Archives for October 13, 2014

USDA Certified Organic Raw Shea Butter Great for dry skin! A Mom-Must Have!

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Looking for a great moisturizer for really dry skin? Organic Unrefined African Shea Butter by Key West Heath & Beauty is the answer! Shea butter is extracted from the nut of the African Shea Tree. The purest form of Shea Butter is in its raw or unrefined state. I had never tried Organic Unrefined African Shea Butter before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I love using this as a moisturizer especially on my dry elbows and hands.  It also works really well for dry, chapped lips and is over all, just great for dry skin. I like that you only need a small amount at a time and this large jar will last quite awhile! I did read that it has a shelf life of a year. There isn’t much of a smell to it but it doesn’t smell bad either. There is no added fragrance so it seems to just be a natural smell. I like that there are also DIY recipes that you can make using this product! I am planning to try a Hair conditioner recipe soon!

See these recipes here: https://www.youtube.com/user/KeyWestHealthBeauty

For more information, and to purchase, check out their website.

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Dracula Untold – An Intense Love Story and Back Story of the Infamous Count Dracula KIDS FIRST! Upcoming Attractions, www.kidsfirst.org

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This film explores the back story of the infamous Count Dracula, telling how Vlad Tepes makes a deal with dangerous supernatural forces when faced with threats to his kingdom and his family, Starring Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper and Sarah Gadon, this film is rated PG-13 due to intense acts of violence and some sensuality. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Simone S., comments, “Dracula Untold is an intense love story that changes everything we know about the world’s most famous vampire.” Patrick N. adds, “This movie is very dark in the sense of horror. The characters and battles are very graphic and scary. The plot of the movie was very unique but it lacks fluidity.”  See their full reviews below.

Dracula Untold
By Simone Sharrieff, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age: 14

Dracula Untold is an intense love story that changes everything we know about the world’s most famous vampire. Dracula undergoes a complete makeover, trading his creepy castle in for a palace fit for a king. That’s right, Dracula better known as “Vlad the Impaler” is a Slavic prince and protector of his people. This movie tries to stay true to some of the history behind the classic story of Dracula which is interesting, but also confusing.

Vlad, played by Luke Evans is a prince who may be brutal on the battlefield, but is adored by his citizens. When war with a neighboring nation seems unavoidable he is forced to do something that will change his life forever. He locates a great evil that will give him super speed, strength, and the ability to fly. He will get these powers and many more for three days if he can resist the urge to drink human blood, but if he gives in he will stay like this for the rest of eternity. The deal seems simple at the time but the safety of Vlad’s people and family is at risk. Now it’s up to him to protect himself and those he loves from the war.

My favorite thing about this film is definitely the special effects. They make the movie less scary and more action packed and thrilling. I also like how unpredictable the movie is. You never know exactly what was going to next and, it is still fun watching it all play out.

The most entertaining character in the entire movie is the “master vampire” played by Charles Dance. He makes a lasting impression on the audience because of how he makes his character scary, but interesting. He also plays a very important role in the storyline. My favorite part of the movie is when Dracula unleashes his powers on an entire army for the first time. This scene is jaw-dropping due to the animation and special effects. Also, the music adds excitement to the movie.

I recommend Dracula Untold for ages 14 to 18 because of some more mature scenes and I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Dracula Untold flies into theaters October 10th so please be sure to check it out.

Dracula Untold
by Patrick Nguyen, age 14

 

This classic story is brought back to life in Dracula Untold which presents a whole new take on the tale by explaining the origins of the deadly vampire. This version tells the story of prince Vlad of Transylvania who has to fight the all mighty Turks.  His troops are greatly out numbered, therefore he travels to a mystical mountain and asks a devil figure for help. The devil figure offers to give him great strength, keen senses and super speed for his mortal life. Vlad ultimately agrees and ends up drinking blood which makes him become the iconic Dracula.

This movie is very dark in the sense of horror. The characters and battles are very graphic and scary. The plot of the movie was very unique but it lacks fluidity. The plot starts very early in the movie which is a bit of a shocker because it jumps to the middle of all the action. The cinematography, CGI and animations are amazing, but the editing is a bit choppy and, as a result, it lacks a smooth storyline. The script is bit disappointing because it uses a lot of iconic lines such as “let the games begin” which is greatly is overused and lacks creativity.

The actors are all rising stars. Luke Evans is superb as Vlad and provides a new look once he is transformed into Dracula. He definitely fits the role with his very masculine presence as the prince and also by showing a dark side when portraying Dracula.

With a prince comes a princess, portrayed by Sarah Gadon. Her chemistry on screen with Luke Evans is unsteady. They do not seem to be truly in love with each other. Overall the movie is weak when compared to other action movies. The attempt to make a new storyline for Dracula is confusing. All the cuts between scenes make the movie lack fluidity.

I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars because of its confusing plot and weak script. This movie is rated PG-13. The genre of the movie is action / horror due to its violent and dark scenes. I recommend this movie for ages 13 to 18 with parental advice. Dracula Untold releases October 10 at your local theater so, if you’re looking for a Halloween themed movie, definitely check it out. Reviewed by Patrick Nguyen, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14.

Credit:  KIDS FIRST! Upcoming Attractions, www.kidsfirst.org

Brand-New Chuggington Characters Make their DVD Debut in Dynamic Release from Anchor Bay Entertainment – October 14, 2014 Release Includes Great Bonuses for Chuggington Fans: Double-Sided Four-Color Poster, Music Video and More

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We’re talking big-time adventure. The strongest and most dependable construction crew in Chuggington is ‘Ready To Build’ in the newest ChuggingtonDVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment. A brand-new collection of five fast-paced adventures – including the extended new special slated to premiere on Disney Junior this fall, “Chuggineers Ready To Build” will make tracks to retail nationwide, October 14, 2014.

 

In this special collection of hard-working adventures – including the “We are the Chuggineers” music video! – Brewster joins Chuggineers Zack, Fletch and Tyne to build tracks, bridges and tunnels, make repairs, haul heavy loads and more!

 

Featuring new wagons and machines, including the massive yellow Mega Chug Crane, and new friends Payce, the tunnel runner from Tootington, and Cormac, the cheeky forklift engine, “Chuggineers Ready To Build” (SRP: $14.98) will help Wilson, Brewster, Koko and little trainees at home discover important lessons about safety, responsibility and teamwork.

 

Episodes:

  • “Chuggineers: Ready to Build Special”
  • “Brewster Makes Tracks”
  • “Back Up Brewster”
  • “Outward Bound Olwin”
  • “Fault Finder Emery”

 

DVD Bonus Features:

  • New Music Video: “We are the Chuggineers!”
  • Coloring and Activity Pages
  • Badge Quest Episode: “Night Chuggers”
  • Character Montages: Zack and Jackman

 

For even more “traintastic” fun, young fans will receive a special two-sided Chuggington Collector Poster inside each new DVD! The exclusive free poster features all of the characters – from the Trainees to the Chuggers – as well as a colorful Chuggington scene.

 

A colorful and contemporary CGI-animated TV show from Ludorum that reinforces early social readiness skills, “Chuggington” airs daily on Disney Junior. The series made its Season 4 debut on Disney Junior in October 2013 with the first-ever primetime “Chuggington” special, “Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue.”

 

Chuggington” has become a global sensation since its debut in September 2008 in the U.K. The show has been licensed to more than 175 territories worldwide and has established ratings records in several key international markets, including the U.K., Germany, France and Australia. The series made its U.S. debut in January 2010.

 

I received a sample of this New DVD and young children ages 2-5 will love the new adventures of the three young trainees. Chuggington is fun and I love how it teaches about teamwork. I highly recommend and give it 5 stars!

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! To enter, leave a comment below telling us where you would travel by train if you could travel anywhere! Deadline to enter is October 20th at noon PST. One winner randomly selected from all entries.

 
About “Chuggington

Chuggington” is a contemporary, action-based, energetic and vibrant CGI series for children ages 2-5. The series follows the adventures of three young trainees – Wilson and his friends Brewster and Koko – as they ride the rails and take on exciting challenges that test their courage, speed and determination. Along the way, and with help and support from a strong community of engines and people, they learn positive values and new skills that empower them to become the best trainees they can be. Further information is available at www.chuggington.com.

 

About Anchor Bay Entertainment

Anchor Bay Entertainment is a leading home entertainment company.  Anchor Bay acquires and distributes feature films, original television programming, including STARZ Original series, children’s entertainment, anime (Manga Entertainment), fitness (Anchor Bay Fitness), sports, and other filmed entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray™ formats.  The company has long term distribution agreements in place for select programming with AMC Networks, RADiUS, and The Weinstein Company.  Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, Anchor Bay Entertainment has offices in Troy, MI, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.  Anchor Bay Entertainment (www.anchorbayentertainment.com) is a Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) business, www.starz.com.

Self Disclosure: I received a free DVD to facilitate this feature.

 

Brand-New ‘TICKETY TOC’ DVD, ‘CHRISTMAS PRESENT TIME,’ To Deliver Festive Adventures For The Whole Family! Seasonal Fun from Hit Nick Jr. ® TV Series Comes Home for the Holidays in Newest Release from Anchor Bay Entertainment – October 14, 2014

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Preschoolers and families nationwide are in store for the most “tick tocktastic” season yet when “Christmas Present Time,” the latest title in the hit Tickety Toc DVD series from Anchor Bay Entertainment, lands under the tree! The special compilation of five funny and festive episodes, featuring all the winter-themed fun and holiday hijinks from the popular Nick Jr.® TV show, will debut on DVD on October 14, 2014.

 

Synopsis:
In “Christmas Present Time” (SRP: $14.98), it’s Christmas time in Tickety Town and Tommy and Tallulah are determined to make every merry second count! This all-new collection of seasonal adventures – including the Christmas Present Time extended special – brings viewers along as the twins find a new way to make snow, build a giant igloo, roll the biggest snowball ever and even help Santa fix his sleigh in time for Christmas Eve. But when their zany escapades get out of hand, the twins look to their friends, McCoggins, Pufferty, Madame Au Lait and Tooteroo, to help them make things right!

