push the handle down and then when you release, it spins it around!   Talk about a great concept!

Make sure to try it out!  

The Peculiar Tales of the S.S. Bungalow

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I know some of my readers enjoy the kids music I cover from time to time.  I have not reviewed this, but did want to share in case you were looking for something new to check out, The Peculiar Tales of the S.S. Bungalow.  
Just launched digitally via iTunes  and other retailers, and a 2-CD illustrated digi-pack will be available to retailers nationally in January (Big World Audio Theatre, Burnside Distribution). Preview this magical, multi-voiced musical voyage at bigworldaudio.com.
The story begins on a bustling pier, full of the sights, sounds and smells of a fisherman's market. Above the din, a voice is heard inviting people to come near an odd and misshapen building: The Museum of Maritime Wonderments and Nautical Oddities — a place where strange and mysterious findings from the Atlantic are on display. A small crowd gathers around to hear the most fantastic tale about a curious old wooden ship and the man who once captained it. We then travel back in time to when Sleepytime Greg and his crew (best friend Toothpick and pet beagle Tater-Tot) transform a creaky old boat into the S.S. Bungalow to set sail across the Atlantic Ocean. In their quest to reach the notorious Lullaby Islands to grab the treasure, the intrepid travelers discover all sorts of “Obstacles and Riddles,”“Purple Icebergs” and “Amphibious Legends” before an albatross leads them to meet the fearful “Lullabeans” on the islands where “Monsters Never Sleep.” Instead of a treasure of jewels and gold, through their own music and the songs of magical toads, they discover something much more valuable than buried treasure: “Where before there was fear and suspicion, there were now new friends gained.” All through the story, children chime in to question gaps in the plot development and move the story along.
Dozens of musicians, artists and actors participated in the making of The Peculiar Tales of the S.S. Bungalow, a seafaring adventure that weaves a fantastical voyage through story and song. Creators Laki Karavias (founder of Magmatic Northwest creative studio), and singer-songwriter Jason Reuter, gathered the roster, mostly from Portland, but also from a nationwide talent pool. Seasoned voice actor Kevin Barbare delivers the engaging narration. Noted children’s book illustrator Ward Jenkins created the album art. Eric Earley (Blitzentrapper) performs several instrumental and vocal tracks, and gospel singer Liz Vice is the little clown fish with a big voice on “Barnaby’s Song.”

Bagel Break? Try @EinsteinBros

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If you are not familiar with Einstein Bros Bagels, maybe you want to read this... I have seen the signs for years, but until recently, I had never ventured into one.  I had the chance to meet a friend there for lunch not to long ago and it was so good!  

The best thing about Einstein Bros Bagels is that from what I can gather, they really do try and do special things for their customers...   

Last Valentines they made heart shaped bagels and sugar cookies!  Sounds like I know where to hint to stop on Valentines this year!!!!  In April, they dubbed one day as Friend Appreciation Day and they did a buy one get one on one of their sandwiches (Applewood Bacon and Cheddar Egg, doesn't that sound tasty?!) for a limited time.  
For those in the Atlanta area, they recently opened their 11th location (at 800 Peachtree Street)  so as you can see, they are doing great!     If you are looking for any last minute gift ideas, why not grab a couple gift cards...  or maybe surprise a host/ hostess with bagels one day!  
Do you have an Einsten Bros Bagel near you?

The Legend of Korra - Book Three: Change

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About The Legend of Korra – Book Three: Change:
From the creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender comes an epic series that continues the exciting adventures of element bending. The time of Aang the last Airbender has passed, but the spirit of the Avatar lives on in Korra. In Book One: Air, Avatar Korra struggles to fight an anti-bender movement led by the mysterious masked leader, Amon. In Book Two: Spirits, Korra and Team Avatar embark on a new journey deep into the mythology of the mystical Spirit World to defeat a dark spirit once and for all. Now, as the world enters a new age where Spirit and mankind live together, Book Three: Change, reveals the exciting return of the Airbenders! But while Korra makes it her mission to find them and rebuild the Air Nation, a group of dangerous criminals embark on a mission of their own!
 
The Legend of Korra – Book Three: Change Fast Facts:
 
Blu-ray Special Features:
·       Audio Commentaries from series creators and crew for all 13 episodes. (BD Exclusive)
·       (13) Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes including Animatics
 
DVD Special Features:
·       Audio Commentaries from series creators and crew for 4 episodes
·       (13) Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes including Animatics

23.12.14

Whole Lot of Spongebob!

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Just in time for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water in theaters nationwide this February 2015, fans can relive the magic that started it all with SpongeBob SquarePants: The Pilot, A Mini Movie & The SquareShorts.  This DVD set is a collection of classic SpongeBob fun including the original pilot episode, the mini movie, “Truth Or Square,” and over 40 shorts filled with everyone’s favorite Bikini Bottom friends.  Packed with content at a great price, this DVD set is perfect for long-time fans as well as new SpongeBob viewers.  SpongeBob SquarePants: The Pilot, A Mini Movie & The SquareShorts is available on DVD January 6, 2015. 
 
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Pilot, A Mini Movie & The SquareShorts Includes:
 
“Help Wanted”
·       Original SpongeBob SquarePants pilot episode from 1999
·       Total run time: 12 Minutes
 
“Truth Or Square”
·       SpongeBob SquarePants mini movie
·       Total run time: 53 Minutes
 
The SquareShorts
·       Over 40 SpongeBob SquarePants shorts including “SpongeBob’s Legendary Dance Party,” “Sandy’s Camera,” and “Jellyfishing Safety Tips.”
·       Total run time: 33 Minutes
 

French's Recipes for the Holidays

*** This is not a paid or sponsored post.  I am actually trying to get some ideas for food and thought you might be able to help me.  Not to mention, I thought you might like a recipe or two.


CRUNCHY ONION BACON POTATOES
Prep Time: 10 minutes, Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings:  12

6 cups - prepared mashed potatoes
12 slices - bacon, cooked and crumbled
  2 cups - shredded cheddar cheese
         2 cups - FRENCH’S® French Fried Onions

1. PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Layer half of the potatoes in an 8-inch square baking dish, sprinkle with half the bacon, 1 cup cheese and 1 cup  French Fried Onions.  Top with remaining potatoes.
2. BAKE 20 minutes or until hot. Top with remaining bacon, cheese and French Fried Onions. Bake 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.


CRUNCHY HOLIDAY STUFFING
Prep: 10 minutes         Cook: 20 minutes
Servings: 8
½ cup (1 stick) - butter or margarine
     1 ½ cups - coarsely chopped celery
      1 ½ cups - coarsely chopped carrots
 1 pkg (14 oz)  - Stuffing 
2 cups -  FRENCH’S® French Fried Onions
1 can (14.5 oz) - chicken broth
1 cup -  water

1.             Preheat oven to 350 F. Melt butter in large pot; stir in vegetables and sauté for 5 minutes.
2.            Add stuffing, broth and water and stir until moistened. Gently stir in French Fried Onions. Spoon stuffing into 3-quart baking dish.
3.            Cover; bake for 10 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with remaining 1 cup onions. Bake, uncovered, 5 minutes or until onions are golden.

FRENCH’S ® GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
Prep Time: 5 minutes   Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings:  6

1 (10 3/4 oz.) can - CAMPBELL'S® Cream of Mushroom Soup
3/4 cup -  milk 
1/8 tsp. -  black pepper 
4 cups  -  cooked, cut green beans 
1 1/3 cups - FRENCH'S® Original or Cheddar French Fried Onions

1. MIX soup, milk and pepper in a 1 1/2-qt. baking dish. Stir in beans and 2/3 cup French Fried Onions. 
2. BAKE at 350°F for 30 min. or until hot.
2. STIR. Top with remaining 2/3 cup onions.  Bake 5 minutes until onions are golden.

