Thursday, June 28, 2012


I am really excited for the upcoming release of FrakenWeenie which will be hitting theaters this October 5th.  Enjoy this new trailer!

RADIO REBEL dvd review

Tara Adams (Debby Ryan: Jessie, The Suite Life on Deck) is just an ordinary high school junior... except for one little thing. Tara’s got a secret—a secret identity, in fact; she’s Radio Rebel, the most popular radio DJ in Seattle. In person, Tara is as shy as they come, but on the air, Radio Rebel is the smoothest talker around—a skill she needs more than ever right now, since her school is in the midst of a clique-crisis. Radio Rebel gives voice to all kids, popular and unpopular alike, and questions the status quo, to the chagrin of her school's administration. Now, with the principal hot on the trail of Radio Rebel’s true identity, and mean girl Stacy coming between her and cute boy Gavin, Tara must decide between keeping her identity a secret, or being true to herself… and risk losing everything.


My kids love the movies on the Disney Channel and Radio Rebel was no different.  My youngest daughter can definitely relate to the being shy like Tara in the movie.  Well, so can my oldest at times too.  They loved how she had a secret identity.  It reminded them of Hannah Montana which my daughters still love to watch on occassion. 

I even enjoyed the movie as well, but I usually enjoy Disney movies.  I also can relate to the main character as well cause I have always been shy too.  I would have loved to be a DJ when I was in high school ( in fact I have always wanted to be a DJ).  The great thing about the movie to me is the fact that the whole family can enjoy it .  My family watched it for our Family Movie Night and we all loved it. 

Now the movie is predictable for the most part but it still makes for a fun movie with a great message.  This movie makes a great addition to any family's movie collection.  The movie is available now where dvds are sold and online at for $ 19.95.  So be sure to grab a movie for the whole famly today and pick up a copy of Radio Rebel.

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

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Summer break is here and in full swing at my household.  With summer break this year has come remodeling of our house.  Thus the small gaps in my posting and falling behind in my announcing my giveaway winners.  I am so sorry for this!  Somedays I start a project in the house and focus all my time and energy on it until it is done.  Well, I am trying to better budget my time so hopefully in the next week or so I will find the perfect balance. 

I wanted to let my wonderful readers know that I will be posting and emailing giveaway winners today (some have already been emailed so go check and email me back!  Do not forget to check those Spam folders too just in case.)  If you have no email, do not get discouraged.  I may have not emailed you yet or you may have not won but I do have some great giveaways coming in the near future ( maybe starting one today! HINT HINT)

SO thank you as always for bearing with me through my delays.  I promise to get better and hopefully I can finally get organized since I am making headway with our remodeling.  Here is one of the many projects I have been working on with the help from my fiancee.  It is our new game table so we can play board games...

And yes, it is made from recycled pallet wood I got for free and I just added some "Oops" paint from ACE Hardware.  I spent all day yesterday sanding and painting it and I absolutely love it.  So between blogging and emailing today I will be finding the perfect spot in my living room for it.  OH and of course the idea for the table came from none other than Pinterest.  Love, Love, Love PINTEREST!!!!!  We are also building some storage bins for my dvds out of pallet wood.  I will show pics when we get them all finished. 

So let me know if you have any cool ideas for pallet wood that you have done or want to do.  Also are any of you all remodeling this Summer?

Thursday, June 21, 2012


The Triple Threat Club has solved intense mysteries before . . . but this time it's personal.

Cassidy, Allison, and Nicole fight for justice every day-Cassidy as a crime reporter, Nicole with the FBI, and Allison as a federal prosecutor. Together they're a Triple Threat to be reckoned with.

But never have they faced a case so full of blind alleys-or so painfully close to home.

When a devastating turn of events upsets the balance of the Triple Threat team, they discover an ally in a quirky Private Investigator named Olivia. The women vow not to stop until the case is solved and justice is served.

Yet just when it appears the police have the killer in custody, he somehow strikes again. Not knowing who to trust, the Triple Threat women go undercover for an intricate and deadly cat-and-mouse game where nothing can be taken at face value . . . and nothing will ever be the same.

