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10.10.15

He's A Bully, Charlie Brown - DVD AVAILABLE NOW

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  Did you know that?  I didn't until recently, although I did remember that last year I was able to get Broxton's school to take part in "stomp out bullying day" and this year I am hopeful that they will participate in Unity Day.
To get things going, I am going to see if his teacher wants to borrow a new Charlie Brown DVD.  It is called He's A Bully, Charlie Brown and I think it would be great to show when they have down time or indoor recess.  Either way, we will be watching it here.  I don't want Broxton to be a bully and I don't want him to have to deal with a bully either!

Important life lessons are learned by the Peanuts gang, on He’s a Bully, Charlie Brown available October 6, 2015 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE). This heartwarming collection brings together He’s a Bully, Charlie Brown and two newly remastered content into 4K Ultra HD, It’s a Short Summer, Charlie Brown and an episode of The Charlie Brown &; Snoopy Show. In this must-own compilation, Charlie Brown is called upon to stand up for one of his pals, who is taken advantage of by a bully at summer camp. This title will be released in time for National Bullying Prevention Month, which takes place in October. He’s a Bully, Charlie Brown will retail for $19.97 SRP. Order due date has been set for September 1, 2015.

With school out for summer, Charlie Brown and his pals set out for camp. Rerun van Pelt, Lucy’s youngest brother, brings his prized collection of marbles, which once belonged to his grandfather, Felix, an award-winning marbles champ. Rerun is determined to become a marble master just like his grandpa but first, he must find someone who will teach him how to play the game.

At camp, Rerun meets Joe Agate, a tough-talking and disrespectful older boy who takes advantage of Rerun’s naiveté and cons him out of all his grandpa Felix’s marbles. A devastated Rerun confides in Charlie Brown, who is so disgusted by Joe’s behavior that he decides to stand up to him, with the help of Snoopy as Joe Cool, of course. Will Charlie Brown summon the courage to face the awful Joe Agate and win back Rerun’s beloved marbles?

In It was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown, which is also featured on this release, it’s a hilarious battle of boys against girls, with Snoopy having to get in the middle of it all.  At summer camp, the Peanuts gang put up with poor food and the girls winning all the sports competitions. To get even, the boys challenge them to an arm-wrestling contest between Lucy and “The Masked Marvel” – aka Snoopy in disguise. Will the boys triumph or stay defeated?

He’s a Bully, Charlie Brown also features an episode of The Charlie Brown &; Snoopy Show, which includes four delightful segments, including Shoveling, Rerun, Lost Blanket and The Manager.

He’s a Bully, Charlie Brown, sends a powerful message. From time to time, we’re all faced with situations in which we have to be strong, courageous and stand up for what we believe is right,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family &; Animation Marketing. She added, “We’re delighted to release this inspiring collection. If you love Peanuts, this is one title you won’t want to miss.”

Have you had to deal with a bully before?

8.10.15

Family Pizza Night with @RusticCrust

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 A few weeks ago we were given the opportunity to have a pizza night at home,  thanks to Rustic Crust.  Broxton was pretty excited about it, we just had to head out and grab the ingredients that would go on top.  
Rustic Crust sent us a few of their pizza crusts, in Cheesy Herb and Crispy Italian flavors.
They also sent us a package of pizza sauces.  I really liked that the pizza sauce actually had 3 packets inside so you could make more than one pizza.  
As soon as Broxton came home from school, he was already asking to make dinner.  Needless to say, we had a very early dinner that night, but his face was priceless while we made it and then ate his creation.  
As soon as we pulled the crust out of the package, he was wanting to taste it.  The smell was great, so he was eager to try it out.  Luckily, I was able to talk him in to waiting, so it worked out.  
After that, we moved on to the sauce.  He did try it out as he put it on the crust and he kept talking about how great it was!   
He wanted to go with just cheese and pepperoni, but I had to add mushrooms and onions to mine. It only took a short amount of time until the bell dinged and the pizza was ready.  We were both very impressed with how great it was.  The flavor was as if we had someone else make it and the best part was that we did it at home!  The memories we made that day were wonderful and guess what?  We ended up making pizza a few more times that week and the week that followed.  
I am thinking that having this set up as a pizza station for kids to make their own would be great for football weekends.  Just make an area with toppings and have them make it however they want!    Then they could eat it throughout the games!   
You can purchase these online, as well as by clicking the where to buy link on their site.  

