Friday, August 10, 2018

Stylish Kids Room, Delta Children

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review I was not paid in anyway to write this review.  All opinions are my own
My kids room on a good day is still a mess.  We have a super small house so even leaving out one toy makes the room look cluttered.
I have discovered that having a bin for everything and keeping it all organized goes a far way in keeping the room looking good.
The thing is some times those bins just look drab.  And they aren't always that functional.  We have one with hinges that snaps close and nearly take a finger off each time.
So not kid friendly.  That is why I love companies like Delta Children!
All of Delta Children's products are made with kids in mind.  From style, make and design.
Delta Children has so many fun products and there is no way I could cover them all in one post.  So today I am just going to highlight their Nolan Toy Box !

Here is what I loved right away.  I didn't need many tools to put it together!  
It came with a handy Allen wrench and I used my screw driver.  That is all that is needed.  Most of the toy box I was able to put together myself.  There is these really nice soft closing hinges that prevents the toy box from slamming shut on little fingers.  I did need my hubby to hold it at just the right angle while I put the screws into place.

I also like the fact there is a space in the front to put books or other small items.  My boys always loose the remote for their room, so we have been placing that in the front area as well.

It does have some nice weight to it, so I don't need to worry about my boys tipping it over. 

The opening is really big so it makes clean up super easy on my kids.

The wood feels and looks very durable so I can see it lasting us a very long time.  And speaking of the wood it does come in several colors.  I like that even though this is a toy box, I would feel comfortable putting it in any room in my house.  It truly does have a versatile look.  I debated using it as a small coffee table for my sitting room, but my boys told me no they wanted it!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

I can Only Imagine for little ones

Disclaimer  I was given products from lookbook blogger for the purpose of review.

Encourage your children’s sense of wonder and faith with I Can Only Imagine for Little Ones, inspired by the hit song by MercyMe. This delightful board book will capture your family’s childlike faith and imagination.
I Can Only Imagine for Little Ones asks questions a child might ask about God and invites families to wonder together: What is heaven like? What does God do? What would it be like to spend a day with Jesus? Children will see that although experiencing the glory of heaven may be far off, we can enjoy a friendship with Jesus every day - right here on earth. Whimsical, playful illustrations and thought-provoking questions make this a book families will cherish.
Fun and vibrant illustrations offer a vivid visual and will help your children see that God can be found everywhere, every day.
The more I imagine, the more I wish I knew.
I wonder, would God like pancakes with extra syrup too?
And if God and I spent the day together, what exactly would we do?
Would God feel what I feel? Would He see what I see?
Would He like to explore and see the world with me?
The Christian worship song “I Can Only Imagine” touched countless lives with its glorious representation of being in the presence of God, and this beautifully illustrated board book invites you and your little ones to imagine those same wonders. Share the joy of a personal relationship with the Lord with your family today through the creative, faith-filled book I Can Only Imagine for Little Ones.


Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.
I have seen every Marvel super hero movie ever!  Not only have I seen them, but I also got my family addicted to them.  We are so that family that debates who would win an all out fight Thor or the Hulk!

So being the super hero junkies that we are we couldn't wait for Avengers Infinity War to come out.  And yes we have been waiting a very long time.  So I want to start off by saying it wouldn't hurt to rewatch some of the other movies.  There was a few times my hubby or I forgot what happened in a previous movie.  The kids seemed to know it all though so they just refreshed our memories.  So just a quick catch up, Tony and Steve are still on non talking terms.  The Hulk and Thor start off in the ship filled with Thor's people.  The StarLord and his crew just defeated his father.  Scarlet Witch and vision are together.  And Rocket is still the cutest little raccoon ever!
So several things I loved about this movie was we can see a lot of our favorite characters has grown as people we also get to see several of our favorite characters act differently than we are use to.  Loki does a very unLoki like thing that I think lets us all in shock.  Thor after loosing everything seems humbled, if not a bit broken.  Iron Man and Spiderman have several sweet parts in the movie.  Groot is now a teenager with attitude.  And the Hulk is refusing to come out!  What since when doesn't the Hulk jump at every chance to come out!?
I love all the crossovers.  Doctor Strange and Iron Man seem to both want to be in charge.  Throw StarLord in there and it is just a hot mess.  Poor Spider Man just seems to be along for the ride in this group.

