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25.7.14

Getting #Back2School Ready - Rio 2 - @BestBuy #Rio2Insiders @FHEInsiders!

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Back to school time is here...  It is SO CRAZY to me.. I feel like they just got out of school and now here they are starting back.. It might also have something to do with the fact that he starts kindergarten this year... Where did the time go?  Where is my baby?????
We were recently sent the latest... Rio 2 for review.
Broxton was so excited for us to have "movie night during the day!"
We had popcorn and drinks and he was thrilled...  
What he did not know was that not only were we getting Rio 2 to watch, we were surprised to get a Rio 2 lunchbox for us!!!  I don't know about you, but I thought that was pretty cool!  


These lunch boxes are limited edition... and are only available at Best Buy as part of their kickoff to back to school!  So, if this is as exciting to YOU as it was to US... You might want to head on over and try and grab you one now!  Limited Edition means they might run out fast!!!!
To help get you "back to school ready"  I included a few fun Rio 2 treats for you....
Just print from home and enjoy!  


Jewel Coloring Sheet
Rio 2 labels




Deluxe Costumes - Not Just for Halloween

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With the Ninja Turtles movie coming out in August, you can bet that will be a hot costume item this year...  We have been fans of those turtles since back when my brother was a kid... so we are very familiar with them. (Although, I would be willing to be my brother would kick butt at old school Ninja Turtle trivia!)
I am not sure if dress up is popular at your house... and don't go thinking " I don't have a girl, we don't do dress up" as there are lots of fun things to play dress up throughout the year!  I know that Broxton loves the costumes and will put them on for playing around the house... but, if you don't allow for dress up play at your house....   You know what will be here before you know it?
Halloween!!!!  Why wait?  Go ahead and start to figure out what costumes will be worn this year, no need to wait until the craziness starts!!!!  

We were sent a Ninja Turtle Costume from Halloween Adventures  - talk about Turtle Power around the house now ... (even the loving pizza part!)   I really like the costume and I am glad that I ordered up a size... Broxton is in a 5-6 now... but they had 4-5 / 6-7 so I went with 6-7.  Yes, it is a bit LONG on him... but it fits perfectly elsewhere... That was one reason I was pretty excited to see that they have velcro knee pad / elbow pads for the outfit.  

The Knee Pads are velcro and are not attached.  I loved that, as I could fold up the pants and sleeves then velcro the pads on to keep them in place.  
Another thing that I really like?  See the shell?  It is empty here, but there is a slit in it... You can add things in it to make it as thick as you want it to be.  We went with it empty for now, but I do believe that he will start adding things to carry around as soon as I point it out to him.  If you notice on his shoulder, that is a black velcro strip. That is how you connect the shell to the costume.  It is sturdy, but I wanted to be able to point it out to you.  
The costume seems to be made out of the material all kids costumes are made out of, but the face mask is of a heavy plastic.  I did like that they made the front part ON the costume, instead of more stuff for me to have to keep up with.  I think with the mask being of a heavy plastic, he will wear it around and play with it, even on days where the costume isn't pulled out and being worn!  
Tell me that this isn't the cutest Ninja Turtle you have ever seen?  I love it... If you see the blue blanket in the background, that is one of his brothers under there... He had to put his costume on and then had to go and fight the big brother!!
 As I said, it was a great fit and I am glad that I went with the medium size.  It seemed to fit him perfect as far as the costume, but the legs and arms were a bit long... To be honest, I was glad for that, I would rather it be too long and me take it in some than it be too short and just look weird!  

Wouldn't it be fun to have your kid(s) and their buddies all dress up and go trick or treating together???  I know I would love to open the door and see a group dressed up together like that!!!

Now, for those of you that want to go old school:  " Go Ninja, Go Ninja, Go!!!!"
Head on over to check out the Ninja Rap on You Tube!!!

24.7.14

Get Ready for ... School!!! #back2school with @nickjr and @bubbleguppies

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What time is it??
Back to school time!  It seems like the summer has FLOWN BY and now here we are... School starts soon and this mommy has shed a few tears already... Nothing like getting your one and only ready for kindergarten.  Such a fun milestone, but also an emotional one too......  Make the transition easier with a little help from the Bubble Guppies!  


