Monday, June 30, 2014

The Rio Rainbow Rio 2 is flying to DVD and Blu-ray on July 15th!

The Rio Rainbow
Rio 2 is flying to DVD and Blu-ray on July 15th!
Get ready to shake your tail feathers! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes you deep into the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest for the most fun you’ll have all summer, as RIO 2 debuts on 3D Blu-ray, on July 15th. In order to prepare you for this burst of color, and all these crazy characters, we have compiled a list that we like to call: The Rio Rainbow!  Here we’ll take you through all of the colors of the rainbow with a character for each color of ROY G BIV! Perfect for your little ones to learn their colors and have fun at the same time!

Red: Pedro: Pedro keeps up laughing the entire film. From his antics with Nico, to his constant entertainment efforts, he always steals the show!

Orange: Rafael: The toucan with the orange beak! He seems to always be the voice of reason for the group, but this guy knows how to go with the flow.

Yellow: Nico: The littlest bird, with the biggest voice!

Green: They are in the Amazon. You do the math. Trees!

Blue: This one is going to be really tricky… but, all the Blue Macaws!


Purple: Gabi, the so-called “poisonous” frog that loves to chat about her undying love for Nigel. 

Rio 2 GIVEAWAY #Rio2Insiders

Get ready to shake your tail feathers! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes you deep into the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest for the most fun you’ll have all summer, as RIO 2 debuts on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD July 15. Just in time for summer vacation, this “hilarious family adventure” (Jeff Craig, Sixty Second Preview) will samba its way into your home with exciting bonus features and extras everyone will enjoy.  Projected to eclipse more than $490 million worldwide at the box office, the animated hit is the must-own family title of the season.

The cast of the animated hit comedy Rio returns — along with a new flock of all-star voice talent, including Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth, Andy Garcia and more — in this high-flying sequel for the whole family. The party continues when Blu (Oscar® nominee Jesse Eisenberg1), Jewel (Oscar® winner Anne Hathaway2) and their three kids take a walk on the wild side and embark on a colorful, comical, music-filled journey through the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit into his new surroundings, he goes beak-to-beak with the villainous Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all: his father-in-law!

The RIO 2 Blu-ray™ and DVD brings everything you loved from the first Rio, but with even more laughs, excitement and music! Not only will kids get nearly an hour and a half of bonus features on the RIO 2 Blu-ray™, but they’ll also get their groove on with two downloadable bonus songs from the RIO 2 soundtrack: “I Will Survive” and “Poisonous Love,” both performed by Gabi (Kristin Chenoweth) and Nigel (Jemaine Clement). For even more fun, every Blu-ray™ comes with 15 exclusive levels for Angry Birds Rio™ and Music Machine Sing-Along and Dance-Along songs for a whole family party!  There’s also Janelle Monáe’s “What is Love” lyric video, a deleted scene, character auditions and much more!


  • Deleted Scene - Practice
  • Rio Refresher
  • Boom, Shake, Snap: The Local Sounds of Brazil
    • The Bodybeats of the Barbatuques
    • How to Play the Barbatuques!
    • Rhythmic Rio
    • The Upbeat Uakti JamBehind The Scenes
  • Birds and Beats: The Singing Talents of Rio 2
  • Nigel the Shakespearean Cockatoo and Friends
  • Music, Dance, Sing-Along Machine
    • Music Machine
      • "What Is Love"
      • "Ô Vida"
      • "Poisonous Love"
      • "Welcome Back"
      • "Beautiful Creatures"
      • "Don't Go Away"
      • "It's a Jungle Out Here"
      • "I Will Survive"
      • "Bola Viva"
      • "Batucada Family"
    • Dance-Along
      • "What Is Love"
      • "Ô Vida"
      • "Beautiful Creatures"
      • "It's a Jungle Out Here"
    • Sing-Along
      • "What Is Love"
      • "Welcome Back"
      • "Beautiful Creatures"
      • "Don't Go Away"
      • "It's a Jungle Out Here"
      • "I Will Survive"
  • You Be the Judge
    • Tapir Audition
    • Monkey Audition
    • Turtle Audition
  • "What is Love?" by Janelle Monáe
  • "I Will Survive" Multi-Language Sequence
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailers
We are thrilled to be a part of the Fox Insiders and be able to offer a copy of the film to give to a lucky reader, thanks to Fox Home Entertainment. While we haven't see it yet we know it is awesome. We loved the first one and look forward to watching Rio 2.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 15. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

Good Times At The Castle

My daughter had a blast at a birthday party for a friend. I wish I had my camera with me instead of the iPhone so I could have gotten better photos.

Goddess is holding the flag for Jester's at the Castle

Oh my baby in the stocks!

She is my knight in shining armor.

 My little princess!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Pet Rescue

My sister in law's pooch is truly a family pet and at times needs to be left inside while the kids are playing outside. Look at the stress on that face. She really wants to run into the pool and save the kids from drowning but she doesn't realize they are just running and playing. Such a good pup but replacing one pool lining was enough for my sister in law who now just puts her inside when she seems over anxious.

