Tuesday, July 31, 2012


I shared with you all recently about Phase 4 teaming up with Redbox and giving parents some new releases to entertain kiddos.  Well, I have 3 more new releases in July from Phase 4 to tell you about - Smitty, Freddy Frogface, and Donkey X.

First I have to say my family and I always have a Family Movie Night at least once a week as long as our schedules allow it.  So I was super excited to receive 3 more dvds to share with my kiddos along with some popcorn and mini M&Ms. 


Mischievous thirteen-year-old Ben is sent to his grandfathers farm for the summer, where he crosses paths with a lovable mutt. With help from the unlikely canine companion, Ben learns the importance of friendship, family and responsibility. When life gets tough for Ben, a friendly paw is all it takes to pull him through.


This is a great family movie and is perfect for Family Movie Night.  I really enjoy when I can share a movie with a great message with my children and Smitty is definitely that movie.  I definitely recommend this movie for all ages and it is perfect for a movie night.  It is great since there is no bad language or anything.  Oh and be sure to bring some kleenex.  I did cry while watching it.

The movie is currently available where dvds are sold like Target and Wal-Mart, at Redbox kiosks, and online at Amazon.com for $ 13.99.


Being small doesn´t make life easy for little ten-year-old Victor and his friends, who not only have to face a world full of stern grown-ups but also the town bully Freddy Frogface. When a circus comes to the sleepy little town, Victor is thrilled at having the chance to perform in a talent show with his dog Sausage. Yet Freddy soon comes up with a sinister plot of his own to spoil Victor´s plans.


This movie brought mixed reviews in my household.  My daughters liked parts of it and my son did not like it at all really.  I really liked the dog!  I am not sure if the movie sends the best message to kids about bullying.  Of course it does have bright animation which I liked but like I said the message seemed a little in the wrong direction.

I recommend renting the movie from the Redbox kiosk first to see what you think.  Of course you can also purchase the movie from Target, Wal-Mart, or Amazon.com for $ 19.99.


Follow Rucio, the most adventurous, brave, and mischievous donkey of Castile as he tells the true story of the legendary Don Quixote. Rucio jumps at the opportunity to join Don Quixote on his quest to battle The Half Moon Knight and overcome the dangerous obstacles that lurks them on the way.


This movie is supposed to help kids learn about the story of Don Quixote and I love the idea of using cartoons to share great parts of history or literature.  Now I like the Donkey and so did my kids.  The movie did lose my kids at parts.  There are some witty dialogue that adults can enjoy.  My family seemed to enjoy the movie for the most part.

Donkey X is available at Target, Wal-Mart, Redbox kiosks, and online at Amazon.com for $ 11.21.  So why not rent or buy this movie today and have a movie night with the family.

* I received the above mentioned products solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinion is completely my own and completely honest.


In case you did not know, July is National Hot Dog month.  In my household, we love hot dogs especially during grilling season.  I mean nothing tastes better than a grilled hot dog!  So recently my youngest daughter celebrated her fifth birthday and of course we had HOT DOGS! 

Now one of my goals this year and every year is to eat healthier so I was excited to get to share some Gluten Free products from Udi's with the birthday guests.  I received several products from Udi's including hot dog buns, hamburger buns, dark chocolate brownie bites, chocolate chip cookies, snickerdoodles, and oatmeal raisin cookies.

Now the verdict was mixed on the hot dog buns.  Some people loved them and others did not.  I personally liked them.  Now I have heard that they are even better toasted and wish I had tried them like that.  Well, I definitely will next time.

The hamburger buns were good to me as well and everyone enjoyed them as well.  We did toast these on the grill a little with the hamburgers.  I definitely think toasting the bread is even better than not toasting them.

Now I was hesitate to try any of the cookies.  Usually healthier cookies have no flavor or a bad after taste.  BUT that is so not true with any of Udi's cookies especially the Chocolate Chip Cookies.  They were gone in seconds at my house.  They were simply delicious!  This have quickly become my favorite brand of cookies.  I personally loved the Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.  I could quickly eat the whole container in one sitting!  They are seriously that GOOD!

Now the Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites and Snickerdoodles were really good too.  I mean my kids loved these cookies.  I could not get over how coft and chewy all of them were.  Udi's simply knows how to make excellent products especially cookies.

Now after my family goobled up all the goodies, I immediately went online here to find a store near me.  Imagine how excited I was to see that I had a few stores near me.  Also if you sign up for their Special Offers you can have a $1 off coupon sent to your email box.  Trust me sign up and use the coupon!  You will not be disappointed.  You can also order the products online if there is not a store near you that sells them.  SO be sure to give Gluten Free a try like my family did.  It will easily change your life and for the better!

* I received the above mentioned products solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinion is completely honest and completely my own.

