Sunday, August 30, 2015

TINKERTOY Wild Wheels Building set

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

TINKERTOY Wild Wheels Building set


My boys love building!  There is an entire section of their room dedicated to building toys.  They love making towers, cars, animals, house and whatever else their little imaginations can think of it.
When you are that age the possibilities are endless.  As a mom I like to enrich their imagination as much as possible.  Which is why I am excited about the all new TINKERTOY Wild Wheels Building Set. 

 Create your favorite wheeled builds with the Wild Wheels Building Set! 
 This set comes with 76 TINKERTOY parts and pieces to create some iconic wheeled builds. Build a pull-along duck, a wheel barrel, or even build two race cars at once! This set comes with an instruction sheet which provides a variety of ideas for all skill levels.
 And, as always, the TINKERTOY parts and pieces snap together and stay together for long-lasting play. 
Most models can be built one at a time. 
Ages 3+. 
 Available now at knex.com, amazon.com and walmart.com

I love that you can use the sheet for ideas of you can create your own wheeled toys.  My youngest is 3 and it was super easy for him to put the pieces together.  
I thought for sure since these were "Wheeled" that they would crash once or twice and fall apart.  I was so wrong once together they stayed together, until my kiddos are ready to take them apart and build something new.
And they built everything from cars, trucks, wagons and even a silly looking bike!
These are fun to build and fun to play with!  And through the entire process little ones are encouraged to use their imagination. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

#Lugz Shifter Ballistic review and #giveaway

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.

#Lugz Shifter Ballistic review and #giveaway 

BackToSchool
Welcome to the 1st Annual Back to School Giveaway Hop hosted by Karen’s Got Mail. I have teamed up with a fantastic group of bloggers to share these giveaways with our readers. Be sure to hop around to the participating blogs and enter some fabulous giveaways! Also, make sure to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway which features n Ultimate Back to School combo from Mabel's Labels!

Send kids back to school in a cool new style with Lugz boots!

Whoever said diamonds are a girls best friend lied!  Well at least in my opinion, because to me SHOES are a girls best friend.  I'm a firm believer that you can never have to many and that you need a pair for each outfit.  My  poor hubby just can't seem to grasp why a person would need 3 of the same shoe, just in different colors?!?!
Now my hubby who owns 4 pairs of shoes really and truly does not understand.
Now being the shoe lover that I am, I like to take really good care of my shoes.  I still have shoes from my sophomore year in high-school.  I like durable shoes that I know will last me a long time.
Which is why I love Lugz!
Not only are Lugz boots stylish, they are also durable and versatile.  I love that I can wear these outdoor hiking and around a campfire, they look adorable with a flannel shirt and torn jeans.
Or I can dress them up a bit with a cute pair of leggings and an over-sized sweater.  My sister even commented that she thinks they be cute with my beige skirt :)  

And I can really wear them all day!  Comfort is what really takes these boots above and beyond. The Lugz Shifter Ballistic features a padded tongue & collar, a cushioned insole and a durable lug outsole for maximum performance.
Okay now I reviewed the classic Golden Wheat/Cream color, but these new Shifter Ballistic's come in several colors even blue and pink!
Yeah my hubby doesn't know this yet, but I'm so getting a pink pair too :).  

Okay lets get more in detail with my review.
Treads: The Shifter Ballistic has awesome treads, great for hiking or in the winter walking in the snow.  My hubby also commented they would be great work boots.  They give awesome grip so you don't have to worry about wiping out.

Comfort:  As I mentioned there is padding in both the tongue of the boot and around the ankle.  This was great because the boot never rubbed my skin.  The insole cushion provide a comfortable bottom for tired feet.  They worked with the natural movement of my feet instead of against it.

Durable:  Seeing as I only had the shoes for a little over 2 weeks I can't comment and say oh yes they lasted me a long time.  I can say though just by looking at them and wearing them I can tell they are made of top quality material.  My brother has been a Lugz fan for quite awhile now and he told me his boots last forever.  

