Friday, August 22, 2014

SOFIA THE FIRST: HOLIDAY IN ENCHANCIA

SOFIA THE FIRST: HOLIDAY IN ENCHANCIA
Arrives on Disney DVD Just In Time For The Holidays - November 4, 2014

DVD Contains the adventure + 4 additional episodes and a
FREE Light Up Holiday Ornament packed inside! 



If you have a Sofia fan in the house, like I do, then you will want to keep your eyes peeled for this!
My daughter loves all of the adventures that Sofia, Clover, Amber, and James find themselves on. So 
I can only imagine how much fun they will have this holiday season!

When a snowstorm prevents King Roland from returning home in time for the holidays, Sofia leads her family on a brave expedition to find him. Princess Aurora from Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" makes a special appearance to help Sofia and her animal friends reunite the royal family.

Dinosaur Farm

Dinosaur Farm
By Frann Preston-Gannon


It's hard work being a farmer—and even harder running a DINOSAUR FARM (Sterling Children’s Books, September 2014)!

Children will love spending a day on this vibrant farm, filled with charming prehistoric creatures of every shape and size! They'll follow the farmer from dawn till dusk, through feedings, cleanings, baby hatchings, and finally to a sweet bedtime. Who knew dinosaurs could be so cuddly?

With clever dino-touches throughout and vibrant artwork, Frann Preston-Gannon's picture book will become a perennial favorite!

Frann Preston-Gannon is an illustrator and designer based in south London.  She is the author and illustrator of The Journey Home (Pavilion Press) and How to Lose a Lemur (Sterling).  In 2011, Frann became the first UK recipient of the Sendak Fellowship.  She spent a month living with and learning from the great master of illustration, Maurice Sendak (author and illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are).

My Thoughts:
My little guy adores dinosaurs! So I knew when I saw this book that he would love it.  This book takes you on a fun adventure around the farm...but this farm is a little different. The animals are a bit.. umm.. larger. They eat a little different. And they require some special care. This farm is like no other!

The pictures and story are so fun! My son loved visiting this farmer on his dinosaur farm. I would definitely recommend this book for any dinosaur loving kids. It makes for the perfect story time.

* I received a copy of this book in order to write an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

How to Make Your Baby an Internet Celebrity

How to Make Your Baby an Internet Celebrity

By Rick Chillot
Photography by Dustin Fernstermacher



Everyone tells you becoming a parent will be tough. But the toughest—and most important—obligation of a loving and responsible parent is: making your baby an Internet celebrity

Times are tough in our twenty-first-century economy. But with How to Make Your Baby an Internet Celebrity: Guiding Your Child to Success and Fulfillment, moms and dads can buckle their kids in and send them speeding down the fast track to success.

Featuring darling photography by Dustin Fenstermacher, photographer of Quirk’s April 2014 hit How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity, Rick Chillot’s tongue-in-cheek handbook will help babies crawl down the path to fame!

The book will hold parents’ hands through the process of identifying their infant’s key star qualities, finding her character type—whether she’s an Action Hero, an Intellectual, a Gourmand, or a Badass—and making and distributing a video to introduce her to the world before it’s too late (aka before she reaches kindergarten).

The pressure to stand out from the crowd is intense, but everyone remembers an Internet star!

My Thoughts:
I'm going to give you a very interesting perspective on this book because of my unique situation. My son is FEATURED IN THIS BOOK! Yes, you read that correctly. The amazingly talented, and very nice, Dustin Fenstermacher, came to my house to photograph my son for this book. And I will tell you that judging by my son;s mood during the shoot I wasn't so sure he was going to make it! But Dustin assured me that he got some good shots. And low and behold.. he made it in... twice!

I had read Dustin's previous book, where he teamed with Patricia Carlin, How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity. I found it to be hysterical and adorable. And that was cats. So imagine the cuteness factor when it comes to babies!

Just to assure you that I am not totally biased with this book... all of the babies are adorable. The little tidbits and tips are just the perfect accompaniment for the photos. So many of the faces caught in this book remind me of moments with my own children. It's just a super fun and super adorable book to help you capture and appreciate all the photogenic moments you will encounter. The comments are all too true!

Oh, and be sure to check out my little superstar on pages 30 and 125.

This book will be available from Quirk Books on September 30th... so go ahead and preorder it today!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Softsoap's Decor Collection

I am thrilled to introduce you to Softsoap’s new premium liquid hand soap line - Softsoap’s D├ęcor Collection! You can treat yourself to an indulgent hand washing experience, with the enticing scents of Peony & Plum, Orchid Petals & Mint Water, and Wild Basil & Lime. At just $2.49 a bottle, you can treat yourself and your family to the entire collection, taking in the scents of summer while expressing your own personal style at home.


