Thursday, October 30, 2014

Disney's Planes Fire & Rescue Blu-ray Review...


Disney’s “Planes Fire & Rescue” is landing on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand platforms November 4th!

The follow-up to last year’s “Planes” comes the world famous racer Dusty Crophopper who joins an elite fire and rescue unit and learns what it takes to be a true hero. The high-flying comedy adventure also comes jet packed with an all-new exclusive animated short, deleted scenes, music video and more!

Bonus Features:

· Exclusive Animated Short – “Vitaminamulch: Air Spectacular”
· “Welcome to Piston Peak! – This mock-umentary promotional piece shows off all the highlights of the acclaimed Piston Peak National Park and its aerial firefighting team.
· Air Attack: Firefighters From The Sky – This high-energy, music-driven behind-the-scenes piece takes an inside look at the real smoke jumpers and firefighters who attack wildfires from the air as Director Roberts Gannaway and Producer Ferrell Barron take us through their journey in making the film.
· Spencer Lee Music Video “Still I Fly”
· Deleted Scenes with Filmmaker Introductions:
 “Honkers”
 “Dusty’s Dream No More”
· Animated Shorts:
  “Dipper”
  “Smokejumpers”
Watch the awesome trailer below...



Our Review:

If you liked the first planes movie you'll love this one. Planes Fire and Rescue is a fun, action packed Disney movie that the whole family will enjoy! There are a ton of jokes that make you laugh out loud. We loved the part where they are all in the barn with the country music playing and they were line dancing. There are a lot of one liners that make you laugh, like when a truck was giving a pick up line to a girl car and she says "pick up trucks" and drives away. And when all of the guys tease their friend for ordering a fruity drink that normally girls would order.

I felt bad for Dusty when he finds out his gear box is going out and he might not ever be able to race again. Then it makes you feel good when Dusty decides to become a fire fighter to save his town. I really liked Lil' Dipper when she first see's Dusty, she is so excited and says she's his biggest fan. You can totally tell she has a crush on him. The smoke jumpers were really cool too. They are little tractors and cars that jump out of a plane and parachute into the middle of the fire to help clear the road, and fight the fire from the ground. This film has a great story line and I highly recommend it to everyone!

The Blu-ray has a lot of fantastic special features. We liked the little short "Vitaminamulch air spectacular" that was pretty funny. There is another really cool clip about real air fire and rescue people. It shows how they did research for this movie by talking to the people that do this everyday. It's called air attack: firefighters from the sky. There's deleted scenes, a music video and much more!

Click below for some fun printable activities...

Download Fire Safety Activities

Disclaimer: *I do not receive any money for my posts. I do however receive the review products at no charge to evaluate and express my opinion.*

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Scotties Trees Rock Review and Giveaway...


It’s that time of year again! The 4th annual Scotties TREES ROCK! Video contest is back! Kids in grades 3-5th or 6-8th may now create a 3 minute (or less) video about the importance of trees and win $10,000 for their school!

The video can be many things…
·        A skit
·        A song
·        A dance
·        A speech
·        A jingle
·        A poem
·        An interpretive dance

The more creative the better! Just make sure to answer one question “Why do trees rock?” Trees Rock encourages individuals or groups of kids in grades 3, 4, and 5 or 6, 7, and 8 to submit a video about the importance of trees.



In each group, the grand prize winner (determined by a national vote) will win $10,000 for their school to use towards a sustainable project. The remaining 10 finalists in both groups will not leave empty-handed either and can walk away with prizes ranging up to $7,000.

·  Need inspiration? Check out Scotties Facial Tissues YouTube for videos from finalists of years past https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaW5O-hVPjD1y67iqTreZcQ

Watch the great video below...



·  Better at writing than video? Essay entries can be submitted online at www.ScottiesTreesRock.com and winners will be announced monthly and be awarded $250 in gift cards.