Monday, July 30, 2012


GameMill Entertainment, an independent publisher of entertaining mass-market video games, announced today its plans to release Hotel Transylvania for the Nintendo DS™ and Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held systems, an action-adventure video game based on Sony Pictures Animation’s upcoming animated comedy Hotel Transylvania. Hotel Transylvania the game is set to hit store shelves this September. Hotel Transylvania the film will be released in theaters nationwide on September 28, 2012.

Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of his best friends – Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family, and more – to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but everything could change for the overprotective dad when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.

Featuring a wide variety of locations, puzzles, and boss battles galore, the game creates an imaginative and fun way to interact with the movie characters.
Developed by Way Forward, Hotel Transylvania for Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS is rated “E10+” for Everyone 10 and up by the ESRB. For additional information about GameMill’s line of products, please visit: www.game-mill.com.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the upcoming game coming to stores in September.  It sounds like it is going to be a very fun and challenging game and I look forward to it.


Here in the South, we have had some nasty storms lately and also unbearable heat for the kiddos.  So if you are like me, you scramble for things to do on those days.  Don’t fret! Phase 4 films is releasing eight new family-friendly films that are sure to keep kids entertained rain or shine! All films will be easily accessible to rent at Redbox locations and for purchase at retailers nationwide starting this summer.  The first two releases of the eight are Space Dogs and Kiara the Brave.


The exciting, animated tale based on the true story of Belka and Strelka; two Russian dogs sent to space in 1960. A circus dog and a stray dog embark on an out-of-this-world adventure to become the world's most famous canine cosmonauts!


I love when the movie industry takes an important event in history and makes it into an animated film so kids will learn something while enjoying a cute cartoon. This is exactly what happened with Space Dogs. It is a cartoon movie based on the actual story of the 2 dogs that went into space.

My kids loved this movie and my daughters liked it even more when I told them that it was based on a real story. It is beautifully animated and is a very cute story. All 3 of my kids watched the whole movie which can be a huge feat in my household.

I definitely recommend this movie to every family. I mean it is entertaining and educational for all ages. The dvd is available now at Redbox kiosks and nationwide at stores where dvds are sold and also online at Amazon.com for $ 13.29.  So head to your local Redbox kiosk and rent a copy tonight or just buy a copy!


Dreamzone has been a peaceful and a magical kingdom under the rule of King Maximus. That s about to change when he is captured and imprisoned by his evil brother Dreadmis. When he unleashes his vengeance upon the kingdom, the King s daughter, courageous Princess Kiara must conquer evil and restore harmony in Dreamzone. Together with her best friend Super Kloud, they embark on a magical journey to protect their Kingdom and bring the rightful owner back to the throne.


My daughters were really excited to see this movie when I showed it to them.  I was excited to watch it with them too since the cover made it look like it was going to feature a strong leading lady. 

Now the movie is not to be confused with Brave that has recently entered theaters.  This movie has nothing to do with that movie at all!  Now with that said, my daughters and I were still excited to see it.  I had a hard time getting my daughters to get interested in the movie at all.  Also I had a hard time trying to figure out what was going on in the movie myself and so did my kids.  My son started watching it with us too and struggled with it too.  To be completely honest, we ended up turning the movie off since all three kids got up and left the room. 

I honestly do not know how the movie ended and maybe one day the family and I will try to finish it but I honestly doubt it.  The movie is available now in Redbox kiosks  and also where dvds are sold and online at Amazon.com for $ 13.20. I would recommend though renting it first if you decide to watch it.  I mean just in case your kids are like mine and are not interested in it at all.

* I received the above mentioned products solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinion is completely honest and completely my own.


Let the fun and games begin! Scooby-Doo! and the gang are off to compete at the World Invitational Games in the all-new 22-minute episode Spooky Games! And there’s no shortage of spookiness – the gang’s fun gets sidetracked when a 1,000-year-old statue comes to life and threatens the entire event! Will the games go on? The high jinks continue with world-hopping episodes of Hanna-Barbera’s competitive classic Scooby’s All-Star Laff-A-Lympics! Three teams enter, and all fun breaks loose! Grab a seat as the Scooby Doobies, the Yogi Yahooeys and the Really Rottens get ready, get set, and get into more eccentric events! From bullfights to mountain climbing, roller skating to leprechaun hunting, trek the globe to catch all of the animated antics! Special guest stars abound, including Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble. This collection is a sure shot to take the gold!

