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Duck On A Disco Ball Book Tour

Posted on October 30, 2018 in 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

My 7 year old, son, loves Duck On A Disco Ball.  We have read it every night, for the last week.  He’s been home sick, from school, and this gave us something to read.  Who would’ve imagined he’d get an illness and be home for 4 days.  I’ve read it to him numerous times, and he’s gone to sleep while I’ve read it.  He’s also read, and followed along, as well.  He’s a very smart boy, but the way this book is written, is superb.

Every night it’s the same old story.  A boy wants to stay up late, and his parents won’t let him.  But sometimes in the morning, he notices things look  a little off – like when he wees a disco ball in the kitchen . . . with his toy duck on it.  So one night he diecides to stay up.  And that’s when the fun really begins.

Silliness builds with each page of this high-energy, pun-filled companion to Duck in the Fridge until the moment when sleep eventually takes hold and morning arrives once more.

 

You’ll love this book, as much as your kids will.  Once my son has had enough, I’m going to send it to school with my daughter, who is teaching.  The kids will love it.

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This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post are my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.

Perfect Iron/Steamer for multiple use

Posted on October 28, 2018 in 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

 

I love my Reliable Iron/Steamer.  I’ve not skipped a beat, using it.  I love how I can steam, while clothes are hanging, and iron, while clothes are laying.  This iron/steamer is the coolest thing I’ve come across, in a while.  When I go on trips, it’s small and compact enough to take with me.  When I’m home, it’s perfect to iron with.  I can take the clothes right out of the dryer, and hang, and steam.  This is the perfect little tool.  I haven’t used a product so much, in a long time.

Meet the mini multi-tasker. It’s an iron. It’s a steamer. It’s both! But don’t be fooled by its charm. This portable powerhouse travels light and takes out wrinkles without taking up space.

My mom wants a Reliable OVO now, so guess what she’s getting for Christmas.  This is the perfect gift, for your avid ironer.  She irons everything, and this will make it easy on her back.  When she takes the clothes out of the dryer, and hangs them, she can go ahead and steam them.  She will love this inexpensive, but powerful gift.  She’s been around, when I’ve used mine, and specifically asked for one.  You will love it this much too.

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This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post are my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.

Who Doesn’t Want The Perfect Cup of Coffee?

Posted on October 28, 2018 in 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

While National Coffee Day has come and gone, you can still get that perfect cup of coffee, from a great brand.

Melitta will get you that perfect cup of coffee.  I love my Melitta!  This system is awesome.  I make my coffee with Melitta everyday.  My husband loves it so much, we’ve had to buy a second one.  My 21 year old, daughter, is getting one for Christmas.  This nifty little system has us all going crazy.

Tips to a better cup:

How fresh the coffee you are using is just as important as the overall quality of the coffee. Coffee that is freshly roasted and stored properly produces a superior cup.

To read more, go here.

Brewing Methods, and such:

There are several types of pour-over coffeemakers that make great coffee conveniently.

To read more, go here.

You will love this brewing system.  It’s convenient, easy to use, and gives you a quality cup of coffee.

You can even find a list of recipes on their site, including the one below:

Ingredients:

1 cup hot Melitta Coffee (the stronger, the better)
1 cup hot cocoa
¼ cup coffee liqueur

Preparation:

Brew Coffee.

Stir hot coffee with hot cocoa and the coffee liqueur.

Serve in cups or mugs.

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Go Organically for After School Activity Snacks

Posted on October 28, 2018 in 2018 Back To School Gift Guide

We love Go Organically, in our home.  Whether it be for a snack, or an After School Activity Snack, it is just as delicious.  My 7 year old will eat them, like they are going out of style.  My 21 year old loves them too.  With Go Organically, you can’t go wrong.  And, they are a healthy snack as well.

Go Organically has some great tips for you, for the school season, just keep reading below:

School’s back in session—and so are after-school activities! From soccer to singing to scouting, there’s certainly no shortage of kid-centric extracurricular programs where you can spend your time and hard-earned cash. But how do you know which ones are right for your kid? We’re here to help you find out!

Gauge Their Interests

The best activity for your kid is the one they’re interested in. Older kids are likely to be drawn to what their friends are trying. Toddlers and younger kids may have trouble articulating what they want to try, but there are sure to be clues to look out for. Are they constantly running around? Maybe soccer would be a good fit. Do they like to bop along to the radio in the car? Perhaps they’d appreciate a music class.

Consider Their Personality

Have a shy kid who hides behind mama when meeting new people? An acting class probably isn’t the best idea. As tempting as it can be to use activities to help break kids out of their shell, it’s best to stick with classes that align with a kid’s authentic spirit. The more comfortable they are, the more confident they’ll be—which will hopefully lead to a willingness to try new things later on.