Just a bit of information:
All Rustic Crust ready-made crusts are:
·         Made using traditional, Old World baking methods: Hand formed and double proofed for flavor
·         Use delicious, all natural ingredients: Select herbs and spices, no GMOs or artificial ingredients
·         Healthy for the whole family: Unbleached whole grain flours, no trans fats and no added sugar
·         Convenient ready-made pizza crusts that are ready to enjoy in minutes
·         Oversized Rounds for extra value
·         Made in the USA

Caprese Pizza Recipe: 

5.10.15

Get ready for halloween with a few new books!

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Monsters (and Halloween) can be a scary subject for children, but if you make the subject fun, the fear can be pushed away. We were sent a couple new books from Sky Pony Press for review and I was excited when we read them and Broxton asked for me to read them again.  The first book was Ava the Monster Slayer.  It was a book about a little girl that needs to go get her piggy from the basement.  You can tell she has an older sibling, because she has a fear of monsters... but lucky for her, she faces her fear to "save" her friend (piggy) and slays monsters on the way!!!  The second book?  It was Broxton's book by far...  The Runaway Punpkin.  In this one, we have a cute little pumpkin that wants to go out and experience halloween night.  As he tells his mom what he wants to do, she tells him he needs to be prepared.  On each page, we see the adventure that the little pumpkin wants to go on and the added bonus?  You can see mama pumpkin hiding and watching over her little one each time.  Such a cute and fun book!  Perfect for kids of all ages!  

Called “a triumphant sally in the long-running war against closet and other domestic monsters” by Kirkus ReviewsAva the Monster Slayer tells the story of a young girl who rescues her favorite stuffed piggy from the monster-infested basement, all while donning her signature glasses, her brother’s superhero cape, her rain boots, and a sparkly princess crown. Why leave all the fighting and world-saving to the guys? Following in the footsteps of Buffy Summers from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Black Widow from The Avengers,Ava the Monster Slayer teaches both girls and boys that females can be strong, be brave, and find their courage when needed.

Inspired by the beloved children’s classic The Runaway BunnyThe Runaway Pumpkin is the next best Halloween classic. A cute little Halloween pumpkin announces that he is ready for a Halloween adventure. So he prepares to set out on the exploration of a lifetime. However, his ever-watchful and caring mother wants to make sure he’s prepared before he takes that first step outside. A book about a little pumpkin who is ready to tackle the holiday with gusto, this book encourages kids to use their imaginations and to go on adventures. It also teaches kids that having adventures and making memories with someone important to them can be extra fun.

4.10.15

The Complete Series of Avatar : The Last Airbender

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We normally have the TV on at all times...  Some times we are watching, but also for background noise too.  I hate to admit, but we are not familiar with the Nickelodeon show, Avatar. Lucky for us, we just received the complete series for review, so we will be looking into it soon.  I am thinking this would make a nice addition under the tree this Christmas, or maybe as a kick off to winter break?  I don't know, but it looks like something Broxton will enjoy!  
Nickelodeon's fan-favorite animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender is now available in this exclusive 16-disc special collection which features every episode from all three seasons of the hit show. Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Complete Series contains all 61-original episodes that aired from 2005-2008 - that's over 24 hours of episodes! - as well as hours of bonus features. With "Behind the Scenes" and "Making Of..." featurettes, audio cast commentaries and more, there is no shortage of Avatar fun in this one-of-a-kind collection. Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Complete Series is available on DVD October 6, 2015 for a price as low as $30.00. 


About Avatar: The Last Airbender
Launched in February 2005, Avatar is an animated comic adventure set in a fantastical Asian world.  This epic story follows the journey of twelve-year-old Aang, a reluctant hero who must lead the fight against the evil Fire Nation to restore balance in his war-torn world. The world is divided into four nations: Water, Earth, Air and Fire. Within each nation is an order of masters who possess the ability to manipulate their native element. They call themselves Waterbenders, Earthbenders, Airbenders, and Firebenders. The most powerful bender in the world is the Avatar, the spirit of the planet incarnate.


Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Complete Series includes:
Book 1: Water
Disc 1
The Boy in the Iceberg
The Avatar Returns
The Southern Air Temple
The Warriors of Kyoshi
Special Features:
Behind the Scenes Kung Fu Featurette
Disc 2
The King of Omashu
Imprisoned
Winter Solstice Part 1: The Spirit World
Winter Solstice Part 2: Avatar Roku
Special Features:
The Making of Avatar-From Real Life to Animation
Disc 3
The Waterbending Scroll 
Jet
The Great Divide
The Storm
Special Features:
Behind the Scenes: The Voices of Avatar
Disc 4
The Blue Spirit
The Fortuneteller
Bato of the Water Tribe
The Deserter
Special Features:
"Ask the Creators" Featurette
Original Uncut Anamatic - (25 minutes of animated raw sketches from episode #15)
Disc 5
The Northern Air Temple
The Waterbending Master 
The Siege of the North, Part 1
The Siege of the North, Part 2
Special Features:
Audio Commentary with Creator, Cast &; Crew:
Chapter 17 with Dee Bradley Baker (voices of Momo and Appa) and Ben Wynn (sound effects)
Chapters 18-20 with Aaron Ehasz (Head Writer) and Co-Creators: Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino 
Disc 6
BONUS DISC: 
Behind the Scenes with the Avatar Cast &; Crew
Avatar Pilot Episode with Audio Commentary
The Making of Avatar - Inside the Sound Studios
The Making of Avatar - Inside the Korean Animation Studios

Book Two: Earth
Disc 1
The Avatar State
The Cave of Two Lovers 
Return to Omashu
The Swamp
Avatar Day
Special Features: 
Original Uncut Animatic: Episode # 21 (The Avatar State)
Disc 2
The Blind Bandit
Zuko Alone 
The Chase 
Bitter Work
The Library
Special Features: 
Audio Commentary by Creators, Cast &; Crew
Disc 3
The Desert 
Journey to Ba Sing Se, Part 1: The Serpent's Pass
Journey to Ba Sing Se, Part 2: The Drill
City of Walls and Secrets 
Tales of Ba Sing Se
Special Features: 
Audio Commentary by Creators, Cast &; Crew (Episodes 12 &; 14)
Disc 4
Appa's Lost Days 
Lake Laogai
The Earth King 
The Guru 
The Crossroads of Destiny
Special Features:
Audio Commentary by Creators, Cast &; Crew (Episodes 17, 18, &; 20)
Disc 5
BONUS DISC: 
Interview with Creators and M. Night Shyamalan 
The Essence of Bending with Bryan Konietzko and Sifu Kisu
Avatar Super Deformed Shorts:
Bending Battle
Swamp Skiin' Throwdown
School Time Shipping
Escape From the Spirit World: Animated Graphic Novel

Book Three: Fire
Disc 1
Awakening 
The Headband 
The Painted Lady 
Sokka's Master 
The Beach
Special Features: 
Audio Commentary by Creators &; Crew (Episodes 4 &; 5)
Disc 2
The Avatar and the Firelord 
The Runaway
The Puppetmaster 
Nightmares and Daydreams
The Day of Black Sun, Part 1: The Invasion
Special Features:
Audio Commentary by Creators &; Crew (Episodes 6 &; 10)
Disc 3
The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse
The Western Air Temple 
The Firebending Masters
The Boiling Rock, Part 1 
The Boiling Rock, Part 2
Special Features
Audio Commentary by Creators &; Crew
Disc 4
The Southern Raiders 
The Ember Island Players 
Sozin's Comet, Part 1: The Phoenix King 
Sozin's Comet, Part 2: The Old Masters 
Sozin's Comet, Part 3: Into the Inferno
Sozin's Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang
Special Features:
Bonus Audio Commentary by Creators, Cast, &; Crew on all 6 Chapters
Disc 5
BONUS DISC: 
The Women of Avatar: The Last Airbender 
Book 3 Finale Pencil Test Animation 
Into the Fire Nation at San Diego Comic-Con


Fast Facts:
Street Date: October 6, 2015
Pricing as low as $30.00
DVD Running Time: 1496 minutes
Audio: English, Spanish and French tracks


 
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