Success-or survival-isn't assured in this riveting Triple Threat mystery that will leave readers both shocked and satisfied.


This is the 4th book in the Triple Threat series and I have to say the first of the series I had ever read.  Now I have to tell you I was worried when I got it that I would be completely lost like you are in a lot of book series if you do not start with the first book.  The great thing about this book is that you do not have to read the first 3 books to follow it although I am sure it adds to Triple Threat characters more. 

Now I am a huge fan of Crime Thrillers and who-dun-its and this book does not disappoint.  I was immediately swept into the story and am guilty of not being able to put it down.  In fact, I had to make myself put it down so I could get some sleep!  That is the best sign for a book. 

I will not spoil the book for you but if you have read previous Triple Threat books then be sure to grab this one.  I mean after all one of the Triple Threats is murdered so you need to read it to see which one and to of course find out who did it.  Also if you have never read them then what are you waiting for?!  Start with the first in the series or this one.  Just do not let this book series pass you by!

The book is available now where books are sold and online at for $ 15.83.  Also as always say if you want a preview check out your local library and see if they have a copy you can check out! 

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


About the Author

Chef Tyler Florence has been on the Food Network for fifteen years with his shows How to Boil Water, Food 911, Tyler’s Ultimate, and The Great Food Truck Race. He is the author of seven books, most recently Start Fresh, released in June 2011. He opened up his first signature restaurant, Wayfare Tavern, in San Francisco in 2010, followed by Rotisserie & Wine in Napa, California, and El Paseo in Mill Valley, California, in 2011. He is a cofounder of the organic baby food company Sprout and also owns several retail kitchen shops. Tyler lives in Mill Valley, California, with his wife and three children.


It starts with a grumbling tummy.
And a dream of something yummy.
What is it time for?
Tyler and his dog, Tofu, are hungry for blueberry pancakes.
They are so good to eat—all fluffy and juicy and hot. But the real fun is making them.
First you need a chicken, a cow, a few blueberry bushes, some special trees, and lots of mixing, flipping, and topping.
Chickens? Trees? We’re still talking pancakes, right?
Yes we are, and Tyler and Tofu find out just how it’s done, all before sitting down for the best breakfast ever!
Do you think pancakes come from a box? Not really! So let Food Network star Tyler Florence and Craig Frazier take you on an adventure from farm to mouth. You’ll learn how we get the best ingredients and discover that the most important one of all comes from the heart.


I love pancakes!  I mean most of us do.  All 3 of my children love them so it was really excited when I received this book.  I mean it shows kids start to finish on making pancakes with a cute story and adorable illustrations.

My daughters loved Tofu, Tyler's dog and they giggled at the pictures and story.  Of course after we read the book, they both agreed on liking it and one other thing - THEY WANTED TO MAKE PANCAKES!

I think this book makes a great family read especially for a relaxing weekend day.  I mean read it right before you cook breakfast or lunch or even dinner then fix pancakes!  It also a perfect book for children who are interested in helping in the kitchen and cooking.  The book is sure to spark the interest even more. 

The book is available now where books are sold and online at for $ 13.70.  Be sure to grab a copy of this book for the budding cook or kitchen helper in your family.  Also if you want to preview it before buying , check your local library and see if they have a copy you can check out.  This book is a keeper though so be ready to buy your own!

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


Based on the simple concept of dreaming big, An Awesome Book! is the inspiring debut work of Los Angeles writer/artist Dallas Clayton. Written in the vein of classic imaginative tales, it is a sure hit for all generations, young and old.


I am always in search of a fun positive book for my children.  I also always encourage my children to reach for the stars and to always hold onto their dreams.  This book is fun and positive in most parts.  It also has the great message that you should never outgrow "BIG" dreams which I think is a great message for every kid to have.

My only true complaint about the book would be making adults seem dreamless.  All the adults I know still have dreams maybe not flashy dreams like they did when they were kids but still we dream.  Also some of us do have those flashy dreams still!  I did have to tell my daughters that adults have BIG dreams too after reading this book.  ( She was a little worried that when she grew up she would not have beautiful dreams.)  I told her that anything is possible just like the book says.

