Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Learning About Venus Fly Traps

Mike came home very excited,
asking if we knew that  there is a plant that eats flies?

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Monday, April 29, 2013

{Review} Hasbro Angry Birds Star Wars Millennium Falcon Bounce Game

The giveaway has closed, the winner is Wendy R! 
Thank you to all those that entered!

Angry Birds and Star Wars have combined much to the excitement of my two boys! I am so excited to share these two items with you that I received from Hasbro for my personal review. 

I surprised the boys after school, with a really cool box, clearly labeled with a Hasbro Angry Birds "May The Fourth Be With You" label. They instantly knew that sheer joy was inside this box, they just had to contain themselves while the box was opened! Inside was an Angry Birds Star Wars Foam Flyer and an Angry Birds Star Wars Millennium Falcon Bounce Game! Can you say Hasbro Family Game Night?
The classic Star Wars characters; like Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, and Luke Skywalker, get a new makeover as Angry Birds. The Angry Birds Star Wars Foam Flyer, of  Luke Skywalker, was a huge hit as we setup red cups as a tower, to see who could knock off the green "pig" golf ball! The kids each took a turn launching the Angry Birds Star Wars Foam Flyer, and I didn't have to worry about it bouncing off walls, furniture, or other family members in the room! I was so happy it was soft, as the boys got very competitive, and it flew every where! Nothing was harmed in the process!

Our next adventure during our Hasbro Game Night, was to assemble and play the Angry Birds Star Wars Millennium Falcon Bounce Game! The boys loved helping to build the Millennium Falcon, and then helped to apply the stickers. Assembly was very quick and easy!

The game Angry Birds is known for flying battles, but you add Star Wars, and this game night just went into intergalactic bouncing wonder! The boys quickly figured out how to "battle" the sinister swine, by bouncing the three fearless Rebel Angry Birds balls, featuring Luke Skywalker, Hans Solo, and Chewbacca! The object is to  score points for every pig you knock over, bounce into the cockpit, or land into the center of the Millennium Falcon. This game was active, encouraged moment, and helped the boys to really focus on the target! Angry Birds Star Wars Millennium Falcon, has been given a place of honor on my son's dresser, so I see many Hasbro Family Game Nights in the near future!
Look for the Angry Birds Star Wars AT-AT ATTACK BATTLE GAME, as it is a stack, launch, and destroy game! It includes 12 Angry Birds Star Wars figures, 21 blocks to build the AT-AT, and a light saber launcher! Also included, is a special code to unlock Angry Birds Star Wars App content!
Did you know that May 4th is a special day? Say "May the 4th Be With You," out loud, and you will hear the pun made famous by The Empire Strikes Back! It has be proclaimed by Star Wars fans as a national day to host Star Wars Saga movie marathons, wear costumes, and quote famous movie lines from the films, such as "May the Force be with you!" Will you be celebrating this year?

Would you like to have a Hasbro Game Night of your own? Enter to win a Hasbro Angry Birds Star Wars Millennium Falcon Bounce Game & Angry Birds Star Wars Foam Flyer for your family! Ends this Friday, May 2nd at Midnight! Good luck!

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*My family and I happily reviewed games on behalf of Hasbro Family Game Night. I was not compensated for this review, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Get Fresh with McDonald's Premium McWrap #unwrapwhatsfresh

Have you heard, you can unwrap a feast of freshness? McDonald's has a new Premium McWrap, and my boys loved trying them, thanks to Klout! They have this new packaging that is great for a quick meal on the go, that also serves as a holder! You have many options to choose from, such as crispy or grilled Chicken and Bacon, Chicken and Ranch, and Sweet Chili Chicken. Each is wrapped in a tortilla, and packed full of fresh veggies! The kids loved trying them, and loved having their pictures taken with the life sized Premium McWrap in the lobby! Have you tried the new Premium McWrap? Head to your nearest McDonald's and feast on freshness today!

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*The was a compensated review on behalf of McDonald's and Klout, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

{Friday Sneak Peak} Thor: The Dark World

Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself.  In the aftermath of Marvel’s "Thor" and "Marvel’s The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness.  Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan SkarsgĂ„rd, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book “Journey into Mystery “ #83 in August, 1962.

“Thor: The Dark World” is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Alan Fine, Nigel Gostelow, Stan Lee, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso and Craig Kyle. The film releases November 8, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

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THOR: THE DARK WORLD releases in theaters on November 8, 2013!