Style:  I reviewed the Shifter Ballistic, but after being on their website for 5 minutes I can tell you this is only one of many styles offered by Lugz.  Oh and they also offer men and kids shoes too!  You can dress the whole family up in these stylish, comfortable, durable boots.
And they are always adding new styles! 

Size:  These are made true to size.  I always worry with boots, because sizing it normally hit or miss for me.  The Lugz Shifter Ballistic fit perfectly in my normal size.  

Price:  For the quality of boot you get this is an awesome price.  I looked them up both online and in-store.  For the quality of shoe you get, you can't beat the price.

I'm pretty much in love with my new Shifter Ballistic Lugz boots and they have made me a life time fan.... (My poor hubby lol)

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Best Cleaning Trick Ever

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.

Best Cleaning Trick Ever


The best cleaning tip I ever got was from my hubby.  Yes you read that right, my favorite cleaning tip is from a man :)
It all started about 6 years ago when I decided to make my own holiday candy.  It was great!  Dipping pretzels in the chocolate, peanut rolls, Santa Shaped lollipops, cake truffle pops and so much more.  All was great.... And then came the cleaning, so yeah for anyone who ever melted chocolate in a pan knows that it is so HARD to get back out.  I scrubed, scratched and debated just throwing it away. 
 My hubby said well put it back on the oven.  I gave him a dirty look and said "This mess started on the oven."  He laughed, took the pan reheated the chocolate and then easily wiped the liquid back out....
I sat there with a duh why didn't I think of that look on my face.
So my best cleaning trick is HEAT!  You would be surprised what a little heat can do to get rid of a mess.

My new favorite kitchen gadget just happens to be my Shark Steam & Spray Pro!

Shark, a pioneer in steam cleaning technology, makes complete floor cleaning more convenient than ever with the new Shark Steam & Spray™ Pro. 

With two convertible heads for three ways to clean, the Steam & Spray Pro is perfect for consumers who need a quick clean-up tool as well as extra power for deep cleaning and sanitizing all hard floor surfaces. 
 The three distinct ways to clean include: 
Steam-Only Mode – turn tap water into steam for a deep clean with no residue 
Steam & Spray Mode – steam combines with the Shark Hard Floor Cleanser for a high level clean to remove stuck-on dirt, grease and stains 
Spray-Only Mode – swap in the lightweight, battery-powered head for a quick clean-up 

 Shark® Steam & Spray Pro features include
: Swivel-steering for easy maneuverability 
Removable power cord for speedy clean-up using the battery-powered spray mode 
Upright feature on Steam & Spray head for easy storage
 Powerful LED lights to improve visibility and target stains 

Additional features include: Shark Hard Floor Cleanser Disposable SaniFiber pad 
Washable microfiber pad 
Four AA batteries


I have a small house 3 bedrooms, 1 bath a living room, kitchen and hallway.  
60% of my house is hardwood floor.  I love that it is easier to clean then carpet, but in the winter time with the pups dragging in snow, my hubby bringing in rock-salt and my kids.... well my kids bringing in just about everything else, I feel like my floors are always dirty and smudged. 

The regular mop just can't handle it all and most of the time I feel as if I'm not getting that deep clean I want.  And it really stinks around the holidays when I know family is coming over!  I mean I have a nanny who can see a cobweb for 2 miles away (Okay she isn't that good, but she is close)  the last thing I want to worry about is her inspecting my smudge up hardwood.
(Don't judge my nanny she grew up with nothing and as a result she appreciates everything and thinks everything should be treated like treasure.  She is one of the best people I know.  She is just a bit OCD about cleaning :)!)

Okay so lets talk about the basics:

1) Super easy to put together.  I did it in a matter of minutes and everything easily snaps together.  I love that the cleaning solution easily goes into place and easily comes back out.

2) Slim -  As I said before I have a small house, space in limited.  I love how slim the Shark Steam & Spray Pro is.  I stick it between my bookshelf and wall.  It is out of the way, but still easily accessed.