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Available July 29th, this DVD is a must have for any Bubble Guppies fans...
Want to know why?
It  is full of great episodes that they will love, but it also includes the music video "PENCIL CASE!"  -- You know you have that song in your head now, if yall ever watch Bubble Guppies!     You have to love they spoof Lady Gaga!!!!  
Bubble Guppies: Get Ready For School! Synopses:
 
Get Ready for School!
Oona’s worried about her little friend, Avi! It’s his first day of school and he’s nervous. From cubbies to free play, the Guppies show viewers the ropes and teach them about school.
 
Good Morning, Mr. Grumpfish!
The Bubble Guppies have a substitute teacher, Mr. Grumpfish, and he doesn’t seem to like anything! It’ll take a lot for the kids to convince Mr. Grumpfish that their favorite things are worth singing about!
 
Good Hair Day!
Gil’s hair grew really long and he better get it cut soon, because today is Picture Day. But when Gil arrives at the hair salon, he sees that everyone in town wants to get haircuts, too! Watch and discover if Molly and the Guppies can work together to help a busy hairdresser give everybody fabulous new ‘dos in time for the photo.
 
Check It Out!
Gil lost his library card while returning his favorite books to the library. Gil and his Guppy friends will have to dive into all of Gil’s favorite books to find it again.
 
Construction Psyched!
Goby needs help from the Bubble Guppies to retrace his steps and find his lost toy dump truck at a construction site before a wild bucking bulldozer crushes it!
 
The Moon Rocks!
Blast off with the Bubble Guppies – it’s time to learn all about the solar system!

The Whole Story #HIMYM

***  We did not receive a review copy... I just know that there are many How I Met Your Mother fans out there and I wanted to share this with you....  Talk about a great gift for this Christmas Season!!!


“The Whole Story” Featuring All 208 Episodes of the Legendary Series, Including The Highly Anticipated Alternate Ending Comes Home on DVDSeptember 23

Features The Final Season Along With Hours of Bonus Content Including 
The Definitive Answer to the Mysterious Pineapple Incident

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 22, 2014) – You don’t have to “wait for it” any longer… the complete series collection is here as “How I Met Your Mother” – The Whole Story arrives on DVD September 23 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. “Suit up” for all nine legendary seasons of the slap-happy show that took TV comedy to hilarious new heights. Join Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), Robin (Cobie Smulders), Marshall (Jason Segel), Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and their romantically challenged best friend Ted (Josh Radnor) for more than two-hundred truly awesome episodes. Relive all the inside jokes, crazy time-jumps, never-saw-that-coming plot twists and classic long-running gags: from the Bro Code to doppelgängers to Robin Sparkles to the infamous slap bet between Marshall and Barney.

With its limited-edition Bro Code Playbook packaging, “How I Met Your Mother” - The Whole Story makes the perfect gift for the holidays. The collection includes all nine seasons of the Emmy® Award winning show along with the show’s alternate ending fans have been eager to see. A brand new bonus disc comes loaded with featurettes including a complete series retrospective documentary of the series, a piece focusing on the casting of the infamous mother, a look back at how the Mosby kid sequence from the finale was shot back in 2006, the San Diego Comic-Con introduction and panel from 2013, a live table read of the touching series finale and an in-depth look at “The Pineapple Scene” where the mystery of the pineapple is FINALLY revealed!

That’s not all! Suit up and give one last high-five for the awesome final season of “How I Met Your Mother,” available in The Whole Story and individually on DVD September 23. Surprising answers to hilarious questions will be revealed during one epic wedding weekend. Can Marshall complete a cross-country road trip and make it to the ceremony? Will Robin and Barney really tie the knot? Is Lily hiding a shocking secret? Will Ted finally meet the mother of his children…and is she truly “the one”? It all builds to a climactic two-part series finale, leading to one of the most talked about endings in TV history.