Other than that I love the book and so do my kids. It has cute illustrations that are sure to make your kid giggle outloud.  It is nice to have a book telling kids to dream the unimaginable because some of the greatest people in history have done the same thing in the past.  And because of those dreams our world has grew today.

The book would make a great addition to any family's library and is available where books are sold and online at for $ 11.55.  Not sure you want to purchase the book then check your local library for it and see if your kids adore it before you buy.

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


Today the “Monsuno” action continues when another episode hits the small screen. At 8:30 p.m. ET on Nicktoons, Ace leads the team into a mining operation by hinting that Chase might find a clue to his father’s whereabouts there. However, Ace has his own agenda to destroy all the Monsuno Essence, but inadvertently triggers the shadow effect causing all battling “Monsuno” who turn gray to attack their own controllers! Find out if Chase, Bren, and Jinja can survive the shadow effect in the all new “Monsuno” episode, Shadow.

In case you have no idea what Monsuno is, here is a little background info about the show...

Millions of years ago, “Monsuno,” a living DNA, hitched a ride to Earth in a concentrated asteroid pocket. When it landed on Earth, the impact drove the dinosaurs into extinction. The “Monsuno” DNA lay dormant until a scientist named Jeredy Suno activated it, sending a rippling wave of movement back into action. By doing so, Jeredy may have reignited the end of the world but he also created its salvation, the “Monsuno” monsters. Now, it’s up to his son Chase to learn the secrets of “Monsuno” and help save the world from impending destruction.

My son loves the show and toys a lot.  I am sure Monsuno will become the latest rage like Bakugan and Pokemon were.  If you have a fan of those shows, then be sure to have them check out Monsuno online and then catch the new epsiode tonight.  Also be sure to "LIKE" them on Facebook.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

JOHN CARTER dvd review

From Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton (Best Animated Film, Wall-E, 2008) comes John Carter -- a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs's classic novel, John Carter is a war-weary, former military captain who's inexplicably transported to Mars and reluctantly becomes embroiled in an epic conflict. It's a world on the brink of collapse, and Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands. Stunning special effects, great characters and villains -- and complete with extraordinary bonus features -- John Carter is a heroic and inspirational adventure that will thrill you beyond imagination.


I was really excited to get to review this movie.  It looked really good from the previews.  I have to say the special effects are amazing in this movie.  It looks simply beautiful!  Now the movie is a little predictable but it still makes a great story.  I was intrigued in it from the beginning although my fiancee was not as much ( he slept through parts).  I do have to say that I wish it explored the characters more.  I would have liked more depth with them.  I was left wanting to know more about the Therns and all.

I do have to say the movie has me interested in reading the book that it is based on.  I am curious to see if the movie or book is better in this case.  Although I have a feeling I already know the answer to that. 

The movie is available where dvds are sold and online at for $ 17.99.  So be sure to grab a copy or at least rent the movie and see the amazing effects. 

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

Sunday, June 17, 2012


I just wanted to extend a Happy Father's Day to all those special dads out there especially my own and my fiancee!  Thank you for all you do! 

Also I wanted to tell you to be sure to check out my after Father's Day giveaway to score a gift for dad that he is sure to love. So if you got dad a gift that was not a big hit or maybe you could not afford a gift worthy of him or you would like to win something for him or yourself guys - Be sure to check it out tomorrow. 

Again I hope everyone had a blessed day and weekend!  Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 15, 2012

THE GAME OF LIFE : zAPPed edition review

A family gaming experience like never before With THE GAME OF LIFE: zAPPed Edition, you can enjoy a whole new way to play! Add your iPad to the unique gameboard for a truly interactive family experience. The free app brings your game to life as you move around the board. You still get to move your car from space to space and select your path to retirement, but now you spin, get paid, sue other players and make important decisions all on your iPad. Don’t want to be just a plain peg? Go ahead and customize your peg character and add a peg-sessory!
Quick to set up, easy to play No assembly necessary! Just download the free app, hand out cars and cash, place your iPad on the board and you’re ready to go. Just follow the on-screen instructions and move your car around the board.

