Thursday, December 3, 2015

Fashion Meets Philanthropy - 2015 World Vision Gift Catalog

As the holidays approach the excitement and anticipation of the season grows and grows for me. I love everything about this time of year, from the decorations to the music to the shopping, baking, and preparing. The kids are hyped up all the time, and I am constantly reminding them that that elf over there on the shelf is watching. How lucky I am to live among this glorious chaos.

But with my joy comes the reminder that no every family or person is as lucky as I am. The holidays are an important time to remember those less fortunate and give back in any way we can. The 2015 World Vision Catalog is an amazing way to do just that 

The 2015 World Vision Gift Catalog contains more than 250 poverty-fighting gifts, ranging in price from $16 to $39,000, that improve the quality of life for struggling children and families in the U.S. and around the world.  Give help where it is most needed and receive beautiful handcrafted jewelry for yourself or your loved ones, such as: 

Royal Silk Scarf – This gorgeous silk scarf adds color to the holidays and supports the needs of children and families worldwide. The luxurious silk is woven by Vietnam’s Ma Chau villagers, who receive sustainable income through their craft. $95 

Balinese Multi-Strand Necklace – This beautiful, draped beaded necklace is handmade by Balinese artisans in a project that helps children in Bali receive an education. $85 

Mango Wood Beaded Bracelet – Created by a community on the island of Java, these unique bracelets provide a sustainable income to help feed and care for their children – honor the special woman in your life with this gorgeous bracelet. $40 

Silver Vines Cuff - Women and girls will love wearing this elegant adjustable silver cuff bracelet designed by artisans in Old Delhi, India. Each bracelet supports their families through fair trade practices. $85 

African Soapstone Box – The hand-carved African Soapstone Box is a perfect place to store necklaces, rings and other trinkets. This ornate handmade gift is etched by talented artisans in Kenya who are using this sustainable resource to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. $85 

These beautiful and unique gifts are just a sampling of all that the 2015 Wold Vision Gift Catalog has to offer. You can provide families with animals that will provide food and/or income. You can help to support education for children in need. Or supply something we take for granted every day, clean drinking water. You can even donate to help those in need right here in our own communities. The possibilities are endless and the small steps we take this holiday season could have a lasting impression on those in need. 

I received a gorgeous Royal Silk Scarf that is vibrant in color and so incredibly soft. It's a gift I could not buy in the store. It was made with care and that shows. I strongly encourage you to take a look at the 2015 World Vision Gift Catalog and consider making it a part of your holiday gift giving season.

* I received a promotional item in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

It's Fancy To Be.... Me! Personalized Story Book #iseemebooks

It’s Fancy To Be Me Personalized Storybook

Your little girl will love dressing up and jet-setting around the world in this charming personalized storybook. It’s Fancy To Be Me comes personalized with her name on the cover and throughout the story and illustrations. You can even upload a photo of her to appear inside the book! You can also select the hair color and skin tone when ordering, so the character in the book resembles your daughter. At the end of the story, your little girl learns that, although it’s fun to dress up and be fancy, the most fashionable thing in the whole world is to just be herself!

My Thoughts:
I absolutely love the personalized books from I See Me.  This book is perfect for my daughter. She absolutely loves clothes, and the fancier the better. This book is filled with fun outfits and amazing places. And her name is hidden in so many places.... like on luggage and on airplanes. She had a blast hunting for her name and pointing it out in excitement! This is truly a book for her to treasure forever, as it is just for her and with a special message and photo from us.

Personalized gifts are the best. They are so special and unique. I See Me has tons of book choices. We have B is for Benjamin for my son and he asks for it every night. But they have so much more to offer than just books. You can find everything from personalized puzzles, lunchboxes, placemats... to coloring books, stickers, growth charts and more. There is definitely something for everyone.

The personalized items from I See Me would make the most wonderful holiday gifts. And have I got a treat for you! From now until December 16th... use code SPECIAL to receive 20% off! Happy shopping!

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

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Inside Out is NOW Out!!

Inside Out is NOW Available
on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD!

Do you ever look at someone and wonder what’s going on inside their head? Disney-Pixar’s “Inside Out” takes an exciting and hilarious journey into the mind to find the answer. Based in Headquarters, the control center of 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy. She strives to make sure Riley stays happy as she operates alongside fellow emotions Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. It’s “an instant classic,” raves Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times. Experience it like never before on Disney Blu-ray!

Amy Poehler (“Freebirds,” TV’s “Parks and Recreation”) as Joy; Bill Hader (Monsters University, TV’s “Saturday Night Live”) as Fear; Phyllis Smith (“Bad Teacher,” TV’s “The Office”) as Sadness; Lewis Black (“The Aristocrats,” TV’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”) as Anger; Mindy Kaling (“Wreck-It Ralph,” TV’s “The Office”) as Disgust; Richard Kind (A Bug’s Life, TV’s “Spin City”) as Bing Bong; Kaitlyn Dias (voice acting debut) as the voice of Riley

Digital HD*, Blu-ray Combo Pack & Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA)
·     Riley's First Date? (In-Home Exclusive Animated Short Film) - Riley, now 12, is hanging out at home with her parents in San Francisco when potential trouble comes knocking: a boy shows up at the door. Can Mom and Dad's emotions handle “Riley's First Date?”

·     LAVA (Theatrical Short Film) - Inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, LAVA is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years.

·     Story of the Story - Director Pete Docter talks about the evolution of Inside Out, from the ideas and memories that inspired the story through the hurdles, explorations and experiences that helped shape it into the film it is today.

·     Paths to Pixar: The Women of Inside Out - Inside Out filmmakers, from voice actors to animators to production crew, talk about their paths, their goals, the challenges they've faced and the lessons they've learned along the way

·     Mixed Emotions - Inside Out's filmmakers talk about how they decided which emotions to focus on in the story and how they went about creating each one's distinct personality and visual identity

·     Mapping the Mind - Inside Out's artists take you through the years-long process of designing and creating a world everyone knows, but no one has ever seen - the human mind.

·     Our Dads, the Filmmakers - Elie Docter (daughter of director, Pete Docter) and Grace Giacchino (daughter of composer, Michael Giacchino) bring you behind the scenes for an inside look at the making of the film.

·     Into the Unknown: The Sound of Inside Out - What is the sound of a memory forming? Sound designer Ren Klyce describes the challenges - and the unique solutions - involved in creating the aural world of Inside Out.

·     The Misunderstood Art of Animation Film Editing - Learn more about the crucial role of an animation film editor, who helps take     the story from its earliest, most exploratory versions, to the final, polished film you see onscreen.

·     Deleted Scenes

Riley Grows Up - In this scene from a version of the film where the primary relationship was between Joy and Fear (then named Freddie), the emotions begin to notice a change in Riley.

Joy's Decline - Joy's struggles to make sense of the limitations on Riley's behavior that seem to be springing up at every turn.

Misdirection -Joy and Freddie encounter a group of Riley's "retired" imaginary friends, including an early version of Big Bong.

Construction - Joy is guided through Riley's mind by a radical non-conformist, Bing Bong, outraged by the demolition of older areas like Imagination Park.

·       Commentary - Commentary includes participation from directors Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen, and producer Jonas Rivera.

·       Mind Candy – A montage of toolkit and interstitials produced for Inside Out.

·       Inside Out Trailers - A collection of domestic and international trailers made for Inside Out.

*Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer              

Blu-ray 3D
·       LAVA

·       LAVA
·       Commentary
DMA Exclusives:
·     Designing Abstract Thought - Inside Out character designer Albert Lozano describes the challenging, exciting and appropriately nonlinear process of designing the films "Abstract Thought" sequence.

·       Deleted Scenes
Joy Alone - Pursuing a lost memory underneath the ocean, Joy is given a chance to fulfill her heart's desire.

Imagination Park - Joy is chased through a reactivated Imagination Park by an antagonistic Freddie.

We have been waiting anxiously for this movie to come out on Blu-ray! Ever since we saw it in theaters, the entire family has been excited to see it again. The movie is so full of emotion. As a mom, I found it to be eye opening to get a look into how a kid might be feeling without fully letting you in. Even my daughter found some sadness in the movie and cuddled closer to me at some touching moments. It was great to see it together and be able to talk about it after. I loved having that opening to tell her that it's ok to feel sad.

But aside from being moving and heartwarming, it was also fun and funny! The characters are incredible. My daughter really was drawn to sadness. She loves to lay down on the floor and pretend to be her. I personally love Bing-Bong. I mean really, he cries candy! I would love to see him reappear in his own little short!

I feel like this movie has so much to offer. It has an incredibly interesting concept. I love the idea of the islands that make up who you are. Riley's islands were made up of all the important people and things in her life that made her who she is. There were just so many awesome little concepts that just all pulled together to make a brilliant story, like long term memory and the train of thought. Cute plays on words. It's the perfect movie for families to watch together. To laugh and cry together. And to take the opportunity to talk about feelings and how ever feeling is important and valid. It's a fun family movie night for sure!!

The Bonus features of this film are also outstanding. We really enjoyed LAVA when we saw it in the theater. The music was beautiful and the tale of true love was so beautifully illustrated. So it was a lot of fun to be able to relive that moment again.

I also really enjoy getting a peak into how these films come to life. An amazing amount if time and work goes into creating something so magical. And the human mind is truly a fascinating place that these artists have created!

But my absolute favorite feature was the all new short, Riley's First Date? I love how the emotions are carried over to the different characters and they take on a whole new persona! It is so clever and well done. And it's very humorous to see how everyone reacts to this new journey in Riley's life!

I would highly recommend you check this movie out! And here are some fun coloring sheets to help make the most of your fun family movie night!

Download Inside Out Colors & Emotions

Thursday, October 29, 2015

See An All New Pixar Short - "Riley's First Date?"

"Riley's First Date?"

Synopsis: Do you ever look at someone and wonder what’s going on inside their head? Disney-Pixar’s “Inside Out” takes an exciting and hilarious journey into the mind to find the answer. Based in Headquarters, the control center of 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy. She strives to make sure Riley stays happy as she operates alongside fellow emotions Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. It’s “an instant classic,” raves Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times. Experience it like never before on Disney Blu-ray!  

Stay connected with the latest news and information about ”Inside Out”:

Monday, October 19, 2015

Halloween Fun with Inside Out!

As we all wait patiently for Inside Out to be released on 
Blu-ray Combo Pack on November 3rd... 
here are some fun Halloween activities to keep the little ones busy!

Download Inside Out Halloween Fun Activities

Friday, October 16, 2015

Advanced Biobanking with LifebankUSA

When I had my daughter, six years ago, cord blood banking was mentioned to me in passing. I wasn't provided with too much information and it wasn't brought up again after that first and only mention. It wasn't something I heard other moms talking about and wasn't on my list of things to research as an overwhelmed new mom-to-be. But it should have been.

Over the years I have learned so much more about it. Perhaps it's because I am now aware, but I see advertisements and have noticed fliers in doctor's offices. But the information needs to be easily available. Someone needs to be informing new moms about the choices they have for cord blood banking.

Knowing your options when it comes to cord blood banking is so important. I think it is something every mom-to-be should be informed about and given enough information to make the best decision for their family. It is something that is so easy to do, and could potentially save your child's life.

Cord blood banking is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collect, process and preserve your baby’s stem cells for future medical use. Collecting your baby’s cord blood is a simple and safe procedure that happens immediately after the birth and usually takes the healthcare provider about 5 minutes to collect and package for shipment to our state-of-the-art facility located in New Jersey.
Cord blood is an important source of rich stem cells, and has been proven in treatments to help replace and rebuild diseased blood cells. Today, cord blood stem cells are used in the treatment of more than 80 diseases, 1 including various types of blood disorders and cancers such as leukemia.

Advanced Biobanking
A New Generation of Proactive Life-Banking Services: Advanced Biobanking

Ongoing medical research is showing that the stem cells in cord blood have transformative potential and are used to treat more than 80 different diseases and are being studied for the treatment of dozens more.1 But cord blood is only the beginning.

Advanced Biobanking. Their Future is Here.
You want the best for your baby and family. So do we. That’s why we’re combining our years of experience and leadership in stem cell research and development to deliver a new generation of advanced, first-in-class biobanking services.

There is a lot to learn about the possibilities of Advanced Biobanking, from placental blood banking to complete placenta banking to cord vessels and cord platelet rich plasma. The LifeBankUSA website has everything you need to know to make an informed decision for your family on cord blood banking.

