It's Coming Sooner Than You Think - Get In The Spirit With A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish #CinderellaChristmas

The countdown has begun! 1 More Day, and we can barely contain our excitement. Laura Marano is bringing Christmas to October – and we have a never-before seen clip from her upcoming holiday film to share with you, and enchant your day!

Tomorrow – October 15 – A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish will be available on Digital from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (and on Blu-ray & DVD on October 29).

The holidays are a time to reminisce about wonderful memories with your loved ones, a time to put out your holiday d├ęcor that has been passed down from generation to generation, and a time to cozy up by the fireplace and watch your favorite holiday movies with your family!

We here to get you ready for the best Christmas ever! Just in time for the highly anticipated release of  A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish, we also have a fun craft to do with your kids at home! We hope you can share with your readers to get them into the holiday spirit, as well as make with your kids at home - and create holiday memories to last a lifetime.

Get Crafty With DIY Mason Jar Snow Globes:

Snow Globes can be treasured year-round and can sometimes hold sentimental value. Create memories with your littles ones with this quick craft made from items you probably have lying around the house!

Never-Before-Seen Film Clip:

In this clip you will find Kat Decker (played by Laura Marano) reminiscing about dad, as she holds a snow globe he gave her and she sings a beautiful song

Brimming with overtones from the classic fairytale, this contemporary musical follows Katherine “Kat” Decker dreaming of becoming a famous singer-songwriter. Her reality, however, is suffocated by her conniving and cruel stepfamily and a demoralizing job working as a singing elf at billionaire Terrence Wintergarden’s Santa Land. When she starts to fall for Nick, the handsome new Santa at the tree lot, things begin to look up. Unfortunately, when her stepmother and stepsisters realize Kat has been invited to the prestigious Wintergarden Christmas Gala, they’ll stop at nothing to procure their own invitation and keep Kat from attending. With the help of her attentive dog, a true friend, and a little bit of holiday magic, Kat may just make it to the gala, discover the true identity of Nick, and experience the true meaning of Christmas.

The Magic Mirror by Anna Staniszewski - Early Chapter Book

Pick a book. Grow a reader! This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

The Enchanted Kingdom is in a heat wave until the Ice Princess uses her magic mirror to make winter come; no wonder Kara and Zed are too hot. But the magic mirror is broken! And no one else wants to help the princess. Can Kara and Zed find out how to fix the mirror and bring back winter? Or will it be summer forever? Macky Pamintuan's illustrations are on every page, welcoming readers into the adorably silly world of the 'Once upon a Fairy Tale' series.

The 411:

Children are going to love the Once Upon A Fairy Tale Series if the series is anything like this book. The Magic Mirror is the perfect Chapter Book for new Chapter Readers because there are wonderful sketch illustrations to break up the story which is about friends Zed (Royal Messenger) and Kara who set out on an adventure to help the the Ice Princess after reading one of the scrolls in his messenger pack. You see the there is a terrible heat wave that melted the wax seal on a letter from the Ice Princess to he Prince. Her Magic Mirror is broken and without it she cannot bring on winter.  She tells the kids that her sister smashed her mirror. When the kids head over to the Sun Princess' castle they find out that a Snow Monkey named Clyde that was given to the sisters by their parents and was to be shared is spending more time with the Ice Princess. Basically these sisters are jealous of each other and blame the other! The kids use their sleuthing skills to figure out why the girls are angry, how the mirror broke and eventually bring peace to the Enchanted Kingdom so that the seasons continue to change and all is well.

This is a wonderful story. Morals, communication and meeting each other half way so everyone is happy are the morals of this story for me.

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Disclaimer: I received an ARC for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered. All opinions are my own.

Monkey & Cake Have A New Book Out: My Tooth Is Lost

Meet Monkey and Cake.
They are silly. They are curious.
Sometimes they fight.
But Monkey and Cake are always best friends.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Day the Crayons Quit, Drew Daywalt, and illustrator Olivier Tallec, comes a fresh new duo Monkey and Cake. In this book, Monkey has lost a tooth! This makes Monkey sad. Cake reassures Monkey that the tooth fairy will come... but Monkey isn't so sure. Can Cake help find the lost tooth instead?

With Daywalt's signature voice and style, the relatable humor of Elephant and Piggie, and the wise friendship of Frog and Toad, Monkey and Cake invites readers to laugh along and let their imaginations soar.