 

Episodes include:

  • Christmas Present Time
  • Winter Time
  • Snow Time
  • Igloo Time
  • Leaf Sweeping Time

 

DVD Bonus Features:

  • Coloring Pages

 

The all-new “Christmas Present Time” DVD is the gift that keeps on giving for young fans; families who purchase the new title can receive a free Tickety Toc book, “Welcome to Tickety Town,” from Scholastic! And to help spread even more Tickety Toc cheer this season, Anchor Bay Entertainment is partnering with Pik-Nik for a delicious national cross-promotion. Beginning in October, more than 100,000 Pik-Nik French Fried Onion canisters will include an on-pack call-out promoting “Christmas Present Time” and a special mail-in-rebate offer.

 

Tickety Toc follows the everyday adventures of 6-year-old twins, Tommy and Tallulah. Traveling through the special Tickety Toc clock, where the twins live, audiences enter a CGI world of eclectic characters as they tag along on exciting escapades filled with slapstick surprises. Tommy and Tallulah’s strong “can do” spirit often produces an unanticipated outcome, but their individual approach to sticky situations and joint resourcefulness always shine through and save the day! Through the twins’ madcap adventures, Tickety Toc explores teamwork, social responsibility and problem solving – important concepts for preschoolers as they learn and grow. Tickety Toc has quickly become a top performing afternoon show on Nick Jr. (Nielsen) and has been picked up for a second season.

 

About Anchor Bay Entertainment

Anchor Bay Entertainment is a leading home entertainment company.  Anchor Bay acquires and distributes feature films, original television programming, including STARZ Original series, children’s entertainment, anime (Manga Entertainment), fitness (Anchor Bay Fitness), sports, and other filmed entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray™ formats.  The company has long term distribution agreements in place for select programming with AMC Networks, RADiUS, and The Weinstein Company.  Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, Anchor Bay Entertainment has offices in Troy, MI, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.  Anchor Bay Entertainment (www.anchorbayentertainment.com) is a Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) business, www.starz.com.

 

About Zodiak Kids

Zodiak Kids is the global independent leader in kids’ entertainment, combining Zodiak Media’s dedicated kids production companies, consumer products and sales division. Zodiak Kids encompasses prominent production companies Marathon Media and Tele Images Productions (France) and The Foundation (UK). Sales for Zodiak kids are handled by a dedicated team within Zodiak Rights, one of the leading international distributors in the industry.  All aspects of licensing are handled by a dedicated division with highly experienced teams based in London and Paris (Zodiak Kids CP London and Zodiak Kids CP Paris). Zodiak Kids boasts one of the largest, high-quality kids catalogues in the world, which includes Totally Spies!, the international hit animation series;  Tickety Toc, the new animated series; Waybuloo, the CBeebies pre-school hit; Redakai, a brand new series on Cartoon Network US; Mister Maker, the ultimate arts and craft show; Gormiti, based on the extraordinarily successful figurine range that sold over 100 million pieces; Street Football, one of the top rated animated shows in France and Italy and the newly launched The Ranch. www.zodiakkids.com

 

We have teamed up for a Pre-Holiday time Giveaway! (Most of our Holiday Giveaways will begin in November). To enter, leave a comment below telling us why you are looking forward to the holidays! What is your favorite thing to do during the holidays? Dealine to enter is October 20th, 2014 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries via Random.org.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post except for the prize for one of our readers.

KeVita Refreshing and delicious!

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KeVita is a refreshing, low calorie, probiotic drink made with four strains of live probiotics making it unlike any other drink on store shelves. KeVita® Sparkling Probiotic Drink, recently named one of the 25 Most Innovative Consumer and Retail Brands by Forbes, is delicious vitality in every sip. At the heart of KeVita is its proprietary culture with four strains of live probiotics handcrafted in its own facility in Southern California.

 

Known for its light and refreshing taste, KeVita is certified organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, dairy free, gluten free and vegan.  KeVita is available in the refrigerated cold case at local co-ops, natural foods stores and select grocers nationwide including Safeway, Vons, Kroger, Ralphs, Sprouts, Whole Foods Market, The Fresh Market, Giant Eagle and Wegmans.

 

KeVita currently offers 12 palate-pleasing flavors:

  • Blueberry Cherry NEW
  • Tangerine NEW
  • Hibiscus Berry Daily Cleanse NEW
  • Coconut
  • Strawberry Acai Coconut
  • Mango Coconut
  • Pomegranate Coconut
  • Mojita Lime Mint Coconut
  • Daily Cleanse Lemon Cayenne
  • Pomegranate
  • Living Greens
  • Lemon Ginger

I received free coupons to sample these refreshing drinks (I found them at Sprouts) and I really like the variety of different flavors. My favorites are Pomegranate and the Tangerine. I am still on the look out for Blueberry Cherry! I like that it tastes good and is also a healthier option than so many drinks out there on the market today!

Self Disclosure: I received free coupons to obtain free samples to facilitate this feature.