Exclusive multimedia content Real life is full of funny moments and so is THE GAME OF LIFE: zAPPed Edition. Land on app spaces to unlock more than 100 hilarious clips from America’s Funniest Home Video. Find out if these videos bring you good fortune or bad luck.

Includes gameboard, 4 car movers, 52 pegs, money pack, 4 rubber pads, Quick Start Guide. iPad not included but required to play the game.
For 2 to 4 Players
Ages 8 and up


One of my favorite board games growing up was the Game of Life.  I loved playing this game with my sister and parents.  My kids also love playing the game so I knew the new APP friendly version would be a hit for sure for my kids.

My kids actually loved this version more than the traditional one.  Partly I think because of the funny video clips from America's Funnies Vidoes.  They also loved the fact that you can customized your "peg."  I really enjoyed this part too.  I also have to say that I love the fact that the iPad is the wheel you spin too.  I use to get so aggravated at the spinner from the original game.  It never wanted to stay in its place. 

The game has become a family favorite with my family and is a great addition to our Family Game Night.  I recommend it to any family who loves games and of course apps.  Just be sure to remember that you have to have an iPad to play.  The retail price of the game is $24.99 which is a great price . You can check out this list of retailers so you can purchase your own copy of the game today!

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

Thursday, June 14, 2012

CATDOG : SEASON 2 PART 1 dvd review

A brand-new season of crazy CatDog adventures begins! Theyre the craziest set of conjoined twins youll ever meet — the culturally refined Cat, and Dog, whos . . . well . . . not so much! But together, CatDog make it all work by both using and strengthening their own friendship, providing their own excitement and even getting into their own heap of hilarious trouble!

CatDog: Season 2, Part 1 includes the first ten complete episodes of CatDogs outrageous second season! A must-have for Nickelodeon fans and animation aficionados alike.


My kids love CatDog and were excited to help me review the latest release in the series.  The 10 episodes provided them with hours of laughter .  The great thing about this show is that it is one that all 3 of my children can watch and enjoy.  Trust me that is hard to do with 2 girls and 1 boy plus an almost 5 year age difference. 

This is definitely perfect for fans of the show so that they can watch the episodes they love and remember.  The dvd is available now where dvds are sold and online at for $ 19.93.  SO be sure to grab a copy today to give to a fan or share with your children.  It will provide hours of entertainment!

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

Wednesday, June 13, 2012



Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games) finds a hidden signal that he believes will lead him to his long lost grandfather (Michael Caine, Miss Congeniality). With the help of his new step father (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, The Scorpion King), Sean finds a map and starts his adventure which leads him to Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens, High School Musical) and the island of Atlantis! Sean and his friends battle giant bees, killer lizards, a volcano of gold, and electric eels to escape the lost city and make their way home!

Check out this great app....

Try out the quiz above to see if you could survive then be sure to enter the Rafflecopter form below to possibly win your very own copy of Journey 2 : The Mysterious Island.  And as always GOOD LUCK!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

soCuties hair accessories review and giveaway

Now I am sure most of you know that I am a huge fan of Etsy and love handmade things.  I am also a mom 2 little girls who love cute hairbows and that is where the Etsy store SoCuties comes into play.  It features the cutest handmade hairbows.  I absolutely loved them all so I was thrilled when I got the chance to review a few of them.

I received three hairbows - Minnie Mouse inspired ribbon hairbow, pink felt flower hairbow, and a beautiful cream headband ( all are shown below).

Are they not simply adorable?  Now I have to tell you I fell even more in love with them after I received them.  They are definitely high quality and beautifully crafted.  Another great thing about them is that they are made with LEAD FREE hair clips and also featuring NO SLIP. 

My two daughters absolutely loved them and had a fit wanting to wear them as soon as I opened the package.  They stayed perfectly in their hair which can be tricky in my oldest daughter's hair since it is very fine and most hairbows slide right out.

Since they are absolutely beautiful and stay in their hair so well, I plan to buy more for them.  I especially love the owl ones...

If you are looking for a beautiful handmade hairbow for your little princess then look no further than SoCuties!  Also if you spend $20 or more you can get free shipping.  Trust me it will be easy to add up that much!  You can also "LIKE" them on Facebook to stay up to date on promotions or anything.