  • Individual Activities

Independent-minded kids tend to enjoy individual sports, such as gymnastics, tennis, dance or martial arts. Non-sport options could include private lessons in music or art. Benefits of these types of activities include building self-esteem, motor skills and attention/focus.

  • Group Activities

Socially-minded kids often prefer the camaraderie of team sports, such as soccer, basketball or hockey. Non-sport options could include scouting troops or theater arts. These types of activities emphasize teamwork, communication and discipline.

Take Advantage of Free Trial Classes

Once you’ve narrowed down your options, see if you can “try before you buy” with a free trial class. Many program facilitators understand that kids can be finicky creatures, with a passion for tap one day and taekwondo the next. And it’s a good idea to decide as a family before the program starts whether you’ll let your kiddo quit before the session is over if they don’t enjoy it or ask them to stick it out to the end to honor their commitment.

Think About Your Schedule

How many activities are too many? Well, that depends on the family and the child. Some kids have the interest and energy to take a bunch of different classes while others may feel overscheduled and stressed. Budget and work timetables can also be a factor. Only you can know what’s right for your family, so trust your gut and enjoy the ride!

When shuttling kids around to activities, be sure to take along Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks. Made with real fruit and no artificial colors, our gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free kids snacks are individually packaged for on-the-go convenience. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for kid-friendly ideas and inspiration!

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Here is a Special Look at the Music and Magic of Disney’s MARY POPPINS RETURNS!!!

Posted on October 24, 2018 in Disney Movies

 

In Disney’s MARY POPPINS RETURNS, an all-new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.

MARY POPPINS RETURNS is directed by Rob Marshall. The screenplay is by David Magee and the screen story is by Magee & Rob Marshall & John DeLuca based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. The producers are John DeLuca, p.g.a., Rob Marshall, p.g.a. and Marc Platt, p.g.a. with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer. The music score is by Marc Shaiman and the film features all new original songs with music by Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman. The film also stars Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and introducing Joel Dawson as the Banks’ children, with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes, Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.

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MARY POPPINS RETURNS arrives in theatres everywhere on December 19th!

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THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, HOCUS POCUS & COCO – Returning to Theatres Next Weekend!!!

Posted on October 23, 2018 in 2018 Halloween Gift Guide

I am very excited to share that this Halloween weekend, Friday, October 26th – Wednesday, October 31st, you can celebrate the Halloween holiday with Jack Skellington, Sally, Oogie Boogie and more as Disney’s beloved classic THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS returns for a limited engagement exclusively in over 300 Regal cinemas locations nationwide!

Tickets are now on sale at select Regal theaters. Participating theaters include locations in Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Check local listing for participating Regal theaters.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!

I am extremely excited to share that this Halloween weekend, Friday, October 26th – Wednesday, October 31st, you can bewitch your Halloween holiday with Disney’s beloved classic HOCUS POCUS which returns for a limited engagement exclusively in over 300 AMC cinemas locations nationwide!

For Hocus Pocus tickets and information visit https://www.amctheatres.com/participating-theatres/hocus-pocus

BUT THAT’S STILL NOT ALL!

I am ridiculously excited to share that next weekend, Friday, October 26th – Thursday, November 1st, The Academy Award® winning film (Best Animated Film, Best Original Song) COCO is back in theatres for a limited engagement exclusively at Cinemark theatres!

For Cinemark tickets and information visit https://www.cinemark.com/coco

 

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The Nightmare Before Christmas was excellent

Posted on October 23, 2018 in 2018 Halloween Gift Guide Movies

We always put time aside to watch the Nightmare Before Christmas, leading up to both for Halloween and Christmas. We sat down to watch it, but this time with a sing-along edition of the movie! This DVD is a sing-along edition, and has a digital redeem code as well. It includes deleted scenes, the making of the Nightmare Before Christmas, and an audio commentary.

We all sat down, including my daughter, son, and husband to watch this incredible movie. We loved the deleted scenes, the audio commentary with both Tim Burton and Danny Elfman, and the other extras this DVD has! Anyone who loves The Nightmare Before Christmas needs to pick up this DVD, especially if you haven’t watched it yet, you’ll be in love with the characters the moment it begins to play.

Experience The Nightmare Before Christmas, the fun-filled musical fantasy from Disney and creative genius Tim Burton, like never before in a spirited, full-length, Sing-Along Edition! Featuring a marvelous mic of memorable characters and 11 ghoulishly captivating songs by Danny Elfman—its frightful fun for the whole family.

Rattle your bones and jump for joy — it’s the 20th Anniversary Edition of THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS on scare-ific, spooktacular Disney Blu-ray! Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Pumpkin King Jack Skellington longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere! Hear the genius of Danny Elfman’s sensational music in 7.1 Surround Sound as the fantastic talents and imaginations of Tim Burton and Henry Selick come to life in stunning Hi-Def.

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This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post are my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.