Ok, this might sound a little weird... but I have a thing for hand soaps. I love them. I really enjoy picking out scents for each season or holiday and trying to find ones that match my decor and make a statement. So when I was given the chance to check these new beauties out... I was all over it!

Softsoap has been a trusted brand in our home for years. But they are going above and beyond (and into my hand soap loving world) with these new scents and designs. We are still loving every moment of summer that we can soak in, so these scents are going perfectly with my seasonal theme. Not to mention that I have two bathrooms that color coordinate perfectly with these beautiful new designs.

The designs are simple, yet elegant... and the scents are phenomenal. I like my soaps to have enough of a scent that I can enjoy it while washing my hands... but not have it be overwhelming or linger all day. Softsoap has accomplished that with these three scents. Each one is unique and almost relaxing as you inhale.

I am very pleased with the entire collection and have one in each bathroom and the Wild Basil & Lime in my kitchen. My husband has even commented on how nice they look and he seems to really like the Wild Basil & Lime scent. You should definitely look for them at your local retailer!

* I received free samples of these products in order to write an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Toy Story of Terror - Available Today on Blu-ray Combo Pack


Available TODAY on Blu-ray Combo Pack
and Disney Movies Anywhere

TOY STORY OF TERROR arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack and Disney Movies Anywhere on August 19th! Reuniting after the events of the blockbuster smash “Toy Story 3,” Buzz, Woody and the gang join new friend Combat Carl for a spooky tale full of mystery and humor that’s a must-own for “Toy Story” and Disney•Pixar fans this summer! Never-before-seen bonus features include parody vintage toy commercials, deleted scenes, audio commentary and much more!



What starts out as a fun road trip for the Toy Story gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the trip detours to a roadside motel. After one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate in this Toy Story OF TERROR!

“Toy Story OF TERROR!” features the voice talents of original “Toy Story” cast members Tom Hanks as “Woody,” Tim Allen as “Buzz Lightyear,” Joan Cusack as “Jessie,” Timothy Dalton as “Mr. Pricklepants,” Don Rickles as “Mr. Potato Head,” Kristen Schaal as “Trixie” and Wallace Shawn as “Rex,” along with series newcomer Carl Weathers as “Combat Carl/Combat Carl Jr.”

My Thoughts:
My daughter and son are probably two of the biggest toy story fans you will meet. When I told them I had a new Toy Story feature for them to watch they gathered up their Woody and Buzz and settled in together (which is awesome in and of itself!).

It's short and full of excitement! I can just picture us making this a Halloween night tradition. After a long night of trick-or-treating, this film will be the perfect wind down needed. While it offers some spooks and thrills, I wouldn't classify it as scary. It's full of laughs and familiar faces. I love that the newest characters from Toy Story 3 were part of this adventure. But I have to say, the new character, Combat Carl, brought a whole new level of excitement to the lovable gang!


This is a really fun little film to share with your kids. I highly recommend any Toy Story lovers check it out!

* I received a free copy of this DVD in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Bedknobs and Broomsticks Available NOW

Bedknobs and Broomsticks 
Now Available For the First Time
on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy



Let the enchantment begin! Disney's Academy Award(R)-winning classic, BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS (Best Visual Effects, 1971), soars onto Blu-ray and Digital HD with an all-new digital master. Experience a dazzling blend of live action and wondrous animation from the producer, director and writer of MARY POPPINS, sure to delight the entire family. Disney legends Angela Lansbury (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST) and David Tomlinson (MARY POPPINS) star in this beloved film about an apprentice witch who reluctantly takes in three orphan children. Though her first spells create more laughs than magic, Miss Price and the children soon find themselves swept away aboard a fantastic flying bed -- their ticket to fun-filled excitement and adventure. Take the ride of your life with BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS.




My Thoughts:
Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a classic in our family. This movie holds a special place in my heart because of the memories I have of it. Angela Lansbury was one of my grandmother's favorite actresses. When I would visit we would spend hours getting caught up in Murder She Wrote... but the magic would really start when we all settle in to watch Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

The tradition was always the same.... my grandpa would make spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. My grandma would get the salad ready and set the table. We would gobble up the food and gather pillows and blankets for our special movie night. So I was thrilled when this movie arrived on my doorstep so that I could share the magic and the memories with my family.

