Archives for September 2017

Brigsby Bear – Dramatic comedy with strange, yet fresh approach

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Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children’s TV show produced for an audience of one: James. When the show abruptly ends, James’s life changes forever, and he sets out to finish the story himself. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Tristan T. comments, “I expected to be bored, but instead I found this film highly entertaining and moving at times. Although it is definitely odd and had me asking lots of questions at the beginning, it is well done and I will probably go see this film again once it’s released in theaters.” See his full review below.

 

Brigsby Bear

 

By Tristan Tierce, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

 

 

Brigsby Bear is a dramatic comedy with a strange, yet fresh new approach. I expected to be bored, but instead I found this film highly entertaining and moving at times. Although it is definitely odd and had me asking lots of questions at the beginning, it is well done and I will probably go see this film again once it’s released in theaters.

 

James (Kyle Mooney) lives in an underground bunker with his kidnapper “parents.” We quickly learn of his obsession with “Brigsby,” a television series about a bear and his adventures. Once he is rescued from his capturers, he attempts to survive in this massive new world, only to learn that his treasured show is not real. As he struggles to reinvent “Brigsby Bear,” he ends up not only completing the show’s story, but also finding completion to his own.

 

Star Wars fans will be interested to see their beloved Mark Hamill in a totally different role here. He plays the kidnapper, Ted Hope. I have to say, he completely nails the character and, with his grungy looking beard, I almost did not recognize him.

 

My favorite character is James. He plays a very quirky, awkward young man. He is inspiring and makes you feel an immediate connection. I not only found myself intrigued by his story, but cheering for him to achieve his goal. I like how, even though he grows throughout the film, his character never truly changes. Others ultimately accept him for who he is. This is something I would like to see in real life.

 

This film is rated PG-13 due to a few sexual references and some mature content although nothing is over-the-top. I rate this film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to kids ages 13 to 18. It opens in theaters September 21, 2017. You should definitely go grab some friends and check it out.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Releases Dan Zanes and Friends’ Lead Belly, Baby!

 

As a young boy, GRAMMY-winning children’s artist Dan Zanes was drawn to the music of Lead Belly in all of its magic, imagination, and mystery. This discovery completely changed his view of the world and his place in it. Zanes now presents a fresh vision of Lead Belly’s music for a new generation with a little help from his friends. Experience Lead Belly’s songs through a new lens as Dan Zanes and Valerie June, Chuck D., Billy Bragg, Aloe Blacc, and many others celebrate an American musical icon.

 

The album, Lead Belly, Baby! will be available on Friday, August 25. It includes a colorful 40 page booklet with full lyrics and liner notes by Zanes and Jeff Place, the Senior Curator of the Smithsonian Institution’s Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections.

More about Dan Zanes

 

Called “the family-music genre’s most outspoken and eloquent advocate” byTime magazine, Zanes, a New Hampshire native who made several albums as a member of the Del Fuegos during the ’80s, has been performing for families since releasing ‘Rocket Ship Beach’ in 2000. With his band, Dan Zanes and Friends, he has released more than a dozen albums and has toured the world sharing handmade 21st-century social music with enthusiastic crowds of kids and kid sympathizers. His ‘Catch That Train!’ won a Grammy for Best Musical Album for Children in 2007.

 

Zanes and his fiancée, Claudia Eliaza, are pioneers in the sensory-friendly performance movement. The Kennedy Center recently commissioned the two to create the first sensory-friendly folk opera, “Night Train 57,” slated to premiere in October. “For me, the folk experience is about inclusion and participation – welcoming people in,” Zanes says. “The spirit of Lead Belly’s music that affected me as a 7-year-old drives me to want to create and present in a sensory-friendly atmosphere today.” In addition to making other national performances of Night Train 57, Zanes will tour as “The Lead Belly Project” beginning in fall 2017.

 

Credit: Sugar Mountain PR.

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Perfect Bars are nutritious and delicious!

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“I received the product for free from MomsMeet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided (in products) and this page may contain affiliate links.”

I recently received some nutritious bars called Perfect Bars and I have to admit I wasn’t sure about them. I have tried other nutritious bars and well…thought that they were simply “okay” but were missing something in the taste department. Not so with Perfect Bars…they are a protein bar made with creamy peanut butter, almond butter and cashew butter options. They are a good source of protein but they taste delicious! They stay in the fridge but you can take them on-the-go so they are also great for travel!

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There is a wide variety but my two favorites are the Regular Bars in Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter and the Cashew Blueberry! Yum! They come in Regular Size and the Mini Size. The Mini’s come in  Almond Butter and the Peanut Butter. These didn’t last long at my work! The Mini Bars retail for $1.30 each and the Full-Size Bars are $2.99.

You can find them in more than 12,000 fridges nationwide. Mini’s are only available online at PerfectBar.com or in select retailers.

To find them go to Perfectbar.com/where-to-buy

 

Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids.

Learn Your Messy ABCs with Oscar the Grouch & his Sesame Street Friends!

The Messy Alphabet Book

Looking for the perfect alphabet book? This one is fun and is personalized with your child’s name! It’s also approved by Oscar the Grouch!

