Jif Bars are a great snack for the New Year!

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Looking for a great tasting after school snack for the Kids? The Jif Bars are a must-buy! I love the great taste and love that they really aren’t messy! They are the perfect to-go snack for kids of all ages…and even adults will love them! I  can’t even choose a favorite! I think it may be the Creamy Peanut Butter ones! But, my son seems to prefer the Peanut Butter Chocolate flavored ones!

The bars come in three different flavors: Creamy Peanut Butter, Crunchy Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter Chocolate, and are a good source of protein.

Look for them at a store near you!

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


40 Summer Cocktails To Match Your Mood Perfect for the upcoming Labor Day weekend and to beat the heat!

Everyone deals differently with summer heat, but we all love a good cocktail to cool down. Whether you are a beach lover or couch potato (there’s something to be said for air conditioning), Pure Canada Maple has the perfect maple-infused cocktail for you. Find out your best boozy beverage match by playing this fun and interactive maple cocktail game from our friends up North, and you’ll be paired with one of 40 refreshing cocktails.

Something for everyone, some tasty examples include:

  • For the Lazy Day Lover: Maple Ice Tea
  • For the BBQ Connoisseur: Maple Margarita
  • For the Pool Queen: Maple Blue Devil
  • For the Music Festival Fanatic: Maple Sweet Basil
  • For the Outdoor Enthusiast: Maple Energy Drink with Maple Water

I received samples of the Pure Canada Maple syrup and I did try the Maple Margarita..it was delicious! I really never thought about trying Maple syrup in a drink before and was pleasantly surprised. My son also loved trying Pure Canada Maple out with pancakes. This was also a big hit! Below is the Maple Margarita recipe and another one to try!





Enjoy the rest of Summer! It’s almost gone!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples of Pure Canada Maple to facilitate this post.

Harbor Breeze Cruises for Holiday fun!

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This past week, my family had the opportunity to sail away…well…for 45 minutes on a Harbor Breeze Cruise. This really is a fun family thing to do! It’s both fun and educational as you learn fun facts about the port, Queen Mary, Sea Lions and more! You can also go on a longer cruise because they have Whale Watching Cruises too. This one is my favorite though because it is a nice calm and fun experience! They are open daily and what a great thing to do this holiday season!

To find out more, check out the website! You can also visit the wonderful Aquarium of the Pacific because it is right next door!

Self Disclosure: I received family media comps to facilitate this post.


Look out Black Friday & Cyber Monday: here comes Goodshop Sunday!

There’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but where’s the holiday spirit? Goodshop Sunday (November 30th) is the day where thousands of merchants will be offering great deals and coupons AND donating a percentage of nearly every purchase back to the shopper’s favorite nonprofit or school!

Nearly 70% of online shoppers say they feel at least a little guilty that they are not donating more of the money they use to shop for gifts*. On Goodshop Sunday, feel guilty no more!

Leading up to the day, thousands of stores (including AmazonOld Navy, Target, and Kohl’s) will have the best coupons and deals listed on Goodshop.com and will donate a percentage of nearly every purchase to the users’ favorite cause – for free!  In addition, on Goodshop Sunday, select retailers are offering double donations, while others are sharing exclusive deals– so people can feel extra good about their holiday shopping!

Passionate cause supporters nationwide are taking the #GoodshopSunday pledge – to buy 1 gift that gives back this holiday season – and spreading the word to get their friends to do the same. Photos of people forming the “hand heart” are being shared across social media– acting as the visual confirmation of their pledge and the promise that holiday shopping can make a difference.

The impact of buying just 1 gift that gives back can be significant. “According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend over $100 billion online on holiday shopping this year,” said Scott Garell, Goodshop CEO. “With an average of 3% of our sales going to nonprofits and schools, Goodshoppers have the potential to help raise $3 billion for causes in need!”

“This is simply a no brainer,” said Goodshopper, Lisa Grander. “I always feel like I wish I could do more to help Best Friends Animal Society during the holidays — now with every gift I buy, I can!  And, I can save money at the same time too.”

More than 110,000 causes are participating and it’s up to the shopper to select who they want to support. To bring that home – if you support the ASPCA, one sweater would raise enough to get two dogs adopted into loving homes.  If you support UNICEF, your purchase of an Xbox  could donate enough to provide therapeutic milk to fourteen malnourished children.  To date, Goodshop has raised more than $11 million for causes.

Plus, while there will be special deals on Goodshop Sunday, shoppers can find deals and donations all year long. Goodshop helps shoppers save more than just money!