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“KUNG FU PANDA: THE PAWS OF DESTINY”

Posted on October 17, 2018 in 2018 Holiday Gift Guide Netflix

New Adventure Series from DreamWorks Animation Television
Brings Dragon Master Po Back to the Small Screen

Arrives on Amazon Prime Video Friday, November 16

Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny follows the adventures of four energetic panda kids: Nu Hai, Bao, Jing, and Fan Tong. After they stumble upon a mystical cave beneath Panda Village, the friends accidentally absorb the chi of ancient and powerful Kung Fu warriors known as the Four Constellations. Based on traditional Chinese astronomy, the Four Constellations — Blue Dragon, Black Tortoise, White Tiger, and Red Phoenix — are said to have been the first warriors to achieve total mastery of chi. Dragon Master Po finds himself faced with his biggest challenge yet — teaching this ragtag band of kids how to wield their newfound powers to defeat Jindiao and save the world.

The series stars the voice talents of Chrissy Metz (This Is Us) as Mei Mei, Mick Wingert (Avengers Assemble) as Po, James Hong (Kung Fu Panda Franchise) as Mr. Ping, Amy Hill (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, 50 First Dates) as Grandma Panda, Haley Tju (Bella and the Bulldogs) as Nu Hai, Laya DeLeon Hayes (Doc McStuffins) as Jing, Gunnar Sizemore (Nashville) as Bao, and Makana Say as Fan Tong.

Set after the adventures of Kung Fu Panda 3, the new series features several references to the films along with new and familiar characters. Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny is from Emmy Award-winning executive producers Mitch Watson (All Hail King Julien), Elliott Owen (All Hail King Julien), and Lane Lueras (The Adventures of Puss in Boots).

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Dollar Zombie Dead Giveaway

Posted on October 16, 2018 in 2018 Halloween Gift Guide

Applebee’s is giving fans the chance to go from riddles to riches by participating in their Dollar Zombie Dead Giveaway on Wednesday, October 17. From 12-8 p.m. EST, tune in to Applebee’s Facebook Live and answer spine-chilling riddles at the top of each hour for a chance to win prizes ranging from $100-$500. The monster grand prize of $10,000 will be awarded to the lucky person who answers our final riddle correctly.

The Dollar Zombie Dead Giveaway is Applebee’s way of thanking fans for participating in its first crowd-sourced Neighborhood Drink: the DOLLAR ZOMBIE. The electric-blue drink was created by guests providing input on everything from the drink’s color to the flavors and garnish. For more information and rules, please the link here.

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Hocus Pocus Anniversary Edition Makes Me Love The Movie Even More

Posted on October 16, 2018 in 2018 Halloween Gift Guide

We’ve spend every year, leading up to Halloween, watching Hocus Pocus.  In our home, this is a must see flick, every year.  So, recently, we sat down to watch, but this time, it’s the anniversary edition.  There’s more on this Blu Ray than just the movie.  There’s Trivia and Treats Edition, there’s Original 1993 Production Featurette, and there’s even a digital copy included.

My daughter, age 21, and I, along with my 7 year old, son, and husband, sat down and watched.  The Trivia and Treats Edition is excellent; with all the deleted scenes, fun facts and trivia, and more.  This is the Anniversary Edition, so they had to do something special, and they did.  You really need to go get this Blu Ray.  We will watch Hocus Pocus another 25 times, before Halloween.  It’s my favorite movie, for the season.

In Disney’s HOCUS POCUS, Academy Award(R) nominee Bette Midler (Best Actress, 1991, FOR THE BOYS), stars with Sarah Jessica Parker (SEX AND THE CITY) and Kathy Najimy (THE WEDDING PLANNER) as three wild witches who return from seventeenth-century Salem for a night of zany fun and comic chaos. After they’re conjured up by unsuspecting pranksters, the tricky trio sets out to cast a spell on the town and reclaim their youth. But first they must outwit three feisty kids determined to foil their scheme! Filled with bewitching laughs and magic, this hilarious film is perfect for the whole family!|Producer David Kirschner came up with the idea for the movie one night while he and his young daughter were sitting outside and his neighbor’s black cat strayed by. Kirschner began to unspool a narrative of how the cat was once a boy who was changed into a feline 300 years ago by three witches.|Actress Kathy Najimy described her character Mary as “Eddie Haskell as a witch,” referring to the character on the classic TV series “Leave It To Beaver.” “She sucks up to Winifred [Bette Midler’s character] every chance she gets. She wants to be part of the power club and Winifred’s got the power.”|To create the costumes, designer Mary Vogt read many historical books about Salem, Massachusetts. “I even read diaries of women who were hanged as witches,” she says.

We love Bette Midler, in anything she plays in, so this is so great.  I also love Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy in this fun Halloween flick.  You don’t want to miss it.  Even if you’ve already seen it, watch it again, and if you haven’t seen it, watch it for the first time.  I remember watching in 93, and watching every year since.  Bring it home, and you can watch it any time.

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