Friday, December 22, 2017

Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties

I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.
As you all may know my family loves to read, well my kiddos and I do.  Not so much my hubby.  My boys get upset when I am sick because that means no bed time story!  I use to read them short books and we would finish them within 10 minutes.  Now that they are older they like when I read them longer chapter books.  Every night I sit on the chair in their room and read.  We are always excited to see what is happening next to our favorite characters.

Some of our favorites are of course the classics.  But my boys also love the newer books too, like Captain Underpants, The I survived series, Goosebumps and they also love Dog Man.    

Our newest book is Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties. 


 Now even though we are only a few pages in my boys already love it.  It happens to be book 3 in the series.  So they were already pretty much in love with Dog Man and his adventures.
He was the best of dogs... He was the worst of dogs... It was the age of invention... It was the season of surprise... It was the eve of supa sadness... It was the dawn of hope... Dog Man, the newest hero from the creator of Captain Underpants, hasn't always been a paws-itive addition to the police force. While he can muzzle miscreants, he tends to leave a slick of slobber in his wake! This time, Petey the cat's dragged in a tiny bit of trouble -- a double in the form of a super-cute kitten. Dog Man will have to work twice as hard to bust these furballs and remain top dog! 

As always my kids giggle non stop when I read.  Of course as mom I have to give each character their own voice.  For my kids this just adds so much more fun!!  I know it is a good book when my boys beg me "Please mom one more page PLEASEEEEE"  and of course I give in and read another page.  The book arrived just a few days ago and I have a winter cold!  I was able to read the first night, but by night two my throat was sore.  My oldest son (Brandon) came to me and asked if he could please read to me and Quinn (my youngest).  I smiled and said of course.  My son read the book just like I do, he even tried to make the same voices I make.  I couldn't stop smiling!  One because he voice was cute and two because I realized just how much they love the little things I do when we read.  He even made faces, I never knew this, but my kiddos informed me that when I read to them I make a lot of facial expressions.  And after I read a page I always turn to show them the photos.  In Dog Man we LOVE the comics and A Tale of Two Kitties is FILLED with them!!

And like I said we are only a pages in, but this book has us giggling and hanging on the edge of our seat to see what happens next.  I cannot wait to see how Dog Man handles this new super cute threat!

If you have a little one that just seems not to be into reading, you def. want to check out graphic novels.  Not only do you get them reading, but they seem to like it more.  I think because of the comic book type feeling.

The Lego Ninjago movie

Disclaimer I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.
Stop what you are doing right now!!  You may think you are done Christmas shopping, but The Simple Me Blog has 2 more gifts to share with you.  The first one is the all new LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE!

In this big-screen NINJAGO adventure, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd's dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu. 
 
My kids LOVED it!!  Not only did they giggle the entire movie, but after words the acted out some of the scenes and were pretending to be the Ninjas from the movie. 
So from the description you can see it is a group of young Ninjas who have to take on the big bad WarLord Garmadon.  He is Lloyd's dad, and most of the people who know Lloyd are just waiting for him to turn bad like this dad.  IN an attempt to win everyone favor Lloyd tries to be a hero, but it all goes horrible wrong.  To try and undo what he did he must travel with his friends to the hidden temple.


There is a lot of cool action scenes, the jokes are funny and even the music is catchy!

 
 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Despicable Me 3

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review

Despicable Me 3 arrives on DVD AND BLURAY just in time for the holidays!!
The Special Edition release of Despicable Me 3 comes with an all-new mini movie and over an hour of bonus content including a never-before-released deleted scene, and so much more! It arrives on Digital and Digital 3D on November 21, 2017 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on December 5, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. 



The characters beloved by everyone – Gru, his wife Lucy, their three adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions provide hours of family fun in this heartwarmingly subversive comedy from Academy Award®-nominated producer Chris Meledandri (Despicable Me Franchise) and directors Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me Franchise) and Kyle Balda (Minions 1 & 2, The Lorax). Hailed as “the best Despicable Me movie yet,” by Ali Plumb of BBC Radio 1, with over $949 million in global ticket sales, Despicable Me 3 is the ultimate holiday gift, with almost an entire hour of exclusive bonus features including an all-new mini-movie, a never-before-released deleted scene, and much more! 