Here are some sample holiday deals:

Amazon Coupon – Free shipping on purchases over $35 (1.5% donation)

Sephora Coupon – Choose 1 of 3 Holiday Deluxe Sample Bags with any $25 purchase with code (2.5% donation)

Sears Coupon – Get extra $5 off orders of $50 or more with code (2% donation)

Best Buy Coupon – Free shipping on orders $35+ (3% donation)

Credit: Goodshop. No compensation was received.

It’s Time to Solve Another Mystery With Big Top Scooby Doo, on DVD and blu-ray KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions, www.kidsfirst.org

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Big Top Scooby Doo

Reviewed by Morgan Bertsch




Ice Age: Continental Drift – A Winner for the Younger Set by KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions

Want a film to take your younger kids to? This fourth installment in the “Ice Age” films delivers what I think your youngest kids will truly enjoy (5-10). It really makes great use of 3D technology with characters zooming towards us and away from us throughout the entire film. We are charmed by many of the same characters from the previous films – Manny the Mammoth voiced by Ray Romano, Sid the Sloth by John Leguizamo and Diego the saber-toothed tiger by Denis Leary. This crew is joined by a new host of characters including Manny’s wife played by Queen Latifah, their daughter played by the adorable Keke Palmer, Granny voiced by Wanda Sykes  and more. One of our youth critics, Julianna Noone (age 12) rated this film 5 out of 5 stars because “it is funny, well written and has a great message for the audience.”  [Read more…]

‘Spider-Man’ on the Red Carpet and the Silver Screen KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions

Marvel Comics’ heroes transfer well to the silver screen, but those who think they know Spider-Man from previous incarnations will meet a different Spider-Man/Peter Parker in Columbia Pictures’ current release The Amazing Spider-Man. “… it is a completely different film that starts at the beginning of Spider-Man’s journey,” says KIDS FIRST! youth film critic Raven Devanney, age 15, in her review (below). Well, maybe not completely different, as the familiar events set the story in motion. But it is a new villain and a new love interest. And there is plenty of humor. “In fact, this whole film is filled with comedy and action,” says Raven.   

KIDS FIRST! youth film critics were also there at the exciting red carpet event on Saturday. Be sure to check out the KIDS FIRST! website to share their experience on video.

The Amazing Spider-Man

Reviewed by Raven Devanney

The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone definitely lives up to its title because it is truly amazing. I was expecting this film to be an add-on to the most recent Spider-Man series, but it is a completely different film that starts at the beginning of Spider-Man’s journey. Of course, Peter Parker (played by Andrew Garfield) is bitten by a genetically modified spider and transforms into Spider-Man, his uncle Ben dies, and that’s all the same in the past films about this spandex-sporting hero, but instead of falling for his typical love interest, MJ, Peter falls for Gwen Stacy (played by Emma Stone). And there is no Green Goblin in this film, but instead a new villain for Spider-Man to face.

 I love this movie! The special effects are phenomenal, especially in 3-D. I love Andrew Garfield in the part of Peter Parker because he does a fantastic job portraying him and he and Emma Stone have such great chemistry, which really shows in their characters. My favorite scene is when Peter is transforming into Spider-Man, because his aunt and uncle have no idea what’s wrong with him and it’s so funny. In fact, this whole film is filled with comedy and action. My favorite character would have to be Gwen Stacy played by Emma Stone because I really admire her and she does a wonderful job playing this role.

 I think something very different about this film is it seems that the target audience is just teens, whereas in past Spider-Man movies the main audience is teens and adults. Overall, I give The Amazing Spider-Man 5 out of 5 stars because it is amazing and I want to see it over and over again. I can’t wait for the sequel to come out. Go catch it in a theater near you!

Watch Raven’s video review  here!


Today’s Plum Steal from Armstrong Garden Centers $15 for $30 worth of Plants, Gardening Supplies and more

Looking for a great deal to make your yard more beautiful? Plum District has the deal for you! Add beauty to your oasis with today’s deal from Armstrong Garden Centers. For $15, get $30 worth of lush, gorgeous plants, useful garden supplies, decor, gifts, and more. Whether you’re looking for vines, citrus or fruit trees, basil plants, tree ferns, iris bulbs, shovels, trowels, or ground cover, Armstrong has it all. If you have questions or need some guidance, feel free to ask a friendly Armstrong Associate. Their customer service is second to none!  [Read more…]