I Love Monkey and Cake Books. If you have a child who is learning how to read, wants to read on their own or are reluctant readers this is the series for them!

A fun read, easy words, adorable characters. Kids will love reading about Cake and Monkey.

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Barbie Forever - The Perfect Coffee Table Book For Barbie Lovers

I was a huge Barbie fan growing up. As a child my family never bought us "real" Barbies, we got a lot of "fakes".  You know the dollar store type dolls but I loved Barbie. There was nothing like her and I was so jealous of my friends who had Barbies. Oddly enough; fast forward to 2005 when my baby girl was born. I started a nice, little collection of Barbie dolls for when she was old enough to play with them. SHE NEVER WAS INTO THEM! UGH.  This book will be with me forever. 

Barbie Forever: Her Inspiration, History, and Legacy (epic ink, September 24, 2019, $40.00 US), by author and historian Robin Gerber, presents a detailed, full-color portrait of this beloved doll through all-new interviews, original sketches, vintage photos, advertisements, a foldout timeline, and much more.       

Barbie Forever explores how the doll came to be, what it takes to create one of her many looks, and how her legacy continues to influence the world. Since her debut in 1959, Barbie has been breaking boundaries and highlighting major moments in art, fashion, and culture. She has been an interpreter of taste and style in every historic period she has lived through and has reflected female empowerment through the more than 200 careers she has embodied. Today, celebrating 60 years as an international icon, Barbie continues to spark imaginations and influence conversations around the world.

I loved reading about Barbies start! Over my 53 years I knew a little history of Barbie but this is such a great collection of "everything Barbie".

Check this out! So friggin' cool!

A real photo of me looking at my friend's Barbies with envy! (NOT a real photo)

There are so many photos in this large book. Anyone who loves Barbie will love this book! It is perfect for coffee tables and makes me wish I had one to display it on. However, it will forever sit on my bookcase and I will take it down every now and again to look at the pictures.

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Hamilton Mills Coffee Pumpkin Spice #Giveaway - 40 KCups Ends 10/31

Guys if you are like me you LOVE everything about fall. The apples, the Halloween festivities, the decorations, the mums, the scarecrows, the crisp mornings and sunny afternoons, the leaves, the sweater weather and pumpkin spice everything. I LOVE IT! It is my favorite season and I love pumpkin. The Hamilton Mills Pumpkin Spice flavored coffee is perfect! It is one of those Limited Fall Edition coffees that you need to get your fill of now because it isn't around forever.

Hamilton Mills uses 100% Arabica beans roasted for full bodied coffee. While I felt this wasn't a bold coffee it was a nice medium coffee perfect to enjoy at this time of year or anytime you are missing Autumn.

If you are someone who loves the smell of coffee this is one that will be a favorite. This week every time I made a cup, everyone else suddenly wanted coffee as well. The smell says delicious.

My favorite way to drink this is with Pumpkin Spice Creamer, Whipped Cream and a touch of Cinnamon on top. It is like dessert in a cup. I found I didn't need to have something sweet with my coffee, it was the perfect treat all by itself.
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Halloween Coffee - Trick & Treat K-Cup #GIVEAWAY - Ends 10/31 @javafactory

Such a fun coffee! I love the box (a glowing Jack O' Lantern and black and orange color), the name; Trick or Treat and the taste which is a delicious blend of pumpkin and marshmallow! This is the perfect Halloween party coffee or when you just need to have a little fun.  Java Factory’s Limited Edition Trick & Treat coffee is so good. Sweater Weather is here as is everything pumpkin spice. What makes this flavor different though is that touch of sweet marshmallow.

Like all the other Java Factory coffees Trick & Treat is made with 100% Arabica Coffee. The taste isn't overpowering and if you are not a pumpkin lover you may find this changing this for you.  The flavor is a light to medium coffee and my co-workers wait for the days I bring in a new box of K-Cups to try so I can't wait to show them this one.

I have a second box so I can do a bowl of candy for my Trick Or Treaters this year but I am also doing a bowl for parents containing Trick Or Treat K-Cups. I know they will love it.

This is a delicious treat. In fact, I am drinking a cup right now. It is the best way to write a review post about coffee..wish you could try it with me. One of my readers will have the chance at the end of this post. Check out my little video and don't worry that hand is part of the house decorations. No one was hurt in the making of this video!