Scotties created the Trees Rock program out of a passion for the environment and a desire to share the message of sustainability to students. Despite the decline in environmental education at schools, studies have proven that learning about nature enhances “critical thinking and basic life skills” along with establishing “increased engagement and enthusiasm for learning and reduced discipline and classroom management problems”.

An increase in environmental education not only helps students in science, but in other subjects such as reading and math. Scotties has conducted outdoor classes and tree plantings throughout the country and seen firsthand the passion and excitement from young people when they learn about the world around them.



Thank you Scotties for all you do, this great Trees Rock Contest, and for the amazing products! 

Now here's the really exciting part...

I get to give one lucky winner a Scotties Care Pack!

Enter to win this giveaway below...
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Disclaimer: *I do not receive any money for my posts. I do however receive the review products at no charge to evaluate and express my opinion.*

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Zim's Naturally-Based Products Review...


Thanks to Zim's my family is super excited to tell you about their fabulous products!

When a cold hits, we love these products...



Zim's Advanced Vapor Rub is 100% natural and contains natural menthol, arnica extract, aloe vera, camphor, coconut oil, white beeswax, and eucalyptus globulus.
This formula is great and really helps relieve coughs. It's also fabulous on sore muscles to help with pain.
Next, my husband has bad Eczema and Zim's has come to the rescue. They have gels, creams and sprays that have been a huge help. It is amazing how his skin has cleared up since using these products!

We also love the herbal lip formula, it has arnica, aloe vera, and vitamin E. The Max-Freeze products are also really awesome! Their cool, soothing spray is one of our favorites! It helps provide temporary relief for minor aches and pains of muscles and joints associated with:


  • Uncomfortable shoes
  • Running
  • Standing or Walking
  • Sore heels
  • Ankle Pain
What a blessing this spray was the other day when I had been standing for many hours and had pain. 

Watch the video below about Zim's products...




The Zim's brand is dedicated to bringing you innovative naturally-based products that live up to their brand promise in every way. Their goal is to improve the lives of consumers with their brands that include over 25 products that are packed with the best of nature and range from skin care to pain relief gels.



Thank you Zim's for the excellent products, customer service and also for donating to the Serving Others This Holiday Season project!

Make sure to visit the Zim's site to check out all of their incredible products! You can also find them on Facebook, and Twitter!

Disclaimer: *I do not receive any money for my posts. I do however receive the review products at no charge to evaluate and express my opinion.*

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Nice Goldie and Nibbles CableKeeps Review...


My family is thrilled with all of the Nice products we received and excited to tell you about them!

First, check out the Goldie CableKeep...




Goldie CableKeeps give your dull white iPhone, iPod, or iPad Mini charger some added personality and utility.  They secure your USB docking cable to Apple power adapters so cable & charger stay together.



The intuitive design will keep your cables tangle free when shoved in a bag, pocket, or purse and can shorten and organize when plugged in the wall.  Goldie can also be used as a charging pedestal.

My son is excited to use this Goldie with his iPhone. It's a cute little gold fish that slides over his adapter and changes the entire look of his phone charger. He said it will be nice to use it as a pedestal also to keep it off the counter and out of the way.

They also have a cool Nibbles CableKeeps...



CableKeeps give your dull white iPad charger some added personality and utility. They secure your USB docking cable to Apple power adapters so cable & charger stay together.  The intuitive design will keep your cables tangle free when shoved in a bag, pocket, or purse and can shorten and organize when plugged into the wall.



My mom is on her iPad all the time so she needs her charger close to her without it being tangled every time she wants to use it. This Nibble can stay plugged into the wall next to her chair so all she needs to do is unwrap enough cable to plug in her iPad. She loves it and says this is so neat and convenient!

Next, check out the Goldie Plus Charger...


My family is impressed with how sturdy the cable keep is while holding our phones. It's awesome how easy the cord wraps around and stays in place. We love not having a cord laying on the counter and taking up space.

This is what it looked like with our old charger...



Now check out how nice and neat it looks...



CableKeeps combine charger and cable into one neat and tidy package and add style and fun to an otherwise dull device.
  • Eliminates tangled cables in bags and purses.
  • Tidies up messy wires coming out of the wall.  
  • Prevents “borrowing” with unique design and colors to make your own.
  • Keeps your device clean - Goldie can act as a charging pedestal, keeping your device off dirty counters and floors when charging   
CableKeeps come in 3 designs and 6 colors. Goldie for iPhone, Nibbles for iPad, and Gulp for iPad international. For non-Apple products we offer our Goldie Plus product which combines a Goldie CableKeep with a 5W charger and optional Micro USB cable.

CableKeeps are available at the NY MOMA gift store, The Container Store, Fab.com, Amazon, and their website: www.nicebydesign.com


Nice was started by independent industrial designer, James Young, as an outlet to create useful products that solve everyday problems with fun and delight.  Nice is a small company with a mission to empower our local community, reduce environmental impact, and share their great success.

Make sure and visit the Nice site to check out all of their incredible products! They are also on Facebook, and Twitter!

Thank you Nice for the excellent products, customer service and also for donating to the Serving Others This Holiday Season project!

Disclaimer: *I do not receive any money for my posts. I do however receive the review products at no charge to evaluate and express my opinion.*

Monday, October 20, 2014

Bretanna Review and Giveaway...


My family is really excited to tell you all about the fantastic Bretanna products!

First, we love the Bretanna Lip Balm...


My very dry lips are so moist and happy thanks to this wonderful lip balm!

With certified organic ingredients and organic (pure) essential oils, this soothing lip balm combines the properties of aloe, coconut oil, chamomile. Smooth and lightly-scented, this soft and supple balm is sure to pleasure the senses.

Next, Bretanna also has some amazing Witch Hazel for Face & Body! It's available in four different formulations.

Bretanna Witch Hazel Aloe...

Aloe Vera, high in vitamins C and E and uniquely infused into our witch hazel, hydrates skin cells, improves firmness and may help reduce the appearance of acne and other blemishes.

Bretanna Witch Hazel Lavender Chamomile...


Essential oils of lavender and chamomile, uniquely infused into our witch hazel, promote calm and relaxation, while antiseptic properties nurture the skin and help reduce the appearance of blemishes from acne, psoriasis, eczema, and skin irritations such as wounds, cuts, and burns.

Bretanna Witch Hazel Citrus Sage...


Essential oil of aloe and sage, high in vitamins and minerals and uniquely infused into our witch hazel, provide healing properties. Citrus oil creates an energizing, fresh scent.

Bretanna Witch Hazel Geranium Rose Hip...


Essential oils from Aloe and Geranium, uniquely infused in our witch hazel, fade the appearance of scars and skin spots and minimize wrinkles. Rosehip seed oils, rich in Vitamins A, E, and retinoic acid, revitalize skin and help it regain its natural tone and color.

Bretanna Witch Hazel is produced using true essential oils and contains no fragrance and no alcohol. As an excellent cleansing aid, all-natural Bretanna Witch Hazel gently tones skin and balances the Ph level, leaving your face refreshed, moisturized, and clean. Bretanna Witch Hazel reduces the appearance of blemishes and helps regenerate skin cells for a healthy glow.

Witch hazel has been used for centuries as a natural healing remedy. Native Americans used the plant topically to ease swelling and to treat minor wounds, abrasions and skin conditions. It’s also well known in the beauty world.  The bark and twigs from the plant contain naturally astringent and antibacterial properties and, when distilled, form a colorless liquid.  It is eco-friendly and inexpensive too!

I have been using these and love that there are so many things they help with! You can read some more great use ideas here. What a blessing witch hazel has so many excellent benefits for my families skin!

Make sure and visit the Jordan Naturals site to check out all of the incredible Bretanna products! They are also on Facebook, and Twitter!