I wish our family had been provided with more information, and I hope that this reaches some new moms-to-be out there who will at least take a few minutes to look over LifeBankUSA's website. A little information can go a long way!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Disney's Cinderella

“Believe in Magic” – Claudia Puig, USA Today

DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE on September 15, 2015

Over 12 Minutes of Additional Scenes, Including an Alternate Opening,
 Plus the “Frozen Fever” Theatrical Short!

Celebrate Disney’s “Cinderella,” a modern classic that shines with beauty, imagination…and magic! Despite being mistreated by her stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and stepsisters, a spirited Ella (Lily James) resolves to take charge of her fate. Add a royal ball, a Fairy Godmother (Helena Bonham-Carter) and a glass slipper, and suddenly – magic becomes reality!

My Thoughts:
For as long as I can remember, Cinderella has been my favorite Disney movie. When my daughter was three years old I was so excited to share the classic story with her, and was thrilled when she fell in love with it... just like I did. She is now 6 years old.... and taking her to see this new movie in the theater was beyond magical! Her uncle also came with us, and after the movie he said his favorite part was watching her watch the movie. He saw excitement and magic in her eyes throughout!

Now if you ask my daughter her favorite part she will tell you two things.... when the pumpkin grows too big for the green house and when the Fairy Godmother gives her the gown. Oh the gown! Every girls dream... no matter how old... is to wear a gown that beautiful!

I am so excited to have this now on DVD so that my daughter and I can relive the magic any time we want. It is filled with magic and laughter, as well as a little sadness and tears. My daughter cried when Cinderella's mother died, which made me cry! But the movie is filled with so much goodness.  The words, "Have courage and be kind," are words I want my daughter to live by. Cinderella is a beautiful, kind, caring girl who rises above life's greatest challenges and heartaches. And she comes out stronger and even more beautiful for it. Inside and out.

This movie is a classic brought to life. It is a must see for all princesses... no matter their age!

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Sloth Slept On

Sloth Slept On
written and illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon

Who's that sleeping in our tree?!

When a group of children find a mysterious animal napping in their backyard, they set out to learn what it is and where it’s from. They search and search, never noticing all the posters and news articles about a sloth that's broken out of the zoo…

When the kids finally discover the identity of the snoozing creature, they hatch a plan to get it home… boy, will this sloth be surprised when he wakes up!

Frann Preston-Gannon has created an endearing, adorable, and huggable title character; a group of intrepid children; and a wildly humorous situation in SLOTH SLEPT ON (Sterling Children’s Books, September 2015)!

Frann Preston-Gannon is the author and illustrator of The Journey Home (Pavilion Press), as well as How to Lose a Lemur and Dinosaur Farm (both Sterling). In 2011, Frann became the first UK recipient of a Sendak Fellowship and spent a month living with and learning from the great master of illustration, Maurice Sendak. She lives in London.

My Thoughts:
I have always had a love for the slow moving, adorable sloths. And the sleepy sloth in this story is definitely adorable! I love how the kids in this story have such creative imaginations. They want to know who this sloth is and where he is from. A pirate? An astronaut? While they may not notice all the posters looking for this sloth, they do figure out a way to learn all about him.

I think it's fabulous how the author combined imagination and fact to make this story so interesting. From outrageous ideas like a sloth knight to all of the interesting facts about sloths, it's a great way to encourage imagination and learning about animals and what makes them who they are. It was a fun story that both of my kids enjoyed!

Space Boy and His Dog

Space Boy and His Dog
by Dian Curtis Regan
illustrated by Robert Neubecker

Niko may live on boring old Earth with his family, but he’s always finding a new adventure. Using the spaceship that he built from a box in his backyard and a little imagination, he flies off into space with his robot, Radar, and his dog, Tag. The only one NOT invited is his sister Posh who keeps trying to insert herself into Niko’s story. In this first mission, Niko and crew (and maybe also pesky Posh) fly to the moon in search of a lost cat. Illustrated in comic–book style and featuring easy–to–read text packed with humor, Space Boy and His Dog is Niko’s first adventure, with two more books planned in the series.

My Thoughts:
This book was a hit in my household for so many reasons! The number one reason is probably because my kids and Niko have so much in common. Every time a box comes into our house it quickly becomes some amazing new adventure. From turning boxes into houses to trains to airplanes to rockets. Kids imaginations are absolutely amazing!

The next reason my kids liked the book so much was they could relate to the characters. Yes, we have the lovely brother-sister relationship where someone is always "not invited" or being left on the moon. I loved that Niko felt compelled to go back and rescue his sister...even if she didn't need rescuing. It was a great conversation for us to talk about including each other when they play and always being there for each other.

I love Niko's imagination and the adventures it takes him on! This is a great book to inspire kids and get them back into reading as we jump into a new school year!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Seventh Dwarf

Join All the Characters You Love in a Delightful New Adventure!

Featuring All-Star Voice Cast of Peyton List, Norm Macdonald, Nina Hagen and Joshua Green



This summer, venture into the wondrous world of Fantabularasa Castle and be spellbound by the exciting adventures of your favorite storybook characters in THE SEVENTH DWARF. With an exceptional voice cast of Peyton List (Disney Channel series BUNK’D, Jessie and Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Norm Macdonald (The Middle, Saturday Night Live), internationally renowned singer and actress Nina Hagen and newcomer Joshua Graham, this new CG-animated motion picture is a hilarious mash-up of the best classic fairytales, packed with beloved storybook characters, non-stop laughs and toe-tapping songs!  Directed by Harald Siepermann (Tarzan, Enchanted) and Boris Aljinovic, THE SEVENTH DWARF is a wonderfully magical movie adventure for the whole family.    

On August 18, 2015, Shout! Factory is proud to present THE SEVENTH DWARF on two-disc BLU-RAY™ 3D Combo Pack, on DVD and available on VOD. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack allows viewers to enjoy THE SEVENTH DWARF on the platform of their choice and includes spectacular movie presentation on Blu-ray 3D and 2D, DVD and a digital copy of the movie.  Enhancing both editions of the film are sing-alongs, character profiles and a downloadable Royal Birthday invitation as bonus features.   THE SEVENTH DWARF can also be seen in select theaters in Los Angeles and New York on July 31, 2015.

