Sunday, November 29, 2015

GIVEAWAY - “Snoopy Doghouse Edition Of A Charlie Brown Christmas CD




We LOVE this special “Snoopy Doghouse Edition” of the multi-platinum selling Yuletide classic A Charlie Brown Christmas, one of the most popular and beloved holiday albums of all-time! The remastered CD includes 3 bonus tracks that did not appear on the original 1965 LP plus a 20-page booklet filled with iconic images from the program and in-depth liner notes by Guaraldi historian Derrick Bang. This special deluxe package for A Charlie Brown Christmas comes with the CD housed in a customized sleeve that folds out to form a replica of Snoopy's colorfully decorated domicile and comes with cut-outs of the Peanuts gang - Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, and Charlie Brown himself - with stands for each figure, which is currently available on Amazon http://amzn.to/1IsPLrS for under $10!



My kids love playing with the Snoopy dog house and the Peanuts Gang! What a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays! This set is adorable as a gift from a friendly elf, a stocking stuffer or just because.

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Giveaway - A Charlie Brown Christmas 50th Anniversary Gift Pack



A brand new 50th Anniversary gift pack for A Charlie Brown Christmas has just hit stores. This deluxe package is exclusive to Walmart and consists of 2 CDs (A Charlie Brown Christmas and Peanuts Portraits), a reproduction of the 1965 book A Charlie Brown Christmas, plus 4 double-sided postcards featuring Peanuts charactersAND it’s currently being sold for just $19.88 at Walmart stores!  

A Charlie Brown Christmas  50th Anniversary Gift Pack Includes:
A Charlie Brown Christmas CD (original 1965 track list and cover art)
  • Peanuts Portraits CD
  • 4 double-sided postcards featuring Peanuts characters
  • Reproduction of 1965 children’s book A Charlie Brown Christmas
Track Listing:
A Charlie Brown Christmas
  1. O Tannenbaum 5:03
  2. What Child Is This 2:20
  3. My Little Drum 3:15
  4. Linus And Lucy 3:03
  5. Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental) 6:06
  6. Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal) 2:44
  7. Skating 2:24
  8. Hark, The Herald Angels Sing 1:55
  9. Christmas Is Coming 3:22
  10. Für Elise 1:02
  11. The Christmas Song 3:15
Peanuts Portraits
  1. Linus And Lucy 3:09
  2. Sally’s Blues 1:59
  3. Blue Charlie Brown (Version #2) 2:05
  4. Peppermint Patty 2:39
  5. Charlie’s Blues (Variation) 2:30
  6. Joe Cool 2:57
  7. Frieda (With The Naturally Curly Hair) (Alternate) 6:07
  8. Schroeder (Alternate) 2:57
  9. Little Birdie (Vocal Vince Guaraldi) 3:16
  10. The Masked Marvel 5:37
  11. Linus And Lucy 3:15 (From Linus And Lucy: The Music Of Vince Guaraldi By George Winston)
My Kids Loved this! Who doesn't love the music of A Charlie Brown Christmas? It never gets old and from the first few notes you know exactly where it comes from.

We listened to the whole thing and then they asked if we could put this on when we opened presents Christmas morning. We always play music for our present opening but usually just toss on the music on the cable holiday channel. I  love that they thought about this and already have thoughts about what we will listen to Christmas morning.

To Purchase: Walmart is the exclusive seller of this set

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

MR. WARMTH! DON RICKLES: THE ULTIMATE TV COLLECTION - A MUST HAVE


Mr. Warmth: Don Rickles The Ultimate TV Collection: Contains four classic one-hour network television specials from the 1970s featuring Mr. Warmth with an impressive list of guest stars specials include the hilarious shows Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Special and Don Rickles: Alive and Kicking. In addition to the specials this set includes the complete series of his beloved show CPO Sharkey. For two seasons (1976 1978) and 37 episodes, Don Rickles brought his distinctive brand of comedy as the star of CPO Sharkey. Includes Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jack Klugman, Bob Newhart, John Wayne, Helen Reddy, Loretta Swift, Rip Taylor, Don Adams, James Caan, Michael Caine, Jose Ferrer, Arthur Godfrey, Elliott Gould, Michele Lee, Larry Linville, Jack Palance, Otto Preminger, Bobby Riggs and Loretta Swit.


HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE
Movie spoofs of For Whom the Bell Tolls, Tarzan, Midnight Cowboy, and the Ten Commandments
A dramatic performance of a scene from Inherit the Wind with Don and Jack Klugman
Don instructing John Wayne in the art of joke telling
EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES
Never-before-seen outtakes and unedited scenes
New introductions from Don
The Tonight Show clip with Johnny Carson's surprise visit to the CPO Sharkey set
Don receives the TV Land Awards Legend Award presented by Jimmy Kimmel

The 411:

I sat down happily to review this collection of Don's shows including CPO Sharkey. Let me start by saying I am a huge Don Rickles fan. This is a wonderful collection of the best of Don!  I know a lot of people know Don Rickles as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in Toy Story but I have been watching him from the past 43 of my 49 years at least.

From the very beginning with Don Rickles, Don Adams, Harvey Korman and that hot guy who I can't remember...It was so fun. Just a bunch of friends sitting in chairs chatting with an audience. It seemed very real, unscripted and funny. 

This is a great gift for anyone who loves Don or loves comedy. 

I loved CPO Sharkey. Don played a Navy Chief Petty Officer in charge of new recruits.  The running jokes were usually about Don's height as opposed to his assistant Seaman Lester who was very tall.  My sisters and I loved this show!




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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Fantastic Four on Digital HD NOW & Blu-Ray, DVD And Digital Combo Soon! #Giveaway #FantasticInsiders

The FANTASTIC FOUR make a triumphant return with MARVEL’s next generation of heroes — four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate universe, their physical forms altered in shocking ways. Their lives changed forever, Reed Richards (“MR. FANTASTIC”), Sue Storm (“INVISIBLE WOMAN”), Johnny Storm (“THE HUMAN TORCH”) and Ben Grimm (“THE THING”) must harness their incredible new powers and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy, the infamous DR. DOOM.

I cannot wait to see this movie. We are huge fans of the Fantastic 4 and while I am sad to see our beloved regulars are not in this one, I am excited to see the new generation.


While you wait for the movie to come out on Blu-ray you can watch it on Digital HD! If you want to wait, how about some activity sheets?




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Disclaimer: I will receive a copy of the movie through a campaign from Fox Home Insiders. No monetary compensation was offered.

Friday, November 27, 2015

2 Way Drain Catcher Giveaway



This is a great accessory for my drains especially in my kitchen sink and bathroom sink. My 10 year old has very long hair and has trouble washing it in the shower so I usually scrub her really good at the sink and before her shower. She never really gets all the shampoo and conditioner out on her own. My husband LOVES this product because since we started this kitchen sink thing he has had to unclog the drain over 3 times this month.


This traps the hair allowing none of it to go down AND my daughter says she loves looking at all the little white hearts as I wash her hair. We are using another in the bathroom sink for the same reason. This captures all my husband's hair when he shaves. It is amazing. I don't know if it is because of the heart shapes or because of the size of the heart shapes but if you never had to clean out the bathroom sink you know that hair gets down right gnarly when it is wet and trapped in a sink where everyone spits out their toothpaste. UGH...just the thought.



What we love most: The flexibility of this makes it easy to fit in all drain sizes. My bathroom sink drain is tiny! My kitchen sink drain is really wide and my tub drain is just a hole. It works for all of them.

So far we are really pleased with this product!

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

I Do Believe French Press Coffee May Be My Favorite



I remember many years ago before my dear friends moved much further away, whenever I visited they always made French Press Coffee. It was always a good cup off coffee and it seemed that they put that little bit of extra effort into serving coffee. They didn't just toss some water and coffee into a drip pot and hope for the best. There was timing involved with the perfect cup and I felt special drinking it.


It isn't difficult at all as I learned today when I tried to make French Press Coffee for the first time.


  • You heat up some water not to the point of boiling.
  • Measure out the coffee grinds. Two tablespoon fulls for every 8 oz of coffee
  • Slowly poor the water into the press (the coffee grinds may float around but that is OK)
  • Stir. The coffee will settle
  • Percolate - Basically this means return the lid which has the plunger already attached. Wait about three minutes and the slowly depress the plunger to the bottom. This will trap all the coffee grinds.
  • Pour and enjoy!

It is super easy and the coffee tastes amazing.

I can't wait to serve this to friends.

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

Thursday, November 26, 2015

My 100% Copper Mule Mug is HOT!



This Moscow Mule Copper is a gorgeous of craftsmanship. I love everything about it. Really impressed with the mug, the coaster and the box which my daughter and I fought over.