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Vlogging Mommies - Backyard Fun

It's Thursday, lets talk about fun things to do in your backyard. Do your kids love bubbles? Have you set up a tent, and camped under the stars? Do you have a sand box or let the kids dig in the dirt? 

In the comments below, share with us your thoughts!

Next Thursday is a special day, and a mile stone in my life! How does your family celebrate special days? What about every day celebrations? If you "treat" yourself, one day a year, what do you do?
 Join us next week, for more fun!

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Monday, April 22, 2013

{Giveaway Closed} Hallmark Magic Prints & "Tell Mom" Gift Pack

Suzie W, has been selected as the winner! 
Congratulations, and thank you for entering!
This Giveaway is sponsored by Hallmark, and I was given products to facilitate my personal review. I was not compensated for hosting or sharing these Mother's Day ideas with you, all thoughts and opinions of the items that I received are my own. 

Mother's Day will be here soon, and with it comes a perfect opportunity to honor the special moms in our lives and tell them exactly what they need to hear. It's a chance to offer our appreciation for all that moms do for their kids and the many others whose lives they touch. This Mother's Day, what do you want to say to a special mom in your life? And as a mom, what do YOU want to hear? Whether it's a friend, a relative or a mother figure you admire, Hallmark has a few ideas for how kids and gown-ups alike can connect with the moms in their lives and tell them how much they mean on Mother's Day and year round.
Each Magic Prints frame comes with a mess-free Crayola® Magic Mitt ink applicator. When a child places his or her hand on the paper, their hand-print appears, revealing a colorful pattern or message within the hand-print.  It’s a wonderful way for kids to add a personal touch to their gift for Mom and create a lasting show of appreciation that can be framed and kept as a keepsake. 
Like the Magic Prints frames, Magic Prints greetings allow kids to add a colorful personal touch to these cards which can be sent to a favorite aunt or mother figure across town or across the miles! Some Magic Prints greetings even allow a child to record their voice directly into the card!
Looking to express your thoughts and feelings about Mom in a card? Hallmark’s Signature Collection features sophisticated and stylish greetings handcrafted with beautiful papers, rich textures and appealing embellishments, they are a great way to honor a special mom in style! Premium Classic Greetings greetings feature eye-catching premium designs with sparkle, shine, laser-cut patterns and bold colors that express messages of love and appreciation. Hallmark’s new Simply Motherhood cards feature fresh photography paired with simply stated, warm messages to celebrate moms. 

How do you plan to tell the amazing Mom or woman in your life, just how much she means to you? How will your child, tell their grandmother that they love everything about her? Let your child share in the fun by signing, coloring, or doodling inside of a card this year.

Would you like to win a Magic Prints and “Tell Mom …” gift pack, which will include a Magic Prints frame and a selection of the Mother's Day greetings cards?

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USA addresses only (No P.O. Box) Winner will be contacted by email, and product sent directly from Hallmark, once home address and phone number has been provided. Winner has 48 hours to respond, before another winner is selected.

Like Hallmark on Facebook, follow on Twitter, or visit their Website today for great gift inspirations, and this year tell Mom just how much she means to you and your family.

*I have partnered with Hallmark this Mother's Day, and was sent the same gift pack as mentioned above for my personal review. All thoughts are 100% my own.
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Sunday, April 21, 2013

{Giveaway Closed} M by Staples® Arc Notebook System, Will Get Your Family Organized

Winner: Shelly D., 
congratulations and thank you for entering!

I am very excited to share with you this review, as I was given a M by Staples® Arc notebook system to try out to see if I could get my family organized. 
M by Staples® M by Staples Arc notebook system, included everything I needed to pull all of my random notes, papers, dates, and business cards into one location! My family and I are always trying to remember when we need to be some where, what needs to be picked up from the store, or what Aunt Susie's address is. I find myself digging in my purse or looking all over our desk, for information, and nothing is in the same place. 

How many times have you been at the store and realized that you have left your shopping list at home? Never worry, with the M by Staples® customizable Arc notebook system your list stays in place! Easy to lift out or put back in with the custom punched pages, your list will stay right where you need it! There are so many accessories to choose from, such as task pages, page flags, dividers, and numerous pages to fit your organization needs. 