3) Money Saver - The reusable pads saves me so much money!  I can just wash them after I use them

4) Cleaning Power - When it arrived I had just cleaned my house they day before.  I kinda like my nanny have OCD and convinced myself the house had to be spotless for back to school.  You know a book out of place would have caused total chaos! *Huge eye roll at myself, I know I'm crazy lol*
So when it arrived I thought, well lets see just how much cleaner I can get it..
Yeah ....after a half hour I was in shock how much "dirt" my mop missed!  A little embarrassed too when I realized just how much dirt my normal routine was leaving behind.
It got stuff I didn't even know was there.  And my floors have never been shiner.

5) Easy to use - I love how easily the mop heads swap out.  I love that it is light weight and not heavy at all.  I also love the fact the swivel head make it easy to get around furniture and hard to reach places. 


My hubby once told me adding a little heat will help get things cleaner.  The Steam & Spray Pro helped proved his point!  My floors have never been cleaner.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

THE ORIGINALS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON

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

THE ORIGINALS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON

 Own it on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD September 1 2015


Before you start to read this review please note I will be mentioning things that happened this season.  If you have yet to watch season 2 and don't want to read spoilers please stop now!!

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is excited to announce, THE ORIGINALS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON including all 22 episodes from the second season plus never-before-seen featurettes and much more will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on September 1

If you are ever worried that your family has issues sit down a watch a few episodes of The Originals.  Where brother Klaus has a tendencies to put his siblings in coffins for timeouts. 

As Original vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson returned to the vibrant, supernaturally charged city of New Orleans in season one, he was stunned to learn along with his siblings Elijah and Rebeka that Hayley, a werewolf, was pregnant with his child, and his vampire protégé, Marcel, whom the Original siblings had thought long dead, was ruling the French Quarter. 
Soon, a bloody war escalated between vampires and witches  the stakes raised by powerful teenage witch Davina and by Klaus’s bond with Cami, a student with a painful past and a ruthless pack of wolves seized the opportunity to stage a violent coup. Now, in season two, a new status quo must be adjusted to, as the newly empowered werewolves control the city. Klaus struggles with weaknesses as Elijah desperately tries to save Hayley now a hybrid from a vicious spiral of self-destruction. Meanwhile, with the re-emergence of several Mikaelsons, “family is power” takes on new meaning.

With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, The OriginalsThe CompleteSecond Season Blu-ray release will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. The 3-disc Blu-ray will feature a high-definition Blu-ray and a Digital HD copy of all 22 episodes from Season Two.


SPECIAL FEATURES
       The Originals: Always and Forever
       In this featurette, we will hear from cast and creators on how season two explored new depths of what it means to be a family.
       The Awakening Web Series
       Explore this companion series on Kol Mikaelson (Nathaniel Buzolic) and his quest to form an alliance with the witches of New Orleans in 1914. Also, go behind the scenes with the cast and creators of the digital series.
       The Originals: 2014 Comic-Con Panel
       Come Visit Georgia PSA
       Deleted Scenes
       Gag Reel

22 ONE-HOUR EPISODES


1.       Rebirth
2.       Alive and Kicking
3.       Every Mother’s Son
4.       Live and Let Die
5.       Red Door
6.       Wheel Inside the Wheel
7.       Chasing the Devil’s Tail
8.       The Brothers That Care Forgot
9.       The Map of Moments
10.   Gonna Set Your Flag on Fire
11.   Brotherhood of the Damned
12.   Sanctuary
13.   The Devil is Damned
14.   I Love You, Goodbye
15.   They All Asked For You
16.   Save My Soul
17.   Exquisite Corpse
18.   Night Has a Thousand Eyes
19.   When the Levee Breaks
20.   City Beneath the Sea
21.   Fire with Fire
22.   Ashes to Ashes


BASICS
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Running Time: Feature: Approx 968 min, Enhanced Content: approx 84 min

Blu-ray & DVD: Presented in 16x9 widescreen format



Okay now onto the spoilers.  
As with Vampire Diaries I watch each episode live on tv so for me the exciting part of the Blu-ray set was the extras.  I wish they could make an entire show from The Awakening!  So even if you watched the show on TV, like me, it is so worth buying the Blu-ray for the extras.  