The mug is a perfect 16 oz. The handle is attached to the outside of the mug securely.



As if the mug wasn't enough, the packaging is incredible. The mug and a coaster come in a wooden box with a wonderful clasp that makes it look antique.


 The box is wrapped in plastic and once you open it that is where you will find the mug which is wrapped in paper, plastic and then bubble wrap. The coaster is wrapped in paper. All is well protected for shipping.



Honestly, this is a nice gift for just about anyone. I am keeping this one for myself and getting my grandfather one because I think he will love the whole idea of the packaging and the beautiful 100% copper cup.


The box can be used to hold all kids of things depending on who is using. I am keeping my Christmas money in it but I believe Gramps will use his for his glasses.

I know it seems like I am reviewing the box but it really adds to the presentation of the mug which is quickly becoming a favorite in my house.



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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. NO momentary compensation was offered.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Breakfast and Star Wars Perfect Together

For a limited time...some of the most popular Big G cereals have mashed together! You can see this historical mashup on Honey Nut Cheerios, Trix, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Reese Puffs and Cookie Crisp.  Buzzbee is Darth Vadar, The Trix Rabbit is Princess Leia and Chip the Wolf is a storm trooper. Besides the cereal boxes being changed this partnership includes one collectible prize in the boxes that is beyond cool.

There are six different Droid viewers along with a limited edition BB-8 Droid that can be found only in select Target stores. Each viewer will reveal an image from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which is opening in theaters a week before Christmas on December 18.

My kids were beyond excited when we got the box.




 Handsome opened it for us and started reading





We had a blast opening the box and looking at the changes on the cereal boxes.





We LOVE the droids as has every kid that comes over. They will be asking their parents to get these cereals because they want their own collection!

We can't wait to see the movie when it comes out....but until then...May The Force Be With You.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product. No monetary compensation was offered. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - A Children's Classic



Looking for that perfect bedtime story to read with your little ones? We've created an innovative new "spinning star pop-up book" that will surprise and delight them! We already have a fan in little Savannah.


I love this book. It is short and sweet and absolutely adorable. The colors of blue and silver are my favorite combination and the dancing stars make it even better. 

The book has nice thick pages, perfect for little hands. Very well constructed. This classic is one of the most perfect bedtime books. 

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest review.

Where Hope Grows - A Feel Good Movie Review About Faith, Courage and Friendship





Experience the power of faith, courage and friendship in the moving drama Where Hope Grows, now on Digital HD, Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Receiving 5 out of 5 Doves from The Dove Foundation, Where Hope Grows is an uplifting tale of an ex-baseball player who finds salvation when he befriends a grocery-store clerk who has Down syndrome. Theatrically released in 2015, and written and directed by Chris Dowling (Rock Slyde), the heartwarming film features touching performances from a stellar cast including Kristoffer Polaha (TV’s “Ringer,” TV’s “Life Unexpected”), Billy Zabka (The Karate Kid), Brooke Burns (Shallow Hal, TV’s “Baywatch”), Kerr Smith (TV’s “The Fosters,” TV’s “Dawson’s Creek”), Michael Grant (TV’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”), Alan Powell (The Song) with Danica McKellar (TV’s “The Wonder Years”) and introducing David DeSanctis as “Produce.”

Calvin Campbell (Polaha), a former pro baseball player with a self-destructive streak, has his faith in God restored when he meets Produce (DeSanctis), an inspirational man with Down syndrome. As their friendship develops, Calvin is reminded that hope grows in the most unlikely places.

The Where Hope Grows home entertainment bonus material includes deleted scenes, plus two featurettes that look at the casting of “Produce” and a discussion of the “R-word,” along with an audio commentary from writer/director Chris Dowling and actor David DeSanctis.  The Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

BLU-RAY/DVD/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES*
·         Deleted Scenes
·         “Casting David DeSanctis” featurette
·         “Stop the R-Word” featurette
·         Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Chris Dowling and Actor David DeSanctis

The 411 by Maria:

With all honesty I truly loved this movie. It was everything that a feel good movie is supposed to be. The recipe has been done for ages.

Guy down on his luck needs that one person to make a ripple effect in his life that changes the current course and makes him a better person.

In Where Hope Grows our down on his luck guy Calvin is a single dad with a teenage daughter. I don't think we ever find out why he is a single dad. Did he get custody? Did his wife die?