The “How I Met Your Mother” Season Nine DVD is loaded with more never-before-seen content, including the previously mentioned alternate ending, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the finale, a “Where Are They Now” retrospective of the guest stars featured in the 360 degree sequence from the “Gary Blauman” episode, Cristin Milioti’s audition tapes, deleted scenes, three commentaries with Craig Thomas and Carter Bays and a hilarious gag reel.

“How I Met Your Mother” - The Whole Story Special Features
All Out of Spoilers – Complete Series Retrospective Documentary
Meeting The Mother – How The Mother Was Cast
How We Filmed The Kids – A Look at How the Mosby Kid Sequence from the Finale Was Shot Back in 2006
The Mosby Kids: 8 Years on the Couch – Scripted Introduction from Comic-Con 2013
“How I Met Your Mother” Panel from Comic-Con 2013
Live Table Read of Series Finale
Pineapple Scene – The Mystery of the Pineapple is FINALLY Revealed

“How I Met Your Mother” Season Nine DVD Special Features
“Last Forever” Alternate Ending to Series Finale
How It All Ends – Behind-the-Scenes of the Series Finale
Where Are They Now – Behind-the-Scenes of the 360 Degree Guest Star Sequence from “Gary Blauman” episode
Cristin Milioti Audition
Audio Commentary on “The Locket,” “How Your Mother Met Me” and “The Rehearsal Dinner”
Gag Reel

“How I Met Your Mother” – The Whole Story DVD
Street Date:September 23, 2014
Prebook Date:August 20, 2014
Screen Format:Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio:English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles:English / French / Spanish
U.S. Rating:TV-MA
Closed Captioned:Yes
“How I Met Your Mother” - Season Nine DVD
Street Date:September 23, 2014
Prebook Date:August 20, 2014
Screen Format:Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio:English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles:English / French / Spanish
U.S. Rating:TV-MA
Total Run Time:566 minutes
Closed Captioned:Yes

Thinking Thursdays


Okay, so I used to do "Aloha Friday" but it seems that it has died down...
I have random questions of things that run through my head and I am going to start asking a question each week...  Would love to hear your answers!!!!!  
I would also love for you to join in with me... Ask a Question of your own - either here in the comments or on your blog (leave me a link so I can visit and answer)  If it seems that a couple of you start doing this with me, I will totally put up a linky, but for now, I just want to know your thoughts...

Today's Question - 
Have you ever been to a blog conference and if so, which one(s)?  

My answer -
I have never been to one.  I really want to attend several and I am trying my best to do so.  Not only for the knowledge learned about blogging, but to meet some of the bloggers I have made friends with over the years!  

23.7.14

Heaven Is For Real

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Not even 5 minutes into the movie, Heaven is for Real and I was crying like a baby.  I had wanted to see it when it was in the theaters, but we never had the chance... Now, I am glad that I didn't, as it was an emotional movie to watch... The fact that it is based on a true story makes it even more so!
Image - Barnes and Noble
I am already a fan of Greg Kinnear, so I knew it would be a pretty good movie... but the names don't mean anything in this case, the story sells itself:
Let's put it this way... Your  four year old has an emergency surgery... and comes out of surgery telling you about his experience visiting Heaven...  What do you do?  Do you share his story, knowing that some people might think you are crazy... Or do you keep it to yourself?  Do you see it as a way to witness, or as a way to have bullies messing with your kids all the time?   Did he really experience this, or is this his interpretation of what he hears you preaching about each week...
Add to it that you are a preacher in a small town... Does that make it easier or harder?  
There are so many questions that you start asking and ultimately it is up to you to decide... 

As a mom, it pulls at your heartstrings, seeing your little one suffering...
As a person with a heart, it pulls even more...
To see how the community treats them, to see that at four years old, he is so confident in what he saw...    I loved the acting, you feel as though you are watching a behind the scenes with the actual family, it is so REAL....   I loved how they portrayed everything...
If you didn't see this in the theater, you need to go and rent/ buy it now...
I loved this movie and think it is a great movie that everyone should watch...
Heaven is for Real...
(FYI - It is based on a book if you want to read it as well.)