“You know, it seems like every alphabet book I read is full of nice, clean things like cute kittens, cuddly puppies, and shiny new toys. I think it’s time for a new alphabet book, a MESSY alphabet book.” — Oscar the Grouch 

 In Sesame Street: The Messy Alphabet Book, a new personalized book on PutMeInTheStory.com, Oscar the Grouch and his Sesame Street friends teach your child their ABCs by splashing and crashing their way through the alphabet together!

I received a copy of this book and it’s adorable! We have a friend who just had a baby and decided to give this book as a gift! She loved it and I am sure baby will too!

I mean who doesn’t love Sesame Street?!  I’m a big fan of Elmo and Oscar too!

There is a Sweepstakes you can enter but you have to enter NOW!

A Messy Alphabet Book Sweepstakes for a chance to win a Sesame Street personalized book bundle!

 

Enter through the Rafflecopterhttp://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/54ca7af7566/

Terms & Conditions:

No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

 

Open to legal residents of USA who are 18 years or older. Giveaway begins September 11, 2017 at 12:01am and ends September 22, 2017 at 11:59pm (“Promotion Period”). Enter the Giveaway during the Promotion Period online by submitting the entry form. The entry form can be found on the following website at http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/54ca7af7566/ . Winner will be selected by Random.org and be notified by email. Winner has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. ONE (1) winner will receive ONE (1) Sesame Street Personalized Book Bundle and Plush (approximate retail value or “ARV”: $155). By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to Put Me In The Story. Put Me In The Story does not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of this giveaway. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are in no way associated with this giveaway.

 

o   Includes personalized copies of:

§  Sesame Street: The Messy Alphabet Book

§  Sesame Street: Just One You!

§  Sesame Street: I Love You Just Like This!

§  Sesame Street: Let’s Make a Friend

§  And an Elmo Plush

Self Disclosure: I received a free book to facilitate this post and participate in this blog tour. Images were provided.

It’s Time to Start Using Flour Sack Towels in Your Kitchen Again

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Are you looking for high-quality flour sack kitchen towels made of 100% cotton? Well, you can buy those blank flour sack towels in bulk from Southern California based Mary’s Kitchen Towels: https://www.floursacktowels.com.

There used to be a time when homemakers would turn leftover flour sacks into sheets, clothing, and kitchen towels. Undoubtedly, flour sack towels have proven to be an important part of any American kitchen. Today, commercially produced flour sack towels have taken the place of homemade towels which are superior in quality and made from 100% fine woven cotton.

Flour sack towels are absolutely long lasting and hard-wearing, resisting to many washes and uses and remain exceptionally soft. These towels are not only lint-free but have better absorbing capability for liquids than paper towels. What’s more, there are companies like Mary’s Kitchen that manufacture eco-friendly flour sack towels which help preserve the environment with each of your purchases.

Flour sack tea towels made of high quality can be utilized for a considerable length of time in your kitchen and other spaces of your home. Always try buying a bundle pack of towels, so that, you do not have to stress over buying another towel for your home for quite a while. It is for sure that you will enjoy the subtle feel and toughness these towels offer when wiping spills, cleaning, or polishing your crockery or when using as a cover to keep the freshness alive of your food.

These classical cotton weave towels have a huge scope of uses. From mopping counters to food preservation and serving, when you step in the shop or browse online, you will definitely discover new ways to make great use of them.

Flour Sack Towels Make Great Gifts

Flour sack towels are even a good option for housewarming gifts or for daily personal use. Evincing their viability throughout all these years, flour sacks have turned into a household necessity. They are also a great replacement for paper and other expendable materials since they can better handle a range of cleaning jobs while being completely machine launderable.

They Dry Better

Flour sack towels likewise take lesser time to dry than their counterparts. They are an ideal material for drying dishes since they air dry immediately and are lint-free. Because of being lint-free, these towels also make incredible polishing materials for furniture, metal, and even mirrors.

Recommended by Gourmet Chefs

Flour sack towels are an extremely handy tool for gourmet chefs. Due to their sustainable nature, they have gained popularity even in the food industry. In addition, they are totally suitable to use around food since they are manufactured without including any colors or chemicals.

They are Versatile

As flour sack towels are safe around food, they can be used to line bread, dehydrate fruits, strain sauces, and make cheese. They offer great versatility to any kitchen or bakery and add value to your space. Cooking experts consider these towels “gourmet” and have sworn by them for quite a long time.

It is about time that you replace paper towels with these value offering flour sack towels for a persistent household use. Get your flour sacks from a reliable local company Mary’s Kitchen Flour Sack Towels!

zulily Presents: Fall for You,” a First-Ever Interactive Facebook Live Styling and Shopping Experience, Highlighting Fall Fashion Trends for All Women Online Retailer Celebrates Women of all Silhouettes with Five-Day Fashion Event Featuring Body Inclusive Brands that Turn the Runway into the Real Way

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From chic velvet dresses to stylish over-the-knee boots, it’s time to get your wardrobe ready with the hottest fashion trends that fall has to offer. To help women navigate the must-have styles this season and find their perfect match, zulily, the online retailer obsessed with bringing special finds every day to its customers, is launching “zulily Presents: Fall for You,” a series of shoppable Facebook Live styling sessions where consumers will have the chance to see and shop top fashion picks modeled by real women of all shapes and sizes. Over the past two years, zulily buyers have been partnering with and encouraging women’s vendors to add plus-sizes to their product offerings.  In fact, zulily counts over 900 vendors and 1,500 brands that have featured plus-size styles on the site, including ten unique plus-size brands that are exclusive to zulily!

