Monday, January 15, 2018

The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar


In my house, when it comes to our family movie nights, we not only enjoy seeking out those new must see movies we come across, but we also enjoy finding and sharing those shows we enjoy as well. And like many little ones who are fans of Disney Junior, my little guy enjoys watching the show, The Lion Guard. So when we were sent the new DVD, The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar to review, my little guy not only wanted to watch it right away, but also share it during our family movie night.



With this DVD, we find that the pride lands are experiencing a drought, where water is hard to find, leaving many in a bad mood. Kion and his Lion Guard team find themselves feeling the effects as well, and through the tensions that rise, Janja's hyenas join with Ushari as they discover a secret that can bring back the spirit of Scar. We found this DVD to be a great addition to our collection of Disney Junior favorites, and you can too when you head out today to bring home your copy of, The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar home!





Product received, thank you to Disney Home Movies as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Lunches with True Story Foods


When it comes to keeping up with those goals we set just 2 short weeks ago, I find that I like to seek out the products that can help. This includes the products that I can not only enjoy as I work at losing the weight I set out to lose, but also the products that my entire family can enjoy as well. So when we were introduced to the selection of products from the True Story Foods line up, I was excited to check them out and also share the selection with my family as we take on the new year ahead.
With the selection of both deli meats and hot dogs, we get those lunch options that offer a little something for everyone. The selection not only gives me those sandwich meats I seek along with the chicken I can put on top of my salads, but options that gives my family can enjoy with meats that are natural, free of synthetic nitrates and nitrates. I also like that the animals are fed an all-vegetarian diet, never fed antibiotics or growth enhancers, and live without undue stress or agitation. Which is a huge plus when seeking out those foods that we can all enjoy in my house, especially when looking to reach those goals for the new year.

Then when it comes to where I can purchase the line of products from the True Story Foods line up, I like that I can find what I am looking for at my local Costco! Making the choice to add the selection of products from True Story Foods to your lunch menu, a choice that both you and your family are sure to enjoy!




Product received, thank you to True Story Foods as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Kitchen Gadgets from Whiskware

When it comes to the kitchen and all of the cooking we do in there, I have found that having a variety of tools to get different dishes put together can make everything a lot easier. The thing is, many of us find that we might improvise or attempt to create certain dishes, using the gadgets we might have on hand, to not only make a mess during our attempts at creating that dish, but also find that the attempts might become failed attempts or ones that do not look like what we had in mind due to the fact that we did not have the proper tools on hand. So when we were sent a selection of the kitchen gadgets from Whiskware to review, I was curious to see what all the tools could be used for and also begin using them myself as I attempted those adorably perfect pancakes and more!



See like many, I have seen those pancakes that are in the photos we come across on Instagram or Pinterest, and I have attempted to recreate those perfect circles, designs and such to only have a result that is far from my goal. So when I saw the Pancake Art Kit, I realized that I had found the tools I needed in order to recreate those perfect pancakes and even create fun shapes as well. I also found that with the kit, that my kids could easily help and even create those fun designs with me. This is because in the kit we get that batter mixer that gives us that perfectly mixed pancake batter that is essential for having when making pancakes along with the pancake art bottle, which allows us to create those fun designs and even the pancake shapers that the kids love to make fun shapes with. Giving us those tools that allow us to recreate the designs and more when it comes to the pancake art that my kids love seeing on their plates!

Along with the Pancake Art Kit that my entire family has enjoyed having in the home, I found the Salad Dressing Shaker to be very useful as well. The shaker is designed to make the creating of some of those dressing creations we see online or in our recipe books, a very simple process. Where it can be mixed one handed and the measurements can be seen right on the bottle, making the process a very simple one. I also like that even after we have completed making a dressing for our salads or other foods without the issue of messes or spills, that we can use the mixer to pour with, keep the dressing stored in the container, then when it is all gone, clean out easily to be used again and again!

Then when it comes to the other tools we were sent, I found the Egg Mixer to be another must have that has made prep work in the kitchen a lot easier for everyone in my home. Giving us a tool that has a built in egg cracker, a removable egg separator that allows the removal of the yoke a very simple one, and a whisk inside that makes the mixing of the eggs very easy and less messy. The mixer also has measurements on the side of the bottle, can mix up to 8 eggs, and is simple to clean up since it is dishwasher safe! And when it comes to taking some of those foods we make in the kitchen or the other snack items we might take when we head out for the day, send in the kids lunches or take to the office with us, I found the snacking containers to be a great product to have on hand. There are assorted sizes, a removable handle, and with the twist and lock system we can secure each container easily to the other with just a turn! Which in all makes the choice to add the selection of kitchen gadgets from Whiskware to your kitchen, a choice that will help to make the cooking and even snacking a little easier for everyone!





