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Gift Wrap for Your Pets

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Yes, there is holiday gift wrap for your pets! It is safe for your pets to unwrap because the wrapping paper has soy-based ink and there are no toxic chemicals used to treat the paper. I also like that there is no tape required which eliminates a choking hazard. Besides all that…the prints are adorable!

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We tried out the gift wrap on our Pup Bink’s birthday last month and he was also quite impressed!

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More info:

  • Each individually packaged 7sq.ft. sheet has
    a Rip-N-StickTM self-adhesive edge
  • Made in the USA

 

You can purchase at petpartyprintz.com.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post.

Stuffed Animals that Teach Kids a Lesson A Great Holiday Gift Suggestion!

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I really like this gift suggestion for the holidays! A wonderful way to teach children an important lesson!

UglySnuglies. They are super fun, super soft, oversized stuffed animals that are so ugly, they’re cute and proveYOU DON’T HAVE TO BE BEAUTIFUL TO BE LOVED!

The As Seen On TV UglySnuglies have long, super soft fur that makes them fun to snuggle. But another thing that makes them special is that every UglySnuglies has a hidden gift! UglySnuglies are far more than just ordinary stuffed animals; they are Pet’s with a Personality!

Each UglySnuglies retails for $29.95 and their hidden gifts are geared to teach children a lesson:

• Pouty Pig – includes a bank inside to help kids learn to save their money

• Krazy Kitty – includes a hidden light in his tail to help kids feel safe

• Bizarre Bear – includes 5 secret zipper pockets to help kids clean up after themselves

• Unusual Unicorn – includes an alarm clock to help kids learn the value of time

• Rowdy Rabbit – includes a radio inside to help kids learn to relax

• Porky Panda – includes a hidden blanket inside to keep kids warm

I received a sample of Krazy Kitty and it really will make a wonderful holiday gift!

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I actually think he is quite cute in his own special way and love that his tail lights up to help children that are afraid of the dark.

They are available at www.uglysnuglies.com.

Look for them this holiday season!

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Assortment of Nine 25 Gram Natural Soap Bars In A Beautiful Gift Box – Triple Milled French Soaps

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This is such a cute set of soaps! I love the variety and the whole presentation. They also smell delightful like flowers. Even the box is adorable! This set would make a really cute gift for many different occasions from house warming to birthday to even the holidays. I was quite impressed! There are nine different scented soaps in the one box. They are also perfect guest sized soaps. Just perfect to put in your bathroom this holiday season. I also love that there are no toxic chemicals and no testing is done on animals.

More About the Product
  • ALL NATURAL SOAPS GIFT SET – The Fleur D’ Extase Soaps are Triple Milled ALL NATURAL soaps scented with essential oils.
    This gift box contains nine 25 gram guest soaps in wonderful smelling scents – Perfect for sampling to find your favorite Fleur D’Extase scent.Can be purchased on Amazon.com.

Self Disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for an unbiased review.

Creed – An extraordinary sequel to Rocky that fans will love

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From start to finish, this film does homage to Rocky Balboa in a masterful execution. Adonis Johnson is the son of the famous boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died in a boxing match in Rocky IV (1985). Adonis wasn’t born until after his father’s death and wants to follow his fathers footsteps in boxing. He seeks a mentor who is the former heavyweight boxing champion and former friend of Apollo Creed, the retired Rocky Balboa. Rocky eventually agrees to mentor Adonis and the rest is history. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Harmony M. comments, “Creed is delightfully entertaining and beautifully developed…The film starts out amazingly entertaining and engaging within the first few minutes.” Tre’ana H. adds, “Creed is a film that sucks you right in, especially when you see a young child in the justice system… I like this film because Adonis Johnson, the protagonist (Michael B. Jordan) is self determined to fulfill his dream.” See their full reviews below.

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By Harmony M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17

 

Creed is delightfully entertaining and beautifully developed. The film brings the iconic Rocky Balboa back to life after about 40 years. The film is about the son of famous boxer Apollo Creed whose path leads him to a passionate desire to box. Upon finding out that he actually had a father who is, in fact, Apollo Creed, he goes to the only person that can help train him to live up to his father’s name. That person is Rocky Balboa.

The film starts out amazingly entertaining and engaging within the first few minutes. The movie starts by showing us the kid’s moral background which is really refreshing considering that most movies overstretch the beginning and bore their audience with “when is the movie really going to start?” That alone really establishes the film’s great quality because it develops by showing, not telling and captures the audience immediately with the background information without needing a long introduction to describe it.

Spin-off movies are quite risky. The original film has already set expectations and often, spin-offs can ruin the original film for people. Director Ryan Coogler directs this spin-off of Rocky, leaving all the fans content with the continued legacy. Ryan Coogler beautifully creates a funny, emotional and inspiring film full of amazing qualities.

The acting by Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan is brilliant and natural, making me feel connected to their characters fairly quickly. The makeup department includes special effects makeup artist Leo Corey Castellano who creates amazingly realistic boxing wounds. It is so realistic that it is the first vivid visual that comes to my mind when I think about that film.

I am personally not a fan of sports movies but I definitely recommend this film to people of all interests because the story is so touching. The story and moral messages revolve around the idea that “your legacy is more than your name.” The movie demonstrates how hard work and determination to fulfill your passion can create exactly the legacy you so desire. You can be the legend you want to be.

I recommend this film for kids age 13 to 18. I do not recommend this for children under the age of 13 due to disturbing visuals, sexual actions and violent behavior. I give this film a 4.5 out of 5 stars. It is in theaters now so, be sure to check it out.

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By Tre’ana H., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

 

 

Creed is a film that sucks you right in, especially when you see a young child in the justice system. It makes you wonder why? Where is the parent? I like this film because Adonis Johnson, the protagonist (Michael B. Jordan) is self determined to fulfill his dream. I connected with him because I can relate to his desire to fulfill and accomplish a goal. The film is a blend of drama, thriller, sports and romance. The director, Ryan Coogler ties this film to Philadelphia which is known as the City of Brotherly Love and known as the home of the other Rocky Balboa movies. I like the how he draws in Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) in this film and the relationship he develops with Adonis throughout all the twists and turns in the script. He creates a suspenseful filled film that leads up to the ending.

 

This film takes place in Philadelphia where former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson. He is the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed. His step-mother Mary Anne Creed (Phylicia Rashad) visits him in the juvenile detention center and offers him a

prominent life to with a promising future. Does Adonis Johnson disappoint her? I can’t say any more. It is a must see and I promise that you will not be disappointed.

 

My favorite part of this film is when Rocky is writing down the notes for Adonis to improve his training. When he finishes the notes Adonis takes a picture of it on his phone and as he walks away, Rocky points out that he left the notes. He tells Rocky that he’s got it on his phone and Rocky asks, “What if your phone breaks?” Adonis says, “It’s saved in the cloud!” Rocky really thinks he means a real cloud in the sky and looks up. It is so hilarious because Adonis is, of course, talking about the cyber cloud. The whole entire audience laughs out loud.

 

The message of the film is stay determined to fulfill your dreams and don’t never give up.

 

I recommend this film for ages 13 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars because it is an excellent film to watch and you will definitely find it entertaining, especially those peo9ple from my hometown city of Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love.

 

This movie is in theaters now so, go check it out.

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

SnakPak Pro from Ezydog is a great gift suggestion this Holiday season!

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Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season for a dog lover and their dog? Ezydog has you covered! One of my favorites is the SnakPak Pro from our friends at Ezydog. I love the waterproof inner lining because it makes it super easy to clean. Rewarding your dog is super easy with this great product!  I love that there are 2 easy to access accessory pockets with waterproof zipper. I love using this on hiking with our pup because it can carry treats and poop bags. A great product for training your pup!