Disc 1:
  • Scooby-Doo! Spooky Games – All-New Never Before Seen Episode!
  • Spain/Himalayas
  • India/Israel
  • Africa/San Francisco
  • Grand Canyon/Ireland
Disc 2:
  • Hawaii/Norway
  • North Pole/Tahiti
  • Arizona/Holland
  • Quebec/Baghdad
  • Swiss Alps / Toyko , Japan
  • Sahara / Scotland
  • France / Australia
  • Egypt / Sherwood Forest
Featured Teams:
The Scooby Doobies – This team is made up of Scooby-Doo! as team captain, Shaggy Rogers, Scooby-Dum, Dynomutt, The Blue Falcon, Captain Caveman, Brenda, Dee Dee, Taffy, Speed Buggy, Tinker, Babu and Hong Kong Phooey.
The Yogi Yahooeys – This team consists mainly of Yogi Bear as team captain, Boo-Boo Bear, Cindy Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Pixie, Dixie , Mr. Jinks, Hokey Wolf and Yakky Doodle.
The Really Rottens – This team is comprised mainly of villainous characters and includes Mumbly, Dread Barron, The Dalton Brothers, The Creepleys, the Great Fondoo, Magic Rabbit, Daisy Mayhem and Orful Octopus.


I am a huge Scooby-Doo fan so I am always excited when new Scooby-Doo movies are released to share with my children.  I was so excited to get to see the Laff-A-Lympics being brought to dvd as I can remember watching episodes when I was younger. 

My kids loved seeing the events and the different characters in the same episodes.  We also loved watching it right before the 2012 Summer Olympics began.  My daughters loved Cindy Bear of course.  My kids have since watched the dvd more than once and I have to say I do not mind since it is cartoons I love too.

This dvd is perfect for old school fans and new fans alike. So if you are like me and remember the show, how about sharing it with the little ones in your life now.  Let's keep the classics alive!

The dvd is available now where dvds are sold and online at Amazon.com for $ 14.99.  So grab a copy today and make it a family movie night tonight.

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinion is completely honest and completely my own.


I just wanted to share some updates about upcoming posts and such.  This week and possibly part of next week, I will be sharing some Back to School products.  If you have kids starting school in the next few weeks, be sure to check out my Back to School product guide.  Who knows there may even be a giveaway or two.  Also be sure to check out my current giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card if you have not already entered it.  It ends on the 31st!  SO HURRY!

Now for my giveaway winners.  First please forgive me for the delay in getting them up.  It is total chaos in my household right now with getting ready for Back to School since I have one starting Kindergarten and another starting their first year in Middle School.  I promise to stay on it more in the future.  Without further ado, the winners!!!!!




CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners!


Inspired by the wildly-popular "World's Cutest Dog" Boo stuffed dog from GUND, the “Top Dog” Contest invites pup parents from around the country to submit photos of their own four-footed friends on the GUND Facebook page in one or all of the following four categories:

· Most Beautiful Dog
· Ugliest Dog
· “Doganista”/Best Dressed Dog
· Dog that Most Resembles its Owner

The Grand Prize will have tails wagging; GUND will create a limited edition model of the winner’s dog. The dog will be available in gift and toy stores in 2013. That’s right! Your pup could become a GUND plush just like Boo!

You can submit your dog photos via the contest tab on GUND’s Facebook page .The contest will run July 16 - August 15, 2012; winners will be chosen the week of August 20th and announced the week of August 27th.

· Entries: July 16 – August 5
· Voting: August 6 – August 15

Also right now, GUND is running the “Most Pinteresting Dog” Contest on Pinterest. Just post your entry on your pages, “tag” @GUNDMostPinterestingDog and submit the linkto GUND at MostPinterestingDog@GUND.com.

The “Most Pinteresting Dog” Contest winner will be selected based on the number of times the entry is “liked” on the GUND Pinterest board and the winner will receive a selection of GUND products valued at $250 retail.

For complete rules, see Top Dog” Contest and Most Pinteresting Dog” Contest rules at www.GUND.com.

* I will receive a GUND toy dog in exchange for this post.  As always any opinions are honest and completely my own.


It is amazing to me that the Mermaid from Chicken of the Sea is turning 60!  Here is hoping I look that good at 60!!!  Chicken of the Sea is celebrating her birthday with a wonderful contest on Facebook.  Here are the details...

Chicken of the Sea’s 60s and Sensational Contest asks Facebook fans to nominate themselves or someone they know, between the ages of 60 and 69, who fuels their mind, body and spirit with healthy eating, activity and personal fulfillment.
Four grand-prize winners will be able to choose from three sensational birthday packages:
  • A 60s and Sensational $1,000 shopping spree
  • Dinner with three friends including a limo for transportation
  • A spa package for two, complete with hotel accommodations and dinner.

To even sweeten the pot, Facebook fans that submit a nominee will also be entered into a daily contest giveaway for the chance to win cool Chicken of the Sea swag.
Now I have even more exciting news,  One lucky reader will have the chance to win an awesome prize pack from Chicken of the Sea including...
Exercise mat, water bottle, and 2 cans of the new Chicken of the Sea’s  No Drain Tuna

SO be sure to go to Facebook and nominate yourself if you are between 60 and 69 or nominate someone who is then enter the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win the above prize pack.

* I will receive the same prize pack as shown above in exchange for this post.  All opinions are completely honest and completely my own.