So season 2 leaves us in a much different place than season 1.  Klaus had to fake the death of his sweet little girl in order to protect her.  We have a gang of super wolves.  The witches are taking a stand, the vampires numbers have dwindled, a whole lot of body jumping, lovers die, weddings take place, old curses become new again, new foes surface, old foes return and Klaus....  Well Klaus does what he does best... kill people.
Faking his daughter's death means he can't see her, and even though he has a strange view on how to treat family this deeply hurts Klaus.  For anyone who seen him on Vampire Diaries you would think he was heartless, I truly think Klaus feels to much and loves to deeply.  So when he gets hurt he lashes out.  And he would do and kill anyone to protect those he loves.  Klaus has no issues with being the bad guy.
In this season his mother returns with the intent to take him down.  She also brings with her brother Finn and Cole.  Only thing is they are no longer vampires, now they are witches.  They aren't even in their own bodies, so it takes Klaus a bit of time to figure out who they are.
Finn is a whack job and as always does what ever mommy dearest asks him too.  He is on a righteousness path to undo all wrongs mission.  I really love the actor who played Finn though!  I have to say he NAILED the part :)
Klaus's mom wants to undo her wrongs of making the vampires and give them a 2nd chance at a monster free life.  She wants to do this by putting them into the bodies of witches.  She also tortures Elijah and we see a side to him we never knew about.
Cole in normal little brother fashion just wants to be a pain in the butt.  He plays both sides of the fence for awhile, but in the end helps Klaus.  Even though it cost him his life.  Him and Davina's love story was sweet though!  And I was happy he found love even if for a short time before he died.

Michael, Klaus's dad, returns and tries to take him down again. There is a kink in the plan though when his beloved daughter Freya returns.  His love for Freya out weighs his hate for Klaus.
Freya is a mystery and for most of the season I can't tell if she is evil or good.
Sadly she brings Dahlia with her.  An all powerful witch who wants baby Hope (Klaus's daughter) and her powers.
Most of the season is spent trying to take down Dahlia and stop her evil baby stealing plan.
Klaus has meant his match in Freya.  Even his all mighty hybrid power doesn't stand up to hers.
Klaus devises a plan to take her down.  Sadly in this plan he needs to hurt those he loves most.  Klaus will do whatever it takes though to protect baby Hope.
Kill Elijah's love, curses Hayley and her pack, ruin any chance Davina has to bring back Cole and betray everyone else.
There is no line Klaus isn't willing to cross.

The saddest part of season 2 was losing both Cole and Aiden.  When Cole admits that all he ever wanted was to be cared about by his family I will admit I cried.
Watching Josh lose Aiden also broke my heart.  As a gay couple and one being a vampire and the other a wolf the odds were always against them.  This was the one couple I really wanted to make it and prove love defeats all odds.
   
The best part of season 2 was when Dahlia lets go of her hate and crosses over with her sister.  Even though I hated Dahlia I can see how she became the person she was.  So even though I was happy to see her defeated I was also happy to see her heal.

And the funnest part is at Hayley's wedding when Klaus smiles over the fact he is planning to kill the groom at some point.  Only Klaus could get giddy over planning murder.

If you are into paranormal you need to watch The Originals.  Klaus alone will have you addicted!




Wednesday, August 26, 2015

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON Available on Blu-ray and DVD September 1, 2015

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,

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON 

 Own it on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD September 1 2015


Stefan, Elena, Damon and Bonnie have been part of my life far longer than the TV series became a hit.  I read their stories years ago and LJ Smith use to be one of my favorite writers!  I even named my son Quinn after a vampire in her Night World Series.
When I seen advertisements several years ago that Vampire Diaries would be a TV show I couldn't wait!
Some of my favorite characters were about to become real.  I never expected to love the show this much though!  As an avid book reader it hurts me to say this..... BUT the show is even better than the books!!
Gasp!  Don't hate me LJ Smith fans I still love the books, I just love the show more (<3 Ian Somerhalder)
I really do love the show, I love all the added twist and turns.  I love that my favorite characters have more depth and back story.  I even love that book villains are now beloved TV show characters.
Okay for those of you whom never watched the show, or have fallen behind here is the quick note.
Two brothers, one girl.  Simple enough... No these brothers are vampires and the girl happens to be a doppelganger of a girl that was once the center of a catastrophic love triangle. 
It doesn't stop there throw in some witches, werewolves, originals, hunters, gypsies and a few humans and you have The Vampire Diaries in a nutshell.
If you are a fan of the paranormal you need to be watching The Vampire Diaries.

