10 Facts About SUFFRAGETTE + Review

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect going into SUFFRAGETTE. The previews looked fantastic, but I didn’t know much about the movement itself. Mrs. Banks singing the song about women’s rights in Mary Poppins was about the extent of my familiarity!  After the movie was over, I almost felt guilty not knowing what these women went through just to be treated fairly! They were brave, resilient, and stood up for what they knew was right. Carey Mulligan did a brilliant job representing the struggles most British women went through at that time. Working long hours, not being paid fairly, being in a dangerous environment, being sexually harassed, and trying to raise a child were just a few of the issues women of that era had to deal with. Because they chose to risk everything for the greater good, most women in THIS generation have the rights and privileges we deserve. We have them to thank!
There is still a lot to be done in other countries, and even areas of the United States. To find out more click HERE! #InspiringWomen


Here are 10 facts about “SUFFRAGETTE”:

1 – Helena Bonham Carter’s great-grandfather was actually the British Prime Minister from 1908-1916. (during the suffrage movement) He was adamantly against votes for women.

The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep Book Giveaway

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If you are anything like me, bedtime is pretty much the WORST part of my day! “Get your jammies on! Brush your teeth! Turn off the TV!” Etc. I love getting into a routine, but sometimes I need to switch it up a bit. I can’t wait to add “The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep” to our bedtime schedule! I know my kids will love it. The illustrations are gorgeous, the idea of the book is brilliant, and I can’t wait to read it to my kids! They are already super excited to check it out and loved the adorable rabbits on the cover! 


**About the Book**

The groundbreaking #1 bestseller is sure to turn nightly bedtime battles into a loving and special end-of-day ritual. This child-tested, parent-approved story uses an innovative technique that brings a calm end to any child’s day.

Do you struggle with getting your child to fall asleep? Join parents all over the world who have embraced The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep as their new nightly routine.

When Roger can’t fall asleep, Mommy Rabbit takes him to see Uncle Yawn, who knows just want to do. Children will join Roger on his journey and be lulled to sleep alongside their new friend.

Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin’s simple story uses a unique and distinct language pattern that will help your child relax and fall asleep — at bedtime or naptime. It gives parents the opportunity to personalize the story by using the child’s name, and provides written cues to yawn or read a sentence in a slow and calm voice, for a greater effect.

3 Episodes On The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Cowabunga Christmas! DVD Giveaway

Get ready for the holidays with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Their latest DVD features 3 Christmas themed episodes from 2003. My kids watched the DVD within minutes of it’s arrival and were super excited to start celebrating Christmas in October! I remember a couple of the episodes from when my oldest used to watch 12 years ago! Now my other kids were able to check out the episodes he used to love! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Cowabunga Christmas! was an exciting mix of episodes and a great way to start out the holiday season.

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Here are the 3 episodes included on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Cowabunga Christmas! DVD:

1 – The Christmas Aliens                   

2 – The Way of Invisibility                

3 – Fallen Angel

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Complete Series DVD Info

Nickelodeon just released the ultimate collection for Avatar: The Last Airbender fans! Now available in one complete set, all 61 episodes are included over 16 DVDs! The best part of Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Complete Series is all the bonus features! From audio commentary by the creators and crew to original uncut anamatic, each disc has something extra. There is also a bonus DVD included in each book with even more! My boys didn’t start getting into Avatar until the second season, now they can’t get enough! The action, characters and special powers have them glued. They were super excited to check out the episodes they missed! This would make a great gift for any Avatar fan with the holidays coming up!

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Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Complete Series includes:

Book 1: Water
  • Disc 1
    • The Boy in the Iceberg
    • The Avatar Returns
    • The Southern Air Temple
    • The Warriors of Kyoshi
  • Disc 2
    • The King of Omashu
    • Imprisoned
    • Winter Solstice Part 1: The Spirit World
    • Winter Solstice Part 2: Avatar Roku
  • Disc 3
    • The Waterbending Scroll 
    • Jet
    • The Great Divide
    • The Storm
  • Disc 4
    • The Blue Spirit
    • The Fortuneteller
    • Bato of the Water Tribe
    • The Deserter
  • Disc 5
    • The Northern Air Temple
    • The Waterbending Master 
    • The Siege of the North, Part 1
    • The Siege of the North, Part 2
  • Disc 6
    • BONUS DISC: 
      • Behind the Scenes with the Avatar Cast & Crew
      • Avatar Pilot Episode with Audio Commentary
      • The Making of Avatar – Inside the Sound Studios
      • The Making of Avatar – Inside the Korean Animation Studios
Book Two: Earth
  • Disc 1
    • The Avatar State
    • The Cave of Two Lovers 
    • Return to Omashu
    • The Swamp
    • Avatar Day
  • Disc 2
    • The Blind Bandit
    • Zuko Alone 
    • The Chase 
    • Bitter Work
    • The Library
  • Disc 3
    • The Desert 
    • Journey to Ba Sing Se, Part 1: The Serpent’s Pass
    • Journey to Ba Sing Se, Part 2: The Drill
    • City of Walls and Secrets 
    • Tales of Ba Sing Se
  • Disc 4
    • Appa’s Lost Days 
    • Lake Laogai
    • The Earth King 
    • The Guru 
    • The Crossroads of Destiny
  • Disc 5
    • BONUS DISC: 
      • Interview with Creators and M. Night Shyamalan 
      • The Essence of Bending with Bryan Konietzko and Sifu Kisu
      • Avatar Super Deformed Shorts:
        • Bending Battle
        • Swamp Skiin’ Throwdown
        • School Time Shipping
      • Escape From the Spirit World: Animated Graphic Novel
Book Three: Fire
  • Disc 1
    • Awakening 
    • The Headband 
    • The Painted Lady 
    • Sokka’s Master 
    • The Beach
  • Disc 2
    • The Avatar and the Firelord 
    • The Runaway
    • The Puppetmaster 
    • Nightmares and Daydreams
    • The Day of Black Sun, Part 1: The Invasion
  • Disc 3
    • The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse
    • The Western Air Temple 
    • The Firebending Masters
    • The Boiling Rock, Part 1 
    • The Boiling Rock, Part 2
  • Disc 4
    • The Southern Raiders 
    • The Ember Island Players 
    • Sozin’s Comet, Part 1: The Phoenix King 
    • Sozin’s Comet, Part 2: The Old Masters 
    • Sozin’s Comet, Part 3: Into the Inferno
    • Sozin’s Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang
  • Disc 5
    • BONUS DISC: 
      • The Women of Avatar: The Last Airbender 
      • Book 3 Finale Pencil Test Animation 
      • Into the Fire Nation at San Diego Comic-Con


From Nickelodeon - “Nickelodeon’s fan-favorite animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender is now available in this exclusive 16-disc special collection which features every episode from all three seasons of the hit show. “Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Complete Series” contains all 61-original episodes that aired from 2005-2008 (that’s over 24 hours of episodes!) as well as hours of bonus features. With “Behind the Scenes” and “Making Of…” featurettes, audio cast commentaries and more, there is no shortage of Avatar fun in this one-of-a-kind collection.”
Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Complete Series retails for $30 SRP. It is 1496 minutes long and now available in all major retail stores and on Amazon.


Disclosure – Per FTC Regulations, I am disclosing that I received this product from the company mentioned above, free of charge, for review. I was in no other way compensated for my review. The views expressed above are my own, honest opinions and any claims should be verified on the sponsor’s site.

10 Fun Facts About “Bridge Of Spies” + Review

I am fascinated with history, adore Tom Hanks, and love suspenseful films which is why “Bridge of Spies” quickly became one of the best movies I’ve seen this year! Not that anything can go terribly wrong when Spielberg and Hanks collaborate on a film, but even with the high expectations I had, they were still exceeded. I was vaguely familiar with the storyline but didn’t want to look into it any further when I saw they were making a movie. I wanted to be surprised and ended up on the edge of my seat throughout the entire 2+ hours! One of my favorite aspects of this film is how they humanized the Russian spy. Whenever I hear about a spy from Russia (or any other country for that matter) being caught in the U.S., I immediately wish the worst on them. I have a totally different outlook after seeing “Bridge of Spies” and I think you will too.

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Here are 10 fun facts about “Bridge of Spies”:

1 – “Bridge of Spies” was filmed in New York, Germany, and Poland. Several locations in Poland look similar to how Germany looked in the 60’s.

10 Creepy Characters In The “Goosebumps” Movie + Review

I will be the first to admit that when I was younger I was too scared to read any of the “Goosebumps” books. My little brother loved them (to the point that his nickname was Slappy) but I was terrified of anything even remotely scary, so I never picked up any of the books in his massive collection. Fast forward 20 years to my kids seeing the Goosebumps trailer and BEGGING to see it! I am still a big baby when it comes to horror movies (and books), but I am a huge Jack Black fan so I figured I give it a shot. If my 7-year-old can handle it, I better be able to! Our whole family went to check out the 3D screening and we had a blast! I was on the edge of my seat for the entire movie. It was intense, but surprisingly hilarious! I think without the humor it may have been more terrifying, but when you are laughing at Jack Black’s comical expressions, it’s hard to be scared! The mix of “kid” and “adult” humor was perfect! Goosebumps was also action-packed from start to finish and completely captivating. It was almost like a thrill ride at a theme park, but in a movie theater! I would recommend “Goosebumps” to anyone ages 7+. 


