Monday, October 28, 2019

Dreamworks Holiday collections

I was given products in this post for the purpose of review  I was not paid to write this review.
We are only 2 months ago I cannot wait!  Halloween is almost behind us so I can officially start pulling out the Christmas movies!  I get to add several to our collection this year

The Grinch (Illumination)

I saw this movie last year and my heart melted!  This is one of my favorite tellings of the Grinch.  It puts his story into a whole new point of view.  
The Grinch and his loyal dog, Max, live a solitary existence inside a cave on Mount Crumpet. His main source of aggravation comes during Christmastime when his neighbours in Whoville celebrate the holidays with a bang. When the Whos decide to make Christmas bigger and brighter, the disgruntled Grinch realises there is one way to gain peace and quiet. With help from Max, the green grump hatches a scheme to pose as Santa Claus, steal Christmas and silence the Whos' holiday cheer once and for all.

Dreamworks Ultimate Holiday Collection

Featuring 9 DreamWorks holiday favorites together for the first time!
Trolls Holiday
Shrek the Halls
Donkey’s Caroling Christmas-tacular
Merry Madagascar
Penguins of Madagascar in a Christmas Caper
Dragons Holiday: Gift of the Night Fury
Home for the Holidays
Rise of the Guardians

Synopsis: ‘Tis the season to bring the family together with the DreamWorks Ultimate Holiday Collection! Get into the holiday spirit with Shrek, Po, Hiccup, Toothless, Poppy and many more as they celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Featuring 9 festive stories with your favorite characters, this collection is perfect for everyone looking to add a little magic to their holidays.
I mean come on!  As the mom of a 8 and 11 year old this is like the ultimate must have collection!  My boys have been growing up with the characters for the past several years.  Now all of them our together with their holiday special.

VeggieTales The best Christmas Gift

Bob and Larry are preparing for their first Christmas show in Mr. Nezzer's theater and the show seems to be headed for disaster. Bob begins to wonder how to celebrate Christmas when everything is going wrong. It's when the Veggies go back to the very first Christmas, where times were tough and things didn't seem to be working out, that they all learn the promise of Christmas - God is with us. It's a timeless story of hope that every family will enjoy!

As I said Christmas is only 2 months ago, the titles above are a great way to get the entire family excited for the holidays!  Make a cup of hot chocolate curl up on the couch and let the holiday spirit work its magic!

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Disclaimer I was given a review copy of the movie below.  I was not paid to write this review
Okay readers I need to make a confession...  I'm a sissy when it comes to scary movies, but even worse my fight reactions is stronger then my flight.  Yes I'm total that person that takes a swing when someone says boo 
When my kids asked me to watch Scary Stories to tell in the Dark I thought 'I'll be fine!' ....  Several days later I still can't take my pups outside at night.  According to my kids I'm overeating lol!

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was scary without being "slasher" like.  My oldest son is going to be 12 this Friday and I was okay with him watching it.  If you have kiddos who like scary movies, but you don't want to expose them to the over the top never sleep again type of movies this one is a good start.

Get ready to be absolutely terrified when Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark arrives on Digital October 22 and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand November 5 from global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B). The highly anticipated film adaptation of the iconic book series brings the thrills and chills of some of Alvin Schwartz’s scariest stories to life.
Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is produced by Academy Award® winner Guillermo del Toro (2017, The Shape of Water, Best Director), with screen story by Guillermo Del Toro and Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan, written for the screen by Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman, and directed by André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Trollhunter). The film stars Zoe Margaret Colletti (Annie, Wildlife, “Rubicon”), Michael Garza (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, “Wayward Pines,” “Timeless”), Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad,” “Claws,” “Scandal”), Lorraine Toussaint (Selma, “Into the Badlands,” “Orange is the New Black”), Austin Zajur (Fist Fight, “Wonder Pets!,” “Kidding”), and Natalie Ganzhorn (“The Stanley Dynamic,” “Make it Pop”).
It’s 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind…but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley, where for generations the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time. For a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying home, the stories become all too real in this spine-tingling film.
Take home Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and immerse yourself in the terrifying world with exclusive special features, including six featurettes on the 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital releases and two featurettes on the DVD looking at the development of the creepiest creatures in the film, as well as the process of taking these classic tales from page to screen!  Experience four times the resolution of full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker.
 The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.


  •  “The Bellows Construct” Featurette
  • “Creature from the Shadows” Featurette
  • “Mood Reels” Featurette
  • “Behind-the-Scenes Trailers: Set Visits” Featurette
  • “Dark Tales” Featurette
  • “Retro Horror” Featurette
  • “Dark Tales” Featurette
  • “Retro Horror” Featurette

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Jurassic World Live Tour

Tickets are now on sale for Jurassic World Live Tour, an exhilarating and unpredictable, live family entertainment experience that will bring the wonder and thrills of Jurassic World to generations of fans in their hometown arenas. 

The highly anticipated show will begin touring the country this fall, with more than 65 stops, including seven shows at the Giant Center in Hershey Nov. 21-24.
With unrivaled arena production quality, Jurassic World comes to life against a backdrop of captivating scenery where dinosaurs from the iconic franchise, including fan-favorite Velociraptor Blue and a Tyrannosaurus rex more than 40 feet in length, take center stage. The production features more than 24 film-accurate, life-sized dinosaurs, each custom built with the latest technology, scientific precision and Hollywood studio quality. With scale, speed and ferocity, the animatronic and performer-operated dinosaurs deliver colossal, edge-of-your-seat, live entertainment unlike any other dinosaur experience.
Jurassic World’s unmistakable score adds to the larger-than-life, immersive journey that will captivate fans of all ages. Through a combination of projection and practical scenery, the arena will transform into the dense jungles of Isla Nublar, where real Gyrospheres roll through the valley and scientists work to unravel a corrupt plan and save an all-new dinosaur from a terrible fate. With pulse-pounding stunts and an original, authentic storyline, this show is guaranteed to make memories to last a lifetime.
“Working with a world-class production team and Universal filmmakers, we have extended the Jurassic World canon with a new story that can only be told through this live arena spectacular as we bring full-scale dinosaurs to generations of fans around the globe,” said Juliette Feld Grossman, Chief Operating Officer of Feld Entertainment, the worldwide leader in live, touring family entertainment. “We have maximized the power of everything we do at Feld Entertainment, pushing the boundaries of technology and innovation to ensure audiences have an authentic, awe-inspiring experience. Fans will leave with a sense of wonder, as if they’ve boarded the boat to Isla Nublar and literally stepped into Jurassic World.”
Tickets are now on sale, starting at $18. Visit or for tickets and a list of shows and dates at the Giant Center in Hershey. 
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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. 

 • 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 CleanÒ 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. 

• 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 CleanÒ 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.


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