Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween Candy From Your Past

Play A Game, Win Some Chocolate!!!!! Your Favorite Childhood Games Are Now Much Sweeter!!!!

Gamesformotion Adds Sweet Spin To Favorite Childhood Games With Chocolate

Classic Games Like Candy Land, Clue and Monopoly Are Updated to Include Edible Belgian Chocolate Playable Pieces

Gamesformotion (, has released classic childhood board game favorites including Candy Land, Monopoly, Clue, Battleship and more, that will include Belgian milk chocolate encased within printed wrappers. Rules for all of the games have been slightly modified by Gamesformotion to ensure they’re always fun and easy to play. Who wouldn't want to play for some chocolate? Bragging rights are great right but NOW you get chocolate!!!!

The chocolate games will be available just in time for the holiday season so start looking for them in November in mass retail stores like CVS, Target, Kmart,, Meijer and Fred Meyer, Bed Bath & Beyond and more. 

Retail price will be about $9.99. 

Handsome and Goddess where way excited to get these games obviously!

We started with Guess Who which is a game they play more than any other.

They played enough rounds until the chocolate was all gone! We had to split the HUGE gold chocolate coin in the center. No one wanted to not have it!

Next they moved onto Candyland! Who hasn't played this game?

Here are the candy pieces

Look how colorful this is! We love it.

So much fun! We think that since people like to bring candy when visiting this just adds something a little special.  Great hostess family gift if you are visiting for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Also because of the price, great stocking stuffer item.

Get the kids to put down their electronic devices and have a sweet, fun game night. Your family deserves it.
For more information on Gamesformotion visit

About Gamesformotion
Gamesformotion is a Netherlands based company that creates tailor-made games for any purpose, from advertising to education. Besides developing their own selection of games, the company also produces popular, well known branded games as well. The company’s range of entertainment also features unique chocolate editions of the world's more favorite games such as Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit™, Twister Scrabble®, Pictionary, Clue, Twister, Battleship, Mr. Potato Head, and Memory.

Blast From My Past - The Goddess’s 2nd Day Of Pre-School

Originally posted September 14, 2008

Tuesday was the Goddess’ very first day at pre-school and she did fab! Mom on the other hand was a bit of a mess. I can’t say I was worried, just a little melancholy that my baby was going to leave me for 2.5 hours, two days a week.

Her dad and I were sure that she would have fun, we also were sure that she wouldn’t miss us, her brother is in the same place so they would have each other.

From the moment she woke up at 7:00 she was ready for school. She wanted to get dressed right away and we had to keep reminder her that school wasn’t open yet.

She asked about 15 times before 9:00 “can we please go to school now.”

Unfortunately it rained so I was unable to get any good pictures of her going in. I took some but I am not happy with any. My husband was with us and I always feel silly whipping out the camera every second.

Bad Mommy moment – I had promised her that she would be getting a balloon. We had brought one on Monday for her brother’s first day and she asked for one the whole day. I promised her that I would get her one on HER first day. Since it was her first day, I refused to leave town. Honestly, I doubt I will be leaving for the next 2 months).

I walked into the class and both my kids ran over to hug my legs and say hello. My son was first, followed by the Goddess. Her first words….”Hi mommy, where’s my balloon?”

We did go out to get one right after but how awesome would it have been if I had walked in with it???!!!

Here are the few I did manage to get.

Heading to school in the pouring rain.

Dropped off, took pictures and she sat right down to play

Finally, getting a balloon.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review of Earth To Echo on Blu-ray Combo NOW #echoinsiders #FHInsiders

Earth to Echo is a tale told through the eyes of Tuck, Munch and Alex, a trio of pals who make an out-of-this-world discovery. The best friends venture out of their neighborhood to find the true meaning of friendship. After receiving signals on their phones, they meet Echo, a small, but amazingly energetic, alien trying to make his way back to his home planet. As they race to help their new friend, the boys will discover that little Echo has touched their hearts in unexpected ways and changed their lives forever. To prepare you for this adventurous, exciting and heart warming film, we have compiled a list of the best ways to spend time with your friends- outside and away from your cell phones!

The 411:

Earth to Echo centers are three very different 13 year old boys who are very good friends.  All come from different backgrounds. Alex is a foster child who has for obvious reasons abandonment issues. Tuck is a camera buff and is mostly ignored at home. He records everything. And Munch well lets just say he is more nervous and anxious.

The boys are all getting prepared to be separated due to moving and decide to follow a weird map message their cell phones are receiving. They eventually stumble on Echo who communicates with them through lights, bleeps and such. Echo wants to go home but the boys need to help him rebuild his ship. Eventually there is government problems due and the boys have to protect Echo while trying to get him home.

I enjoyed the movie. My kids weren't loving it but did watch the whole thing because they loved Echo. They also enjoyed the times that the boys were dealing with him and his cuteness but they made no connection to any of the characters. 

While it is an ET for this generation it wasn't as child friendly probably because it wasn't meant to have the cuteness factor. It is an entertaining movie and the CGI effects were pretty awesome too! 

I appreciated that the movie was about friendship (they even through in a girl to help Echo to balance the mix), standing up for someone, helping others and showed kids being kids. It didn't hurt that it is a family friendly movie too!

Enter the movie Giveaway here.

Disclaimer: I received this movie as part of the FHinsiders.  No monetary compensation was offered.

Water Play At Stepping Stones Children's Museum in Connecticut #steppingstonesmuseum

I was fortunate enough to be on Goddess' class trip to Stepping Stone Children's Museum last week. While the museum is geared more toward the preschool to 2nd grade these 4th graders had an amazing time. We didn't get to see the entire museum while there due to time constraints (it was a class trip and we had to travel) what we did see, we truly loved and I have been telling all my friends with tiny ones that if they are looking for a day trip, this is the place to go.

If you ask the kids what their favorite part was I am sure they would unanimously say the Energy Lab!  Who doesn't love playing with water?

There were vest to wear but since it is geared toward a younger group, some of our kids couldn't fit in it. But it was all good! Even our teachers had a good time.

There was so many different things to do here. You can even see a green ball inside a water tornado in this pic. Kids tossed balls into this tube overhead hoping to get it down the tube and hence into the tornado. So fun.

Look at all those airborne colorful balls.  Water and kid power made that happen.

 If you have a chance and need a day trip idea, head over to Stepping Stone Children's Museum.

Share the Joy Thursday
Jenny Matlock

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Calling All Fans Of The Friendliest Girl Around - Strawberry Shortcake Berry Best Friends #FHInsiders

Who doesn't love Strawberry Shortcake and her friends? I grew up loving her and now my daughter loves her too! The latest Strawberry Shortcake movie is not short on anything. Berry and all her friends are back and this time they are working on manners and being gracious and asking for help when you need it. Aren't these the messages we all want to teach our children?

Check out the giveaway when you have a chance. May as well start stocking up for all those holiday gifts you will be buying.

Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Best Friends
It’s friends first for Strawberry Shortcake and her favorite gal pals in Berry Best Friends! When Orange Blossom’s general store overflows with a new line of fruits and veggies, she tries to handle all of the details without any help from others, and, as a result, she’s exhausted! Strawberry is excited to be building a new marketplace, but has a tough time learning how to graciously say, “no, thank you.” Both soon learn that talking about what you need is the berry best thing to do. When the BFFs form a new band called Strawberry and the Sweet Beats, they’re all jazzed to head out on the road...except for Orange, who is afraid to admit that she doesn’t want to leave home. Once she tells her friends how she feels, she’s ready to set out for a rockin’ good time!

DVD Special Features

  • Printable Coloring Page
  • Bonus Digital Copy of Berry Best Friends
  • Bonus Digital Copy of Strawberry Shortcake: The Sweet Dreams Movie (for limited time)

Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Best Friends DVD

Street Date:                 September 16, 2014
Prebook Date:             August 13, 2014
Digital HD Date:         September 2, 2014
VOD Date:                  September 16, 2014
Screen Format:            Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio:                         English 5.1 DD
                                    Spanish 2.0 DD
Subtitles:                     English SDH / Spanish
Run Time:                   70 minutes
US Rating:                   G
Closed Captioned:      Yes

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™ and Digital HD™. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.

Disclaimer: I am hosting as a Fox Home Entertainment Insider. No monetary compensation was offered. I was given a DVD just like the one above. 

Blasts From The Past - Auntie Em? Toto?

This post was from April 27, 2007 on another of my random blogs. Blogs are great because without them I would have forgotten all about this day and did until I just re-read it.

Where the hell was my Toto the other day? It went down like this….
I was on my deck,  pushing the kids on the swing when my 7 ft high picnic table umbrella took air, went about 8 feet up in the air and landed in my back yard stuck between two trees and lying open in my creek.  I went to turn toward the kids to say “Did you see that?” when SMACK I was struck in the face by this umbrella

It was so fast and hard that felt like Tyson sucker punched me in the face. I wasn’t even sure what had happened at first. I crouched, grabbing my eye and waiting to see if I was OK. I honestly wasn’t sure. I got an instant migraine and my vision was blurry and double. I think the impact moved my contact because after about 40 minutes my vision was back to my normal which pretty much sucks to begin with it. I crouched there for about 5 minutes waiting for the pain and confusion to go away. My son had gotten off the swing and was hugging my legs. I wasn’t sure if there was damage to my eye so my first instinct was to dial my eye doc whose number I know by heart. Letting it ring once, I hung up and decided to first go check my eye in a mirror before I freaked out. The umbrella has a pointy end that sticks in the ground to anchor it and that is what hit my and cut my eye. It cut me just in the very corner right before my eyeball.

