Monday, October 14, 2019

@Crayola #scribblescrubbies #Crayola

Disclaimer:  The items in this post were given to me for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review, all opinions are my own.

Welcome to the 2019 Holiday gift guide!  To see more items please click my link below:
There was always 3 things I could count on every Christmas when I was a kid
1) I was getting some type of bath product
2) My brother, sister and I were getting a together gift
3) There was always a Crayola product under the tree for me

I always looked forward to these 3 things and as a mom it is something I carried over into my adult life.  My boys always get a together gift, they always get bath stuff and they always get something from Crayola!  This year my boys are going to love the new products being offered by crayola, even I have to admit they out done themselves this time.  I remember as a kiddo a fresh pack of crayons was something to get excited about, but it seems Crayola just keeps getting better and better.  I want to tell you about 2 of the many amazing products they are offering this holiday season!

The Crayola Color Chemistry Arctic Lab contains everything young scientists need to explore color like never before – this year with an arctic twist! 
The set is equipped with STEAM-infused, playful experiments exploring color, texture and temperature.  For those who don't know this I work in a school and this year STEAM was introduced to our kiddos.  I LOVE IT!  I makes kiddos think outside of the box and helps enrich the part of their mind that creates and promblem solves.  Two HUGE thumbs up to Crayola!

The Color Chemistry Arctic Lab includes an easy-to-read instruction booklet that’s packed with 50 colorful arctic-themed science activities to try out at home and enough Crayola materials and supplies to do 15 experiments right out of the box. All experiments were created with the help of real Crayola scientists, ensuring that they are all educational, creative and fun. 

 BENEFITS
 • STEAM-Inspired Experiments: All of the activities and experiments in the kit were designed with the help of Crayola scientists to ensure that they are educational and creative 
• Open-Ended Fun: The included activity book outlines 15 experiments that can be done right out of the box and 35 experiments that can be completed with common household items, encouraging kids to utilize the environment around them
 • Arctic-Inspired Learning: Ideal for the holiday season, each experiment infuses color and winter themes, from snow that grows on trees, to color-changing window cling snowflakes


Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Safari includes adorable, colorable and washable pet figures that kids can customize with color, wash in the kid-powered oasis Tub, and color again. 
We reviewed the pet set last year and loved them!  Even after a year of playing they are still in perfect shape!

Following the popularity of Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Pets, the Safari features all new safari-themed pets that kids can color customize with the six included Scribble Scrubbie Ultra CleanÃ’ Washable Markers. When they are ready for a color change, they can brush their Safari pets clean in the kid-powered oasis tub, dry them off and start over. In addition to the four safari pets included, there are additional expansion packs (sold separately) for a total of 12 adorable safari animals that kids can collect and customize again and again. The set includes four all new safari pets including a monkey, an elephant, giraffe and lion, kid-powered hand-pump oasis tub with a fun slide attachment, a scrub brush and six Scribble Scrubbie Washable markers. 

 BENEFITS 
• Collectible Fun For Kids: With the four included Scribble Scrubbie Safari pets and expansion packs, kids can continue to expand their collection of adorable pets to customize, nurture and clean 
• Customizable Creativity: Kids can use the special Scribble Scrubbie Ultra CleanÃ’ Washable Markers to design and customize their pets however they choose 
• Create Over and Over: Using the included hand-pump oasis tub, kids can wash off their pets, customize with brand new designs when they dry, and wash again

As always Crayola is offering products that encourage my kids to be creative and express themselves!

LEGO NINJAGO Lloyd’s Journey

Disclaimer:  The items in this post were given to me for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review, all opinions are my own.

Welcome to the 2019 Holiday gift guide!  To see more items please click my link below:

I'm sure I am not the only parent who has a car dvd player, I call mine my sanity savoir.  Yes my kids use to drive me nuts in the car now they watch videos.  Here is the irony though, now I drive them crazy!  Last week the were watching Lego Ninjago the movie and I was up front and kept asking if they bad guy knew the Green Ninja was his son yet.  I could tell my kids were getting tired of me asking lol  It is tough to be able to hear what is going on but not see! 
Sadly that entire paragraph has little relevance to my post(besides the Ninjago part), but I thought I would share it :)  I'm sure someone else out there has the same struggle lol

My boys do really enjoy the Ninjago series, it is one of our top watched DVD'S in the car.  Which is why I was excited when I realized I was going to get to review Lego NINJAGO Lloyd's Journey