 

  • Features:

    • NEW Poop Bag Dispenser
    • Magnetic Closure
    • Attach around waist with webbing strap
    • Easy to wipe clean
    • Front and hip belt pockets with waterproof zip.
  • More info:
    • Adjustable webbing waist strap (22.5″-56″) to secure around your body.

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received.

1,300lb Gingerbread House, Seasonal Treats, Ice Skating & More Holiday Festivities at JW Marriott Los Angeles The seasonal calendar of events includes a life-size gingerbread house, a “Holly Jolly Day” with characters from DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 3,” and customizable “Holiday in a Box” private party options

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Photo: Life-size gingerbread house at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE

This holiday season, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE unveils festive new programming launched on Friday, November 27 and continuing through New Year’s Day. Adjacent to the LA Kings Holiday Ice Skating Rink, the downtown Los Angeles hotel offers locals and visitors of all ages a selection of opportunities to embrace new holiday traditions with loved ones. Activations include Mrs. Claus’ life-size gingerbread house; a “Holly Jolly Day” filled with ice skating and a hot chocolate and sweets station, and a meet-and-greet with characters from DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3; and a stress-free “Holiday Party in a Box” package, complete with all the trimmings for holiday merry making outside the home.

“From time-honored traditions to activities that encourage time spent with new friends, we’ve got something for everyone under our roof,” says Javier Cano, Vice President and Market General Manager of JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE. “It’s only fitting for a hotel in the heart of Los Angeles to be the ultimate destination for holiday cheer.”

From November 30 through December 31, guests can tour Mrs. Claus’ life-size gingerbread house comprised of 1,300 lbs. of the spiced cookie dough and furnished entirely out of sweet confections, including sugar picture frames and milk chocolate Santas. Santa makes a special appearance on Saturday, December 19, from 1-5 p.m. and is available for photos inside the gingerbread house.

On Saturday, December 19, from 1-4 p.m., The Mixing Room hosts a “Holly Jolly Day,” beginning with exclusive access to LA LIVE’s annual ice skating rink from 1-2:30 p.m., followed by a meet-and-greet with characters from the upcoming DreamWorks Animation’s  movie Kung Fu Panda 3. The festivities continue with a sweets station featuring gourmet lollipops and cupcakes and a hot chocolate laboratory where guests can mix-and-match seasonal ingredients for a custom cup of cocoa. Tickets are available for purchase online ($12 for children under 12 years and $20 for adults; entry without the ice skating portion is $5 for children and $10 for adults). Tickets will be available at the door for an additional $3 per ticket.

From November 27 through December 29, The Mixing Room also offers its “Holiday in a Box” package, which provides all the necessary elements to throw a festive holiday celebration for up to 10 guests. Components include seasonal libations and small bites, photo props including Santa hats and reindeer antlers, festive take-home party favors such as house-made hot cocoa packets, and a holiday tree for spirited décor. Starting at $500, the “Holiday in a Box” party can be enjoyed inside The Mixing Room where the lounge staff will set up guests’ holiday event prior to arrival. The first five groups to book the package will receive complimentary tickets to the LA LIVE ice rink; guests may book a package by emailing JWLArestaurants@marriott.com.

Guests can complete their holiday experience by booking a room at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE. Reservations can be made by phone at 213.765.8600.

Credit: JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE.

 

The Good Dinosaur – Fantastically Funny Family Film, Perfect for Sharing

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The Good Dinosaur, which opens this weekend, asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend and learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Ryan R. (age 11) comments, “I like how it touches our emotions and admit that it made me cry in some parts. I also liked the jokes because they are really funny.” Willie J. (age 16) adds, “It is some of the most beautiful animation I’ve seen with a story so familiar that its heartwarming qualities hit home.” See their full reviews below.