Get #Back2School HAPPY with Kidz Bop 26

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While some kids might have all sorts of moves, Broxton was blessed to have some - or at least he is confident he has them... and I know they did not come from me... I have NO moves at all.  Ha ha ha...
Normally, as soon as he hears music, he is dancing and singing and having a blast..
The latest song he loves?
HAPPY.
Thanks to a certain movie, he has heard it on there and now whenever he hears it, he starts singing and dancing!  I love it and I love to try and build his confidence in his dancing ability, too many times people are quick to comment and then the kids stop having fun - not around here they aren't!!!
We were lucky to find out that his K-4 teacher last year actually had "dance party Friday" where she would play music and the kids would sing and dance and have a blast.  I love it!!!!


As soon as I saw "HAPPY" on the latest Kidz Bop playlist, I knew that it was something he was going to love... and then I saw "Best Day of My Life" and knew we would be singing together even more... Then- I - Saw- It... Number 15... Let It Go.  OH YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To be honest, since we have had the CD, we have mostly had song number 2 on constant repeat - I had never heard Timber before, but we love it and it makes me happy to see him so animated!
If you have a younger kid (or even just don't want your kids of any age listening to nasty words) you will love this... There is no worry that you will hear any profanity and it just makes it cute to hear kids singing the songs you hear on the radio!   Although, you can guess the faces you will get when you are blasting it and your 16 year old hops in the car!    

Of the songs on the Kidz Bop 26, which is popular at your house now?

22.7.14

Heaven Is For Real - Available Today (July 22, 2014)

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Family movie night tonight....Heaven is For Real is NOW Available on Blu-Ray / DVD.

HEAVEN IS FOR REAL
$90 Million Box Office Smash;
Inspiring Faith/Family Film; Blu-ray™/DVD July 22
Featuring Oscar Nominees Greg Kinnear, Thomas Haden Church
Bonus Materials Include Deleted Scenes, 3 Featurettes


WHAT:  An inspiring story of family and faith, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL debuts on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD July 22 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL tells the true story of Todd Burpo, a small-town businessman whose young son, Colton (Connor Corum), miraculously recovers from a near-death experience with vivid memories of his visit to Heaven.

WHO:  HEAVEN IS FOR REAL is based on the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent. Directed by Randall Wallace (SECRETARIAT), the film stars Academy Award® nominees Greg Kinnear (Best Supporting Actor, AS GOOD AS IT GETS, 1997) and Thomas Haden Church (Best Supporting Actor, SIDEWAYS, 2004). Also starring Kelly Reilly (FLIGHT, SHERLOCK HOLMES) and Emmy® Award winner Margo Martindale (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Justified, 2010, MILLION DOLLAR BABY, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY).

WHY:  An inspiring and entertaining family film that is drawing praise and took in more than $90 million at the domestic box office:
  • “A must-see show for the whole family.”
~ Steve Oldfield, FOX-TV
  • It will touch your heart, capture your mind and ultimately impact your life forever!”
~ Holly McClure, Parables.TV

SYNOPSIS:  Based on the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL recounts the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. Starring Academy Award® nominee Greg Kinnear (Best Supporting Actor, As Good As It Gets, 1997) as Todd Burpo, the real-life father whose son Colton claims to have visited Heaven during a near-death experience. Colton shares the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth . . . things he couldn't possibly know.

HEAVEN IS FOR REAL is from a screenplay by Randall Wallace and Christopher Parker based on the New York Times best-selling book, Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent. Executive produced by Sue Baden-Powell, Sam Mercer and Derrick Williams, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL is produced by T.D Jakes and Joe Roth and co-produced by Andrew Wallace and Kim H. Winther.  