Keeping Fit From A-Z

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Taken from the publisher website:
Whether it's jumping with joy on a trampoline, flying kites on a breezy day, racing with friends in sleeping bags, rafting down rapids with your family or practicing karate kicks in class, exercise is key to one's health and well being. 
Keeping Fit from A to Z / Mantente en forma de la A a la Z is an innovative bilingual picture book for ages 3 and up that will delight children, parents, students, and teachers alike. The book includes more than 150 charming photographs, short captions and text that feature sports, exercise, movement and games. 
Indoors or outside, the activities in this book are designed to inspire both young and older children (and their families) to move, be physically fit and be healthy--and at the same time introduce them to the ABCs and new vocabulary in two languages. The photographs are arranged in alphabetical order with their respective translations on the left (English) and the right (Spanish) side of each page, separated by a larger picture in the middle, where the activity begins with the same letter in both languages. Whether it's A for Acrobat/ Acróbata, B for Baseball/ Béisbol, E for Exercise/ Ejercicio, or V for Volleyball/ Voleibol, children and their families will understand that regular physical exercise has enormous health benefits for everyone! 
This highly visual book emphasizes the importance of both being active and having fun. Through its colorful and multicultural photographic illustrations, it depicts a vast array of physical activities available in the world today. It also includes an additional list of activities in both languages to stimulate a child's imagination (from playing charades or riding a pogo-stick, to doing jumping jacks or square-dancing). There are activity suggestions involving movement and learning for the classroom (try spelling your name by using your arms, legs or body!), fun traditional games such as "Simon Says" or "Capture the Flag" that are known and practiced throughout the world, and a glossary of information for parents about the health benefits of exercise. 

Parents, did you know... 

- Exercise has been considered important since the time of the ancient Greeks, who invented the Olympic Games in 776 B.C. They coined the phrase "a healthy mind in a healthy body," believing that physical exercise was as important as the development of the mind. 
- Exercise not only improves general well being: it also elevates brain function and helps prevent illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. 
- Doctors recommend that all children be active and involved in some form of physical activity for at least 60 minutes a day. 

Look for nine other interesting facts featured in the back of this book! 
And...get the whole family involved with a variety of physical activities every day! You will be amazed at the results! 

Last Minute Gift Idea - @PeachDishATL

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Remember a bit ago when I shared with you a new (to me) app called Waze?   Well, here we are MONTHS later and Waze is STILL my go to for gps these days.  I love that it alerts me to traffic, weather and so much more...  If you have not checked it out, I urge you to do so... Especially these next several days with crazy traffic over the holidays!
I wanted to quickly highlight one of the gifts I received when I went to the Waze luncheon, Peach Dish.  It is a subscription service that is not your basic meals...   I saw where they said it was like a "culinary adventure."  The upcoming menu features Salmon - 
Salmon with Grapefruit and Kohlrabi Salad.   Tell me that it doesn't look delicious!   

Head over to the Peach Dish site and see if this might be something great for you to try out.  

It would also be great if you are looking for a great last minute gift idea for someone who loves to cook!  

Book Of Life - Available January 27th #BOLinsiders

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THE BOOK OF LIFE is a breathtaking animated comedy with a dazzling visual style unlike anything you’ve seen before. Torn between the expectations of his family and the desires of his heart, a young man named Manolo sets off on an epic quest that spans three spectacular worlds in order to reunite with his one true love and defend his village. Not your ordinary fairy tale, THE BOOK OF LIFE is a wondrous fantasy-adventure filled with magic, music and fun!
THE BOOK OF LIFE Blu-ray™ brings culture and comedy into your home with unforgettable special features for parents and kids alike. Continue the fun with an all-new bonus short “The Adventures of Chuy”, highlighting the film’s lovable scene-stealing pet pig. Additionally, relive the musical hits from the film with the “Music Machine” featuring Latin-inspired versions of popular songs by Mumford & Sons, Radiohead, Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart and more!

Discount Code from Alex Brand Toys

I was not required to post this, but having worked with Alex Toys / Slinky in the past, I thought it would be great to share with you!
Have a very safe and happy holiday!  