He has checked out of the game because his baseball career was sidetracked so he isn't being the father his teenage daughter needs right now. She is spreading her wings and giving up on him. Her daddy issues are sending her into the arms of a creepy, older boy who is demanding too much of her.

One day while shopping our Calvin meets his life ripple effect guy Produce a guy with Down's who works in the Produce Department of a store. Produce loves giving hugs and putting smiles on shoppers faces.  Calvin and Produce eventually become unlikely friends in the sweetest way.  They are good for each other. With some bumps along the way, these two guys start living their best life.

The story line is great. The acting wonder. You will see a lot of familiar faces.

This movie teaches acceptance and compassion of others and that it is never too late to turn your life around. 

The teenage daughter played by McKaley Miller stared in Scream Queens and Hart of Dixie.
Our lead guy Kristoffer Polaha was in Life Unexpected and Mad Men
Kerri Smith has a small role but you know him from Dawson Creek and he is still fine even though a silver fox.
Danica McKeller is from The Wonder Years
Brooke Burns is from Melrose Place and Bay Watch...she looks fabulous BTW
AND David SeSanctis who plays Produce is completely lovable in his film debut. This tiny powerhouse has the chops to hold his own with these sitcom titans.

I loved everything about this movie and the ending had me sitting up in my chair praying for all to be well!!!

Most of the movie is family friendly however there are three scenes where a boy is pressuring a girl for more and eventually tries to rape her.   Use caution if watching with your children.

Produce: "Even when I am doing bad, I am doing good!"



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

Bunnies By The Bay Is My New Favorite Baby Store +Video Review AND GIVEAWAY

I received the cutest stuffies from Bunnies By The Bay my new favorites baby store. Bunnies By the Bay, is a worldwide retailer of boutique baby gifts. For almost 30 years (how did I not know this?), Bunnies By the Bay has created and designed timeless stuffed animals, luxury blankets, clothes, and children’s books.
 
Bunnies By the Bay has the most adorable products for baby showers, holidays and birthdays with incredible prices too.

 This is one of their Red Thread Collection pieces. Not only are the pieces unbelievable quality AND sweet but when you purchase stuffed animals for your little bunny you enrich an orphan’s life as well. With every purchase from the Red Thread Collection, Bunnies by the Bay donates a portion of their proceeds to support the Half the Sky Foundation, which supports orphaned children in China. Click here to learn more about Half the Sky Foundation and Red Thread Charities.

This guy is so soft and squishy I wanted to grab my blanket and head to the couch for a nap with the TV on in the background. That sounds like heaven to me right now. 
I also received  the most adorable, cute, cuddly with removable wee bunny rattle snuggled in the pocket. “Lulla Bunny Bye” embroidery.The perfect security blanket for your special baby! Machine was cold on gentle cycle. Line dry. Size: 12" x 14"

Oh my gosh...this bunny! I love and adore the face and the softness of the blanket. It is truly an adorable baby gift and I love that bunny can come out of the pocket for when they just want to squeeze and hold him tight.

Bunnies By The Bay will be my go to shop from now on. I think I just heard my friend Jen is having a girl. I can't wait to shop for her and already have my eyes on a sweet little baby friendly gift from Bunnies By The Bay.



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Visit Bunnies by The Bay and follow them on Facebook so you can be updated whenever they have a sale. I hear there are some great ones coming up every day until November 30th.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Are You The Best Paleontologist? Find Out When You Play Draw 4: Dig for Dino's


Draw 4: Dig for Dinos
AGES 5 AND UP • 2-5 PLAYERS
Excavate your way to victory! Dinosaur bones are hidden just underneath the surface, and it's your job to Draw 4 of the same type so they can be assembled back into complete dinosaurs for your exhibit! Will you go straight for the bones? Or will you risk digging up one of the random action cards in the hopes of progressing your cause? (Although it might cost you your turn - OR EVEN WORSE - your precious dinosaur bones!).

Oddly enough it took us a moment to learn this game but once I got it...it was a snap...



Basically depending on how many people playing you create a playing field of cards. This will be your evacuation area. The goal is to see who gets the most completed dinosaurs on the dig.





The cards are all turned over to reveal either a question mark or some dino bones. The question mark cards are the action cards and the bone cards reveal a dinosaur on the other side. Each dinosaur is made up of four cards and like I said before the goal is to have the most dinosaurs.
 
Fun game that works on the following skills:
  • Social Play
  • Problem Solving
  • Visual Perception
  • Memory
To Purchase:
Blue Orange Games
Amazon

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion.