TROLLHUNTERS Book Review + Giveaway

*Prizing and samples provided by Disney-Hyperion.*

The only way to get my 11-year-old to read ANYTHING is if it is scary or funny enough to hold his interest. Trollhunters was both. After telling him the premise and showing him a few pictures, he was in. We starting reading this book together before bed. It was gory, hilarious, suspenseful and perfect for my son. I don’t think my other kids would be able to handle it at 11, but it was okay for him. The story sucks you right in (literally) when Jim’s older brother vanishes after a late night bike ride. Flash forward 30 years and Jim Jr. is now trying to solve the mysteries of the evil, child-eating trolls. After entering their world he finally realizes his father isn’t as crazy as he once thought! The underground world is beautifully described and the illustrations make it all too real. I would even get spooked after reading when the house was completely silent! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a little gruesomeness and isn’t afraid of the dark!

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Two Exciting TMNT DVDs + Giveaway

Two of the latest Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles DVDs,”Return to NYC” and “Pulverizer Power” would be a great addition to any TMNT collection! I still love this show just as much as I did growing up and the new graphics and updated themes are an exciting addition. My 6-year-old loved the “Return to New York” episode…mostly because he is obsessed with New York since he is named after Staten Island! I would recommend both of these TMNT DVDs for any fan! They definitely won’t disappoint!

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Here is a list of episodes included in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Return to NYC:

1 – Vision Quest – Leo takes the Turtles to train in the woods in an advanced ninja ritual where they must overcome their weaknesses and face their greatest enemies in order to become true ninjas.

PAPER TOWNS Movie Trailer, Synopsis, + Giveaway!

*Prizing and samples provided by 20th Century Fox.*

The Fault In Our Stars was one of the only books that I actually went to the store to buy…and I paid almost full price! Usually I will try and find books at the used bookstore or borrow it from the library, but I couldn’t wait! I fell in love with the writing style and was just as happy when the movie came out. THAT is why I can’t wait to see PAPER TOWNS! I haven’t read the book yet, but am determined to finish it before the movie comes out in a week. From the previews I can tell there are a few characters with quirky personalities, a unique storyline, and some great music. If you ask me, that is a recipe for success! If you are just as excited as me to check out this movie, enter to win the book and a gift card below! Then check it out in theaters July 24th!

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Nickelodeon Bunch of Play Dates DVD + Giveaway

If you are looking for the most bang for your buck, this is the DVD for you! Nickelodeon‘s Bunch of Play Dates includes 3 discs and 7 hours of educational Nickelodeon shows! One of the DVDs includes all dance themed episodes to get your kids on their feet! The second disc will have you rootin’ and tootin’ along with western themed episodes. The last disc will whisk you off to fairytale land with the Three Little Piggies and Little Red Riding Hood! This DVD set is jam-packed your kids’ favorite Nickelodeon shows! 

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Here are all 18 episodes included on the Nickelodeon Bunch of Play Dates DVD:

Dance to the Music – 

Dora the Explorer – La Maestra de Musica            

Team Umizoomi – Butterfly Dance                       

Bubble Guppies – We Totally Rock     

10 Facts About War Dogs + “MAX” Movie Review

We took the whole family to check out MAX. We have a soft spot in our hearts for canines. We have a boxer and couldn’t imagine our lives without her! Going into this movie I knew that the military used dogs in many different ways during war. What I didn’t know was how heroic and brilliant they really are! Even though the storyline was fiction, the events that Max and his handler went through are very similar to what is happening now in the Middle East. It absolutely broke my heart to see how devastated Max was when he lost his owner. It made me realize how brave and devoted these highly-trained dogs are. They may seem mean and fierce on the outside, but they truly have hearts of gold. Some of the scenes in MAX were quite intense so I wouldn’t recommend this movie for the little ones. My kids are 6 and up and they loved it. 

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Here are 10 facts about the war dogs:

1 – The Navy SEAL team used a Belgian Malinois named Cairo in their mission to capture and kill Osama Bin Laden.

“PAPER TOWNS” Trailer & Synopsis

After falling in love with “The Fault In Our Stars” I can not WAIT to see PAPER TOWNS! Based on the best-selling book by John Green, there is no way this movie will be anything but magical! The premise is unique, the cast is full of talent, and the soundtrack sounds amazing. Check out the latest trailer below and if you haven’t read the book….READ IT! On July 6th I will be hosting a giveaway for some PAPER TOWNS goodies. 

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Synopsis – “Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green (“The Fault in Our Stars”), PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears–leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship–and true love.”