Go behind the scenes of the No. 4 film of all time to gain exclusive access to more than two hours of never-before-revealed details of its unprecedented, ten-year cinematic journey which includes an epic filmmaker roundtable, an inside look at the surprising Super Hero pair-ups, deleted scenes and more!
BURBANK, Calif. (July 10, 2018) — Box office history was made when Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” shattered all opening records, surpassed the $2 billion mark at the global box office in just 48 days, and remains the fourth highest-grossing film of all time. Now, the cinematic event ten-years in the making comes home Digitally on July 31 and Blu-ray on Aug. 14 with over two hours of bonus.

“Marvels’ Avengers: Infinity War” is a must-own addition to every in-home film collection and is packaged several ways so that fans get the most out of their viewing experience. Consumers who experience the ultimate showdown Digitally will join a 30-minute roundtable with Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) directors Anthony and Joe Russo, Jon Favreau, Joss Whedon, James Gunn, Ryan Coogler, Peyton Reed and Taika Waititi who reflect on how their movies contribute to the MCU’s larger storytelling adventure.

The 4K Cinematic Universe Edition’s never-before-seen bonus material grants behind-the-scenes access to MCU members and features the memorable moments when characters first meet, the rationale behind some unexpected on-screen pair-ups, and a funny Super Hero gag reel. Featurettes explore the frighteningly powerful Thanos and two action-packed attempts to prevent his collection of all six Infinity Stones: the struggle on Titan and the massive battle in Wakanda. Deleted scenes and filmmaker commentary reveal even more on-set secrets from Marvel Studios’ monumental undertaking.

The Multi-Screen Edition includes a Blu-ray and a Digital Copy of the film, giving viewers the flexibility to watch the film on different devices. Those with 4K Ultra HD capability may opt for a 4K Cinematic Universe Edition, which includes a 4K Ultra HD disc, a Blu-ray, and a Digital Copy.

And for those who wish to catch up on their MCU history, select retailers are also offering bundled packaging as well as individual Digital and Physical releases of “Marvel’s The Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer):
Blu-ray & Digital:

  • Strange Alchemy (5:08)– Share the thrill of characters from across the MCU meeting for the first time—and discover why some were teamed up together.
  • The Mad Titan (6:34) – Explore the MCU’s biggest, baddest villain, his trail of influence through the stories, and the existential threat he represents.
  • Beyond the Battle: Titan (9:36) – Dive into the climactic struggle on Thanos’ ruined world, including the epic stunts and VFX, to uncover the source of its power.
  • Beyond the Battle: Wakanda (10:58) – Go behind the scenes to find out how the filmmakers pulled off the most massive and challenging battle Marvel had ever attempted.
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes (10:07)
    • Happy Knows Best (1:23) – Tony and Pepper spar over the details of their upcoming wedding—until a hassled Happy Hogan pulls up with an urgent request.
    • Hunt for the Mind Stone (1:24) – On a darkened street, Wanda Maximoff and the wounded Vision attempt to hide from Thanos’ brutal allies.
    • The Guardians Get Their Groove Back (3:20) – As Peter Quill and Drax quarrel over their failed mission to Knowhere, Mantis interrupts with news.
    • A Father’s Choice (4:00) – Thanos confronts Gamora with a vision from her past—and with lying to him about the Soul Stone.
    • Gag Reel (2:05)– Watch your favorite Super Heroes make super gaffes in this lighthearted collection of on-set antics.
    • Audio Commentary (approx. 149 min.) by Anthony and Joe Russo, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
Digital Exclusive:
  • A Directors’ Roundtable (approx. 32 min.) – Eight amazing directors reflect on how their movies contribute to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s larger storytelling adventure.
In “Avengers: Infinity War,” members from every MCU franchise must sacrifice like never before in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. The film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Don Cheadle as Colonel James Rhodes/War Machine, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Paul Bettany as Vision, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Peter Dinklage as Eitri, Benedict Wong as Wong, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Dave Bautista as Drax, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, with Benicio Del Toro as The Collector, with Josh Brolin as Thanos, and Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord.

Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” is directed by Emmy® Award–winning directors Anthony and Joe Russo from an original screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Kevin Feige produced the film, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Trinh Tran, Jon Favreau, James Gunn and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo’s creative team includes director of photography Trent Opaloch (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Elysium”), production designer Charles Wood (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “The Matrix”), editors Jeffrey Ford, ACE (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), and Matthew Schmidt (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Iron Man 3”), three-time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”), visual effects supervisor Dan DeLeeuw (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Captain America: Civil War”), six-time Oscar®–nominated special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Black Panther”), and stunt coordinator Sam Hargrave (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Atomic Blonde”).

Based on the Marvel comic franchise first published in 1963, “Avengers: Infinity War” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in  “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,”  “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Doctor Strange,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” and “Black Panther.”

Water Melon Ball JR

Disclaimer:   I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.
I use our pool for the sole purpose of cooling of on these hot summer days.  I would be content to just lay back and relax.  My boys on the other hand like to splash water, throw balls and play shark like games.  So 9 times out of 10 I end up playing to!  If you can't beat them just join them lol

We just recently found  a new way to enjoy our pool and that is with the Water Melon Ball Jr
So to start you fill your ball with water.  Yes you heard me water!   There is a special tool included so you can do this.  This gives the ball the weight it needs.  So I do want to mention here you need to get the water just right.  Ours like kept floating, it never went to the bottom.  So I put in more water and it worked perfectly!

Get your UNDERWATER game on! The Watermelon Ball JR is neutrally buoyant and looks, feels, and behaves like a real watermelon in water! You can dribble, kick, pass and easily intercept the Watermelon Ball JR - even under water! Play Watermelon Ball versions of basketball, soccer, keep-away and more! Pass up to 10 feet underwater and even bounce the Watermelon Ball JR off pool walls for trick passes and winning moves!

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar

Disclaimer:  I was given a copy of the book in this review in order to provided my honest opinion.
Some books are truly harder to read than others.  For me that normally occurs when the book breaks my heart.  Now I do want to start off by saying this book is historical fiction.  It is based on a true story though.  It is the story of Helene a mom who loved her family so much that when police, under the order of the SS, came to take her family she went with them.  Helene choose to die with those she loved.  In the book Helene over and over again doesn't all she can to protect the children.   While at the camp Dr. Mengele ask her to organize a school for the Romani children.  She does and provided as much of a safe Haven as possible for the children in her care.

This story is not an easy read.  It broke my heart several times over, BUT  I do think it is a must read.  Before the story even starts the author quotes Elie Wiesel
"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
The opposite of beauty is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference.  
A.d the opposite of life is not death, but indifference between life and death. "

Auschwitz Lullaby brings to life the story of Helene Hannemann—a woman who sacrificed everything for family and fought furiously for the children she hoped to save.
On an otherwise ordinary morning in 1943, Helene Hannemann is preparing her five children for the day when the German police arrive at her home. Helene’s worst fears come true when the police, under strict orders from the SS, demand that her children and husband, all of Romani heritage, be taken into custody. Though Helene is German and safe from the forces invading her home, she refuses to leave her family—sealing her fate in a way she never could have imagined.
After a terrifying trek across the continent, Helene and her family arrive at Auschwitz and are thrown into the chaos of the camp. Her husband, Johann, is separated from them, but Helene remains fiercely protective of her children and those around her. When the powers-that-be discover that Helene is not only a German but also a trained nurse, she is forced into service at the camp hospital, which is overseen by the notorious Dr. Mengele himself.
Helene is under no illusions in terms of Dr. Mengele’s intentions, but she agrees to cooperate when he asks her to organize a day care and school for the Romani children in the camp. Though physically and emotionally brutalized by the conditions at Auschwitz, Helene musters the strength to protect the children in her care at any cost. Through sheer force of will, Helene provides a haven for the children of Auschwitz—an act of kindness and selflessness so great that it illuminates the darkest night of human history.
Based on a true story, Mario Escobar’s Auschwitz Lullaby demonstrates the power of sacrifice and the strength of human dignity—even when all hope seems lost.