Join all seven dwarfs for an adventure as big as they are small! It’s the eve of Princess Rose’s 18th birthday. Everyone in the kingdom has come to Fantabularasa Castle to celebrate including Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Red Riding Hood. But just before the stroke of midnight Bobo, the youngest dwarf, accidentally pricks the finger of Princess Rose (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) with a cursed needle and sends the kingdom into a century-long slumber! To find Rose’s true love Jack to save her with a kiss, Bobo and the other six dwarfs must go on a treacherous journey, face a fiery dragon and outwit the jealous, scheming and evil witch, Dellamorta!

Movie Runtime is 88 minutes.  MPAA Rating: PG. For more information on The Seventh Dwarf, please visit

My Thoughts:
My daughter, age 6, thought that this movie was great! I liked that it brought together a bunch of different fairy tales with a bit of a modern day twist. The characters all interacted together and their stories intermixed.

She was a fan of the magic and music. She liked the characters and thought the dwarfs were funny. She liked to point out all of the things that she recognized; characters and story lines. I liked that there were important lessons throughout the story. Never underestimate the underdog, be true to your word, and the importance of friendship.

This movie was a nice mix of adventure, love, and humor. With just the right mix of villains, princesses, and goofy guys. It was a hit with my daughter and she has asked to watch it again!

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

Monday, August 10, 2015

Descendants on DVD!

A New Epic Universe Featuring the Untold Story of Disney Classic Characters Re-Imagined From Emmy Award-Winning Director and Producer Kenny Ortega!

Get Ready for Disney’s Newest Movie Event Available on DVD July 31st 

Starring Tony and Emmy Award-Winner Kristin Chenoweth as the Classic Villain Maleficent
Includes Never-Before-Seen Bonus Features and a Free Bracelet!

From the Emmy Award-winning director and choreographer Kenny Ortega (“High School Musical” franchise) comes this original contemporary story of classic Disney characters reinvented and the introduction of modern Disney lore.  Enter this new epic universe of relatable tween characters on a journey of self-discovery.  New on Disney DVD, and complete with never-before-seen bonus and a FREE bracelet!

In a present day idyllic kingdom, the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s iconic “Beauty and the Beast”) is poised to take the throne.  His first proclamation:  offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella de Vil, Maleficent the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters.  These villainous descendants (Carlos, Mal, Evie and Jay, respectively) are allowed into the kingdom to attend prep school alongside the offspring of iconic Disney heroes, including Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Mulan.  However, the evil teens face a dilemma.  Should they follow in their nefarious parents’ footsteps and help all the villains regain power or embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom?

Download Descendants Activity Sheets

My Thoughts:
My daughter has been so excited to see this new movie. The day it arrived she wanted to watch it right away. And since then we have watched it two more times! That should tell you it was a huge hit with my 6 year old!

I loved that this was a movie our whole family could sit down and enjoy. We are bog Disney fanatics, so this was a fun film that brought back some of our favorite villains. It's definitely geared toward the younger generation, but it didn't stop us from having some toe-tapping fun. I mean, who doesn't want to dance to an even peppier version of "Be Our Guest"?

While I was excited to see some off spring of classic characters... Dopey's son!... my daughter was all about Mal. From her clothes, to her singing, to her romance with Belle's Son, Ben.  We are now on the hunt for a Mal costume for Halloween!

I was impressed with this fun film. It's a great family movie night flick. And one that my daughter is going to be asking for again and again! Time to start buying some dolls and clothes to keep the party going!

Download Descendants Party Package

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic: Cutie Mark Quests


Los Angeles, CA – Join the Mane 6 and friends for a quest of epic proportions! My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Cutie Mark Quests is coming to DVD on June 30 in the U.S. and Canada from Shout! Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios.

In Equestria, being true to yourself is the key to earning your cutie mark. Join Twilight Sparkle, Apple Jack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash—as well as everyone’s favorite Cutie Mark Crusaders, Scootaloo, Sweetie Belle, and Apple Bloom—as they journey to find their own Cutie Marks, take on the spirit of chaos and disharmony and visit a village where… everypony has given up their Cutie Marks?! It’s all here in Cutie Mark Quests!

My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Cutie Mark Quests carries a suggested list price of $14.98 and is now available for pre-order at,, and

Episodes Include:
The Show Stoppers
The Return Of Harmony, Part 1
The Return Of Harmony, Part 2
Cutie Markless, Part 1
Cutie Markless, Part 2

Bonus Feature:

My Thoughts:
Another fabulous DVD to keep the fun going with these cute little ponies. My daughter is a huge My Little Pony fan. She adores the ponies and finds each one so unique in personality and interests. She loves each one fore different reasons, from Rainbow Dash because she loves rainbows, to Fluttershy because she adores animals, to Rarity because they have fashion in common. Each one is special to her in their own way.

This DVD is really fun. I love that some of the episodes are two parters. They are almost like little movies in themselves because the fun keeps on going. My daughter has been watching the DVD over and over again. I love that I can pop the DVD in for an episode or two and keep her TV time to a minimum. I also love that my daughter can watch her ponies whenever she wants... even when they aren't on TV!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle

On DVD Today!
June 23, 2015

Launch into the adventure of a lifetime with everyone's favorite monkey in this all-new movie, Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle! When Curious George is asked to take part in a very important space mission, a little monkeying around forces him to crash-land in Africa. While a worried Man with the Yellow Hat searches for him, Curious George bravely explores the jungle and makes new animal friends along the way. Reunited at last, the two best pals have an unforgettable adventure shared with their new friends! Featuring the voice talents of John Goodman & Angela Bassett, with music by the Plain White T's, join Curious George on his fun-filled journey that the whole family will enjoy!

My Thoughts:
Let's face it, George is a popular monkey! My kids just adore him and all of the crazy, silly situations he finds himself in. From his super fun TV show to his first two movies.... we watch George a lot. So catching the third movie as a family movie night was a no brainer!

This film is not short on fun. George is off on a wild adventure, as usual.  Though this time he is on his own... without the Man with the Yellow Hat. And I have to admit, their parting was quite emotional for me! But luckily the laughs were right around the corner when George's typical behavior lands him in a whole new world.... just not the one he's supposed to be in.

It's nice to see George in a different environment, Africa. He gets to make new friends and go on new adventures! It was a very fun family movie night. And my little monkeys have watched it over and over again already!