Friday, July 27, 2012

LEVERAGE : SEASON 4 dvd review

The stakes have never been higher in this all-new season of Leverage, the thrilling crime drama that puts you at the heart of the action. Timothy Hutton returns as Nate Ford, now more determined than ever to fight injustice with the help of his elite team of crack con artists.



The Long Way Down Job

To take down a corrupt financier, the LEVERAGE team must recover lost evidence high up on a mountain, racing hired guns and killer weather.


The 10 Li'l Grifters Job

When a mark is killed suddenly in the middle of a sting, the team must scramble to complete the con and find the killer…before Nate goes down for murder.


The 15 Minutes Job

To take down a corrupt PR consultant, the LEVERAGE team must build him up as a hero, then use his own methods against him.

The Van Gogh Job

On the trail of a lost Van Gogh, the team learns the painting was the center of a World War II love story between a black soldier and the white heiress he was forced to leave b…

The Hot Potato Job

The LEVERAGE team infiltrates the corrupt world of corporate agriculture to recover a stolen object worth millions: a one-of-a-kind potato.

The Carnival Job

The LEVERAGE team infiltrates a high-tech home to steal a revolutionary computer chip, only to have the family’s child abducted from a carnival during…

The Grave Danger Job

The LEVERAGE crew aims their sights on a charming funeral director who embezzles money from her grieving mourners, then discovers she is also selling…

The Boiler Room Job

When the LEVERAGE team goes up against a conman from a long lineage of greats, they must pull off the biggest con of their careers.

The Cross My Heart Job

The team goes after an ailing defense contractor who steals a young girl’s intended heart for his own. With time running out before the girl dies, the team has to run the…

The Queen's Gambit Job

Jim Sterling asks Nate for help taking down a researcher who has designed a nuclear weight that will allow a terrorist nation to manufacture enriched uranium. However, it soon…

The Girls Night Out Job


The Experimental Job

When homeless veterans in the Boston area begin disappearing, the team must go back to college and infiltrate the world of Skull & Bones secret societies

The Boys Night Out Job


The Office Job

Uncovering a simple embezzlement scam becomes anything but simple when the team becomes part of a documentary shooting at the company they’re trying to save.

The Office Job


The Girls' Night Out Job

When a James-Bond-like thief targets Parker’s friend Peggy, Parker recruits Sophie and Tara to help her and, together, the women of Leverage follow the thief to the Venez…

The Boys' Night Out Job

Nate, Eliot and Hardison are forced to intervene when Hurley returns, embroiled with the best of intentions in a three-way drug deal.

The Lonely Hearts Job

While searching for a philanthropist’s missing wife, the team comes up against a grifter ring running a web of sophisticated “Sweetheart Scams”. Now, Nate must learn how to ste…

The Gold Job

The Leverage team hits the recession-driven Cash-for-Gold industry by targeting a corrupt brother-sister team and steering them through an elaborate treasure hunt.

The Radio Job

When Latimer hires Nate’s father to pull off a heist in an ultra-secure government office, the Leverage team must stage a fake hostage stand-off when they’re trapped inside and…


The Last Dam Job

The Leverage team must recruit old friends and rivals in order to take down Latimer and a foe from their past.


I have seen a few episodes in the past of Leverage and enjoyed them.  Of course since we downsized to just your basic stations I do not get to watch the show as much so I was excited to get to review the latest season on dvd.  Season 4 lives up to what I like about the shows I had seen in the past.

I love how the show shows the team completing their missions in one show and the team really compliments each other in their roles in the jobs.  I love this seaasson especially the final episode and am looking forward to the next season of it on dvd.

The dvd set is available now where dvds are sold and online at Amazon.com for $ 30.27.  SO be sure to snag your copy today and then sit back and see how it all goes down!

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinion is completely honest and completely my own.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Fluff is an ultra cute and glamorous line of apparel and accessories
created by Los Angeles artist, Claudette Barjoud.
All the original artwork and designs
are hand drawn by her and inspired by her love of
an eclectic mix of vintage style
spanning the eras of the 1920’s -60’s,
including: Pinup, Mid Century Modernism, Art Deco,

with a dash of Japanese kawaii cuteness!

Fluff has a huge assortment of simply adorable products in several collections.  I fell in love with all the  collections when I visited the website especially the Kawaii Cute collection.  Although I have to tell you all the collections are beautifully designed.  I honestly would love to have something from every collection.  Here are a few pics of some of my fav products available...

Now it is really hard to pick just 2 or 3 items to show here, but I wanted to let you know the variety of collections there are to choose from.  I really love the laptop cases available.  Now I was fortunate to be able to review a beautiful necklace from the Kawaii Cute collection.