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

Now I have some even better news... GIVEAWAY!  Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate!


 Power Rangers Samurai Vol. 1 & 2 are coming to DVD June 19 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment



Friday, June 8, 2012


Here is a picture and  character descriptions of the best friends in AN AMERICAN GIRL: MCKENNA SHOOTS FOR THE STARS:

McKenna is an energetic, determined girl who lives for gymnastics—at least she thinks she does, until an injury and a wise tutor help her see that there are other things that she cares about, too. She’s goal-driven and wants to make her family proud, which is why she’s so embarrassed when her grades start to slip. At the gym, McKenna is super competitive, but she puts that competitiveness aside to support her teammates. She makes mistakes sometimes, but she always strives to be a good student, gymnast, and friend.
Toulane Thomas has been McKenna’s gymnastics teammate since the girls were three years old. A strong, competitive gymnast, Toulane pushes McKenna to stay on her game and do her best. Toulane is sometimes too competitive, though, and puts a lot of pressure on herself to succeed and to live up to her mother’s expectations. Like McKenna, Toulane needs to learn about life “balance” and remember how to just have fun.

Also check out this video clip from the movie...


Available on Blu-ray Combo Pack – Featuring DVD, Digital Copy & UltraViolet– and DVD Sold Exclusively at Wal-Mart, American Girl Stores and

Scheduled to Air on Saturday July 14, 2012 at 8/7c on NBC
A talented young gymnast turns trials into triumphs in the inspiring new feature-length movie, An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars.
A modern and heartwarming original story about a young girl whose dream to compete as a world class gymnast is jeopardized when she begins to have trouble in school, An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars helps girls learn to believe not only in their family and friends but also themselves.    A must-own addition for American Girl® fans, the film can also be purchased via Digital Download through a variety of online retailers.


About Cygnett

Cygnett designs, develops and manufactures innovative digital accessories for the world’s most popular gadgets and technology. From cases and accessories for iPod, iPhone, iPad, smartphones and tablets to portable speakers, earphones, power products and laptop bags, Cygnett is celebrated as one of the world’s major digital accessories designers and manufacturers.

I wanted to let you know about an extra special contest that Cygnett is running for the number one Dad! Visit HERE to enter and one lucky winner will win a new 32gb iPad, a 8gb iPod touch, and a selection of Cygnett cases. What makes this even better is they are guaranteeing delivery before Father’s Day on June 17th.

THE PRINCESS DIARIES: 10th Anniversary Edition + THE PRINCESS DIARIES 2: Royal Engagement dvd + blu-ray giveaway

For the First Time on Blu-ray

To commemorate the 10th anniversary† of a cherished family classic, Disney proudly presents a special movie collection featuring two modern-day fairy tales, The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, for the first time ever on Blu-ray!

Starring Academy Award®-Winning Actress Julie Andrews (Best Actress, Mary Poppins, 1964) and Academy Award-Nominated Actress Anne Hathaway (Best Actress, Rachel Getting Married, 2008), these two heartwarming and hilarious movies will touch your heart. As the future queen of Genovia, Princess Mia has everything a girl could want – except the enchanting romance she’s always dreamed of. Comic complications rule the day in these delightfully engaging stories about finding out who you really are and discovering what it takes to make your dreams come true! 

Relive all the magic and excitement of these two beloved favorites on this 3-Disc Combo Pack, which includes a DVD of each film. Share the laughter and the love for the first time on Disney Blu-ray.

The Princess Diaries   

                                      Mia Thermopolis is the average teenager - sweet, a little geeky and pretty much  invisible to everyone with the exception of her mother, best friend Lilly and Lilly's older brother Michael. Making it through high school without throwing up is a challenge in itself for Mia, so it doesn't come as welcome news when her estranged grandmother shows up out of the blue and calmly informs her that she is in fact the heir to the throne of a European country called Genovia. Suddenly Mia's life is thrown into complete overload. She's being taught about scarves, waves and pears in order to become a perfect princess, she gets a makeover and a tough looking yet sweet bodyguard/limo driver called Joe. Things get out of hand when the media gets a hold of the story and suddenly Mia is thrust into the spotlight in both the newspapers and in school. On top of all that Mia has a choice to make. She must decide by Genovia's Independence Day Ball whether she longs to relinquish her claim on the throne or to become the princess and heir to the throne and father and grandmother want her to be.

The Princess Diaries
2 Film Synopsis:       

                                      Starring the irresistible Anne Hathaway and Academy Award winner Julie  Andrews (Best Actress, Mary Poppins), this modern-day fairy tale picks up right where The Princess Diaries left off!  As future queen of Genovia, Princess Mia (Hathaway) has everything a girl could want – except the magical romance she’s always dreamed of.  But soon, Mia’s shocked to discover that she needs to get married right now or her family will lose the crown!  Comic complications rule the day in this delightful family story about finding out who you really are and discovering what it takes to make your dreams come true!

Now I have 2 daughters who love princess stories so I was thrilled to hear that Disney was rereleasing both Princess Diaries movies together for their anniversary.  Be sure to check out my review on the dvd set that will be posted this weekend. 

This dvd set is available now in stores and online and I have one to giveaway here on my blog.  This giveaway will be different than most on my blog because it will only last for 24 hours so be sure to get those entries in today!  Just use the Rafflecopter form below and good luck!

* I received a product to review and the above opinions are completely honest and completely my own.

HELP PROTECT YOUR PET FROM UNWANTED P;ESTS WITH K9 ADVANTIX FROM VET DEPOT review is a leading supplier of discount pet medications, pet supplies, and nutritional supplements for dogs, cats, and horses delivered direct to your door. Our focus is to make ordering your pet meds easy and convenient and to provide the lowest prices and best service available. You can trust to sell only the best and freshest products manufactured for use only in the US. All of the products we sell are identical to what your local vet carries. We buy in high volumes and keep our costs low so we can pass along wholesale prices direct to you. We care about you and your pet and it shows!

Now my family has a lot of pets so finding quality products at an affordable pricing is really important. helps me do that.  Since we have 6 dogs outside, pests are always a concern and treating our dogs can get pricey.  That's where VetDepot comes in offering discounted prices on such products and other products as well.

Since we hardly had a winter here in the South, pests of all kinds are greater than normal.  So I was excited to get a chance to work with VetDepot on a review of their site and products.  I chose to review the K-9 Advantix fro Dogs 11-20 lbs. 

When applied properly, K9 Advantix II for Dogs 11-20 lbs, 4 Month offers 5-way protection against ticks, lice, fleas, biting flies, and mosquitos for dogs for up to one month. 4. Threats from Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, and other diseases are reduced by repelling and killing ticks.

  • Repels and kills all stages of ticks
  • Protects dogs from fleas, ticks, files, lice, and mosquitos
  • Helps prevent Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, and other diseases transmitted by ticks

Now this product provides a 4 - month supply for one dog or in our case enough for 1 month for our smaller dogs.  We have two older dogs who weigh more.  Of course the product is the same as the one you can buy from your pet stores and your vet and just as effective but the price is different.  You can save over $7 on the above product just by ordering it from VetDepot.  And who does not like to save a little money here and there especially in times where money can be tighter but you still want to take care of your beloved pets.

Now delivery of my product was quick which is a big plus especially if your are ordering prescription medicine fro your furry family member.  Yes, that is right VetDepot offers Over the Counter and prescription meds for your animals.  Also if you are like us and have a lot of animals then you can also get free shipping on orders over $ 69. 

You can also "LIKE" them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to stay current on promotions and updates.  So if you have to purchase medicines for your furry loved one, why not save some money and order it from VetDepot! Be sure to check out their website to compare your current price with their affordable pricing today!

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

Monday, June 4, 2012

ACT OF VALOR dvd review and #giveaway


The only easy day was yesterday.  In the Bandito Brothers’ ACT OF VALOR, an elite military force, portrayed by active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs, carries out an impossible mission with insane courage and incredible teamwork in one of the most gripping and emotionally charged movies of the year.  A fictionalized account of real life Navy SEAL operation, ACT OF VALOR features a riveting story that takes audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-their-seat journey.