DVD DETAILS
  • Blu-ray & DVD Bonus Features Include:
    • Colton Goes to Heaven Featurette
    • Deleted Scenes

  • Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Features Include Two Featurettes:
    • The Making Of Heaven Is For Real
  • Creating Heaven

RUN TIME 99 minutes

MPAA RATING PG for some thematic material and some medical situations

*** Come back soon for my thoughts on it. I just wanted to share that it was released today.

Keep them Charged and #Back2School Ready with @PowerocksUSA

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If you are on the go all the time, then I have the perfect thing for you...
I was told of the Powerocks portable chargers and I was thinking that everyone I knew might need one...

My parents for sure, because when they travel, they always complain about their phones not staying charged and it was hard to get in touch with them...
But then I was thinking about Marc...
When he is away at drill and they are out in the woods, he uses his phone for many reasons... and if they are staying in the woods, how was he to charge it?

This product is pretty awesome!
You can get the magicstick like what we have (available in 8 colors that you see above) but you can also choose to "upgrade" it to a Flash Majicstick (5 colors available on that product) and it will have an LED light at the end!!!  How awesome is that?! 

The magicstick is small enough that it can be thrown in a purse, or even put in your pocket if need be... and since it is so small, it has been able to go with Marc on all his different drills and it was no problem as to adding more stuff for him to pack and carry.  

If you are sending someone off to college, this would be a great going away gift.
(Think about it, no more excuses on a dead phone battery! )  
This would also make a great gift to someone that travels a lot, as it not only charges phones, but also GPS, MP3s and so much more!
Seriously, this is a pretty great gift and at less than $40, it is very affordable if you ask me!  

When would you need to have a back up portable charger handy?

Send them #Back2School Smelling Great with the @Snuggle_Bear Scent Booster!

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In partnership with The Better Show new Snuggle Scent Boosters and lifestyle expert Jordan Reid have created fun, simple and creative ways to boost the mood in your home, including bringing all the best the summer season has to offer indoors. Below are a few of Jordan’s tips:

·         Everything Has It’s Place
Laundry rooms are notoriously known for being cramped so it’s good to keep it as organized as you can. Cut-down the clutter and create plenty of open room for sorting and folding. Put all of your laundry-related items on shelves within reaching distance of the washer and dryer. And a mounted ironing board is perfect for smaller spaces; you can keep it out of the way, yet easily accessible.

·         Give Your Laundry A Boost
Infuse your clothes with long-lasting scents that stay with you from wash to wear and linger in folded laundry for weeks. New Snuggle Scent Boosters, available in Lavender Joy and Blue Iris Bliss, are great and so easy to use, just toss one of the single pacs in the washer before adding laundry and add detergent like you normally would. The best part about Snuggle Scent Boosters is  that there’s no mess, measuring or spills! They dissolve completely and can be used on all types of clothes in all machines. I use them along with my Snuggle Liquid Fabric Softener that gives me clothes softness and then throw a Snuggle sheet in the dryer to help reduce static. 

·         Get “Chore-Ganized”
Before heading off to bed, I take a few minutes to do basic prep-work for the next day: slicing fruit for breakfast, portioning out sandwich meat for lunch, and lay out clothes for the next day. Taking care of a few chores the night before gives me a few extra minutes each morning to spend with my son reading him his favorite book.

We were sent the Blue Iris Bliss and the Lavender Joy Snuggle Booster packs for review. I loved how they were conveniently packaged in the dissolve-able packs to make laundry a bit easier...   It was easy to get laundry going, not worry about having to measure things out... and they really do give your laundry a boost of snuggly scent!  (Nothing better than grabbing a shirt that has been washed and put up and having a nice whiff of the clean clothes greet your nose! Especially when you are the only female in the house!)  

The best thing for me?  The fact that it goes in BEFORE your laundry...
Just add your detergent, throw them in there and then add your laundry... I ALWAYS seem to forget to go back and add softener, so this works great as to eliminate that step at the end!!!
See how easy it is?
Just throw it in to start and then forget about it!!!
With back to school almost here, this is going to be a great help around here...
As I said, I love the smell of clean clothes and knowing that I can add a product, without adding an extra step is awesome to me!   

What do you think?
Do you like having it convenient to add at the start of the wash?
 
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