 Despicable Me 3 will be available on 4K Ultra HD in a combo pack which includes 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and Digital. The 4K Ultra HD will include all bonus features on the Blu-ray disc.
  • 4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD features the combination of 4K resolution for four times sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience.
  • 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, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • DIGITAL lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.
BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAYTM, DVD & DIGITAL:
  • All-New Mini Movie The Secret Life of Kyle
  • Minion Moments — Watch the Minions cause more hilarious mayhem with Gru
  • Deleted Scene — With intro by Dana Gaier, the voice of Edith
  • Character Profiles — The inside scoop on the most popular characters, from the actors who play them
  • The Making of Despicable Me 3 — A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie
  • Developing Dru — Behind the scenes character development of Dru
  • The AVL Files — Through the lens of the Anti-Villain League’s hi-tech database, this ultra secret, interactive surveillance briefing showcases all of the agency’s amazing creations and top agents
  • Freedonia Visitors Guide — Welcome to Freedonia! See all that the town has to offer with this interactive map. From its world class cheese, to its beautiful coastline, Freedonia has it all!
  • Despicable Me TV — Tune in for some fabulous fun with these Despicable Me 3 infomercials. Includes “Balthazar Bratt Action Figure,” “Bad Boy Bod by Balthazar Bratt” and “Agnes’ Super Cute, Incredibly Amazing Toy Sale.”
  • “Doowit” Sing-Along — Sing along with Pharrell Williams as the Minions plot their escape from prison
  • “Yellow Light” Music Video — Official music video by Pharrell Williams
  • Minion Mugshots — The Minions add to the long list of celebrity mugshots in their very own “rogues gallery.”
  • Wanted Posters — Have you seen these Minions wanted for various crimes?




My boys and I actually got to see this movie in theaters.  We loved it so much though that they kept begging me buy it when it released.  
Here is what we loved:
The story line as always is cute and easy to follow.  You of course have your villain, Balthazar Bratt.  Just like the other Despicable Me movies the villain is more funny than bad.  With his cheesy one liners and even dorkier "weapon" my kids were loosing it nonstop.  He tries to destory Gru and gang with a giant bubble lol

Gru gets to meet his long lost brother Dru, who just happens to have a glorious full head of hair.  To provided much torment for Gru, but added much laughter for everyone else. 

The girls of course are as sweet as ever.  Agnes is determined to find a unicorn in this movie...  AND SHE DOES... well kind of.  I wont spoil it, but I can promise you will giggle.

And finally the Minions, it wouldn't be a Despicable Me movie without them.  Well in this movie they go to jail, build a plane, escape jail and even have one heck of a singing/dance number.

I like that we get to see all the characters grow.  Even the minions do some personal growth in this movie.  For anyone that followed the movies so far, you do not want to miss this one.  The ending suggest we may see more for this beloved series.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Jesben Slow Cooker Sauce Review

I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.


Wouldn't it be nice to have dinner only take 5 minutes and not come out of a box that contains who knows what ingredients!?
And wouldn't it be nice if that dinner was full of veggies, was all-natural, gluten-free and had no preservatives/artificial ingredients?!  Plus on top of all that be something that your kids will love...
And no I'm not crazy a product like this does exist!
Today I want to tell you about Jesben Slow Cooker sauce.  This sauce has almost everything.  The only thing you need to add is your meat.
It was invented and crafted by a stay at home mom who wanted only the best for her kids.  When I received my product she wrote me a super sweet letter and the one part I loved was when she said this 'I am one of those picky moms who want to serve my kids healthy meals that they enjoy.  At the same time, I don't want to spend too much time in the kitchen I figure if you are a stay at home mom, you are there because you want to to spend quality time with your kids not be in the kitchen all day.'  I smiled because she gets it!  I want to be a stay at home mom so I can be there with my kids not slaving away at house work all day.  I knew right away someone who spoke with this kinda passion about her kids was going to have amazing products.  She made them with love, these are things she feeds her own little ones.  I couldn't get into my kitchen and start cooking fast enough.

 
All the ingredients to make it taste great are already in the sauce.  All I had to do was add meat.  It took me 5 minutes to put my meat and sauce into the crockpot.  5 minutes and I had a wholesome meal for my family.  I left it cook for 8 hours the hard work was done.  All that was left to do was serve it later that night.

I leave for work at 6am and I don't get home until 5.  In a small time frame I need to feed my kids, do homework, get them to practice, make sure the get showers and get them to bed.  I like to spend quality time with my boys in between all this running around.  I don't want to spend an hour of that time making dinner.  That is why this mama swears by Jesben Sauces.  My kids get a great tasting dinner, that is good for them.  And I get time with my boys.  And lets admit it after doing all I need to do in a day it is nice to have a dinner that cooks itself.

Our favorite has always been the Jesben Slow Cooker BBQ sauce.  I use to order it from Abes Market, but more recently started to order it from amazon.  Thanks to the lovely people at Jesben though I was able to try several new sauces and my family feel in love with each of them!!