Want to win a M by Staples® Arc Notebook System? You can enter to win:
(1) M by Staples® Arc Notebook 
(1) M by Staples™ Arc System Page Flags, Assorted Colors
(1) M by Staples Arc System Pocket Dividers
(1) M by Staples Arc System Tab Dividers
(1) M by Staples Arc System Task Pads, White and Gray

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USA addresses only (No P.O. Box) Winner will be contacted by email, and product sent directly from Staples®  once home address and phone number has been provided. Winner has 48 hours to respond, before another winner is selected.

This Earth Day, check out the Easy on the Planet Learning Center! There you will find eco-conscious office products, recycling and eco-services for your out dated electronics, ways to green your office, and all about Staples sustainability goals and initiatives. Have you considered going green in your home, home office, school, or in your place of business? Staples would love to help you find green products, that can be used all year long! 

Like Staples on Facebook, follow @Staples on Twitter, or check out the online catalog for all of your office supply needs.

*I was not compensated for this review. I received the M by Staples® Arc customizable notebook system, for my personal review, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
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Friday, April 19, 2013

Hallmark Hall Of Fame presents "Remember Sunday"


A lonely down-on-her-luck waitress meets a handsome, quirky jewelry store clerk and thinks that maybe, finally, she’s met “the right guy.” The more Molly (Alexis Bledel) gets to know Gus (Zachary Levi), the more she’s intrigued by him. But she’s also mystified, and sometimes miffed. Gus seems really absent-minded, really preoccupied. Is there already a girlfriend in his life? Is he harboring some big secret? What is his problem, Molly wonders.

Well, Gus’s problem is that three years ago he suffered a brain aneurysm. He can remember everything that happened in his life pre-aneurysm, when he was a star astrophysicist; but his memory grasp on everything since then is virtually non-existent. Every day is a brand new day – literally – for Gus. From the moment his alarm clock goes off, his life is directed by Post-it notes. You can imagine the complications that arise when Gus meets Molly.

As her love for him continues to grow, he discovers that he can indeed fall in love with the same woman every day. But can Molly imagine a future with a man who cannot recall their past?
REMEMBER SUNDAY is a touching, fun romance about life’s possibilities when we “love in the moment.”

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

{Friday Sneak Peak} New Trailer & Movie Posters - Disney presents The Lone Ranger

Calling all Johnny Depp fans...he stars in Disney presents The Lone Ranger!!! A brand new trailer and movie posters were just released, and i couldn't wait to share them with you! I will be at the movie theater on July 3rd, will you? Enjoy this Friday sneak peak!!

From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes.  Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

“The Lone Ranger” also stars Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter. A Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films presentation, “The Lone Ranger” is directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski, with screen story by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Justin Haythe and screenplay by Justin Haythe and Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio. “The Lone Ranger” releases in U.S. theaters on July 3, 2013.

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THE LONE RANGER rides into theaters on July 3rd!
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Monsters University: Which House Would You Pledge?

Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters University” welcomes some of Hollywood’s top stars to its roster of voice talent for this summer’s frighteningly funny comedy adventure, opening in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2013. Joining Billy Crystal and John Goodman are Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Dave Foley, Sean P. Hayes, Joel Murray, Peter Sohn, Charlie Day, Nathan Fillion, Bobby Moynihan, Julia Sweeney, Aubrey Plaza, Tyler Labine, John Krasinski, Bonnie Hunt, Beth Behrs and John Ratzenberger. Also revealed this week were the story and screenplay credits. Directed by Dan Scanlon, “Monsters University” features a story and screenplay by Daniel Gerson & Robert L. Baird (“Monsters, Inc.”) and Scanlon.
Scanlon says the cast was able to bring the story to life with great ingenuity and enthusiasm. “Working with this group of actors was an extraordinary experience. They each brought a unique level of humor, emotion and creativity to their work that not only complemented their individual performances, but made the overall story come together in a really wonderful way.”
The voice cast includes the following:
· Billy Crystal (“Parental Guidance,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “City Slickers”) reprises his role as Mike Wazowski, now a college-age monster who follows his dream of becoming a Scarer at Monsters University.
· John Goodman (“Argo,” “Flight,” “Trouble With the Curve”) returns as James P. Sullivan (Sulley), an overly confident, young hotshot Scaring student at Monsters University.
· Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”) rejoins the monster world as Randy Boggs, a Monsters University freshman who is ready to experience all that college has to offer (if only he can curb his habit of disappearing).
· Helen Mirren (“Hitchcock,” “The Queen”) gives voice to Dean Hardscrabble, legendary Scarer and hard-to-please head of Monsters University’s prestigious School of Scaring.
· Alfred Molina (TNT’s “Monday Mornings,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Frida”) is the voice of Professor Knight, an esteemed professor in Monsters University’s School of Scaring.
· Dave Foley (TV’s “NewsRadio,” “The Kids in the Hall”) as Terry Perry, the skeptical half of a bickering two-headed monster and dedicated Oozma Kappa (OK) brother.
· Sean P. Hayes (“The Three Stooges,” TV’s “Up All Night”) gives voice to Terri Perry, the more sensitive side of a two-headed Oozma Kappa (OK) fraternity brother with Scaring aspirations.
· Joel Murray (TV’s “Mad Men,” “Two and a Half Men”) voices Don Carlton, a “mature” student at Monsters University and a founding member of the Oozma Kappa (OK) fraternity.
·  Pixar’s Peter Sohn (“Ratatouille,” “Small Fry”) provides the voice of Scott “Squishy” Squibbles, an undeclared sophomore at Monsters University and Oozma Kappa (OK) fraternity member who still lives with his doting mother.
· Charlie Day (“Horrible Bosses,” “Pacific Rim,” TV’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) provides the voice of the incomparable Art, an Oozma Kappa (OK) fraternity brother with a questionable past.
· Nathan Fillion (“Much Ado About Nothing,” “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” TV’s “Castle”) portrays Johnny Worthington, the confident president of Roar Omega Roar (ROR), a Monsters University fraternity that prides itself on its notable Scarers.
· Bobby Moynihan (NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” HBO’s “Girls,” DreamWorks Studios’ “Delivery Man”) helps bring to life Chet Alexander, a yes-monster member of the Roar Omega Roar (ROR) fraternity.
· Julia Sweeney (TV’s “The Goode Family,” “Saturday Night Live”) lends her voice to Ms. Squibbles, indulgent mother to Monsters University sophomore Scott “Squishy” Squibbles.
· Aubrey Plaza (“To Do List,” TV’s “Parks and Recreation”) gives voice to Claire Wheeler, the somber president of Monsters University’s Greek Council and emcee for the annual Scare Games.
· Tyler Labine (“Tucker & Dale vs. Evil,” “Mad Love”) was tapped to voice Brock Pearson, vice president of the Greek Council and enthusiastic emcee of the Scare Games.
· John Krasinski (“Promised Land,” TV’s “The Office”) provides the voice of “Frightening” Frank McCay, a Scaring super star at Monsters, Inc.
· Bonnie Hunt (TV’s “The Bonnie Hunt Show,” “Cheaper By the Dozen”) was called on to provide the voice of young Mike Wazowski’s grade school teacher Karen Graves.
· Beth Behrs (TV’s “2 Broke Girls”) serves as the voice of Carrie Williams, fearless leader of the Python Nu Kappa (PNK) sorority.
· John Ratzenberger (“Cheers,” Disney•Pixar’s feature films) returns to the Pixar recording studio as the voice of a Monsters, Inc. employee.
Screaming with laughter and oozing with heart, Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters University” is directed by Dan Scanlon (“Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”), produced by Kori Rae (“Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and features music from future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Randy Newman (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Toy Story 3”).

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releases in theaters on June 21st!
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Vlogging Mommies - Does Your Kid Suck At Sports?

It's Thursday, lets talk about the kid who has zero athletic ability.  What if your child sucks at sports? Do you let them quit a team mid season? How would you handle it, if you know your kid isn't any good? Would your partner be heart broken to find out that you do not have a future sports star? 

In the comments below, share with us your thoughts!

Next week lets talk about fun things to do in your backyard. Do your kids love bubbles? Have you set up a tent, and camped under the stars? Do you have a sand box or let the kids dig in the dirt?
 Think about it, and join us next week!

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Toothless Wonder

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Iron Man 3 - LEGO® Posters

LEGO® + Iron Man 3 = Awesome!

So very exciting!  IRON MAN 3, has released the official theatrical posters in LEGO® form! These iconic characters are exclusive LEGO minifigure replicas found in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes sets based on the much-anticipated film! My son just flipped out, and wanted to know how he could add them to his birthday list? This is one very excited boy, we are counting down till we can see the movie on May 3rd!
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IRON MAN 3 releases in theaters on May 3rd!

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