When a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat, an elite team of highly trained Navy SEALs must immediately embark on a heart-stopping secret operation, the outcome of which will determine the fate of us all.

In ACT OF VALOR  we are able to see a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs lead its troops to victory.  In this feature we will take a look back at other military leaders in film who have led their men courageously, including Sergeant First Class William James (Jeremy Renner) in The Hurt Locker and Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) in Top Gun, all while giving the audience some eye-candy.  


In Red Tails, Terrence Howard plays Colonel A.J. Bullard, one of the fearless leaders of the Tuskegee training program who has to fight for his pilots to be treated as equals against their White counterparts in the midst of World War II.  Through the guidance of Colonel Bullard, his men are able to participate in several successful operations, including escorting bomber crews without any major casualties.  The triumph of his men in their missions allowed Colonel Bullard to negotiate for his team to receive new planes instead of flying the worn-out aircrafts they were previously provided with.


Sergeant First Class William James, played by Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker, is a war veteran who arrives as the new team lealer is the US Army’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit during the war in Iraq.  His main responsibilities lie in detonating bombs and disarming improvised explosive devices, otherwise known as IEDs.  Though his maverick methods and attitude clashes with those of his team members, James never leaves his team behind, including when one of them gets captured by the enemies.


In one of his more famous roles in his career, Tom Cruise plays Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun, a young Naval aviator who gets sent to an elite US flying school, called Top Gun, for advanced fighter pilots but his reckless attitude annoys and impresses his instructors, one of whom he starts a relationship with.   When one of Maverick’s friend dies during a flight, Maverick becomes affected by it and he decides to return back to Top Gun after completing his program to become an instructor.


Directed by Michael Bay, Pearl Harbor stars Ben Affleck as Captain Rafe McCawley who along with his best friend, Danny Walker (played by Josh Hartnett) joins the US Army Air Corps.  In the midst of the second World War, McCawley volunteers to serve with the Royal Air Force’s Eagle Squadroms in England where his plane eventually gets shot down and his team presumes he is killed in action.  McCawley’s unexpected return forces him to realize that everything has changed while he was away – his best friend Danny is now dating his once-girlfriend and Japan has just bombed Pearl Harbor – bringing the US directly into the war.


Based on former Marine Anthony Swofford’s best selling autobiographical book, Jarhead tells the story of Swofford’s pre-Desert Storm experience.  Swofford enlisted with the Marines in the late 1980s, going through boot camp where he was trained to become a sniper.  Swofford and his peers gets sent to Saudi Arabia in the front lines of battle under the heat of the blazing sun where their enemy can’t always be seen and combat only happens every so often against hours of sheer boredom.


Now I was born on a Naval hospital so the Navy and the Seals all hold a special place in my heart.  My dad served four years in the Navy and four in the Army ( my sister is an Army brat) so as I have said before I love our military and I love military movies. 

Now I was extremely interested in this movie since it is about the Navy Seals and actually features actual Navy Seals.  I have to say this movie is action-packed and even a tear-jerker.  Yeah, I cried when I watched.  I especially cried at the end cause of the dedication. 

 I really enjoyed the movie of course I have always been fascinated with the Seals.  So I loved seeing how stealth they could be and how they could get in and out of certain situations.  This movie does let you get to know about the characters which I think is great.  It has just the right amount of background to me.  I will not spoil it for you, but you might need a tissue if you are like me.

The movie will be available tomorrow where dvds are sold and is available for pre-order now on for $16.99.  This is a great patriotic movie and would make a great Father's Day gift since Father's Day is quickly approaching so be sure to grab a copy.  But what I have some good news - one lucky reader will win their very own copy of it jsut enter the Rafflecopter form below!!!  Good Luck!

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

Step2 My Clubhouse Giveaway

My kids love to play outside and have always wanted a clubhouse to play in.  My fiancee and I have discussed an acutal tree house since we have tons of trees in our yard.  Of course that means a lot of building and planning and well, of course money.  So that idea has been put on the back burner for now! 

Then I got to thinking about other clubhouses you could just buy and if we were to go that way then the Step2 Clubhouse would be perfect for my girls and their creative imaginations!  Just check it out below and be sure to enter the giveaway as well...