They offer
Original BBQ SAUCE

CLASSIC POT ROAST

HAWAIIAN SWEET AND SOUR

ITALIAN TOMATO, PEPPERS AND HERBS


If you want to learn more about all the great sauces they offer and the recipes you can make with them please see my link below:

Nocciolata from Rigoni di Asiago

i was given products in this post for the purpose of review I was not paid to write this review
My little sister is going to be coming to my house on Saturday and we will spend the entire day baking!  We bake cookies, pie, cheesecakes and everything else to make Christmas a dessert Heaven.  We have the cookies we make every year, but we also have our "newbies"  this is cookies (or desserts) that we are trying for the first time.  If everyone likes them we add them to our Christmas list for the following year.

This year thanks to Nocciolata From Rigoni Di Asiago we now have all new ingredients to work with!
Never heard of them!?  Well you are missing out!
A Family Business That Turned Into a Success Story Rigoni di Asiago® has always prioritized innovation to achieve the healthiest and tastiest products that are both good for you and respect nature. The Rigoni di Asiago range comprises Fiordifutta, a unique light fruit preserve, Nocciolata hazelnut and chocolate spread, DolceDì natural sweetener and several delicious types of honey from every region of Italy. All the Flavour of Tradition Fruit of the Land The Rigoni family lives in the Altopiano di Asiago, a mountain plateau in North Italy famous for its sunny climate, meadows and woodlands. In this tiny corner of paradise where man still lives in direct contact with nature, honey and jam making are long-standing traditions and, as a natural consequence, the Rigoni family has mastered these crafts.

I have been eating their NOCCIOLATA nonstop since it arrived!!  It taste good on toast, crackers and even pretzels.  And I just found a whole new way to eat it!  In the middle of thumb print cookies!!

Never had a thumb print cookie, well it is super easy to make.  You go to your local grocery store and get premade sugar cookies (I say premade because the texture is always a bit easier to work with)  Then you but them on your baking sheet.  Before the go into your over though you want to use your though to make a well in the middle.  Bake as directed.  When the come out I put a spoonful or Nocciolata in the middle.  Put them in the fridge to cool and tada!  Amazing, super taste, super easy to make holiday cookies!

To learn more about all the amazing products offered by Rigoni Di Asiago please see my link below:
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Delta Children MySize Double-Sided Storage Easel @DeltaChildren

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.

A little over a year ago I took my kiddos with me to an art class.  We painted, laughed and just had a great time.  I love to paint, I do it when I'm happy, sad or even just mad.  It is kind of my thing.  I really though my kiddos would just go to this class and be over it.  Boy was I wrong, now every time I get a canvas I have to grab them one too!!  We all set up in my kitchen and just paint.  Most of the free space on their bedroom walls are taken up by their paintings.  I love that I was able to share my love or art with my boys.

The only bad thing is, I don't really have the right equipment for my boys.  I prop up their canvases with water bottles!!  It would be nice to have some real equipment, and thanks to Delta Children now I do :)
MySize Double-Sided Storage Easel 
 This two-sided easel features a chalkboard side and a magnetic, dry-erase whiteboard side Easel, bins and pull down paper roll with 33’ feet of paper Two convenient fabric storage bins keep crayons, markers, extra paper, paint or toys within reach Made from strong wood, this easel is durable and built for years of use

Spark artistic play with the MySize Double-Sided Storage Easel from Delta Children. This two-sided easel for kids features three different drawing surfaces—a chalkboard on one side, a magnetic dry-erase whiteboard on the other, and a pull down paper roll on top (33 feet of paper included). 
So with kids I'm sure you know they get bored easily.  It is nice to have several different functions.  One minute they are painting, the next they are doing chalk art and also Quinn is spelling out words with his magnetic letters.  It is like having 3 in 1. 
I also like the fact it has little ledges, my boys put their paint brushes here when they want to switch to a different size brush.  It makes clean up easier on me.


Just the right height for growing artists, this kids easel encourages creativity and allows little ones to develop their fine motor skills through painting, drawing, coloring and writing.
 It really is the perfect height.  My boys can stand to do art or even sit in one of their chairs.  The easel is just at the right height that they don't need to bend over or stretch up to do their art work.


 Two storage bins underneath the easel keep art supplies neat and nearby. 
This mama can never get enough storage space!  I find crayons all over the place, now my kids have a large space to put all this extra art supplies. 


Available in a number of beautiful finishes: Grey , Bianca White and Dark Chocolate.  You can match the easel to fit any room.
  

I did build this by myself, the only tool I needed was a screw driver.  It took me about an hour.  I'm not the greatest at building though, so it might take a normal person less time.  The instructions were super easy to follow.  I also love the fact this easel is very light weight.  I can easily move it from room to room, when we don't use it I have it pushed up against a wall.  My youngest is 7 and he can easily pull it out himself.  So thumbs up to Delta for my a kiddo friendly easel!!

To learn more and see all the great items they offer please check out my link below:
MySize Double Sided Storage Easel