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Doom Patrol Could Be Your New Binge Worthy Show - Season One Is Out On Blu-ray, DVD and Digital

Embrace the Strange to Save the World


Contains All Action-Packed Episodes from the First Season of the Hit DC UNIVERSE Original Series, Plus Gag Reel & Deleted Scenes!

Get a Grip of Your Inner Demons on October 1, 2019
With the Release of the Hit Series on Blu-ray™ & DVD

Things are about to get weird! Get ready for nonstop action as the world’s favorite misfit DC Super Heroes are about to enter our universe with the release of Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray and DVD on October 1, 2019 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Strap yourself in for an exhilarating ride with all 15 episodes from the first season of the DC UNIVERSE original series, plus enjoy the captivating extra features including gag reel and deleted scenes. Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season.

Following the mysterious disappearance of their leader, Dr. Niles Caulder (“The Chief”), these reluctant heroes will find themselves in a place they never expected to be, called to action by none other than Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse. Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of superpowered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them.

“In only its first season, the critically acclaimed series has received a 95% certified fresh rating and scored an 8 out of 10 on – and continues to gain momentum,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHEG Senior Vice President, TV Marketing. “Now is the time to join in on the investigation of the world’s weirdest phenomena with these unique DC Super Heroes. We are excited to make this outstanding first season available on all formats – Digital, Blu-ray and DVD – for fans and newcomers to enjoy along with a never-before-seen gag reel!”

With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season will be released in 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. The 2-disc Blu-ray will feature a high-definition Blu-ray and a Digital Copy of all 15 episodes from season one (available in the U.S.).

Doom Patrol stars Diane Guerrero (“Orange is the New Black”), April Bowlby (“Two and a Half Men”), Joivan Wade (“Doctor Who”) and Alan Tudyk (“Firefly,” Serenity) with Matt Bomer (Magic Mike), and Brendan Fraser (The Mummy), and a special appearance by Timothy Dalton (License to Kill). Based on the characters from DC, Doom Patrol is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “Riverdale,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow)”, Jeremy Carver (“Supernatural,” “Frequency”), Geoff Johns (Aquaman, Wonder Woman), Chris Dingess (Agent Carter, Eastwick) and Sarah Schechter (“The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “Blindspot,” “Black Lightning”). Doom Patrol is the second original live-action series from the DC UNIVERSE digital subscription service.

·     Gag Reel 

·     Gag Reel
·     Deleted Scenes

1.  Pilot
2.  Donkey Patrol
3.  Puppet Patrol
4.  Cult Patrol
5.  Paw Patrol
6.  Doom Patrol Patrol
7.  Therapy Patrol
8.  Danny Patrol
9.  Jane Patrol
10.   Hair Patrol
11.   Frances Patrol
12.   Cyborg Patrol
13.   Flex Patrol
14.   Penultimate Patrol
15.   Ezekiel Patrol


BD and DVD Presented in 16x9 widescreen format
Running Time: Feature: Approx 900 min

Enhanced Content: Approx 25 min 

The 411:

I am not even sure how Doom Patrol was never on my radar. It has all the elements everyone loves in superhero movies. The Doom Patrol are a bunch of Misfits with names like Robot Man, Negative Man, Elasti-Woman and yo Crazy Jane with all her personalities brilliantly played by Diane Guerrero She is amazing! Love her!

Everyone in the Doom Patrol have become unwilling superheros because of their disabilities or accidents. The series stars Brandon Fraser, Timothy Dalton, Matt Bomer, Diane Guerrero as well as other familiar faces.  These guys fight to protect the world and the people within it even though no one wants anything to do with them.

I love the weirdness of it all. This is not your regular superhero show yes it is witty, funny, interesting with the characters healing their guilt, learning about their abilities and learning about each other but I was floored with how twisted it is. It truly pushed the envelope. I mean come on these writers are definitely fun people.  In episode 2 Donkey Patrol the gang enters another town through a donkey. Through a friggin donkey! We watch one of our heroes' eye as she tries to see down into the donkey then the rest get pulled in as she falls into the gullet of the donkey. Hello! Hysterical. I wish there weren't so many adult scenes so I could watch with my kids. However that won't be happening. There is a scene where Cliff flexs and gives everyone an orgasm even the street he is on has an orgasm. LOL...This is the scene that made me talk to my co-workers about the show.

This is definitely a must see especially if you are into odd, strange, weird, brilliant shows. I friggin love it. One episode 4 right now and plan on watching again with my husband when he has time. I think he will love it.

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered.

How to Emotionally Support Your Child with Leukemia

If your child has been diagnosed with leukemia, it can be incredibly harrowing to stay positive and encouraging through the progression of treatment. Here are some ways to help your child emotionally navigate their cancer treatment. 

Find Low Energy Hobbies

Often times, one of the most depressing aspects of cancer is the fatigue and lack of ability to participate in activities. Try to invest time into activities that require less energy but can still be entertaining and fulfilling for your child. Some wonderful low energy hobbies include doing puzzles, learning needlework such as knitting or crocheting, origami and jewelry making. Creativity can help stimulate your child's mind and also pass the time. 

Join a Support Group

Sometimes one of the best support systems you can receive while going through cancer is the experience and guidance of those who are taking the journey simultaneously. Childhood leukemia support groups are a great option for connecting with others and sharing stories and words of encouragement. Meeting with others on a similar path can be of great benefit to your child while they are fighting leukemia. 

Use Positive Affirmations Daily

Positive affirmation is a specific way of speaking that can be used to change your outlook on your current situation or life in general. They can be utilized for any benefit, from stress relief to inviting hope into your current outlook. Speaking positive affirmations to your child on a daily basis can help both of you to manage stress and other physical symptoms of leukemia treatment, such as nausea, fatigue and hair loss from chemotherapy. 
Although watching your child suffer with leukemia can be a grueling experience, there are ways to emotionally help them navigate cancer and its treatment. Using these tips, you can help your child make the most they can out of a negative situation. 

6 Steps To Grinding The Best Coffee

To fully appreciate a good brew, coffee lovers need to understand the grinding process that goes into making a cup of their favorite beverage. There are 6 steps to grinding the best coffee that every coffee lover should know, especially if they want to be successful at brewing their own coffee. These tips will produce less expensive, but also quality coffee that everyone will love. With this knowledge, coffee drinkers who consume about three cups per day can save money by making their own coffee instead of buying it at a coffee shop. The reason for this is because it will help them to avoid buying coffee in coffee shops that can become very expensive over time. Here are the 6 steps to grinding the best coffee that will prevent you from having to break the bank buying coffee.

1. Getting the right coffee beans

First of all, you need the right coffee beans before you start grinding. Instead of buying bulk coffee from the store, the best would be whole fresh beans. The beans should be used within days of being roasted and grinded properly.

2. Choosing the right grinder

You also need a good grinder like a burr or a blade grinder so that the beans are uniformly ground. Just like its name, a blade grinder has blades that do the grinding. But this normally results in an inconsistent grind. Burr grinders have two cutting discs that help maintain an even consistency of the coffee, especially if there is less distance between the burrs. You can find a burr grinder which is either automatic or a manual one. But, both serve the purpose.

3. Check the grinding consistency

Consistency is an important factor when grinding coffee beans. Whichever consistency you prefer depends on how you choose to brew your coffee. There is a certain grind consistency that works best with specific brews for you to get the best coffee.

Coarse coffee is used to make French press and percolators. The medium consistency makes flat-bottomed drip coffee. The fine type makes espresso, conical drip coffee makers or espresso. A finer consistency is best for Espresso machines while the finest grind is for Turkish coffee.

4. Measuring the beans

Too many beans make coffee taste acidic and dry. Buy a small, digital scale that you can use to measure the beans. The correct measurement will help you to maximize the flavor. With the correct ratio of coffee to water you can brew different types of coffee according to your taste. Also, by measuring your beans you will only be able to grind what you need.

5. Quality Water

Do not use water coming straight from the tap. Tap water contains chlorine gives coffee a strange taste. If you must, use a simple, filtering device that helps get rid of the chlorine present in tap water. The water you use needs to be boiled at the right temperature before you add the beans.

6. Store correctly

After grinding the coffee, you need to store your coffee in a cool, dark place for at least 2 weeks. Well stored coffee stored in a sealed container or vacuum sealed bag remains fresh for long.