Okay lets talk more about this season.  Even though I only just got thBlu-ray set last week, I can tell you all about it since I watch each episode live this year.

Blu-ray INFORMATION:

Sink Your Teeth Into The Blu-ray™ and DVD
On September 1, 2015

Contains All 22 Episodes From The Sixth Season Plus Two Featurettes, An Audio Commentary, The 2014 Comic-Con Panel, Deleted Scenes, And A Gag Reel

The Vampire Diaries continues its sixth season with more delicious drama to sink your teeth into. In season five, after a passionate summer with Damon, Elena headed to Whitmore College with Caroline, not knowing Bonnie sacrificed her life for Jeremy’s. Meanwhile, Stefan and Caroline’s friendship deepened as they stood up to the Travelers, a nomadic witch tribe driven to strip Mystic Falls of magic and cast out its supernatural residents. In the shocking season finale, Damon, fearing he would lose his loved ones on the crumbling Other Side, made a huge sacrifice to bring them all back — with catastrophic and heartbreaking results. Season six follows the characters’ journey back to each other as they explore the duality of good versus evil inside themselves. Matt Davis reprises his role as Alaric Saltzman, recently returned from The Other Side. Plus, the season will make you misty-eyed as the departure of a major character will turn lives upside down and leave us asking what happened to Mystic Falls.

SPECIAL FEATURES
     The Vampire Diaries: Good Bite and Good Luck
·         The executive producers and cast of The Vampire Diariessay a final farewell to Nina Dobrev, Steven R. McQueen, Marguerite MacIntyre, and Michael Trevino, after six memorable years.
The Vampire Diaries: Best.Reaction.Ever.
Fan reactions to big moments throughout the season will be curated from Twitter, fan sites and other social media, and pieced together to tell the story of season six via fans’ reactions.
      Ep.615 Audio Commentary
        Writer/Director Julie Plec provides commentary on her directorial debut
The Vampire Diaries: 2014 Comic-Con Panel
       Come Visit Georgia PSA
     Deleted Scenes
Second Bite: Gag Reel

22 ONE-HOUR EPISODES

1.       I’ll Remember
2.       Yellow Ledbetter
3.       Welcome to Paradise
4.       Black Hole Sun
5.       The World Has Turned and Left Me Here
6.       The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get
7.       Do You Remember The First Time?
8.       Fade Into You
9.       I Alone
10.   Christmas Through Your Eyes
11.   Woke Up With A Monster
12.   Prayer For The Dying
13.   The Day I Tried To Live
14.   Stay
15.   Let Her Go
16.   The Downward Spiral
17.   A Bird In a Gilded Cage
18.   I Never Could Love Like That
19.   Because
20.   I’d Leave My Happy Home For You
21.   I’ll Wed You In The Golden Summertime
22.   I’m Thinking of You All The While



BASICS
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Running Time: Feature: Approx 968 min, Enhanced Content: approx 120 min

Blu-ray & DVD

Spoiler alert don't read if you didn't watch yet!

 Okay now onto the spoilers!