You can't go wrong with Curious George! And the BONUS Sing-Alongs are great!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Step into Summer with Ready-to-Read!

Books are a huge part of my kids lives. They love to sit down and look at pictures or try to retell a story. This has been an especially exciting year for my daughter as she finishes up Kindergarten and is really reading on her own! It's amazing how quickly it comes to them and how much they want to dive into books.

I am excited to spend this summer feeding her love of reading with all kinds of fabulous books! I have a few suggestions for your readers that will give them confidence, help them succeed, and keep them entertained.

Time For School Charlie Brown

It’s a brand-new school year for Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang in this Level 2 Ready-to-Read!

It’s almost time for the first day of school, but Charlie Brown can’t stop worrying. Can he find the confidence to quit fretting and have a great year? After all, school is tons of fun…right? Good grief, Charlie Brown!

© 2015 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

Brownie and Pearl Grab a Bite

Enjoy a tasty meal with Brownie and her cat Pearl in this delightful Pre-Level 1 Ready-to-Read story!

It’s lunchtime, and Brownie and Pearl are ready to grab a bite! The kitchen is filled with tasty treats like apples and crackers and—mmmmm—string cheese. So pull up a chair and join these hungry pals for a happy, healthy noontime feast!

This charming and delectable story, originally published as a picture book, is now a Pre-Level 1 Ready-to-Read that’s perfect for reading aloud with emerging readers.

Eric Carle - Walter the Baker

Walter the Baker has a pretzel twist of a problem in this Ready-to-Read edition of a favorite from the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Walter the Baker is famous for his breads, rolls, cookies, tarts, and pies. The Duke and Duchess especially love his warm sweet rolls, delivered fresh to their castle every morning. But one day the cat spills the milk, and Walter is forced to serve the Duke and Duchess rolls made with water. After one bite the Duke throws down his roll in disgust and summons Walter to the castle. He threatens to banish the baker unless he can take the same dough and make a good-tasting roll that the rising sun can shine through three times. Will Walter succeed in his task, or will he have to leave his town forever?

With good humor and the vibrantly colored paper collages that are known and loved the world over, Eric Carle has concocted a delicious book that kids will savor as much as they love eating...shhh...pretzels!

History of Fun Stuff - The Deep Dish Pizza

Chow down on a slice of history in this fact-tastic nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read all about pizza, part of a series about the history of fun stuff!

Did you know that two thousand years ago, the soldiers of Darius the Great used their shields to cook a pizza-like flatbread? Or that Americans eat approximately 350 slices of pizza per second? That adds up to more than seventy-five football fields of pizza each day! Learn all about the mouthwatering history of pizza in this fun, fact-filled book.

A special section at the back of the book includes relevant info on subjects like geography and science, and there’s even a fun quiz so you can test yourself to see what you’ve learned!

Daniel Tiger Goes Out For Dinner

Daniel Tiger learns all about patience in this sweet Pre-level 1 Ready-to-Read based on a popular episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood!

Daniel Tiger and his family are going out to eat with Katerina and her mom! Daniel is excited, until he finds out he has to wait at the table for his food to be cooked. Luckily, Daniel’s mom shows him that when he waits, he can play, sing, or imagine anything!

This book includes a checklist of tips at the back, so readers can be on their best behavior the next time they go out to dinner!

© 2015 The Fred Rogers Company

Hero Dog - Sadie: The Dog Who Finds the Evidence

Meet Sadie, a real dog who works with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, in this inspiring, Level 2 Ready-to-Read based on one of the winners of the annual American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards™!

Meet Sadie. Sadie has an important job as an Arson Dog with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Because her sense of smell is 100 times stronger than a human’s, she helps firefighters and police officers find the causes of fires. That makes her a hero to many people. When she’s not busy sniffing out the bad guys, Sadie visits schools to teach kids about fire safety! Read her action-packed story to find out more about what this amazing canine does and what makes Sadie a hero!

Emerging readers will love discovering the inspiring, action-packed story of a different heroic dog in each book of the Hero Dog series.

©2014 American Humane Association. The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™ is a trademark of the American Humane Association.

My Thoughts:
I LOVE the Ready-to-Read books. They offer such variety in terms of books starring your favorite characters, little series that you can collect, books focused on special interests, and books that take educational information and turn it into a fun story. There are so many ways to pick the perfect books to make reading fun and engaging for any child.

The levels are such a huge help when picking books out with your child. Each level is totally geared towards different points on your child's journey through learning to read. I love to have a variety of levels on hand. My daughter can now independently read level 1 books, while level 2 we read together. Level 3 books I read to her so she starts to get familiar with the stories, vocabulary, and following a more complex plot. These books really help to get a variety of exposure to themes, vocabulary, and plots... and keep them loving reading!

My daughter and I have been having a blast reading each and every one of these titles. I can't recommend them enough and I highly recommend you check them out for your summer of reading!

Littlest Pet Shop: Paws for Applause on DVD Today!

These Pets Are A Real Trip!

Littlest Pet Shop: Paws for Applause
Bring Home the Adventures on DVD June 16, 2015

No one does fashion better than Blythe Baxter and her favorite furry friends at the Littlest Pet Shop. On June 16, 2015, join the fun as Blythe and her pet pals show your little ones how to shine with Littlest Pet Shop: Paws for Applause from Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios.

Blythe and her best friends from Mrs. Twombly’s Littlest Pet Shop are back for more off-the-wall pet adventures! Join Zoe the spaniel, Pepper the skunk, Sunil the mongoose, Russell the hedgehog, Penny the panda and Minka the monkey as they plan a visit to Blythe’s fashion camp, prevent the sabotage of an important photo shoot and catch a design thief! All of this and more give us a reason to Paws for Applause!

Episodes Include:

Missing Blythe
Super Sunil
Blythe’s Big Idea
Some Assistance Required
Back Window

Bonus Features:

My Thoughts:
Living with a 6 year old girl, I am very familiar with The Littlest Pet Shop! My daughter adores these sweet little pets, especially Zoe and Pepper. We go on silly adventures with them several times a week when we catch them on the Hub Network.

My daughter loves having these fun episodes on DVD so she can pop them in when she wants to. This DVD is filled with fun. My daughter is a super fashionista, so Paws for Applause is one of her top shows to watch. It's filled with fun and excitement with all of her favorite characters.