Camera Critters

Everyone's Favorite Disney Movie Toys At Uncle Milton #frozen

There’s some “hot” news for Frozen fans! Uncle Milton is introducing new, magical room décor products featuring your favorite Frozen characters. These include a talking, light-up Elsa and Olaf for your wall, dancing snowflake lights featuring Elsa, and decorative icy string lights featuring Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and Sven. Uncle Milton will be hosting a special pre-sale of these products in July and August. Be one of the first to get these fun and unique Frozen products before they hit store shelves and sell out! To get access to the special presale, just click on the following link and signup to receive emails on special offers like these from Uncle Milton. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Rio 2 Coloring Sheets #Rio2Insiders

Summer Vacation IS here. Keep the kids busy with these coloring sheets for the release of Rio 2 onto DVD & Blu-ray On July 15th!

Rio 2 On Blu-ray & DVD July 15th! Check Out These Fun Activity Sheets To Get Ready For The Big Day #Rio2Insiders

I haven't seen it yet but I hear only good things about it. I had friends who went to see it at the theater and kept saying they couldn't wait until it came out on DVD. Can't wait for a copy and while you are aiting for the release, have some fun with these activity sheets and maybe have a Rio 2 snack when you do you get the movie with the recipe  below for acai bowl. Looks healthy and yummy!

Orkin Bug Wisdom Backyard Explorers Kit Giveaway #BugWisdom @AskTheOrkinMan

Summer is here and so are the bugs. We are in constant motion in my neck of the woods either swatting away flies, bees, dragonflies or some random flying, buzzing thing that has decided to continually fly into our face while we enjoy the great outdoors. Fortunately my daughter's interest in nature has allowed me to stop swatting and take a moment to investigate the flying nuisance on a whole new level.

Orkin is celebrating being a bug expert for over 100 years and have a wonderful giveaway that I am very proud to be a part of.

 Simply take the quiz below tell me your spirit bug in the entry form and comments below.

 The Prize:

Orkin Backyard Explorers Kit:
- The Orkin 9-Page Activity Bug Book
- Orkin Bugview Bug Catching Tool and Magnifier
- Red/Black Summer Wayfarer Sunglasses

Each household is only eligible to win 1 Orkin Backyard Explorers Kit via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

OMG! My Baby Heads To The Middle School #nomorebabies #wherehasthetimegone

How is it even possible? I am so excited for her but so sad for me. What happened to my little baby girl who only yesterday put on her blue Tinkerbell backpack and spent her first day away from her mama?

What You Need to Know to Utilize Airline Credit Cards

Wanderlust is calling you and you have an ever-recurring itch to get out of town and explore the world. One of the most common things people say they wish they could do more of it travel, so you are not alone. Unfortunately, travel is very expensive and many people feel that they do not have the flexibility in their budgets to afford travel. 

Airline credit cards are becoming a more popular way to afford travel, no matter what you budget is. Many people have earned enough miles to travel for free each year. But this all seems too good to be true, how could you possibly do that just by using a credit card? Here are some things that you need to know in order to utilize your airline credit card. 

Know minimum spending amounts
Minimum spending amounts can vary greatly depending on the airline credit card that you have. Many will want you to spend a certain amount within a short time period when you first get the card to earn maximum points. It may seem like an impossible task to spend a large amount of money, such at $5,000 within the first 3 months, but most airline credit cards do not stipulate where or what your buy to meet this amount. It is then easy to just spend on your credit card as you would your debit card for the trial period, and then pay it off after the cycle has ended to earn the full rewards. 

Recognize annual fees
The ideal situation would be to find a card with no annual fees, but unfortunately, usually the airline credit cards with the best rewards systems have an annual fee. Look for cards that meet your needs and have the best rewards systems for you, then narrow those choices down based on annual fees. Many airline credit cards will also have offers that will waive this fee for a limited period of time. 

Understand foreign transaction fees
“There are so many airline credit cards that will work around the world, making it easier than ever for you to travel to the places you love and do the things you want to do,” says Chris Mettler of

Of course, you can spend money anywhere in the world using an airline credit card, but you might have to pay a fee. Some airline credit cards charge foreign transaction fees, and some fees may be more than others. If you travel to certain countries frequently, look for a card that does not charge foreign transaction fees for that country, or has lower fees depending on the country you travel too.
Find out if there are partner airlines for your airline credit card

Some airlines have partner airlines, which allow people to use either airline and receive the same deals or rewards. The same is true for airline credit cards. If you prefer a certain airline, you can stick with just that airline when you use your credit card, but if you want to change between 2 or 3 different airlines, you can find an airline with partner airlines that will let you earn the same rewards no matter which one you fly with. 

Learn how to use your rewards
Now that you have the rewards, make them work to your advantage. Many people will use the rewards to go on a trip that they can use their airline credit card during to earn points while you spend them. Some airline credit cards will also have deadlines for you to use your points, so keep track of when you need to use your points so you don’t miss out.