Vintage inspired Japanese Kokeshi Doll, retro jewelry pendant necklace
featuring Kimono Cutie from the Kimono Cuties collection.
A very kokeshi doll among fans and flowers.
  • Rosy Aurora Borealis Crystal Bead Chain Measures approx. 18" long
  • Antiqued silver toned metal pendant is 1.5 inches high
  • Pendant is bejeweled with genuine sparkling Swarovski crystals!
  • HandMade in the USA !

I am a huge fan of handmade jewelry especially if it has an Asian flair to it too.  Which means I fell head over heels in love with the Kimono Cutie Necklace from Fluff .  I can not begin to tell you how beautiful the necklace is and you can definitely tell that it is handmade with perfection. 

I love to wear this necklace whether I am dressing casual or dressing up.  It works with either look.  Also I can not tell you how many compliments this necklace has gotten me.  It appeals to those who love vintage inspired jewelry and also to those who love whimsical like jewelry.  It is a huge conversation starter for me.

Now sometimes handmade items can be poorly constructed and some necklaces do not last long with me cause they are cheaply made.  The necklace from Fluff is not one of those necklaces.  You can tell that Claudette spends a lot of time making sure every bead is secure and will not come loose. 

Now with Back to School right around the corner, a piece of jewelry from Fluff would be the perfect gift for an upcoming student or maybe a laptop case or new iPhone case.  There is a wide selection of items to choose from on the website.  The items are affordablly priced for the quality you receive.

The above necklace is available on the website for $38 along with a lot of other items to compliment it.  So why not visit Fluff and look for your favorite collection and then grab a beautiful handmade piece of jewelry or another wonderful product.

You can keep up to date with Fluff on Facebook and Twitter so be sure to " Like " and " Follow " today!

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinion is completely honest and completely my own.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

MAGICAL LAUNCH EVENT introducing the WINX CLUB dolls

Yesterday afternoon, JAKKS Pacific held an amazing launch event for the all-new Winx Club doll line ( shown above with the girls getting a close look at them ) available now at Toys R Us and Walmart. Girls and their families were invited to transform into Winx Club fairies with mini makeovers, enjoy delicious smoothies and much more. 

 (Girls celebrate the launch of JAKKS Pacific’s Winx Club product line with fairy makeovers.)

My daughters would have loved to been at this event especially that since they say the dolls at Wal-Mart having been asking for the dolls.  Now if you have not heard about the Winx Club like my household, then here is some more information about them.

Winx Club is all-new girls doll line that is just now hitting select store shelves. The line will be available in select stores and Walmart locations this summer and will be available nationwide this fall. Winx Club is a fashion forward doll line based on the popular animated Nickelodeon program, Winx Club, which you can check out here

A little girl celebrates with "Bloom" from the all-new Winx Club doll line

So if you have a little Winx fan then be sure to grab them some of the new dolls and also let them check out the Winx Club for games and music and such.

Friday, July 20, 2012


As you all know I am a Purex Insider and I love it.  I mean I love being an Insider and also love my Purex.  Right now, well, actually today is the last day to enter for a chance to win a year supply of our favorite laundry detergent here.  So be sure to hurry and enter today before it ends. 

Now to help promote the new promtion " Let's Be Honest" , there are some funny short videos on YouTube for our viewing pleasure.  Check them out on Purex's website.  Now I love the lost and found one but they are all really funny!

Now I have the opportunity to giveaway 3 coupons so be sure to enter the Rafflecopter form below.  Oh and the giveaway ends at 11 pm tonight so hurry and enter today!


Vinyl Remix is a new line of nail polishes from Pure Ice and Bari Cosmetics.  Now the process is simple, you first paint your nail with the white base coat.  Wait for it to dry and then choose your choice of Vinyl Remix.  Now here is the realy cool part!!!!  How the nail turns out is determined by how you paint it!  It is really easy to create tons of looks with just a few swipes of the polish.  Just check out this video showing you how it works...

Now to say I was excited to try these polishes is an understatement.  I simply always have to have my toenails painted whether my fingernails are or not.  SO I sat down one Saturday night with my two daughters and painted our toenails.  The process is simple and easy to create a look that looks like it took hours to have done.  My two daughters loved the finish product and request the new polishes everytime I do their nails. 

Now here is the really great thing about the product besides the cool look and easy process.  The polish does not chip easily.  After I painted my nails I decided to see if it chipped easily ( which is a huge pet peeve of mine with nail polishes).  I mean if a polish chips easy, I definitely stay away from the brand.  This polish lasted about 2 weeks before my chipping was bad.  I was so pleased by this. 

Another great factor of this polish especially with my daughters is it dries quick.  They are not the most patient to wait for a polish to dry but they do not have to worry about that with Vinyl Remix.  SO it is certain this will be the polish I use the most for them during the school year. 

You can learn more about Pure Ice on the Bari Cosmetics website.  Now Pure Ice products are available at mass retailers like Wal-Mart and Target so be sure to grab you some Pure Ice today!

* I received the above mentioned products solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinion is completely my own and completely honest.