Product received, thank you to BlenderBottle as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

#Giveaway My Little Pony: The Movie Prize Pack



The time for My Little Pony fans every where has come! The time to head out and pick up your copy of My Little Pony: The Movie is now, and like so many MLP fans out there, we have been awaiting patiently so we can add the new My Little Pony: The Movie to our family movie night line up! So when we were sent a copy to review along with some adorable toys that are perfect for adding to any MLP collection, we were excited to make it a My Little Pony family movie night.



In this movie, the Mane 6 are together and must go on a mission to save Ponyville when it becomes threatened. The friends team up and find that in order to save their home they must go past Equestria where they meet new friends and take on the adventure ahead. We found the movie to be filled with MLP adventures like no others before and a great movie to add to your MLP shows and movie collection! And when you purchase the Blu-Ray DVD Combo pack you not only get the main feature but you also get some great special features which include:

·         Deleted Scene
·         Equestria Girls Short
·         “Baking with Pinkie Pie” Featurette
·         “Making Magic with the Mane 6 and Their New Friends” Featurette
·         “The Journey Beyond Equestria” Featurette
·         “I’m the Friend You Need” Music Video (Sung by Taye Diggs)
     “Hanazuki: Full of Treasures” Featurette
Making the choice to head out now and get the new movie where the Mane 6 are Joined by Fun New Friends Voiced by an All-Star Cast in this Magical Adventure Arriving on Digital December 19 and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on January 9 from Lionsgate, one that will make you the hero of your next family movie night! And to help with making your My Little Pony: The Movie family movie night an even bigger success, the wonderful people from Lionsgate would like to give one of our amazing readers a prize pack which will include the movie along with some MLP toys!







Product received, thank you to Lionsgate as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Friday, January 5, 2018

Paddington 2 in Theaters January 12th

The time that many Paddington fans like myself and my kids have been waiting for is coming, the time for the new movie, Paddington 2, which will be in theaters on January 12th. And like many fans out there, my youngest has been excited, counting down the days until we can head to our local theater to watch his favorite bear on the big screen again! So when we were sent the very adorable and lovable plush Paddington to care for and the Paddington Pop-Up London book to enjoy at bedtime, my youngest was pleased to be the one put in charge of caring for Paddington and sharing the book with his older siblings!



The Paddington Plush comes with a note, asking the recipient of this adorable bear to look after him. Paddington also comes clothed with the same clothes that he is wearing in the movie and his favorite snack in hand, a marmalade sandwich!



Then to go with this very adorable bear, we found the Paddington Pop-Up London book to be exactly what my little Paddington fan needed. Giving him pages that come to life with amazing detail added to each scene and a story that he enjoys following along with over and over again, as well as sharing with his older siblings. Making the choice to add the adorable Paddington Bear plush and the Paddington Pop-Up London book to your Paddington fans' collection one that is sure to bring a smile to their faces as they too await the January 12th date when they can go and see Paddington 2 on the big screen!








Product received, thank you to Warner Bros as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Staying Warm with the Black Bear Lodge Quilt Set from Latest Living


It is cold outside and in many places the wind is blowing and the snow is falling, making that cold very bitter and not something you want to get caught in. Like many who look forward to coming in from the cold weather to the warmth of my home, I find that I also like to stay warm indoors with the bedding I keep on my bed. So when we were sent the Black Bear Lodge Quilt Set to review from Latest Living, I was excited to add it to my bed as I seek out the warmth from my home on these cold winter days.

With this set from Latest Living, we received a King Size quilt that measures at 100x90", giving us a large quilt that allows it to hang over the bed and keep my husband and I from playing the blanket stealing game while we sleep. Aside from the size that is very favorable in my house, I found the design and comfort the quilt offers to be exactly as described. Giving us that lodge like look to our room when we add the quilt and included shams to our bed. I also like that the material is soft which is always a huge plus in my book when it comes to the bedding we use, and the colors on the quilt allow me to use a variety of sheet sets and blankets when adding it to our bed.

Then when it comes to the use, I like that this quilt can be used as a bed topper to add that extra bit of warmth we seek in the winter months, and used as a light weight quilt during the warmer months. Allowing us to not only have it on hand to keep us warm on those cold winter nights, but also continue to use the quilt all year long. Making the choice to head to Latest Living when seeking those bedding options for your home, which include the quilts like the Black Bear Lodge Quilt Set, a choice you will be glad you made!





Product received, thank you to Latest Living as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

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Leap! on Blu-Ray and DVD


Family movie night is a time in my house that everyone looks forward to. For us, we like to ensure that everyone gets a chance to share their favorite shows and movies, which includes the new titles we come across. So when we were sent the new movie, Leap! to review, we were excited to check it out and add it to our family movie night line up!



In this movie, you find a young girl with a dream. Félicie is a orphan who dreams of going to Paris and becoming a dancer. Along with Félicie who dreams of Paris, her best friend Victor also has big dreams of making it in Paris, but not as a dancer. Victor is a inventor who loves to create new things, and in order for both him and Félicie to make their dreams come true, the two run away from the orphanage to pursue their dreams in the big city of Paris. The thing is, the two find that it is not as easy as they had imagined and in order to attend the dance school in Paris, Félicie finds that she must pretend to be the daughter of a very wealthy family. Aside from the issue with who she is, she also learns pretty quickly that she has a tough road ahead of her, where due to her lack of training, that talent is not seen as enough and she must work hard to make her dreams a reality and finds a mentor in the most unlikely of places.

We found the movie, Leap! to be a great addition to our family movie night line up and you can too when you head out to pick up your copy of Leap! today!




Product received, thank you to Lionsgate Entertainment as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces Aren’t Just For Babies


Have you ever looked at products marketed solely to infants and toddlers and wished adult versions were available? Recently, several manufacturers have begun offering just such items: footed pajamas for grown-ups, skin care lines as gentle as baby-safe formulations, even an incredibly over-sized stroller.

Obviously, some of these are meant as whimsical gag-gifts, but a few are offering valuable options to adults who are looking for safer, more natural, yet effective options for self-care. In rare and special cases, no alteration needs to be made to adapt an infant-marketed product for adult use. Baltic amber jewelry fits this description and can be purchased at reasonable cost and the benefits enjoyed by any age.

The principle on which amber necklaces work, in fact, was originally used to treat arthritis inflammation and body aches in adults. Much as we use Epsom salts in a soothing bath now, Old World Europeans found that crushed amber, when added to a heated bath, reduced inflammation and brought pain relief.

Baltic amber contains a component called “succinic acid.” This acid has anti-inflammatory (reduces swelling), analgesic (reduces pain), anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties. When the amber is warmed, the acid is released from it. In a bath, the warm water releases the succinic acid from the crushed amber, enabling the bather to absorb the soothing ingredient through the skin into the bloodstream, and experience the relieving effects.

Over time, it was found that crushing the amber was not necessary to release the benefits; merely wearing it against the skin proved effective. When worn as jewelry, Baltic amber is meant to be close against the skin, not over clothing, so that body heat activates the succinic acid and it is readily absorbed.

This method of usage greatly increases the utility of Baltic amber for on-the-go adults who need sustained relief from symptoms throughout their day. Rather than needing to prepare a bath, sit in it for a half-hour or more, then emerge only to have the effects wear off within a few hours, busy men and women can shower, dress, fasten their amber necklace around their neck or twist it into a fashionable bracelet, and enjoy ongoing relief as they go about their daily tasks.

The easy wearability of Baltic amber beaded jewelry and the consistent-release nature of its effects make it an attractive alternative for those looking to reduce dependence on anti-inflammatory or analgesic medications (and avoid their possible side-effects). Conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism, swollen glands, sore throat, and immune deficiencies have reportedly been helped by the use of Baltic amber. 

Modern pharmaceuticals recognize succinic acid’s efficacy, using it in formulations for arthritis and anti-seizure medications. This is no snake-oil remedy, although caution should be used in selecting your Baltic amber jewelry. As with any product, there are variations in quality and integrity of dealers.

When choosing your jewelry, remember that fit will be important. Look for a piece that will lay comfortably underneath your clothing, against your neck and chest, or will be of sufficient length to wrap around your wrist or ankle. Construction is also important: high-quality string and individually knotted beads make for superior durability.

Shopping for amber necklaces marketed to infants makes it easier to find both of these features; teething necklaces are purchased by parents who are highly concerned with their child’s safety, so these are manufactured with quality construction and durability in mind. A great place to find genuine Baltic Amber is at the balticwonder.com site.

The most important detail is the quality of the Baltic amber itself. Be absolutely sure that your jewelry is made of certified Baltic Amber. Ask where the amber is sourced (most Baltic amber is sourced in Lithuania) and whether the company is willing to provide a certificate of authenticity.

Amber is simply a fossilized tree resin; only amber found in the Baltic region contains sufficiently high concentrations (8%) of succinic acid. Many knock-offs exist, using amber harvested from various regions around the world. While these ambers may make beautiful fashion jewelry, they will not have the properties of Baltic amber jewelry, and will disappoint those hoping for relief.


In a grown-up world with pressures and stresses, with aches and pains and the very real need for continuous relief to keep pressing through our days, it is a little piece of jewelry marketed to the smallest among us that may provide the greatest benefit. 




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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Four Interesting Christening Gift Ideas


Christenings and naming ceremonies are wonderful occasions. It is always nice to gather together with friends and family to celebrate something so special. Plus, it gives you the chance to go out and buy a nice gift, something a little different that is truly personal and will be cherished for many years.

Small gold or silver coins

Gold or silver coins certainly fall into this category. They are beautiful to look at, as well as being valuable. Whether you buy new or old coins is entirely up to you. Both make special gifts. If you click here you will see that there is plenty of choice.

A great approach is to buy two silver or gold coins. One that was minted in the year the father was born. The other in the year the second parent was born. This approach has the benefit of truly personalizing the gift.

The nice thing about giving precious metals as gifts is that, over time, they can become more valuable. This is good news for the family you give them to. Potentially, they can keep them and use them at a later date to provide much-needed funds for important life events in the child´s life. It is great to have access to some funds to put towards, driving lessons, college fees or a deposit on a 
child´s first home.

Other investment gift

In fact, in a lot of families, there is a tradition of forgoing physical gifts and giving money instead. Increasingly, grandparents are choosing to buy their grandchild bonds as a naming ceremony or christening gift. While some take the opportunity to open savings accounts for them. Many godparents and close relatives like to do something similar.

Personalized baptism gifts

If you prefer to give something more traditional, there is plenty of choice. Everything from keepsakes like engraved spoons, bracelets and baby cups made from high-quality materials to more practical items. Right now, personalized blankets, piggy banks and teddies are particularly popular. For religious parents, items like Bibles, crosses, rosaries and prayer accent lights can make wonderful baptism gifts.

A more unusual christening gift idea

If none of the above suggestions appeal, you may want to do something a little more unusual. For example, register the child´s domain name for them. When they are older they can use it to build themselves a personal website or blog.

This is a relatively inexpensive and highly personal gift. However, if you can afford to do so, you really should buy it for several years.

If the parents agree, and you have the necessary skills, you could even kick-start the site with a few blog posts about the child and their progress. That way, when they are ready to start contributing to the website themselves it will already be ranking. This will make it much easier for them to be able to build a big audience and potentially use their website to generate some income. Something that is particularly handy for a teenager or young adult to be able to do. If this option appeals, you can read about the right way to do it by clicking this link.




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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

7 Outrageous Gifts to Get for That Friend Who Has Everything


We all have that friend who is difficult to please on their birthday. They are the person with a good job, a generous family, and a seemingly perfect lifestyle. While they might have everything they want or need, it’s still nice to give them something on special occasions such as a birthday or Christmas.

So, when that special occasion arises, and you find yourself lacking ideas, we’ve included seven below. These great gifts could end up being the very thing they needed. 

Horse Accessories

If your friend is equine mad, there’s nothing like a saddle or hoof boots for horses to let them know you care. When you provide a friend with a gift relating to their hobby, it’s not just the gift that matters; it’s your thoughtfulness. It means you pay attention to their interests. Hoof boots help to protect the feet of horses, so you’re gifting both the rider and the horse.

Vacation

A gift doesn’t have to be tangible, and nothing says friendship better than a small vacation. Whether it’s a camping holiday with a group of friends in the next town over or a quick trip for two by a lake or the ocean, it will be enjoyed and appreciated all the same. If you’re traveling abroad, the prime time to book airfares is between three weeks and three and a half months before you’re set to leave.   

Photography Session

The average person doesn’t have enough photos of themselves and their family. If you feel your friend spends more time behind the camera than in front of it, treat them to a photography session. Find a local photographer and set up the shoot as soon as possible. If you’re on a budget, opt for a hobby or student photographer. A professional can cost as much as $75 to $200 per hour!

Vehicle Hire

If your friend has a soft spot for a particular car, why not treat them to a day of driving in that vehicle? While it would be outrageous to purchase the car, it’s fine to lease one simply so they can experience it. Who knows, they could end up falling in love and buying it! 

Adventure Pass

If your friend has a thirst for adventure, you can quench it. There are many tourist destinations offering passes for a range of adrenaline-rushing activities. Treat them to rock climbing, ziplining, bobsledding, skydiving, or a mixture of a few! They will love the rush, and you will love the feeling of providing them with a gift they can use and enjoy.

Concert Tickets

If you don’t share a common love of a particular artist or band, can you call yourselves best friends? In the lead up to your friend’s birthday, take note of all their favorite bands (and yours), and find one that can coincide with their birthday. You will become the best friend ever if you treat them to a night out at a concert!

Magazine subscription

Magazine subscriptions are not typically something we actively seek out. However, if you notice your friend has a particular love for a type of magazine, treat them to a subscription. This small act of kindness will be appreciated, especially as it shows you pay attention to their like and dislikes. There are over 7,000 magazines to choose from, so you’re not short of options!

It’s hard to buy gifts for friends who have everything, but it’s not impossible. Put a little thought into it, find out what they like and dislike, and let your imagination go wild. You may find that even the thought you put into their gift is a gift all on its own.



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