Friday, June 12, 2015


We took my five year old daughter to see this magical movie in the theater. Watching her experience this film was truly the best part. She cried and curled up closer to me when Cinderella's father doesn't come home. She laughed so hard when the Fairy Godmother made the pumpkin too big for the green house! And her eyes sparkled as Cinderella entered the ball in the gorgeous gown. 

Cinderella has been my favorite story since I was a little girl. Now seeing the magic all over again through the eyes of my daughter is priceless. I can't wait for this wonderful film to make it's way into my home... so we can live the magic over and over again!

“Believe in Magic” – Claudia Puig, USA Today



DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE on September 15, 2015

Over 12 Minutes of Additional Scenes, Including an Alternate Opening,
 Plus the “Frozen Fever” Theatrical Short!

Celebrate Disney’s “Cinderella,” a modern classic that shines with beauty, imagination…and magic! Despite being mistreated by her stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and stepsisters, a spirited Ella (Lily James) resolves to take charge of her fate. Add a royal ball, a Fairy Godmother (Helena Bonham-Carter) and a glass slipper, and suddenly – magic becomes reality!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

First Response

“I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for First Response. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

Ever since I was a little girl there was one thing I knew I wanted to be... a mommy. I took care of my dolls, babysat as much as I could, became a camp counselor, and eventually went on to be an elementary school teacher. Kids have always been a part of my life and I knew that I wanted some of my own.

When my husband and I got married I immediately started the conversation. I wanted babies! He was at a different place and wanted to buy a house and be a little more settled. So we agreed on a plan to buy a house and start trying for a baby. Yay!

Once the house was purchased I was ready. Every day that I didn't know if I was pregnant or not was torture. I just wanted to know! Getting pregnant is not always the easiest and can take some time. And for me, it became even more difficult to know because I didn't have a completely regular cycle. So I was shopping for pregnancy tests that would tell me right away! As quick as possible! Early detection was a priority for me.

It's been six years since I took my first pregnancy test. In the past few years I have taken many more and I am so thrilled to share with you the steps that First Response has taken to help us all out with early detection.  Can you imagine finding out that you're pregnant 6 days before your missed period?!?! For a woman who is counting the days that is huge!

First Response has also taken into consideration how we have to take the test. I can admit I have peed on my hand. It's not the most pleasant of experiences, but a very small price to pay to see that positive sign! But First Response wants the entire experience to be a good one. So they have give us a cutting-edge curved shaped design to better fit our hands with a longer handle and a 50% wider tip. Making it easier to test and feel confident that we've done it right.

The results are ready in only three minutes and are easy to read.  No more guessing! Two pink lines mean... pregnant! The test can be done at any time of day and has a 99% accuracy from the day of your expected period, and it's designed to detect all relevant forms of human hCG throughout pregnancy.

This test if life changing, literally. So accuracy and time are of the utmost importance. First Response wants to give you the answers as quickly and accurately as possible. They also make it super easy to find their products by making them available at all major drugstores and grocery stores and retail from $8.99 - $15.99.

Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle

My kids LOVE George! We can't wait for this new movie to hit the shelves on June 23rd!





SYNOPSIS: Launch into the adventure of a lifetime with everyone’s favorite monkey in this all-new movie, Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle! When Curious George is asked to take part in a very important space mission, a little monkeying around forces him to crash-land in Africa. While a worried Man with the Yellow Hat searches for him, Curious George bravely explores the jungle and makes new animal friends along the way. Reunited at last, the two best pals have an unforgettable adventure shared with their new friends! Featuring the voice talents of Angela Bassett & John Goodman, with music by the Plain White T’s, join Curious George on his fun-filled journey that the whole family will enjoy!

The soundtrack will be available June 23, 2015 on Back Lot Music, featuring the new original song “Welcome to Paradise” performed by Plain White T’s and score by composer Heitor Pereira (DESPICABLE ME, MINIONS).

Let Curious George join your selfie! Use the Brand-New Free Photo App:

Sing-Alongs – Sing along to your favorite songs from the film
Ordinary Superman
Welcome to Paradise
Beautiful Wild
Together Forever

McFarland USA

Based on an Inspirational True Story

Discover Your Inner Champion

New on Disney Blu-ray® Combo Pack, Disney Movies Anywhere, 
and Digital HD June 2nd

In the tradition of Disney sports movies comes “McFarland, USA” based on a true story of underdogs triumphing over tremendous obstacles. This heartwarming drama follows novice runners who strive to build a cross-country team under Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) in their predominantly Latino high school. Everyone has a lot to learn about each other, but when Coach realizes the boys’ exceptional running ability, things change. Beyond their talent, it’s the power of family, commitment to each other and work ethic that transform them into champions — helping them achieve their own American dream.

Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves,” “The Untouchables”), Maria Bello (“A History of Violence,” “Prisoners”), Carlos Pratts (“Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,” “Out of the Fire”), Morgan Saylor (TV’s “Homeland,” “Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant”).

My Thoughts:
I have to admit that I am not a super sports fan, but I am a fan of touching sports themed movies where people triumph over not-so-great odds. This movie is now ranking among my favorite films of it's kind.

It's not surprising that Disney hit this one out of the park. When it comes to tugging on the heart strings... no one does it quite like Disney.  The kids in this story are real. Their stories are real. Their futures were really laid out for them, and they weren't looking that bright. This teacher was real. His desire to help them and make something great for them was real. Everyone in this movie was fighting their own battle... and everyone came out stronger because of it. It is a true feel-good movie.

There were many characters in this movie that I enjoyed. I mean, Costner nailed his role. But I think my favorite was Maria Bello. So often in these sports movies you see the family suffer. You see the husband and wife argue because of the time he spends away from home coaching and working. But in this case, he had an amazing, supportive wife. She wanted what was best for these boys, too. His entire family was a part of this journey and a part of this new community they find themselves a part of. It's very touching to see how this family evolves together.

I also loved the young boys in this film. They weren't troubled youth who needed saving. They were good kids with hard working parents. But those hard working parents were counting on them to help with the hard, manual labor filled life they lived. These boys didn't need saving, they needed a way to a brighter future. A brighter future that they already held the key to, they just needed someone to believe in them and push for them to achieve it.

I would definitely recommend checking out this great movie. It's entertaining, heartwarming, and overall a really fun experience.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Ninja Bunny

    Does this little bunny have what it takes to
become ... a super awesome ninja?

This little bunny is ready to embark on the path toward becoming a super awesome ninja. He does what any bunny would do: follows a step-by-step guide in order to become the BEST ninja bunny that ever lived. First, he must learn to work alone and to be super sneaky, strong, and speedy; and most importantly, he must be able to battle anyone, anywhere, anytime. Then the little ninja faces his biggest challenge yet: a big brown bear. What’s a bunny-in-training to do?

JENNIFER GRAY OLSON is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in art education. She is a glassblower and sculptor. In addition to writing and illustrating, Jennifer is also the co-coordinator of the SCBWI Orange /Riverside/San Bernardino illustrators’ schmooze. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two boys, and baby girl. Learn more about Jennifer and view her illustrations at 

My Thoughts:
This book is really cute. The illustrations are fabulous and really help to bring the story to life. Ninja Bunny is dedicated and determined to being the best Ninja Bunny he can be. He follows all of the rules that will ensure his success, even if not as perfectly as he would like. But then Ninja Bunny faces his biggest challenge and learns his biggest lesson..... 

My kids loved reading this book with me. They thought Ninja Bunny was cool, but they really loved the ending and the great lesson that Ninja Bunny learned. It's a fun bedtime story that we will share over and over again!

Renuzit Pearl Scents - Beautiful Air by Design

Keeping my home smelling fresh and clean is a top priority.  I love walking into a room and being washed over with a faint, yet spectacular scent.  I am famous for trying to accomplish this in so many ways... from candles to plug in's to free standing fresheners. You name it... I've tried it. So when I saw that Renuzit, a brand that I have used and loved in the past, was coming out with a brand new product I knew I wanted to give it a try.

The new Renuzit Pearl Scents are available in five fantastic scents:

  • Blue Sky Breeze
  • Serenity
  • Sparkling Rain
  • Tranquil
  • Seductive Pineapple
These scents come in these really cool jars that are nice enough that you don't have to strategically hide them behind a picture frame. Yes, I have done that before. But these jars are just really cool. They are plastic... yay!... I have two small kids, plastic is best. They are lightweight and shaped really cool, the top is even fancy. They look like part of your decor... but smell amazing!

I got to try the Sparkling Rain scent. It's really nice. It smells fresh and clean with a hint of spa. That may sound weird... but it reminds me of the yummy smells when you are at the spa. I put it in my family room because that's the room we use the most. It's the perfect spring scent and we have been enjoying it for a couple of weeks now.  How does it look?

Yay for a long lasting, odor neutralizing air freshener! We are big fans of this design and scent. I will be on the hunt for more. I love the variety so I can place them around my house to meet my likes. I can just imagine Tranquil in the bedroom and Blue Sky Breeze in the laundry room. How about some Seductive Pineapple in the kitchen? So many options!

Renuzit Pearl Scents are available now at your local retailer!  And a lucky reader will get the chance to try these out for themselves!

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* The Renuzit brand provided me with a sample of Renuzit Pearl Scents in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NEW SoftSoap Fragrant Foaming Collection

I love trying new hand soaps. I have a thing about matching my soaps to the season. I feel like it adds a lovely little touch to the bathroom or kitchen to have something fragrant and seasonal helping to decorate my sink. Softsoap is often a go-to brand of mine because they have so many fabulous scents and great looking bottles.

There newest line has everything I am looking for in a hand soap. Fragrance and foaming.... plus top notch germ fighting while still leaving hands feeling soft and silky. These new scents are exactly what I am looking for to help keep things fresh as we open the windows and welcome the gorgeous warm weather!

  • Jasmine and White Cotton: Impress your guests with the fresh scent of Jasmine and White Cotton. Its airy aroma makes every hand wash sparkle, while lush foam gently purifies the skin.

  • Whipped Cocoa Butter: Pamper your skin with the rich foaming lather infused with real cocoa butter extracts. The decadent scent of Whipped Cocoa Butter makes every hand wash a treat.

  • Kitchen Citrus Bliss: Awaken your senses and brighten your home with the crisp, sun-drenched scent of Kitchen Citrus Bliss. Its vibrant aroma invigorates every hand wash, while lush foam gently cleans and soothes skin.
I am a fan! I personally love the refreshing and clean fragrance of the Jasmine and White Cotton. It reminds me of fresh laundry. But having a citrusy scent in the kitchen has been great. My husband is partial to the Whipped Cocoa Butter... it does smell yummy!

I would definitely recommend you check these out at your local retailer and add some fragrance to your spring!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Strange Magic

A Music-filled Fairy Tale About Finding Love in the Unlikeliest of Places

Everyone Deserves to be Loved
On DVD and Digital May 19th.

“Strange Magic” is a music-filled fairy tale about finding true love in the unlikeliest of places. This magical adventure features a host of colorful characters including a princess who has sworn off love, a dubious villain, a slightly nutty Sugar Plum Fairy, a tenacious elf, a mischievous imp, and a knight who is no Prince Charming. Bring home the enchanting tale the whole family can enjoy today!

VOICE TALENT:          
Evan Rachel Wood (“The Wrestler,” “Across The Universe”) as Marianne, Kristin Chenoweth (“Rio 2,” “Bewitched”) as Sugar Plum Fairy, Alan Cumming (TV’s “The Good Wife,” “X-Men 2”) as Bog King, Maya Rudolf (“Bridesmaids,” “Grown Ups 2”) as Griselda.

DIRECTOR:                        Gary Rydstrom (Pixar’s Lifted and Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation)

STORY BY:                          George Lucas (“Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens”)

RELEASE DATE:                 May 19, 2015

BONUS FEATURES:           Magical Mash Up: Outtakes, Test and Melodies

                                             Creating the Magic

PRODUCT INFO:               DVD, Digital HD/SD and On-Demand

GENRE:                                Animation

RATINGS:                             PG

FEATURE RUN TIME:         100 minutes
ASPECT RATIO:                   2.35:1
AUDIO:                                  5.1 Dolby
LANGUAGES:                       English

My Thoughts:
I could really write two reviews for this movie... one from an adult's perspective and one from a child's. But either way... the movie is fabulous. The adult side of me is still singing the songs. Yes, the soundtrack is amazing. And reeling with anger toward that sneaky, betraying prince while rooting for the strong princess. The child side of me is still fascinated by this magical world that I was transported to with stunning animation... where magic potions and Sugar Plum Fairies exist.