Thank you Bretanna for the excellent products, customer service and also for donating to the Serving Others This Holiday Season project!

Now here's the really exciting part...

I get to give one lucky winner a Bretanna Gift Pack!


Enter to win this giveaway below...
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Disclaimer: *I do not receive any money for my posts. I do however receive the review products at no charge to evaluate and express my opinion.*

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Beethoven's Treasure Tail Blu-ray Review...



THE BELOVED CANINE IS BACK EM-BARKING
ON AN ALL-NEW HOWL-ARIOUS ADVENTURE
PERFECT FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

BEETHOVEN’S 
TREASURE TAIL

SYNOPSIS:  Get ready to howl with laughter in this all-new family comedy starring America’s favorite St. Bernard, the one and only Beethoven! After a doggone disaster of a movie shoot, the big-hearted pooch and his trainer, Eddie (Jonathan Silverman, Beethoven’s Big Break), are heading home when they get stranded in a small coastal village. When Beethoven befriends a local boy (Bretton Manley, Ted), he helps him find a pirate map to lost treasure and together they em-bark on an adventure that brings the whole town together. Co-starring Morgan Fairchild (Flamingo Road), Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), it’s a heartwarming “tail” about finding fun wherever your nose leads you.


Produced by Universal 1440 Entertainment, the production arm of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Beethoven’s Treasure Taildebuts on Digital HD on October 14, 2014, and on DVD and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with DVD, Digital HD & Ultraviolet on October 28, 2014.

The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray, DVD and DIGITAL HD with Ultraviolet.
·       Blu-ray unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD and theater-quality surround sound.
·       DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away.
·       DIGITAL HD with Ultraviolet lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.

FILMMAKERS

Cast: Jonathan Silverman, Kristy Swanson, Bretton Manley, Jeffrey Combs, Alec Mapa with Colin Mochrie and Morgan
Fairchild
Written and Directed By: Ron Oliver
Produced By: Albert T. Dickerson III
Director of Photography: C. Kim Miles CSC
Production Designer: Bill Fleming
Edited By: Heath Ryan





TECHNICAL INFORMATION – BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK:
Street Date:  October 28, 2014
Copyright:  2014 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Number:  63129928
Running time:  1 hour 38 minutes
Layers:  BD-50
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Languages/Subtitles:  English, Spanish, French
Sound:  DTS-Digital Surround 5.1 (Spanish, French)/DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English)

TECHNICAL INFORMATION – DVD:
Street Date:  October 28, 2014
Copyright:  2014 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Number: 63129927
Running time: 1 hour 38 minutes
Layers: Dual Layer
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Languages/Subtitles:  English, Spanish, French
Sound:  Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, Spanish, French)

Our Review:

We love all of the Beethoven movies! This one is for sure just as good as the rest. Beethoven is such a funny and smart dog. When Sam went off on his own looking for a treasure, he falls and is hanging on a cliff's edge. Beethoven comes to the rescue and throws him his leash, then he pulls him to safety. I like watching him run in slow motion, you can see all of his slobber flipping all over haha, it's great.

We were all laughing when the town of O'Malley is having a party and Beethoven starts chasing a parrot around. There is food flying and people are falling all over each other. He causes a big mess, as usual. It's pretty exciting when Sam finds the treasure and decides to use it to save his town. There are plenty of laughs and heartwarming moments. This is a fun movie that everyone will enjoy!

Disclaimer: *I do not receive any money for my posts. I do however receive the review products at no charge to evaluate and express my opinion.*

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Udderly Smooth Review and Giveaway...


My family is super excited to tell you about a wonderful company called Udderly Smooth®!

My poor feet get really dry. Last night I used their awesome Foot Cream with Shea Butter...



This superb foot cream moisturizes, smooths roughness and softens dry feet. It contains shea butter to make a more intensive moisturizer. My feet felt so happy and soft after putting this on them!

Next, I was excited to try their Hand Cream...



Wow I love it! I am always washing my hands and applying lotion. I finally found a hand cream that works great for me!

If you have dry skin, you'll absolutely love the Original Udderly Smooth® Udder Cream...



Original Udderly Smooth® Udder Cream is a greaseless, stainless water-based moisturizer with a light fresh fragrance. This cream was originally developed for use on dairy cows. It is now used by many people for their dry and chapped skin.


I really like the rich moisturizing ingredients. This cream feels so heavenly on my dry skin! I'm super impressed with it and highly recommend it. I love pampering my skin and each one of the Udderly Smooth items are fantastic!

Watch the below video to learn a little more about this fabulous company...




Made in the USA for over thirty years, these products contain rich moisturizing ingredients.


Not your average moisturizing lotion- Udderly Smooth® can be used on dry skin, cracked skin, for diabetes foot care, as a facial moisturizer, as a general moisturizing lotion and many other uses. Pioneered by a Pharmacist, reasonably priced and made in America’s heartland.


Udderly Smooth® my family thinks your products are MOOvelous! :) Thank you for the excellent products, customer service and also for donating to the Serving Others This Holiday Season project!

Visit the Udderly Smooth® site. They have such incredible products and are also on Facebook, and Twitter!


Now here's the really exciting part...

I get to give one lucky winner a Udderly Smooth Gift Pack!

Enter to win this giveaway below...
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Disclaimer: *I do not receive any money for my posts. I do however receive the review products at no charge to evaluate and express my opinion.*

Monday, October 6, 2014

C.Weeks Photography & Design Review and $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway...



I am super excited to tell you about a really AMAZING company called C.Weeks Photography & Design!!


Our son just got married and we wanted to make sure the day was captured by a professional photographer.

We found one that we absolutely LOVE! Her name is Christina Weeks, she did such a fantastic job! 

First, Christina got some incredible bridal pictures of my new gorgeous daughter...







Stunning!!! I am so very happy another sweet, beautiful daughter has now joined our family!



We love how this fabulous capture spotlights their rings...




Here's some fascinating photos of the bride and groom...










A few of the wedding party...





I love this photo above of my son with the adorable flower girls! Look closely, his 2 week old niece he's holding has her little tongue out! ;)




We asked for some fun shots for the bride and groom to use for their thank you cards. Look how awesome the one above they picked turned out! 


About Christina Weeks:



Life moves and is always moving, sometimes a little too fast. It’s my job to capture just a few glimpses of it for you so that in 5, 10, 15, or 30 years from now, you can remember every detail of your brand new baby’s face or look back on the time that your toddler refused to wear anything but the color green, or when your teenager refused to smile and you can smile. (or if you’re anything like me, cry!) I wish I could put into words the beauty and wonder captured in everyday life, but I can’t and so I take a picture.
 
I am a wife, a mother and a photographer. Born with a creative artistic heart with an outgoing personality. Learning from my own journey has created who I am today and the photographer I hope to be someday.
 
I am an on-location photographer, specializing in natural light Photography. Rather than  posing, I prefer to allow the children freedom to be themselves, to explore, to laugh, and to let their personality shine. I view each photograph I take as a gift. I desire to give my clients only the quality of photos that I, as a mother, would love to have myself and to show off to the world.
 
I am married and have three amazing boys and they are my everything. My photography is a gift given to me that is meant to be used and pass on to others. I look forward to meeting you and your family! - Christina Weeks

Our family highly recommends using Christina Weeks!! We know you will love her as much as we do!!

Like her on Facebook and visit her on Instagram!



C.Weeks Photography & Design thank you so very much for blessing our family with your talents!

We are truly grateful for the extra time, love and work you put into each one of our precious photos! They will be treasured and handed down for generations to come!

Now ready for something really exciting...

I am giving one lucky winner a $100.00 Visa Gift Card!!



Enter to win this giveaway below...
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