You do not have to use a complicated brewing method. You will be able to brew great coffee as long as you follow the correct steps. Simply pick the right tools and a method that you like and avoid wasting your time and money from choosing a bad preparation method. Check ground coffee reviews for more information about the best ground coffee.

WHY WILL NO ONE PLAY WITH ME? The Book Every Caregiver Should Read

Thousands of parents have successfully coached their children to make friends, find acceptance and have a happier childhood thanks to parenting coach Caroline Maguire, ACCG, PCC, M.Ed., who pulls together the most popular and powerful tools from her groundbreaking program in WHY WILL NO ONE PLAY WITH ME?: The Play Better Plan to Help Children of All Ages Make Friends and Thrive (Hachette’s Grand Central Publishing; September 24, 2019).

Maguire speaks over 250 times per year to parents, teachers, caregivers and administrators around the country and is available to discuss:

•       How to get your child to open up, move out of his/her comfort zone and develop self-awareness

•       How to have hard conversations about social challenges and not surrender the conversation no matter how difficult the child may be

•       Planning playdates, when to coach from the sidelines and when to intervene

•       How to talk about social exclusion with your children and teach them to include others

Maguire’s tangible, hands-on guide teaches parents how to help their children develop the executive function and social skills they need to thrive.

The Play Better Plan helps kids gain the confidence to make friends and get along with others using tools such as:

•       Social Sleuthing - learning to pay attention to social cues from other
•       Post-Play Date Huddles - helping kids figure out what to look for in a friendship
•       Reflective Listening - improving your child's relationships with their peers
The book is receiving great advanced praise:

Publishers Weekly: “This thoughtful, compassionate primer to helping children overcome social challenges from Maguire, a coach for children with ADHD and their families, puts a full roster of tools, along with some encouragement, into the hands of parents… Maguire’s primer nonetheless breaks down an issue that can seem overwhelming into practical, bite-size chunks, and parents willing to prioritize her solutions should find this guidebook comprehensive and usable.”

Driven to Distraction Bestselling Author Dr. Ned Hallowell: "This book is a game-changer; it is going to transform the lives of so many children (and parents) for the better. Caroline Maguire's passion and knowledge to help parents find real-life, functional solutions to their children's social skills are showcased front and center with this book. Why Will No One Play with Me? is a reader-friendly, practical guide, a beacon of hope and actionable help for a problem parents too often think they'll have to live with for life. Once you read this book, you'll see why you'll never have to hear your child ask that heartbreaking question again.”

Patrick M., Father: “I was leery of the Play Better Plan. I felt overwhelmed and felt sure there would be no way I could do this, much less that it would be something my kid would agree to do. At first he was resistant but we learned how to have fun with it and laugh when we stumbled. Using coaching to talk about hard things with my son made the conversations less antagonistic— and it worked.” 
Caroline Maguire, ACCG, PCC, M.Ed. is a personal coach who works with children with ADHD and the families who support them. Caroline earned her ACCG from the ADD Coach Academy and her PCC from the International Coach Federation (ICF). She also received a Master of Education from Lesley University. Her revolutionary coaching program and methodology helps teach executive function skills to children, teenagers, and young adults. She is a former coach for the Hallowell Center in Sudbury, MA. While with the Hallowell Center, Caroline was the main coach for children and teenagers. Caroline consults with schools and families internationally and has been co-leading social skills groups for over a decade.
The 411:
As a mother I have worried about my son's inability to make friends. I worked in his school as and aid and watched as he struggled to make friends. Fortunately his disability made him unaware that he was being ridiculed, bullied or ignored. I watched as his peers made sneers, jokes, or asked him to say or do silly things for their enjoyment. I remember saying "it's a blessing that he is unaware" but it broke my heart daily.   
Now that he is in high school I do not see his day to day dealings but it appears like he has made friends. He is a kind person who unfortunately doesn't have "close" friends but does have friends.  I am unsure of how significant these friendships are but as I read Why Will No One Play With Me I want to spend more time with him again going over understanding social cues. The book has some great ideas about how to get your child to open up and listen. How to talk about self awareness which is something we have struggled with in the past few years.  I have been unsure of how to talk to my son without him getting defensive and shutting down.  
Caroline Maguires practical tips are definitely do able and I can't wait to sit with my son this weekend and talk about what I learned from the book and how we can work together on his social skills as difficult as it may be for him to listen.

I cannot wait to share this with his Special Education teachers!

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