At the end of season 5 we were all heart broken over the death of both Bonnie and Damon.  Little did we know at the time they didn't die, instead they got stuck in time where the same day repeats over and over again.  Step in Kai, psychopathy family murdering, magic stealing lunatic.
He has a way to get them all out, but Bonnie doesn't want to release that kind of evil into the world.  So she sends Damon through and stays behind alone with Kai.
Note to self never piss off a lunatic.  Kai doesn't take this well.
I love Bonnie she is always sacrificing herself for the others.
Don't worry though, her friends do get her out.... Eventually
Elena who thinks Damon is gone asks Alaric to compel her to forget Damon, to make her forget she ever loved him.  Which kinda sucks for Damon when he comes back.
Caroline loses her mom to cancer <3.  Alaric becomes human and meets a hot witch doctor...  LOL She is a witch that happens to be a doctor.  And they are planning to have a baby and get married!!!
Sadly she also happens to be evil Kai's twin sister.  And in order for Kai to be all powerful he has to kill her and steal her powers.
I don't want to give away to much more, but I will tell you.  We lose some of our favorite characters this season. 
We also get to see Caroline become a bad vamp.  And guess who comes back!??!?!  Stefan and Damon's mom!
And yes it is as exciting as it sounds.
Oh and of course Enzo is up to no good.  He is that one character you want so badly to love, but he just keeps doing stuff to tick you off :).
Jeremy breaks off from the group to do his own hunter thing.
Tyler falls for a cute witch.
Poor human Matt always seems to be in the middle of the chaos. 
Stefan turns off his humanity for awhile.

And Damon who would do anything for Elena, shows us a different side to himself.  His new found friendship with Bonnie was my favorite part of this season!  
At the end of the season there is a huge massacre where as I mentioned we lose some beloved characters.  But it also seems that the show jumps ahead of few years in the last minute.  
I read an article too that we will be seeing some new faces on the show.
Oh and thank god Katherine I think my really and truly be gone!!

For those of you think well what is the point of buying the Blu-ray set if I already seen them on tv?  The extras are SO worth it! 

Buy the Blu-ray and catch up because season 7 starts in October!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BACCA AND THE RIDDLE OF THE DIAMOND DRAGON: An Unofficial Minecrafter’s Adventure

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.

BACCA AND THE RIDDLE OF THE DIAMOND DRAGON: An Unofficial Minecrafter’s Adventure


MineCraft has long ago taking hold on my household.  We honestly have the game for 3 different game systems, we have toys, posters, books and even MineCraft themed food!  My boys LOVE it and I don't really mind it seeing as it promote imaginative play.
My oldest loves reading.  He has several bookshelves that are full and a kindle that I have to keep putting books on the cloud to make room for his new books.  He loves it and again as a mom this is something I don't mind!  If anything as an advent reader myself I strongly promote and encourage this.
Recently we discovered some Unofficial Minecrafter's adventures from Skyhorse Publishing.
They are fun and creative.  Plus the combine both reading a Minecraft!  A huge hit for my little man.

Their latest Bacca and the Riddle of the Diamond Dragon was according to my son AWESOME!  It is action packed and humorous.  I read a little bit and got into it, so I think it is great for all ages.


Bacca has it all. The most celebrated (and furry) star in the Overworld, he's the person others look to for help building their dungeons, mazes, and castles. He has a girlfriend, LadyBacc, and his most prized possession of all—a diamond axe called Betty. One day, Bacca is approached by a mysterious dragon . . . made entirely of diamonds! The dragon is from a new biome—a secret land few have ever seen—where a special object has been stolen. A seemingly impossible set of riddles and challenges stands in the way of getting it back, but if Bacca can help, the dragon promises he’ll receive a new weapon even better than Betty. Is he willing to risk everything and push his crafting skills to their very limits? 

 For readers ages 9 and up, this is a really fun adventure story set in the world of Minecraft, based on a very popular YouTube channel personality who posts videos about Minecraft. Using an expert's knowledge of the game and an exciting plot that mirrors much of what users would actually be doing while playing the game, the book is an energetic and action-packed digital saga.
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Monday, August 24, 2015

LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom!

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

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom! 


Legos + Super Heroes + Cartoons = Happy Little Boys
Any one of those things will put a huge smile on my boys' faces, all three at once is sure to have them cheering.
And the all new Lego DC Comics Super Heroes - Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom does just that.