Stage an epic ice battle matching Lloyd and his wolf against Blizzard Warrior with this action-packed ninja toy for boys and girls. This 70671 Lloyd’s Journey LEGO® NINJAGO® set features Blizzard Warrior's fortress with a shooting crossbow and buildable ice holder for Lloyd's golden sword. Fans of the NINJAGO TV show will love role-playing scenes and creating their own adventures with the 2 LEGO NINJAGO minifigures, a wolf figure and cool ninja weapons in this toy building set.
  • This LEGO® NINJAGO® set includes 2 new-for-June-2019 minifigures: Lloyd and Blizzard Warrior, plus a new-for-June-2019 Lloyd’s wolf figure.
  • Cool toy for kids who can create Blizzard Warrior’s fortress with LEGO® building bricks, featuring space for a minifigure, a shooting toy crossbow and ice elements.
  • This battle toy building set also includes a buildable ice holder with Lloyd's golden sword.
  • Weapons include ninja minifigure Lloyd's flaming torch and silver-colored toy katana, and Blizzard Warrior’s ice katana.
  • Playset also includes Lloyd’s katana holder and Blizzard Warrior’s ice armor accessory elements.
  • Cool toy for kids to recreate exciting action from the NINJAGO® TV show.
  • Add 70676 Lloyd’s Titan Mech and 70678 Castle of the Forsaken Emperor LEGO® sets to play out more adventures with Lloyd in the Never-Realm.
  • Fortress measures over 1” (5cm) high, 2” (7cm) wide and 2” (7cm) deep.

Rizmo

Disclaimer:  The items in this post were given to me for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review, all opinions are my own.


Welcome to the 2019 Holiday gift guide!  To see more items please click my link below:

Every year I can't wait to see what the "it" toy is going to be.  I'm not going to lie a few years ago when those fingerlings were so popular I did not see that coming!  We do own one, that my son still plays with, so in hindsight I get it now!
The year I have a feeling that Rizmo is going to be the "it" toy!  I'm an adult and even I'm excited for it to evolve so my boys can see who we got.

What is Rimzo you may be asking?

Rizmo is the first-ever "Evolving Toy" that listens, learns, remembers and grows. Rizmo, whose name is a mix of Rhythm and Monster(how stinking cute is that!), is in search of love, music, and dance.  As kids interact, cuddle, sing and play with Rizmo they will be surprised to experience the evolution of Rizmo over time as it grows & evolves.
Kiddos have to watch Rizmo's eyes to try and figure out what he/she needs.  Green eyes mean cuddles, yellow means times to sing and other colors have other meanings.
Light blue eyes mean Rizmo wants you to play, I love this function the best because it challenges kiddos and keeps that engaged.
There is just so many was to play Rizmo that will keep kids entertained!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

2019 Holiday Gift Guide




It is that time of year again dear readers!  The Simply Me Blog is putting together its annual Gift guide to help you with all your shopping needs!
The Simply Me guide wants to help make Christmas shopping a bit easier this year.  So over the next few weeks I will be offering tips and gift ideas!  Keep checking back to see all the fun stuff that will be added

If you want to be included in the guide feel free to email me at savannahm1987@gmail.com





Sunday, September 1, 2019

Disney's Aladdin Digital and Movies Anywhere August 27 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD September 10

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 the very first time I watched the cartoon version of Aladdin, I was in awe.  I also spent the next several weeks trying to convince the carpets in my house they were capable of flying!!!  Sadly the never did fly.  Fast forward years later and one rainy day I got out our old VHS player and sat down with my boys to watch it all over again.  If the first time I saw it as a child was awe inspiring then watching it with my boys was down right magical.  The danced, sang and you guessed it tried to make our carpets fly!  Last year when I heard they were making a live action version of Aladdin we were so excited.  And we were not let down, the new Aladdin is just as magical as the old with all new songs, dances and scenes.  It gave us a change to fall in love all over again.

Disney's "Aladdin," the thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of the studio's animated classic, lands in homes on Digital in HD, 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on Aug. 27, and physically on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD onSept. 10. Fans of all ages will enjoy the exciting, humorous tale of the lovable “street rat,” Aladdin (Mena Massoud), courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) and the larger-than-life Genie (Will Smith) with all-new bonus features. The release of the live-action adventure coincides with the addition of the original animated classic to the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection  —  granting “Aladdin” fans everywhere the opportunity to own both magical movies.

Extras explore elements of “Aladdin” that audiences adore, from the film’s treasured, iconic award-winning music to its beloved characters and their hilarious antics on and off screen. Viewers get the first look at an all-new song “Desert Moon,” deleted from the final film, written by eight-time Academy Award® winning composer Alan Menken and Oscar®-and Tony Award®-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“The Greatest Showman,” “La La Land”). Features document Guy Ritchie’s joyful, easy-going approach to directing that led to movie magic; Will Smith’s fresh take on the infamous shape-shifting blue entity confined to an oil lamp; Naomi Scott’s powerful performance as the spirited princess who yearns to lead the people of Agrabah; and the indescribable feeling of playing Aladdin chronicled personally by Mena Massoud. Deleted scenes and a blooper reel round out the fun.