'ONCE UPON A TIME' debuted videos at Comic Con

"Once Upon A Time" debuted videos at Comic-Con International this past week. Check out this video from mock dating site "Singlebrooke," celebrating 'Once Upon A Time: The Complete First Season' coming to Blu-ray & DVD August 28.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


It is that time of year again almost - Back 2 School.  Once again this year, I am participating in the annual Back 2 School Bloggie Boogie .  This year my prize is a $ 25 Amazon gift card !  That should be a great help with those Back 2 School purchases.  As before be sure  to enter all the other blogs participating ( shown below ) then be sure to enter the big grand prize giveaway of $ 300!!!!

Back 2 School Bloggie Boogie Giveaway Hop

Help get your back-to-school shopping taken care of by entering the grand prize giveaway, sponsored by Save and Make Moola! Find the best coupon codes, savings, and deals to your favorite online stores at Save and Make Moola (SAMM). From back-to-school clothing to school supplies, you can save big with SAMM.
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a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: The WiC Project and the Back 2 School Bloggie Boogie bloggers are not responsible forsponsors that fail to fulfill their prizes.

Monday, July 16, 2012

AMERICAN GIRL : McKENNA SHOOTS FOR THE STARS dvd review and viewing party

McKenna is a talented young gymnast who has one goal: to make it to regionals. Unfortunately, her studies have been giving her troubles, and she has to find a balance between school and gymnastics before it's too late. Will a tutor be able to bring her back on the right track? And could a bad fall mean the end of McKenna's gymnast career?


Now first things first,  I dreamed of being a gymnast.  Alas my dreams never came true; well, at least I can imagine what if while watching a heart felt movie featuring American Girl , McKenna!

My daughters were super excited when I told them we were having a movie screening party with party favors and all especially when I told them it was a sleepover!  The screams were heard around the neighborhood ( my ears are still ringing!)  Of course I was excited too since that meant I got to plan a party and also the girls first official sleep over! 

I am a huge crafting nut so I knew I wanted to include that in my party so I made some party favors ahead of time to go with the theme which were "glow in the dark" star rings and hairbows.  Are they not stinking cute?!

Next I decided it was time for a trip to one of my Favorite stores - Michael's to stock up on American Girl craft kits.  I mean how can you have an American Girl party without some of their crafts.  I picked up an assortment ( shown below).

I also made some SWAG BAGS that included the ring and hairbows above in.  It also included some more glow in the dark stars for them to put whereever.  A McKenna activity sheet and rubber bracelet and some candy and a lip gloss and more jewelry. 

Now my girls do not have American dolls which I wish they did and have added them to my must buy list.  But I knew they would still love the movie despite not having one.  I was right.  The movie was a complete hit with the girls.  They all loved the gymnastics in it and yes, I did have to stop some tumbling before feet went through my tv!!!!

The great thing about the movie to me is the wonderful lesson teaching girls to ask for help when needed.  It is a lesson a lot of adults need to learn as well.  I was so pleased with this movie and amazed that it kept all the girls attention ( the ages ranged from 5 to 13) til the end.  Of course after the movie, I decided to see if the girls were ready to apply what they learned in the movie to the test.  We did the crafts and they all required assistance from me.  I have to say all the girls asked for help and I reminded them that that was the lesson in the movie.

All in all the night was tons of fun and a huge success so we of course finished it with make overs.  While doing the make overs my daughter informs me she wants to do gymnastics.  I chuckle to myself and say " Like Mother, Like Daughter!"

The movie is available now at Wal-Marts everywhere and online at Amazon.com .  Grab the girl in your life a copy and watch it tonight!

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinions are completely honest and completely my own.

THE THREE STOOGES out on dvd tomorrow! ENJOY some SILLY MAD LIBS while you wait for the release!


The Farrelly Bros. (There's Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber) bring back a beloved classic comedy act with THE THREE STOOGES, a contemporary take on America's favorite trio of boneheads coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download July 17 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Sean Hayes ("Will & Grace"), Chris Diamantopoulos ("24") and Will Sasso ("MADTV") portray the troika of knuckleheads in three hysterical misadventures.

Left on the doorstep of an orphanage run by nuns, newborns Moe (Diamantopoulos), Larry (Hayes), and Curly (Sasso) grow up finger-poking, nyuk-nyuk-nyuking and woo-wooing their way to uncharted levels of knuckleheaded misadventure. Now, out to save their childhood home, only The Three Stooges could become embroiled with an oddball murder plot while stumbling into starring roles in a phenomenally successful TV reality show.

The movie will be available tomorrow where dvds are sold and online.  Until you can snag your own copy tomorrow, here is a Three Stooges Mad Libs to help you pass the time.  ENJOY!