       THE FATE OF THE JUSTICE LEAGUE HANGS IN THE BALANCE AS WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
AND THE LEGO GROUP RELEASE
LEGO DC COMICS SUPER HEROES:
JUSTICE LEAGUE: ATTACK OF THE LEGION OF DOOM!
ON BLU-RAY COMBO PACK, DVD and DIGITAL HD,
AUGUST 25, 2015


Crime is on the run as the newly formed Justice League keeps Metropolis safe and this makes evil genius Lex Luthor very unhappy. Together with Black Manta, Sinestro and a gang of ruthless recruits, Lex builds his own league and declares them the Legion of Doom. With this super powered team of terror and a plan to attack the top-secret government site, Area 52, can Lex finally be on the verge of victory? Sound the “Trouble Alert” and get ready for the bricks to fly when Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League face off against the world’s greatest Super-Villains! It’s the next all-new original movie from LEGO® and DC Comics.

The cast of LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom!  features some of the top voiceover artists in the industry, led by Justice League heroes Troy Baker (Batman), Nolan North (Superman), Josh Keaton (Green Lantern), Khary Payton (Cyborg), James Arnold Taylor (The Flash) and Grey Griffin (Wonder Woman, Lois Lane). The Legion of Doom includes Mark Hamill (Trickster, Sinestro), John DiMaggio (Lex Luthor, Joker), Kevin Michael Richardson (Captain Cold, Gorilla Grodd, Black Manta), Tom Kenny (Penguin), Cree Summer (Cheetah) and Tony Todd (Darkseid). Dee Bradley Baker is both hero and villain as Martian Manhunter and Man-Bat.

My review:
As I said putting Legos and Super Heroes together will always be a hit with my boys!  And to do that in the form of a cartoon??  What more could a little boy ask for?!?!  
As with all the Lego Super Hero movies the graphics are awesome, and it was funny!  Even I laughed when watching.  There is a good story line.  Sometimes I have a hard time watching the same things as my kids, because it is all over the place.  Justice League:  Attack of the Legion of Doom, has a follow-able story line, so it was one of those cartoons that both parents and kids could enjoy watching together.
   I love that so many of our favorite heroes are here and even our most notorious villains! 
This is a huge hit for Lego and Super Hero fans alike!


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Simplify-It for Back-to-School Party

Disclaimer:  As a member of tryazon I was provide a party kit to host a house party.  I was not paid in anyway to write this post

 Simplify-It for Back-to-School Party

School, School and school!  We are so ready for school in the Miller household, clothing shopping has been done for over a month now.  Book-bags have been filled, grocery store packing list is done, back on a school year sleep routine, I even have the whole first week of outfits ironed.
Now it is time for our yearly back to school/farewell summer party.
We do this every year.  Why?  One it helps my kids have one last burst of summer fun.   It also helps get them excited for the upcoming school year.  We always get my sons new teacher in the Thursday paper, but we wait to announce it at our party.  The party is mostly for family and a few close friends.  
This year the party was made even more special thanks to our Simplify It For Back-to-School party kit!  Which included
flip-it! and collapse-it!  Both of which have become essential items in my home.

For two reasons
One helps me save money and the other helps me save space....  And both help me save time!!

Lets first talk about flip-it! I love this product, because it helps me save so much time and money.  
Basically you screw it onto the bottom of a bottle (Shampoo, body-wash, lotion, face-cleaner, chocolate syrup.  Any kind of bottle.)  You them flip it, wondering how this save me money?  Every month I throw away products that look empty.  Yes I know that I can bang them around and get that little bit stuck on this sides and bottom out, but I'm a busy mom.  We tried just standing the bottles upside down, but again it didn't work.  The slightest bump and they tip over.
Flip it! solves all of this with their pod technology. 

To use Flip-It!, simply replace the cap or pump with the Flip-It! base either alone or in with a colored adapter and stands the bottle upside down.  3 prongs hold it in an upright position.
Gravity does the rest by getting product out.
The lids close just like a regular cap, so there wont even be a mess underneath.
 And the best part?  You can reuse them over and over again!  No need to throw away and buy new ones.  These babies last forever.  Oh and they are Food grade and BPA free.
To learn more please click my link below:

Next we were able to try Collapse It!