22.12.14

Give an Amazing Gift with @MarvelOnTour in #Atlanta. (I know I did!) #marveluniverselive

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If you are in or near Atlanta, make sure you check out the dates that Marvel Live is putting on shows here.  We were invited to go and check out the show Sunday and LET- ME-TELL - YOU this... Broxton was SO EXCITED!  I did not tell him we were going until Friday and I wish I would have had a way to record his expression!  He was grinning and so happy!     (He had been BEGGING me to take him every time he saw the commercial and I just kept saying "maybe.")  
You might be wondering what Marvel Live is...
Well, it is SO COOL!  
It is an action packed show with Iron Man, Thor, SpiderMan, Captain America and so many more...
They have to work to defeat the bad guys and we were right there in it... 
I was so excited, we actually had AMAZING seats!  Like 5 rows up....  The only thing I hated was that I did not bother to bring my camera this time.  *Talk about being mad about that!
I will say that the show was LOUD.  I thought the volume of the characters was louder (to me) than the bikes and explosions going on.  There were a few kids around us that were shrieking when the blasts went off, but for the majority of what I could see, it was more for the shock factor than the volume.  We agreed that the best for us was Captain America (but that is a favorite character of ours)  because he was on a bike most of his time.  The only thing we wished more of was HULK (and maybe Thor, but that is because I am a big Thor fan!)  


If you want to see pictures from our night there, make sure you head over to my instagram page...   I posted some on there, since the camera on my phone was all I had. 

21.12.14

Hallmark's Northpole Line Brings the Snowballs to you!

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Are you trying to finish up the last bit of Christmas shopping?  If so, make sure you check out the NorthPole Line from Hallmark!  From books to games, ornaments to snowballs, there is sure to be a great gift for a loved one!  

We were sent a couple things for review and since we don't get much snow here, I loved the fact that it was snowball themed gifts for us!  (Especially since Broxton keeps saying "It looks like snow!  I think it is going to snow today!")  I know he would love it and I would too, but if not, at least we have fun things to have and do without the real snow!  

The magic snowball is a little plush snowball that is sure to delight.  When you throw it, it lights up blue or green.  Broxton felt that he needed to sleep with it.  Ha ha ha.. Guess he really is "dreaming of a white Christmas!"  
The highlight?  The Avalauncher!   This is going to be a big hit when I give it to him.  Maybe one day this week...  I love that is comes with 3 "snowballs" and even comes with targets you can set up to see who could win in a snowball fight!   

If you can't have real snow, at least you can buy a few things from the Northpole line to enjoy a bit over the Winter Break!  

Cinderella, the classic Disney Princess @disneyhyperion

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Cinderella is a story about love for all.  I was excited to read these, since it has been quite a while since I have read or seen Cinderella...    
In the first book, Cinderella, the artist took a different approach to the typical Disney Illustrations and the story isn't exactly the way I remembered it, but it did bring a smile to my face knowing that Cinderella found the love she was always looking for!   The second book has several stories in one and both books are sure to make any princess fan smile!  

This will be available for purchase at the end of January 2015.
 “This is a story about darkness and light, about sorrow and joy, about something lost and something found. This is a story about love.” Cinderella’s story has been told over and over, but never has it been touched by the kind of magic created by the contributors of this book. Mary Blair painted the original pictures for Walt Disney’s incomparable animated film, and here her elegant art is gathered together as a picture book. Cynthia Rylant’s stories about hardscrabble lives have won not only awards and honors, but hearts. Who better to take a young girl from the darkness of her garret room to the light and brilliance of a ballroom? Together these two great artists have created something quite astonishing: a Cinderella that is breathtaking, heartrending, and joyous, both for those who are coming to the tale for the very first time, and for those who think they know it well.

This storybook contains six Cinderella tales. Plus, download three songs from the movie: “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” “The Work Song,” and “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo.”
|In Cinderella (Read and Sing) we have 6 individual stories to enjoy.  I particularly love these types of books, since we can read one story (or chapter) a night and still have more nights of reading ahead of us !
1 - Cinderella 
2- Cinderella's Royal Wedding
3 - Cinderella and the Lost Mice
4 - Princess in Disguise
5 - The Lost Tiara
6 - A New Mouse
 
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