My Clubhouse - Hours of Pretend Play

Mom to Bed by 8 and Mom Does Reviews are happy to bring you this fun My Clubhouse giveaway!

Do your children love to play make-believe? Do they need a fun, durable and safe toy for ages 2 and up? My Clubhouse is the cutest playhouse on the block!
  • Play make believe in this unique backyard edition perfect for multi-child play
  • Features a peephole, chalkboard, picnic table, and secret hiding compartment
  • Fabric roof is durable and weather resistant
  • Personalize the clubhouse by writing your child's name on the doorway
  • Opening side wall for hide and seek fun
  • Dining accessories not included
  • Adult assembly required
  • Clubhouse can be used all year long. Bring it inside in the winter so the fun can continue.
Giveaway is open to US residents only ages 18 and over. Giveaway starts June 4th and ends June 25th.
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Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. WOMAN OF HOPE AND PRAYER is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

StyleUnited Preview and a $500 giveaway too!!!

Recently I had the opportunity to preview a wonderful new site called StyleUnited courtesy of SheSpeaks.  What is StyleUnited you ask?  Well, here is some information about it for you...

StyleUnited is brought to you by brands including Olay, Frederic Fekkai, DDF Skincare and Cover Girl. Providing access to exclusive editorial content and personalized recommendations, StyleUnited connects women to their full style potential using these unique tools:
  • Style 360 - a fully personalized diagnostic quiz that has been designed to understand your individual needs in skin care, hair care, cosmetics and fashion.
  • Customized Beauty and Fashion Content - hundreds of curated articles, blogs and how-to videos from industry experts created to answer your every question while keeping you up on the latest trend news.


Now since I became a mom I have to admit sometimes I lack style.  Okay somedays I look like I have no idea what style even is.  So I was extremely exicted to get to try the site out in its beta stage.  It has wonderful quizes that help your find your own personal style which I love.  I love the whole concept behind it.  I did the hair care Style 360 and at the end of the quiz and gave me 3 hair styles I could try with my hair type.  I love that it gave me step by step instructions on how to do the styles and also tips to help tame my wild tresses.

I am excited to check out my other quizes to see what the results are.  SO what are you waiting for come Join StyleUnited with me and get your style on.  Also when you join now you  are eligible to enter the New View, New You giveaway.

Here's how to Enter the StyleUnited New View, New You Giveaway
Step 1: Join
Step 2: Tell us you joined StyleUnited by commenting on this blog post.

Two lucky winners will be chosen at random to win a $500 gift card for Macy's or Nordstrom - winner's choice!
    So what are you waiting for... go sign up now and get some great style tips and product suggestions and also enter for a chance to win 1 of the $ 500 gift cards!

* I will be receiving a free product from SheSpeaks in exchange for this post, but all opinions are completely my own and completely honest.

Friday, June 1, 2012


This movie hits theaters in October and I am so excited to see it.  The little dog looks so cute!  Be sure to keep an eye out for its release!

RED TAILS dvd review

Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding Jr.* and Academy Award Nominee Terrence Howard** lead a powerful ensemble cast in this high-flying epic inspired by the real-life adventures of the first African-American combat unit to serve in World War II. Italy, 1944. As the war takes its toll on Allied forces in Europe, a squadron of black pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen are finally given the chance to prove themselves in the sky...even as they battle discrimination on the ground. Featuring jaw-dropping aerial action and thrilling special effects, Red Tails is a breathtaking tribute to the unsung heroes who rose above extraordinary challenges and ultimately soared into history.


Now as strange as it may seem I love most military movies.  Chalk it up to the fact that my dad was in the military and I was born in a Naval Hospital I guess.  I have always had a love for them especially the ones that show the human spirit! 

SO I was immediately interested when I heard about this movie and that it was based on the Tuskegee Airmen.  First let me say I have a huge respect for the military especially those who have a strong desire to serve their country like the Tuskegee Airmen. 

Now to the movie...  I have to say first it is a nonstop action film for the most parts.  I like this but I also wish there had been more background with the characters.  You get bits and pieces about them here and there but not enough to my liking.  To me it would have been great to get to know the men behind the planes as well.