Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Spy Thriller RED SPARROW Now Available on Digital and Movies Anywhere

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review
The quickest way to get me interested in a movie is to tell me Jennifer Lawrence is in it.  I adored her in The Hunger Games, and I just feel like any role she plays she nails it.  Such was the case in her all new movie The Red Sparrow

Who can you trust? Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents a suspense-driven spy drama RED SPARROW available on Digital and Movies Anywhere today. In this international spy thriller, Academy Award® Winner Jennifer Lawrence is Dominika, a former ballerina forced to enter Sparrow School, a secret government program that thrusts her into a treacherous espionage game between Russia and the CIA. She emerges trained as a lethal agent, but is trapped in a world she desperately wants to escape. Red Sparrow "twists and turns until the shocking conclusion" (Andrew Freund, Dish Nation, FOX-TV) – you will not see coming. Director Francis Lawrence (Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2) reunites with in this edge-of-your-seat spy thriller. RED SPARROW includes over 90 minutes of bonus material that takes you inside the making of the film, exploring real-life source material with the author, cast commentary, deleted scenes and much more. 

  • A New Cold War: Origination and Adaptation
  • Agents Provocateurs: The Ensemble Cast
  • Tradecraft: Visual Authenticity
  • Heart of the Tempest: On Location
  • Welcome to Sparrow School: Ballet and Stunts
  • A Puzzle of Need: Post-Production
  • Director Commentary by Francis Lawrence
  • 10 Deleted Scenes (With Optional Commentary by Francis Lawrence)
  • Movies Anywhere Digital Code 
   So here are a few of the things I love
Great story line -  I felt like I was kept on the edge of my seat the entire movie.  And everytime I thought I had something figured out there would be a new twist.  Not just some random twist, but a twist that made sense and enriched the story!
Great acting - I know it was just a movie, but I felt the actors/actresses really got into their role.  Nothing felt forced.
Characters -  So many of them had great story lines and even after the movie was over I felt myself wanting to know where they ended up.  They were all interesting and watching them interact is what made this a great movie

I do want to mention this movie is def. not for kids!  There is some parts that can be hard to stomach even for an adult.  But if you are into action packed movies, that keep you guessing this one is def. for you

Celebrate Mister Rogers' 50th Anniversary

Disclaimer I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.  All opinions are my own
I remember as a little girl the sound of Mister Rogers singing its a wonderful day in the neighborhood was enough to make me stop everything I was doing to run and watch.  I adored him as a child and his also kind/calm demeanor.  Mister Rogers understood kids and understood that even though we were small we had big feelings.  He never once shamed us for them, but instead helped us to understand them.

I don't know about you, but I am pretty excited about the 50th Anniversary DVD set being released by PBS.

 This special set of 32 memorable episodes and over 15 hours of content celebrates the 50th anniversary of the beloved Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the pioneering children’s television series from The Fred Rogers Company. Mister Rogers helps children learn the importance of being kind to others, appreciating what makes everyone unique, recycling and taking care of our planet, and much more in the classic series. The new release also includes a very special bonus episode – the series premiere, in original black-and-white! 
MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD: IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY COLLECTION” will be available on March 27, 2018 ($19.99 SRP). The four-disc collection has a total run time of 928 minutes. Episodes of the program are also available for digital download.
Through his popular daily TV visits, generations of young children have grown up with the kind and gentle Mister Rogers, who created a calm and safe place that welcomed all to his neighborhood. With real-life guests, adventurous field trips and charming make-believe segments, the iconic Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood encouraged kids ages 2-5 to learn about themselves and the world around them, speaking directly to the series’ young audience with his unique one-to-one affirmation of their self-worth. Celebrity guest stars have included: Tony BennettJulia Child, Margaret Hamilton, Michael KeatonYo-Yo MaWynton Marsalis, Rita Moreno, and Bill Nye.
Episodes featured on the DVD include:
Helping Children Know What to Expect at School
Creating with Friends is Different than Playing Alone
Play is the Work of Childhood
Respecting All Living Creatures
Opera Day
Ups and Downs of Friendship
Learning about Rules and Limits
Appreciating the People Who Came Before
Food and Love Go Hand in Hand
Music As a Way to Express Feelings
Families Come in Different Shapes and Sizes
Celebrating Big and Little Things
Lots of Different Things for Play and Pretending
Each Person is Unique – Yet We All Have Much in Common
Being Kind to Ourselves and Others
Nobody Knows What You’re Thinking Unless You Tell Them
Games Can Be Fun, But Not If You’re Left Out
Recycling and Other Ways to care for Our Planet
Learning to Take Care of Yourself
Trying on Different Roles
We All Have Art Inside of Us
Understanding Concepts of Up and Down
The Strength of Love – Even Through Angry Times
Appreciating our Uniqueness
Some Things Change…Some Things Stay the Same
Needing Help and Giving Help
Feeling Good About Who We Are
Encouraging Generosity and Gratitude
Strengths and Limitations, Abilities and Disabilities    
Wondering and Asking Questions
Enjoying Books and Recognizing Symbols
Valuing All Kinds of Art

Friday, May 11, 2018

The Loud House IT GETS LOUDER!

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post in exchange for my honest review
I have most likely seen every The Loud House episode there is.  I feel like everytime I walk into a room my boys have it on.  Which I don't the Loud House kids make me feel me smile with their antics.  I love that each of the kiddos have different personalities!  Brandon Jr is 10 and at that stage where he is struggling with being himself but also fitting in.  I think the Loud family does an awesome job or show we are all different and special in our own way.  I don't know if that is what the creators of the show were going for but they did an awesome job of achieving it regardless. 
Okay less about me and my thoughts more about the Season 1 Volume two of The Loud House

The laughs are back this spring with the highly-anticipated release of The Loud House: It Gets Louder - Season 1, Volume 2 on DVD, which is following up last years' release of the first half of the season. This two-disc set comes out on DVD May 22 and contains the rest of the hilarious and heart-warming episodes from the show's inaugural season. Fans of this chaotic family comedy will see their favorite middle-child continue to navigate how to survive in a house of 10 sisters.
Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, The Loud House: It Gets Louder - Season 1, Volume 2 will be available on DVD May 22 for the suggested retail price of $13.99. 
 The Loud House: It Gets Louder - Season 1, Volume 2
contains the following episodes: 
  • Toads and Tiaras/Two Boys and a Baby
  • Cover Girls/Save the Date 
  • Attention Deficit/Out On A Limo
  • House Music/A Novel Idea
  • April Fools Rules/Cereal Offender
  • Lincoln Loud: Girl Guru/ /Come Sale Away
  • Roughin' It/ The Waiting Game
  • The Loudest Yard/Raw Deal
  • Dance, Dance Resolution/A Fair to Remember
  • One of the Boys/A Tattler's Tale
  • Funny Business/Snow Bored
  • The Price of Admission/One Flu Over the Loud House 
  • Study Muffin/Home-Spun
Street Date: May 22, 2018 
Running Time: 286 Minutes 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Dog Days of Summer

Disclaimer:  I was given the products in this post for the purpose of review.  Iwas not paid to write this review.  All opinions are my own.

Summer is almost here and with it comes vacations.  I love taking my boys fishing my pup always tags along.  I also love taking them to the zoo, amusement parks and so many other places.  Places my pup cannot go!  Sadly he has to stay home and I just know it breaks his little heart.  That is why I try to make my house as fun as possible for him in my absence.  I don't know about your furry buddy, but a few treats, toys and a nice bed is all it takes to make my little (well okay he is pretty big) guy happy

One of our favorite brands is Hear Doggy!  An awesome line of toys that they can hear, but I can't!  They have a huge assortment that come in all sizes, so you are sure to find something your pup will love

Oh but playtime isn't done yet.  GODOG Retrieval has just the thing for my pup and I to bond when I get home!

The goDog® Sonic Stick™ is a unique “stick” with lights and fun sound for interactive play! The light makes the stick easier for your dog to track day or night! The Sonic Stick is made from a soft and durable material that is safe for teeth and gums. One size for all breeds and weights. Available in bright yellow, a color that is easy for you and your dog to see! 

Not only does goDog offer fun fetch sonic sticks, they also have the cutest plush toys ever!

Okay people don't just my boy is only 2 so he needs lots of play time.  And that is fine with so many great toy choices out there I can keep him busy.
TrustyPup is an all new brand to us, but so far we are loving it!  Chew Guard Technology adds a tough and durable lining to soft plush toys. The lining is combined with reinforced seams to create toys that stand up to rough play. Dogs are tough but Chew Guard Technology is tougher

Well after a long round of playing my pups need a place to crash.  And that perfect place is The Supreme Soother Pet beds

With gel beads that cool and comfort, this premium bolstered bed is made of a unique mix of reclaimed memory foam to relieve achy joints. Available in two sizes Med. and Large
My Emma is old so any kind of comfortable I can give her is perfect!  She lived a good life, now she just wants to relax (Sounds like me most days lol)

Now I feel I need to make a full disclosure here.  I am about to tell you about 2 cat items.  I do not have any cats.  I have 2 handsome pet rats.  Before you say eww let me take a moment to be the rat advocate that I am.  My boys are the sweetest little guys ever!  They spend most of their time trying to get me hold them or pet them.  They spend most of their time grooming themselves.  So forget any "dirty" myths you have heard about them.  They do tricks for treats and I have even litter trained my boys
My blackhooded rat's name is BooBear or just Boo for short.  BooBear is such a sweet little boy.  He likes to explore and be naughty!  He takes my pups toys just so they will chase him! 

And my white albino rat is named Peanut or PEEWEE is his nick name.

Peanut was a feeder rat, meaning he was going to be used as live snake food.  Peanut was kept in a super small pen with 30 other rats.  He had very little food and water and his skin stank horribly  of urine  and was in bad condition.  He had bit marks on him and because he was kept in a glass cage with very little ventilation he developed a respitory infection.  You can see in the photo above where my pup is watching him that Peanut came very close to dying.   For the first few weeks I had to hand feed him and use towels and heating pads to keep him alive.  My vet gave me medication for him but those few weeks were very painful for him.  But my little Peanut has the heart of a survivor and never gave up.  He is better now, but seeing him that way broke my heart.   Every morning when I hug him before I go to work I think about what his fate may have been.  Every time I see him run around and play it is hard to remember that at one point in time it took all he had just to lift his little head.  Peanut is the sweetest most loving little guy.  I take him into the bathroom with me when I get a bath and just like a cat he uses the stool to hop up on the edge of the tub to hang out with me.  The little stinker even knocks bottle along the edge into the tub because he likes the splash they make.  I have little cat balls to roll for him and he runs after them and gets so excited when he catches them (he is partially blind so him catching a ball is a pretty big feat!!)  When he is scared he hides his little head  and clings on to me.  My Peanut had a very rough start to life and was treated the way a person would treat a bag of dog food.  Both my rats have HUGE personalities and spend most of their day trying to give and get love.  And I know this post is suppose to be a review post and I do want to say sorry for getting off topic, but "live feeding" is inhumane and I think as animal lovers we all need to speak up.  My PEEWEE and no other rat deserves it.

I do most of their shopping in the cat section at the store.  Rodent toys are to small for my little guys and small cat toys seems to be more their style.  The Petlinks Lemur Lights toy is just perfect for them!  Not only does his head light up, but his belly crinkles and he has a long string tail they like to chase!  And the Eco-friendly poly fill is made with recycled plastic giving me peace of mind.  Just in case one of my boys would rip it open I don't nee to worry about harmful material. 
Last but not least I was able to review the Smart Kat Happy Hammock!  My boys sure do love sleep and hammocks are their favorite place to do so. 

Summer is almost here, remember your pets as you are out and about having fun!  Make sure they have something to keep them busy and happy at home!

Mother's Day is almost here!

Disclaimer:  I was compensated for this post.
When I was little like most kids my mom walked a fine line between parent and friend.  She was my best friends some days and other days she would yell and ground me!  At the time I hated her for it, but because my mom choose to be my mom and not my friend I avoided a lot of mistakes and made mostly good choices with my life.  Now that I am a mother and adult my mom and are friends.  I can tell my mom anything and everything and since she spent so much time caring for me and loving me as a child I know she always has my best interested at heart.  And now as a mother I know that every time she had to yell at me it hurt her just as much as it did me. 

My mom really is a great person so on mother's day I go all out!  I haven't yet saved enough money to take her to Ireland, but that is my goal one day!  For now that I just make sure that for one day she feels like the Queen she is

So how do I do that:
Step one:  Cook her breakfast.  We don't live in the same house, so this normally involves me stopping some where on the way home from church to grab breakfast for everyone.  And I always make sure to clean up when everyone is done.
Step two:  I plan a trip that is just about her.  Now I'm not overly rich so we do something simple like golfing, bowling, going to see a movie.  Sometimes we even just go to our favorite walking spot and go for a walk.
Step 3:  Of course she needs a gift.  My kids always make her a gift.  Most of the time it is a drawling last year they painted rocks for her garden.  And I normally buy her something.  I'm a bit to old to do fingering paintings for my mom!  This year she is getting the 50 Shades movies.   She really enjoyed the book series, so when I saw they were releasing as a collection I knew she just had to have them!  Releasing just in time for Mother's Day, celebrate the journey to motherhood with Anastasia Steele when the Fifty Shades 3-Movie Collection Unrated Edition arrives on Blu-ray May 8, 2018 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Complete with hours of bonus content from each film to relive every moment.  Now I read the books, and I have to say I am a fan.  I know most people miss the base story line.  Christian Grey was a very abused little boy who watched his own mother die at the age of 4.  It left him scarred and bitter.  He was adopted by a very loving family, but do to a family friend preying on him as a child he has a very unhealthy bedroom life.  In his adult life the only type of human interaction he allows is the type he has full control over.  His relationships are loveless.  He doesn't really connect with anyone... Until Anastasia quite literally falls into his life.  Anastasia sees past the money, the over the top life style to the man Christian can be.  And she loves him enough to help him heal.  
Step 4:  I did breakfast, so one of my siblings will do lunch.  It is never as good as my breakfast... But they do try lol

Step 5:  And this is the most important, just let your mom know she is loved.  Lets face it all of us were tiny jerks at some point in time that gave our mothers endless headaches and most likely scared them billions of times with choices we made.  Yet they still love us!  So lets return that love and let them we appreciate it!