 

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By Ryan R., KIDS First Film Critic, Age 11

 

I enjoyed watching this 3D, computer-animated, adventure, dramatic comedy. The Good Dinosaur is very emotional and funny, a perfect movie for the family. This movie is about what would happen if an asteroid missed the Earth and never killed the dinosaurs. In the movie you meet Arlo (Raymond Ochoa), who is a very insecure, scared dinosaur. He meets a human kid named Spot. Something happens.  Arlo chases Spot and falls into the water taking Arlo very far away from his family. Will Arlo make it back to his family or will he be lost?

I enjoyed this movie. I like how it touches our emotions and admit that it made me cry in some parts. I also liked the jokes because they are really funny. I love the action scenes that involve the water. It kept me on the edge of my seat.

 

My favorite character is Arlo who is very ecstatic, extremely compassionate and learns to face his fears. Arlo is very relatable because everyone has fears and people think it is silly but it isn’t. I love that he is very motivated.

 

The moral lesson in this movie is you can discover what you’re truly capable of if you are willing to face your fears.  Arlo proves that in this movie.

 

I give this film 5 out of 5 amazing stars and recommend it for kids ages 5 to 18. Adults might like this as well. I also recommend this to kids who like family, action, adventure, drama, comedies, dinosaurs and Disney movies. This movie comes out November 25 so, mark your calendar!

 

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Willie Jones, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

 

 

I find it strange that Pixar has released two films in the same year. Especially considering that Inside Out has been locked for every Animated Feature award since it was released. It’s almost unfair because,The Good Dinosaur is a very good film that, I’m afraid will get lost in the shadow of its all too recent predecessor. Despite such lofty competition, The Good Dinosaur, in just about any other year, would be a great candidate for Best Animated Feature. It is some of the most beautiful animation I’ve seen with a story so familiar that its heartwarming qualities hit home.

 

The story is something we’ve seen many times before in both animated films and live action ones. It is the story of the young boy who’s too afraid to live life and has to be shown the world to overcome his fears. Throw in some family death and comic relief friends and you could write the rest yourself. Luckily, this movie features great relational bonding between our protagonist, Arlo, and his young friend Spot. They start out not liking each other and, by the end they’re nearly inseparable. It is a relationship that develops with humor and a sweetness that brings tears to the eye.

 

That young boy, Spot, is portrayed as a dog actually. That is a part of an interesting dynamic with this movie. The dinosaurs are like people, and the young caveboy plays the pet. He even has a pet name. It adds to the humor of the film and it is full of humor. The opening joke, in which the film plays with the audience and threatens a meteor strike on earth, sets the tone of the film. There are other laughs and, they are laugh out loud laughs at that.

 

The most impressive part of the movie is the animation. I’d almost call it cinematography, that’s how beautiful it was. There is actually a point in the movie I thought J.J Abrams was directing, because there are some beautiful lens flares in there. Lens flares. That’s how intricate the animation is and how true to its environment it is. Very good direction!

 

Unfortunately, the familiar story limits how good this film really can be. Considering that, there isn’t anything groundbreaking. There is even an homage to The Lion King included.

 

For these reasons, I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. It is a fantastic family film and one I highly recommend. Kids ages 7 to 18 should really enjoy this.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

 

National Cookie Day Celebrate with Sugar Bowl Bakery’s Madeleines!

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Oh my! These are a real favorite of mine! I especially love them with Tea!

National Cookie Day (December 4th) is today and what better way to celebrate than with  Sugar Bowl Bakery’s Madeleines? I simply can’t think of a better cookie! I received samples and they were a hit with every one in our house!

Made with 100% butter, Sugar Bowl Bakery’s Madeleines are petite and sweet (but not too sweet) French cake cookies. With a slightly sweet and buttery flavor profile housed in a delicately crunchy cookie, Sugar Bowl Bakery’s Madeleines are a texture and flavor masterpiece sure to please. These treats are also free of trans-fat and preservatives, so the whole family can feel good about indulging a bit.

These are simply delicious today and every day!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post.