My daughter is 5 and she fell in love with this movie. From the fun music, to the likable characters (of course the princess, Marianne, was her favorite), to all kinds of magic, adventure, and romance. I was concerned that it would be too dark for her, or heavy with the whole "Midsummer Night's Dream" connection... but she was totally taken with the magic of the whole thing.

The characters are funny and full of personality, the music is fantastic, the animation is beautiful, the story is much more family friendly than I imagined. Overall, it was an incredible family film experience. And one that we will watch again and again!

Maya the Bee Movie


Featuring All-Star Voice Cast of Coco Jack Gillies, Academy Award® Nominee Jacki Weaver,
Miriam Margolyes, Richard Roxburgh, Noah Taylor, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Justine Clarke



Kids and parents across North America will soon be enamored by the world famous little bee named Maya and her insect friends when the international smash hit “MAYA THE BEE MOVIE” makes its buzz-worthy debut on DVD and on two-disc BLU-RAY™ 3D Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D and 2D, DVD and digital) from Shout! Factory Kids on May 19, 2015.  The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack allows viewers to enjoy “MAYA THE BEE MOVIE” on the platform of their choice and includes movie presentation on Blu-ray 3D and 2D, DVD and a digital copy of the movie.  Fans can pre-order their copy now by visiting

Already a great box office success in much of the world, “MAYA THE BEE MOVIE,” based on the well-known children’s novel and popular animated series in Europe, Australia and Asia, offers an immersive cinematic adventure into a spectacular macroscopic world. This highly anticipated animated feature brings to life an enchanting story of a little bee named Maya and her exciting adventure of self-discovery and fantastical fun.  A must-have for fans of all ages, “MAYA THE BEE MOVIE” is an instant classic that delivers wholesome family entertainment— emphasizing the importance of friendship, freedom and courage. This internationally acclaimed film can also be seen in select theaters in Los Angeles and New York on May 1, 2015.

Directed by Alexs Stadermann (Bambi II) and produced by Studio 100 Media and Buzz Studios in association with Flying Bark Productions, “MAYA THE BEE MOVIE” features the acclaimed voice talent of Coco Jack Gillies, Academy Award® nominee Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook),  Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter, Babe), Richard Roxburgh (Mission: Impossible II), Noah Taylor (Game of Thrones, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Kodi Smit-McPhee (ParaNorman, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and  Justine Clarke (Home and Away).

Maya is a little bee with a big heart. She dreams of an exciting life of freedom, fun and adventure – the world is simply far too interesting to stay inside a hive! Her funny attempts to fit in bring her into trouble with the Queen’s narrow-minded royal advisor, Buzzlina. With her best friend Willy, Maya buzzes out into the meadow on an exhilarating adventure of self-discovery.

While most bees believe that other insects should be feared, Maya can’t help but make friends with Flip the charismatic and eccentric grasshopper, Kurt the dung beetle and even Sting, a young hornet. But when the Queen’s royal jelly is stolen, it will take Maya and all of her bug buddies to figure out who did it and how to save the day!

One of the best-known and beloved children’s brands of all-time, the stories of Maya The Bee have been passed down among generations of families for years. Originally a German children’s novel by Waldemar Bonsels, The Adventures of Maya the Bee was published over a hundred years ago in 1912. Since the original publishing, the book has been translated into many other languages and enjoyed by children all over the world. In addition to the book, Maya The Bee is also a comic book series, appeared in various iterations as animated series and now a major animated feature film.

“MAYA THE BEE MOVIE” Two-Disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack contains the following special features: Movie presentation on Blu-ray 3D and 2D, DVD and a Digital Copy of the film
·         A Interview With Maya

·         “Dancing With Bees” – An Exclusive Episode Of The Maya The Bee TV Series

·         Blooper Reel

·         Trailers

“MAYA THE BEE MOVIE” DVD contains the following bonus features:
·         A Interview With Maya

·         “Dancing With Bees” – An Exclusive Episode Of The Maya The Bee TV Series

·         Blooper Reel

·         Trailers

My Thoughts:
I sat down with my two kids (ages 2 and 5) to watch this fun animated film together. Maya is the star of the show, and a very lovable one at that. She reminded me so much of my daughter with her curiosity, continuous question asking, and fabulous ability to not listen. Ahh, little girls. Maya, like my daughter, is always well intentioned but not always making the best choices.

Maya begins to feel like she doesn't belong. Like she's not like all the other bees. While I see this as a thing to celebrate, kids do not often like feeling different and this can lead to hurt feelings. Maya has to go through many adventures and some new friends to come to the realization that she is perfect just they way she is. That she should embrace what makes her unique and that those characteristics that make her amazing.

It's great to see Maya have the courage to step away from the strict and boring life she has been raised to be a part of, go on an adventure, and meet some truly fabulous friends (Willie was everyones favorite as he has an amazing personality and provides lots of laughs). Maya becomes a hero just by being her and having courage. This film is filled with great messages about honesty, friendship, courage, and loving who you are.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

How Penguin Says Please! and How Tiger Says Thank You!

by Abigail Samoun
illustrated by Sarah Watts

"S'il vous plait?" "Merci!"

Follow Penguin and Tiger around the globe as they teach readers to say please and thank you in seven different languages: French, Russian, Arabic, Hindi, Mandarin, Japanese, and Spanish.

Watts' sweet illustrations depict lovely scenes from far-off countries, including a market in Moscow, a boat on Egypt's Nile River, and a Chinese fish market. Each foreign world includes a pronunciation guide, and an illustrated map of the world follows both animals' travels.

How Penguin Says Please!
ISBN: 9781454914969
How Tiger Says Thank You!
ISBN: 9781454914976
Abigail Samoun, illustrated by Sarah Watts
Board - 7x7 - 22 p - $6.95 ($8.50 Can)
Publication Date: May 2015

My Thoughts:
These are such neat little books! It's like going on a world adventure, learning new things and seeing new site... without ever having to leave home! My little sponges are have such a great time learning new languages and practicing their manners.  The illustrations are great and give a colorful and fun view into what different parts of the world look like. It's a fun learning experience!