My husband had never seen this movie, so I was the only one who knew what to expect. My husband remarked early on in the film that Angela Lansbury's character was not very likable. It's true, but I think that's the point. You need to get to know her and her secrets. Once she opens up to the children and becomes comfortable you can see so much more charm in her character. And they truly bond through their adventures!

My daughter was enthralled with the witch aspect. She was amazed that by turning a bedknob they could be transported to the most magical and mystical places. She loved the cartoon parts of the film and needed some of the other parts explained a little bit.

This movie brought back so many memories through the characters, the music, and the story. I was so thrilled to be able to share this piece of my childhood with my family. The movie really is filled with so much magic, adventure, and love. It's a wonderful family movie!

* I received a free copy of this DVD in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Frozen Sing-Along Edition - Available on DVD and Digital 11/18


My kids still can't get enough of the fantastic music from Disney's Frozen!
This DVD will be a huge hit this holiday season! 
Look for it on November 18th, 2014.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Disneynature's Bears - Available Today on Blu-Ray!

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Muppets Most Wanted on Blu-Ray Today!



THE MOST WANTED FAMILY MOVIE OF THE YEAR!
DISNEY’S MUPPETS MOST WANTED 
Bring Home the Fun on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and Digital HD August 12th
Also Available on Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD & On-Demand!

“Unnecessarily Extended Edition” Features Hilarious Bonus Content,
More Music, More Mayhem, and More Muppets!

BURBANK, Calif. May 16, 2014— The Muppets are back in the globe-trotting, star-studded musical comedy adventure Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted,” available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, DVD, Disney Movies Anywhere, and On-Demand August 12th, 2014, from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Starring Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey, this must-own family film makes its in-home debut with THREE versions of the film: The Original Theatrical Cut, the Statler and Waldorf Cut,  and The Unnecessarily Extended Cut, featuring hilarious bonus content, plus more music, more mayhem, and more Muppets!

The #1 comedy in America three weeks in a row, “Muppets Most Wanted” picks up immediately following the events of the smash hit “The Muppets,” as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Animal and the entire Muppet gang head out on a world tour. But mayhem follows, as the Muppets find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine - the World's Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit the Frog!


Now Muppet fans can experience this laugh and song-filled caper like never before on Blu-ray Combo Pack in an all-new “Unnecessarily Extended Edition,” featuring 12 minutes of exclusive scenes not seen in theaters! Also included on Blu-ray and Digital HD are additional hilarious bonus features, including Statler and Waldorf’s version of the movie, and the laugh-out-loud gag reel, “The Longer, Longest Blooper Reel in Muppets History.”

This most sensational, inspirational, celebrational home entertainment release also includes the featurette “Rizzo’s Biggest Fan” and music video “I Can Give You What You Want,” performed by Bret McKenzie.

Starring Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, Animal, Ricky Gervais (“The Office”) as Dominic Badguy, Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) as Jean Pierre Napoleon and Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) as Nadya the Prison Guard, “Muppets Most Wanted” also features very special guest appearances by          Tony Bennett, Sean Combs, Rob Corddry, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Salma Hayek, Ray Liotta, Ross Lynch, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christoph Waltz, and more!

 “Muppets Most Wanted” was directed by James Bobin (“The Muppets,” “Flight of the Conchords”), written by Bobin and Nicholas Stoller (“The Muppets,” “Get Him To The Greek”), and produced by David Hoberman (“The Muppets,” “Beverly Hills Chihuahua”) and Todd Lieberman (“The Muppets,” “The Fighter”).


Download Muppets Most Wanted Activity Games

My Thoughts:
My family is full of Muppet fans. We have been watching the Muppets since back in the days of The Muppet Show. When The Muppet Movie was released in 2011 we were so excited to see our familiar friends back on the big screen. The film was a hit in theaters and in my home... so Muppets Most Wanted was a much anticipated event for us!

This film did not disappoint. In true Muppet fashion, it is filled with big names and big faces. My husband and I sat down with our two children to enjoy the movie together...

What is so great about this movie is that it's a hit with all ages. My kids each have their favorite characters (my daughter loves Kermit and my son is a Fozzie Bear fan). They find their antics and relationships hysterical. My son walks around saying Wocka Wocka! And this time around... Constantine was a favorite as my daughter kept reminding me which was one Constantine and which one was Kermit! Some of the jokes were over their heads, but there was still tons to make them laugh.

For my husband and I, the film was very entertaining in humor, action and adventure. And we love pointing out those familiar faces and big names that keep popping up. The music is fantastic and Ricky Gervais is hysterical. I love the interactions between muppets and humans.

I would highly recommend checking out Muppets Most Wanted for your next family movie night!