Collapse-It products are perfect for meals on the go, as these adaptable containers collapse to nearly half size when empty. 
In this first photo they are almost as tall as two k-cups.  

In this 2nd photo you can see when collapse they are not even as tall as one!

I don't know about you, but space in the lunch box is always an issues.  With my special mom powers I always make them fit, but after lunch my little man has a hard time getting them back in.  With Collapse It! he will no longer have this issue.  He can simply collapse them and make them fit.
Clear silicone allows easy everyone to easily see what is inside.  I don't have to worry about Brandon grabbing Quinn's container or vise-versa anymore. 
The tab on the lid creates a vacuum seal when closed, keeping everything right where it’s supposed to be. 

Containers are available in 1-cup, 2-cup, 4-cup, 6-cup or 7-cup capacity. T
heir unique design means every size collapses to a mere 1.25" for portability and slim storage.  Umm yeah my cabinets that are busting at the seams are doing a happy dance right now. 

Oh and it gets better!
Collapse-It products can go straight from freezer into the oven without damage. 
 Collapse-It products will vent for microwave or oven heating and is BPA free, FDA and LFGB approved, lead free, toxin free. 
The leak-proof seal on the lid and the patented “collapsible storage feature” are great for transporting foods on the go.
 Collapse-It is made of stain and odor resistant medical grade silicone giving it a “Glass-like Clarity”. 
Collapse-It will not break or crack like conventional plastic or glass food storage containers. 
 Collapse-It is Freezer and Dishwasher safe. 
Collapse-It reduces to almost half the size and lids are color coordinated with bowls to provide easy match up. 

These are going to be so much fun using in my kiddos lunch boxes!  I even got a pretty big one that is going to be nice for my hubby's lunch.
We had a great party the kids had ice-cream, cotton candy, cake, played outside and even got to see some fireworks.

 The parents got to listen to me brag about these must have items.  And all of them seem pretty excited about both!  We even packed up some of the food afters so I could show the parents just how much Collapse It! could hold.


Want to save yourself time, money and space?  Check out both Flip It! and Collapse It!

 You can save now at flipitcap.com with code Tryazon to save 10% off all kits.  

And a huge Collapse-It special can be found right now at Sam's Club here.  Our brands are always appreciative of party coupons and specials that are redeemed.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Easy Bites, Funbites, getting a picky eater to eat

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

Easy Bites, Funbites, getting a picky eater to eat

There are 2 words that until I became a mom I had no clue the amount of stress they would bring me...  Those 2 words are "picky eater!"  Brandon Jr my oldest happens to be an OVER the top picky eater.  For anyone who never dealt with a picky eater let me tell you it is no fun.  There has been times when I had to make 3 or 4 different things at dinner just to get my little guy to take a bite of 2 of each.  And the food had to be cut a certain way and if 1 piece was bigger then the other his whole meal was ruined
  A long time ago I learn a little secret.... MAKE FOOD FUN!  You may remember this post dinner-round-1-fight



But recently I discovered another way to make food fun and that is FunBites.  
I love this product!  It cuts food into perfect cubes!  Making prep time so much easier on me!  I no longer have to spend 20 minutes cutting food up.  I simply have to take out my fun bites press down, then use the top to re-pop the pieces out!  I'm sure I am not the only mom who is always busy, so anything that can save me time is definitely mom approved by me!!

Plus it is nice to be able to eat my own food when it is still warm!

I can cut up so many things:
 cheese
 sandwiches 
pancakes
pizza 
fruit
You name it and I most likely used Fun Bites to cut if up for my little guys. 

Brandon Jr loves that his food is cut into perfect pieces.  And the fact its fun to watch me use fun bites.   These make the perfect size for small fingers to grab onto.

Fun Bites is not only mom approved it also picky eater approved :)

Wondering how easy it is to use?

Step one pick what you want cube! 




Take your Fun Bites and press down.  You may have to wiggle it a bit to make sure you get all the way threw! 

Take the top part and push down!  This will pop your pieces back out :)

And ta-da perfect cube sized pieces.
No really it truly is as easy as one, two and three.



Want to learn more?
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