Detective Carly Edwards hates working in juvenile—where the brass put her after an officer-involved shooting—and longs to be back on patrol. So when a troubled youth, Londy Atkins, is arrested for the murder of the mayor and Carly is summoned to the crime scene, she's eager for some action. Carly presses Londy for a confession but he swears his innocence, and despite her better judgment, Carly is inclined to believe him. Yet homicide is convinced of his guilt and is determined to convict him.

Carly's ex-husband and fellow police officer, Nick, appears to be on her side. He's determined to show Carly that he's a changed man and win her back, but she isn't convinced he won't betray her again.

As the investigation progresses, Carly suspects a cover-up and strikes out on her own, uncertain whom she can trust. But when danger mounts, she begins to wonder if she made the right choice.


I love a great suspense novel and was super excited to read a cop suspense novel written by an actual cop.  I have to say that this book caught my attention from the beginning and kept me entertained and enguffed til the end.  It had a lot of twists and turns and even a surprise at the end.

The main character, Carly struggles with her beliefs and you get to read the whole trial and tribulation along the way.  All the while wondering if she will let God take the lead and help her learn to trust again.  It is a great suspense book and also a great book for a tested soul. 

This is the first book in the series and is setting up to be an exciting new book series by Ms. Cantore.  I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, ABDUCTED.  I recommend this book for anyone who loves a great suspense novel and / or is struggling with trust issues.  This book will be a great read for you and is sure to keep you interested from start to finish.  The book is available at select bookstores and online at Amazon.com for $ 11.51.

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinion is completely honest and completely my own.

Sunday, July 15, 2012


Rocko, Spunky, Heffer and Filburt return for another season of bizarre trips down the many twisted paths of Modern Life. Season Three highlights include a murder investigation involving the Bigheads, Heffer unearthing a rare talent for belching, Filburt popping the question, the exposure of Rocko’s spinach tooth and more! At long last, the complete third season is now on DVD!


I can remember watching Rocko when I was growing up so I was excited to get to share Season 3 with my children.  It has the complete 13 episodes from Season 3which include...

Bye Bye Birdy / Belch of Destiny
The Emperors New Joe / Schnitheads
Sugar Frosted Frights / Ed is Dead
Fish-n-Chumps / Camera Shy
Nothing to Sneeze At / Old Fogey Froggy
Manic Mechanic / Rocko's Happy Vermin
I See London, I See France / The Fatlands
Fortune Cookie / Dear John
Speaking Terms / Tooth and Nail
Wacky Delly
The Big Question / The Big Answer
An Elk for Heffer / Scrubbin Down Under
Zanzibar ( The Recycle Show) / Fatal Contraption

This includes some fo the best episodes of the show period which it makes it even better to share with my kiddos.  And of course my kids loved the episodes and have watched the dvds more than once.  Rocko has quickly become a family favorite which we enjoy with a heaping bowl of popcorn. 

If you are a fan of the show or know one of the show, this is a great Season to get for them.  Of course it also a great dvd set to include in your family's personal movie collection.  It can be purchased where dvds are sold and online at Amazon.com for $ 14.99.  So be sure to grab a copy today and some popcorn and have a night full of fun family laughter with good entertainment.

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinion is completely honest and completely my own.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

JEM and the HOLOGRAMS : SEASON 3 dvd review

Glamour & Glitter! Fashion & Fame!
With Jem and The Holograms at the height of their success, there’s a new band in town — The Stingers! — and they’re not about to let Jem and her music group take all the limelight. The group’s leader, Riot, is charmed by Jem and vows to make her his. Jem finds herself conflicted with feelings for Riot AND for her longtime beau, Rio. Who will win Jem’s affections? Will The Stingers buzz their way to the top of the music charts, or will The Misfits’ mischief and mayhem thwart their rise to superstardom? Find out now! Finally, the last episodes of the iconic Jem and The Holograms can be found in one DVD set!

It’s Showtime, Synergy!

I can remember watching JEM and the Holograms when I was growing up with my sister.  I am ecstatic that the episodes are now coming to dvd for me to share with my daughters who are sure to love them.  Season 3 of JEM is available now on dvd at stores where dvds are sold and online at Shout Factory for $ 12.95 + shipping and handling.

So grab a copy today for the JEM fan in your life or to share it with your kids.

* I will be receiving a copy of the dvd mentioned above.  All opinion and statements are my own and completely honest.

Thursday, July 5, 2012


I just wanted to say that I hope all my readers had a safe and blessed holiday yesterday!  I personally had a bit of a rough spot since we had to bury one of our beloved puppies.  It was hard on the whole family and in the midst of all this, we could not find one of our other puppies.  After searching our whole backyard and under our house, we realized he must have gotten out of our backyard. 

So now our fingers are crossed that he just got out and will return home.  My son is really upset about it since it is his dog that is missing and I have to say I am extremely fond of him too.

I am also continuing my search for him by looking around the neighborhood.  Fingers are crossed that we can find him and nothing is wrong with him.  So please send up a prayer during your day that he returns home.