I stumbled to the freezer and got our Bob the Builder ice pack and sat down to take care of myself hoping that the kids would just sit for a moment so that I could assess what had happened.  I fortunately only ended up with a migraine, a bruise that is right where I put my eye liner and pain from my eyebrown line, around the outer part of my eye socket, my upper check, a broken blood vessel at the top of my eye over my upper lashes and a migraine that lasted for a couple of hours.

This was one of those things that makes you remember how fast things can happen. You can take all the precautions possible and some crazy, not meant to possibly happen thing could just take you out.
There are so many other scenarios that could have played out that day. The umbrella could have hit one of the kids but it didn’t it sped by them headed straight for me. It could have hit me in the eye ball which would have really sucked. It could have hit me with the point in the back of the head, the temple, the heart…etc.

The freakiest thing…both umbrellas taking air and flying through the air on a relatively beautiful, non windy day. Weird!

It just goes to show you never know how much time you have…live each day as if it were your last! Regret nothing. Love deeply and always tell everyone how you feel about them.

BTW…I wonder what scenario forensics would have come up with if there had been a tragic end.

They would never have been able to figure it out. Uhhhh we think the kids got pissed and together beat/poked her with the 7ft umbrella, tossed it off the deck and then hit her again with the little umbrella.  

Giveaway Winners 10-22-14 #winners

The Winner of the Beast Quest Giveaway is:

The Winner of the Chicken Soup For the Soul Reboot Your Life Book</

The Winner of the 13 Episodes of Chloe's Closet is:

The Winner of the Mr. Peabody & Sherman giveaway is:

The Winner of the Pumpkin Time book giveaway is:

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who entered. All winners have been notified by email, if you didn't get one please contact me directly. You have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be selected. Thank you

This Week Is National Radon Action Week - Educate Yourself

National Radon Action Week is October 20th - 26th for 2014, occurs the 3rd week of October every year.  Radon gas is becoming more of a widespread problem in the United States. In the U.S., one in fifteen homes are affected by elevated radon levels. Radon cannot be seen, it has no scent, and is colorless. Radon invades homes and buildings through foundation cracks and openings and even directly through concrete.

Radon gas is considered a carcinogen that comes from decayed radium and uranium in the soil. It is the #1 cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and causes people that do smoke greater chance of being diagnosed with lung cancer when exposed to this deadly gas. The EPA suggests levels of 4 (pCi/L) picocuries and above be addressed. Levels of 4 pCi/L is equivalent to 8 cigarettes a day or 250 chest x-rays per year. World Health Organization (WHO) states that 3% and 14% of lung cancer cases are caused by Radon, and suggests people take action against levels higher than 2.7 pCi/L.

The purpose of National Radon Action Week is to educate people about the health risks of radon, learning about radon gas itself, and also inform everyone how to test their homes for radon and what actions need to be taken if there are high levels of radon present. Radon is a problem that affects millions of homes, daycares, schools, and buildings across the country. This is the time to get informed in order to stay safe and healthy in the place you spend most of your time. Check with your local health department and home improvement store for radon test kits. Visit for more information.

Amateur Book Review - My Sister's Keeper


The book is about Anna, a 13 year old girl who was the product of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, who has spent her life giving blood, marrow, platelets and more in order to keep her sister Kate alive. The book is about love, sisterhood, family, and controversial medical science. For those who love a court room story, there is a little of that there although as someone who isn’t into those kind of reads, it worked for this story.

Anna decides to hire an attorney to fight her parents for emancipation and keep the kidney that they have scheduled to remove, or Kate will die.

The story was great and one that will hit a nerve with most readers. What do you do if your child is sick and dying but you are told that by having another, you could save her life. I chose not to have a tubaligation for this reason. Before kids I probably wouldn’t have thought this was something that was morally correct. After having my babies, I knew there was nothing I wouldn’t do for them, including having another baby.

My girlfriend and I had a wonderful conversation about morals and what we would do in this situation. We had very different opinions along with one of her daughters who chimed in that she would never want to hear that she was born to save a sibling.

I think that depending on which character you are sympathizing with at the moment your morals will change. You can sympathize with the father, the mother, the dying sister, the ignored brother, or 13 year old Anna and understand why they do what they do.

My biggest problem and it wasn’t so much a problem well into the book was that each character had their own chapters, making them the primary character. I found that I had to keep going back to find out who was who.

I enjoyed the book and felt a connection to Anna, her father and to her brother Jesse all for different reasons. My heart ached at the end and I think the ending will stay with me longer than I want it to.
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