 

From Sept. 18 – 22, zulily will be going live on Facebook at 10 a.m. PDT each day to showcase a different fall trend through their first-ever shoppable, live styling events. Fashion themes will include, Luxe Textures, Fall Prints, Pops of Red, Budget-Friendly Buys, and Curve Appeal, and will feature trend-forward apparel inclusive of all body types and budgets.

 

Shoppers can learn how to create these looks at home thanks to styling commentary from a panel of experts, including zulily buyers and stylists and Seattle-based fashion bloggers: Bre Sheppard of BreSheppard.com, Sahily Perez of Pretty in Pigment, Asa Herrman of Lace and Pearls, and Emma Cortes of Emma’s Edition. Consumers will also be encouraged to participate in an interactive question and answer session via Facebook Live through a virtual roundtable, to uncover tips and tricks for dressing in the season’s top trends and how to make these trends work for each unique body type.

 

“Our customers are looking for unique, yet achievable ways to incorporate trend-forward styles for fall into their wardrobes at an affordable price point,” said Susan Connell, VP of Women’s Merchandising at zulily. “Through our “zulily Presents: Fall for You” Facebook Live styling sessions, we’ll help women discover brands that complement their body shape and new ways to wear this fall’s hottest trends, without breaking the bank.”

 

Harking back to when the site launched, and as an ode to real women everywhere, zulily employees from all roles will be models of this season’s top fashions. As a supporter of inclusive fashion, these models represent a wide range of body types, helping shoppers at home see how these trends can be applied to women of all shapes and sizes.

 

zulily’s shoppable Facebook Live styling sessions will air the following dates:

  • Thursday, Sept. 21 – Fall Prints
  • Friday, Sept. 22 – Luxe Textures

Don’t miss these dates!

To learn more about upcoming fall fashion trends, ask fall style questions and discover new inclusive fashion brands, visit zulily.com and facebook.com/zulily.

 

Self Disclosure: Received some type of compensation to post. Credit: zulily. Photo Credit: zulily.

 

GourmetGiftBaskets.com Launches National “15 & Me Selfie Search” Online Gifting Company Kicks Off 15th Birthday Countdown, Offering Consumers 17 Ways To Win

One of the top U.S. online gifting companies is celebrating its first 15 years of business in a fun, unique way, shining the spotlight on the countless customers who have contributed to this major milestone. At 11:15 a.m. (ET)today, “GourmetGiftBaskets.com‘s 15 & Me Selfie Search” will launch, offering more than $2,000 in prizes.
The $22 million ecommerce company, which provides hundreds of upscale gourmet gifting options, will turn 15 on November 15th. The selfie search invites everyone to join the countdown to this big birthday by posting selfies with the number 15 in them on the company’s Facebook or Instagram pages. All posts must be family-friendly and should contain the hashtag #GGBTurns15.
The “15” can appear on nearly anything — a cake, sign, house, T-shirt, or even printed on paper. Contestants can post as many different shots as they’d like, as well, since all posts count. All entrants will vie for one of 17 exciting prizes.
The contestant with the most creative entry will win first prize – a whopping $1,500 worth of upscale goodies! These could include elaborate gourmet baskets, towers, cookie cakes, and many more WOW-inspiring gifts.
The entrant with the highest number of posts will win second prize — a three-month membership in the Monthly Cheesecake Club, receiving a different cheesecake flavor each month.
Finally, 15 third-place winners will be chosen randomly to receive one-gallon tins of handcrafted gourmet popcorn, since GourmetGiftBaskets.com offers nearly 100 popcorn flavors from sweet to savory.
“As a company that’s all about life’s celebrations, we wanted to approach this major milestone by offering consumers something fun, different and rewarding,” said Vice President of Sales and Marketing Jason Bergeron. “We can’t wait to see all of the selfies from our many loyal customers – and future ones, too.”
The search runs until 11:15 p.m. (ET) on November 15th. Soon afterward, winners will be announced and prizes will be distributed.
To enter, go to the special contest page, or follow instructions on the GourmetGiftBaskets.com Facebook or Instagram pages. Updates will be available on the contest page and social media channels as the selfie search gains national momentum.

Credit: GourmetGiftBaskets.com. No compensation was received to post. 

Stewie is Pet of the Week!

Stewie, September 21 Pet of the Week

What begins with s? Well…shih tzu mix, soft, serious expression, super-sweet (that’s two s’s!)—and Stewie, who’s all those things. Stewie’s about 9 years old and has a mellow disposition. He’d make a lovely lapdog as well as a possible companion for another dog—he appears to get along quite well with other dogs. Meet Stewie on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A596221.

 

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.