HOW the movie MARGARET (coming to dvd and blu-ray on July 10th) got its name!

MIRROR MIRROR blu-ray and dvd review

One of the world's most beloved fairy tales takes a hilarious turn in this fresh, exciting film starring Oscar Winner Julia Roberts. After she spends all her money, an evil enchantress queen (Roberts) schemes to marry a handsome, wealthy prince (The Social Network's Armie Hammer). There's just one problem - he's in love with a beautiful princess, Snow White (Lily Collins, The Blind Side). So, the sinister queen banishes Snow White from her own kingdom! Now, joined by seven rebellious dwarves, Snow White launches an epic battle of good vs. evil in this funny, magical movie that the whole family will love.


I am a huge fan of Julia Roberts and usually try to catch every movie she is in.  So when I saw the preview for this movie, I knew I wanted to see it.  I have to say I wondered how Julia Roberts would do as the bad guy.  I have to admit I was impressed by her.  She made a very funny evil queen!  My whole family enjoyed the movie even my son. My daughters especially loved the scene where the evil queen is getting a "beauty treatment".  Just check out the clip below...

This is just one of the funniest clips in the movie.  I have to say that I enjoyed the new take on the classic Snow White.  And to be honest I am not a huge fan of the original Snow White like my daughters are.  But this one I thoroughly enjoyed and have watched it more than once.  It has become another one of my Julia Roberts favorites now.

This movie is great for the whole family and has something for everyone from fighting dwarves to ballroom dancing.  So be sure to grab this movie for the whole famly today.  The movie is available where dvds are sold and online at Amazon.com.  You can purchase the blu-ray and dvd combo at Amazon.com for $ 24.96. 

So grab some popcorn and a copy of this movie and have a family movie night! 

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinion is completely honest and completely my own.

Monday, July 2, 2012


With my family's hectic schedule and my fiancee's busy days, trying to plan a Father's Day celebration can be a bit tricky.  So yes, I did have to plan a special thing for him after Father's Day since 2 of my kids were with their dads.  Well, I decided that we could have a special day for him regardless of the date.  I mean after all why should it matter what day it is.  To help celebrate the day we gave him TOOLS.  I mean in my fiancee's case, you can NEVER go wrong with tools especially high-quality ones like Channellock.  I was lucky enough to get to review the GS-3T Gift Set featuring

 426 – 6.5" tongue & groove plier
420® – 9.5" tongue & groove plier
440® – 12" tongue & groove plier
16' tape

Now you can just imagine how excited my fiancee was when he received these pliers.  Funny thing was he actually needed them for an upcoming project and I had no idea.  Now that is lucky.  Also he needed another tape measure to put in his truck for work and luckily enough this set also comes with a free tape measure.  I really could not have planned it any better.  The set has already came in handy around the house while he has been working on our boat and other " honey do" jobs.

Channellock tools are extremely well crafted and are the perfect gift for the serious tool man like my fiancee.  You can purchase them at hardware stores and also online at Channellock for $ 48.96.  They are definitely worth the price since you could buy cheaper sets but in my experience you get what you pay for.  The cheaper tools we have bought have had to be replaced sooner than expected.  My dad owns Channellock tools and has had them for years and they have not been replaced yet to speak so I am sure my fiancee will get years and years of use out of these as well. 

Now I have some exciting news, I am hosting a giveaway for the same set shown above .  So be sure to enter below in the Rafflecopter form. 

* I received the above mentioned products solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinion is completely honest and completely my own.


Masters of Spinjitzu: a new force to save the world! The world of Ninjago is in terrible danger. An army of skeletons has invaded from the underworld, under the command of the evil Lord Garmadon. Their goal: capture the Four Weapons of Spinjitzu, artifacts so powerful it is said no one being can wield them all at once. Now Garmadon's brother, the heroic Sensei Wu, must gather four young men and train them in the ways of the ancient art of Spinjitzu. These four - Kai, Jay, Zane and Cole - must become ninja and stand against the dark power of Garmadon and his evil skeleton army. If they fail, the four weapons will be lost and Ninjago doomed forever.


My son is a huge fan of most of the LEGO shows so I knew he would like the latest LEGO show featuring ninja lego action figures.  I was right.  My son loved this dvd which features the 2 episode movie that started the hit show on Cartoon Network.  My daughters also loved the show too.  So that meant they watched it several times this past weekend which I did not mind because the show is good clean fun entertainment for my kids. 

I recommend this dvd to anyone who has LEGO fans in their household.  They are sure to love the show and will probably also be hitting you up for the cool toys that go along with the show so they can reenact out the scenes to it.  You can purcahse the dvd now where dvds are sold and online at Amazon.com for $ 9.99.  Also be sure to look for my review of the Season 1 dvd of the show in the next few days.

* I received the above mentioned dvd solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinion is completely honest and completely my own.