Bonus features include*:

DIGITAL PRESELL BONUS:
MAKE WAY FOR PRINCE ALI – Take a look at the gigantic design extravaganza that came together for this scene of Genie-sized proportions.
DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE BONUS:
“SPEECHLESS”: CREATING A NEW SONG FOR JASMINE – Follow the story of Jasmine’s inspirational song “Speechless,” written by Alan Menken, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul especially for this version of “Aladdin.”
BLU-RAY & DIGITAL BONUS:
ALADDIN’S VIDEO JOURNAL: A NEW FANTASTIC POINT OF VIEW – Watch behind-the-scenes moments captured by Mena Massoud (Aladdin) in this fun, fast-paced look at his personal journey.
DELETED SONG: “DESERT MOON” – Experience a moving duet performed by Jasmine and Aladdin, fully shot and edited, with an introduction by Alan Menken.
GUY RITCHIE: A CINEMATIC GENIE – Discover why director Guy Ritchie was the perfect filmmaker to tackle this exhilarating reimagining of a beloved classic.
A FRIEND LIKE GENIE – Discover how Will Smith brings talent, experience and his own personal magic to the iconic role of Genie.
DELETED SCENES
Falling Petals Into OJ
Jafar’s Magic Orrery
Anders’ Gift
Wrong Wishes
Silly Old Fool
Post Yam Jam Debrief
BLOOPERS – Laugh along with the cast and crew in this lighthearted collection of outtakes from the set.


MUSIC VIDEOS
  • "Speechless" – Music video performed by Naomi Scott
  • “A Whole New World” – Music video performed by ZAYN and Zhavia Ward
  • “ A Whole New World” (“Un Mundo Ideal”) – Music video performed by ZAYN and Becky G.
And if you are not like me and don't have a copy of the original cartoon version you can now own it!

 Embark on a magic carpet ride with the entire family when Disney’s original animated classic “Aladdin” soars into the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection, granting nonstop laughs, action-packed adventure and Academy Award®–winning music (1992: Best Music, Original Song, “A Whole New World,” Original Score) for the first time in 4K Ultra HD. The Signature Collection Edition of “Aladdin” takes flight two weeks early in 4K Ultra HD, Digital in HD and Movies Anywhere Aug. 27 and lands on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Sept. 10— with a brand-new sing-along version; all-new bonus features, including original cast recordings; and classic bonus material. The arrival coincides with the in-home release of 2019’s live-action film adaptation “Aladdin,” granting fans everywhere the opportunity to own both magical movies. 

The Signature Collection Edition invites every member of the family to join Genie, Aladdin and Jasmine to belt out the unforgettable songs from “Aladdin” — such as “A Whole New World,” “Friend Like Me” and “Prince Ali” — through a new sing-along version. Other fresh features include a walk down memory lane with Scott Weinger (speaking voice of Aladdin) as he reflects on his personal journey portraying the diamond in the rough and meeting with the original cast and filmmakers, and one jump into the recording booth during the original recording sessions. Digital exclusive features legendary animator Eric Goldberg reminiscing about drawing Genie. Also included are hours of classic bonus gems, from hilarious outtakes with the legendary Robin Williams (voice of Genie) to an in-depth discussion with directors John Musker and Ron Clements.

Disney’s tale of the lovable “street rat,” Aladdin, self determined Princess Jasmine and the all-powerful Genie has remained a family favorite for over a quarter of a century. It all began with the animated classic “Aladdin,” the highest-grossing film of 1992 and a two-time Academy Award®–winner, and continued with the hit Broadway musical “Aladdin” and 2019’s live-action film adaptation “Aladdin,” directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Will Smith as Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Jasmine. 

Families can decide how, when and where they wish to enjoy “Aladdin” in their households. The film arrives two weeks early on Digital 4K Ultra HD and HD with an exclusive extra — and a Digital bundle doubles the fun with both the Walt Disney Signature Collection Edition and this year’s thrilling, live-action adventure “Aladdin.” A physical copy of the film will be released as a 4K Ultra HD (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital Code) and a Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray and Digital Code).

“Aladdin” is the 10th title to join the Walt Disney Signature Collection, which includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. The film takes its place alongside “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio,” “Bambi,” “The Lion King,” “Lady and the Tramp,” “Peter Pan,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Cinderella.”

BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAY & DIGITAL: *

NEW BONUS
  • Sing Along With The Movie – Sing along to your favorite tunes as you watch the film. With magical on-screen lyrics. 
  • Aladdin on Aladdin – Join the speaking voice of Aladdin, Scott Weinger (“Fuller House”), as he reflects on almost 30 years of being Aladdin. 
  • Let’s Not Be Too Hasty”: The Voices of “Aladdin” – Take your seat in the recording booth and watch as the voice actors of “Aladdin” work their microphone magic.
  • Alternate Endings – Enter the realm of “what if” and see just how differently the movie could have ended.
DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE
  • Drawing Genie – Join prolific animator Eric Goldberg as he draws and reminices about the Genie.
CLASSIC BONUS – Revisit over 40 exciting bonus features from previous releases including:
  • The Genie Outtakes
  • “Aladdin”: Creating Broadway Magic
  • Unboxing “Aladdin”