Here are 10 creepy characters in “Goosebumps” and the book they’re from:

1 – Slappy the Dummy – “Night of the Living Dummy”

“Brunch @ Bobby’s” By Bobby Flay Recipes + Cookbook Giveaway

*Prizing and samples provided by Crown Publishing #ad*

Whenever I ask my kids to pick a meal for our dinner menu, more often than not they want breakfast! The last few times I’ve indulged them it’s been the same thing…bacon, eggs and pancakes. I was ecstatic to receive Bobby Flay’s new book, Brunch @ Bobby’s! This cookbook is packed full of brunch ideas…over 100! I picked out a couple of recipes that I know my family will love and went and bought the ingredients. I was super happy to see that every single recipe was full of items I had actually heard of! The recipe I am looking forward to most? Cast-Iron Home Fries (with roasted green chilies and creamy garlic dressing)! I love cooking in cast-iron and this recipe looks divine. I’ll tweet out a picture after I try it out. Check out the “Carrot Cake Pancakes” recipe below and enter to win this awesome book along with 2 others!

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**About the Book**

At long last, Bobby shares his simplest, most sought-after recipes—while still delivering his signature intense flavors.
Bobby Flay may be best known for his skills at the grill, but brunch is his favorite meal of the week. In Brunch @ Bobby’s he includes 140 recipes starting with the lip-smacking cocktails, both spiked and virgin, that we have come to expect from him, along with hot and iced coffees and teas. He then works his way through eggs; pancakes, waffles, and French toast (including flavored syrups and spreads); pastries (a first) and breads; salads and sandwiches; and side dishes. Pull up a seat and enjoy a Sangria Sunrise, Carrot Cake Pancakes with Maple-Cream Cheese Drizzle, Sautéed Bitter Green Omelets, and Wild Mushroom-Yukon Gold Hash. This is how Bobby does brunch.

“The Journey Home” DVD Info + Giveaway

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The Journey Home” is a heartwarming story about a boy who goes out of his way to help a polar bear cub find his way home. Unfortunately, they both end up in a perilous situation and have to rely on each other to make it through. The premise of this story reminded me of our journey here to Hawaii. We thought it would be easy-breezy but that wasn’t the case at all! There were so many obstacles along the way that brought us closer together as a family. Once we finally made it, we knew it would be worth it! We also knew that Hawaii was our home! 

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10 Fun Facts About Disney’s Moana

Today was one of the highlights of my entire blogging “career.” I was able to attend the press conference for the Disney’s “Moana” at the Aulani Resort here in Hawaii. I could not contain my excitement in the days preceding the event! I would randomly get goosebumps, start crying, and would just smile from ear to ear every time I thought about it! Even though I had such high expectations going in (how can you not with Disney) I was still completely blown away and am counting the days until “Moana” comes out. We were able to check out a few clips and listen to one of the songs. It was magical. Complete brilliance. I have never felt so close to a Disney project before. Hawaii is such a special place for me in every aspect that I am anticipating “Moana” more than any previous Disney movie. I am humbled to call this beautiful state my home and thrilled that the rest of the world will be able to catch a glimpse of how special and meaningful the South Pacific is.


Here are 10 fun facts about “Moana”:

1 – It’s been over 4 years since presenting the idea of “Moana” to John Lasseter. He wanted John Musker and Ron Clements (the directors) to continue their research and “dig deeper” before making the movie. They have since traveled all over the South Pacific studying and learning about the people, the places, and the culture. They wanted to “honor the culture that inspired the film.”

5 Fun Facts About “The Intern” + Review

I was able to check out “The Intern” with my husband and my dad who was visiting last week. I didn’t know what to expect and was just praying that it wouldn’t be one of those movies that is super awkward to watch with your dad who you haven’t seen in forever. Turns out it was the perfect movie to see with pretty much anyone…husband, girl’s-night-out, dad, best friend…whoever! It was heartfelt, hilarious, and adorable. The casting for The Intern couldn’t have been better. Hathaway and De Niro were the perfect pair and I’d love to see them collaborate  again! Halfway through the movie my husband leaned over to me and said, “Anne Hathaway has got to be one of the best actresses in the world.” I totally agree and feel the same about De Niro. The Intern had the perfect balance of comedy, drama, and life-lessons. I walked away thinking of the “elderly” in an entirely different light; full of knowledge, kindness, and patience for the 30-somethings who think they know everything. (I may or may not be one of those.) I enjoyed this movie immensely and would recommend it to adults ages 20-120.

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Here are 5 fun facts about “The Intern”:

1 – This is the third time Robert De Niro and Rene Russo have starred together. (“The Adventures Of Rocky & Bullwinkle” and “Showtime.”)