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Starring: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Halston Sage, Justice Smith

Directed by: Jake Schreier

Screenplay By: Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, based upon the book by John Green

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PAPER TOWNS (20th Century Fox) will be in theaters July 24, 2015 and is rated PG-13.

Check out PAPER TOWNS on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter #PaperTowns!

Stay tuned for an awesome giveaway coming July 6th then check out the movie on July 24th!

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10 Fun Facts About Disney’s Inside Out + Review

 Disney PIXER’s INSIDE OUT is probably one of the best movies I have ever seen. PIXAR, in this ingenious film, depicts how people’s minds work, with five emotions running the show; Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust. Throughout the movie, we focus most on Riley, a young girl who just moved away from her hometown and is feeling out of place in the new city of San Francisco. PIXAR shows how out of whack our emotions can get in troubling times, but we can always count on our friends and family to help us through. PIXAR perfectly blends comedy, adventure, and heart into a movie that we all can relate to. PIXAR has never disappointed me, and seeing how great they did with this film, I cannot wait for their next production, The Good Dinosaur!

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Here are 10 fun facts about Disney Pixar’s INSIDE OUT:

1 – The pinpoints on the map in Riley’s classroom are all places where previous Pixar films take place! 

6 Potty Training Tips From L. Jana, MD + Pampers Easy Ups Party!

*This post was sponsored by Pampers. All opinions are my own and any claims should be verified on the sponsor’s site.* 

If you have a little one at home that is showing some interest in potty training, summer would be a great time to learn especially if they are starting preschool this fall! After going through the process five times, I know how daunting it can seem at first. There will be accidents, setbacks, maybe a few tears but with the help of Pampers Easy Ups and books like “It’s You and Me Against the Pee…and the Poop, Too!” potty training can be a positive experience for everyone involved. 

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Last week I was able to throw a Pampers Party with some friends and their toddlers! We talked about different tricks we’ve used to help with potty training, what ages our kids were when they learned, and how to make it a fun event for our kids! There was one thing we all agreed on… Pampers Easy Ups are the way to go when it’s time to transition between diapers and underwear! Here are a few reasons Pampers Easy Ups are the best:

  • The core can hold 25% more than other leading brands of training pants! That means more dry, comfortable mornings!
  • Because of the design, Pampers Easy Ups have less leaks compared to other leading brands.
  • With characters like Thomas & Friends and Dora the Explorer kids will look forward to putting on their Easy Ups!
  • They are designed more like underwear to make the transition easier.
  • There are cute graphics that disappear when wet to help kids learn.
  • The sides are stretchy to make them easy to get on and off.
  • They come in two different sizes for boys and girls. (2T/3T and 4T/5T)

 

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Here are 6 potty training tips from an expert, L. Jana, MD:

Barbara Delinsky’s “Blueprints” Book Review + Giveaway

*Prizing and samples provided by St. Martin’s Press.*

I haven’t quite finished “Blueprints” since getting it last week, but I love it so far! My mom is about the same age as the character Caroline and I am a little older than her daughter, Jamie. Even though the scenarios are very different from our lives right now, I think we can all relate to how “things of the world” can get in the way of our relationships with members of our family. This book has helped me to take a step back and remember to put situations into perspective instead of getting caught up in materialistic things that, in the long run, don’t really matter. I can’t wait to finish Blueprints this weekend then pass it on to my mom. I’m sure she will enjoy it just as much as I have.

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9 New Features Of Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge!

*This post was sponsored by Scholastic. All opinions are my own and any claims should be verified on the sponsor’s site.* 

We are a few weeks in to our Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and my kids love it! Right when school ended, I knew I was going to need a little more help around the house so I started a new chore chart. My kids have to complete their tasks before they play, watch TV, or go anywhere. The first item on the list each day? Read for 20 minutes. (Before they were allowed to wait until bedtime…not anymore!) At first they thought 20 minutes was too long for the summer, but after they got involved with the Scholastic site and started logging their minutes for the Summer Reading Challenge, they were super excited! The key to keeping them excited and entertained is to find just the right book. Scholastic makes that easy by providing lists of books to read, by age. There are also some fun games over at Energizer!  

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This year’s Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge theme is “Power Up & Read,” Powered by Energizer®. The program was so easy to sign up for and the website was simple to navigate. My kids each got to pick out a user name (there were so many fun choices) and immediately started logging their minutes! One chose “PlayingVolleyball” and another chose “CatchingFootball.” Reading the FREE short stories (written by prolific authors) included on the website can count toward your minutes! The more you read, the more bonus features and stories you can unlock! 

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Here are 9 new features of the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge: